Tagged: chuang tzu Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • avyakt7- New Generation 1:11 PM on November 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , chuang tzu, , ,   

    Projection of the mind 

    “The perfect man uses his mind as a mirror. It grasps nothing. It regrets nothing. It receives but does not keep.” – Chuang-Tzu

    One of the most useful quotes I have found to explain the reality of “no- mind,” is the one above. If we have ever observed our thoughts, our perceptions through the mind; the above will make perfect sense; but if we have not, the above will be difficult to understand and even considered as nonsense.

    It is in each of us to go as deep as we would like. It depends on our level of experience; how often we are able to put the above in “practice” in real life and identify how it works.

    Nevertheless; awareness, observation, requires no practice. It is like breathing, a normal, every day affair, but as we go through Life in automatic-mode, where the mind is our world, then we will need to stop, breath in and out consciously for a few times and realign with how present we could be in the “now.”

    The mind will give us information all the time. We believe it. We make forecasts as to how the future will look like, we even play victims by recalling experiences which are no longer here. If the mind acquires, grasps some information, then “we” will believe it. It happens all the time. If I read something or someone “important” said something, or someone writes a quote from a spiritual teacher, then it must be true. I believe it. That information will stay with me. It has been grasped.

    The other day someone wrote a post in a group that a particular well known spiritual teacher was making a fortune out of his teachings which were only recycled in every book. Many fans of that spiritual teacher reacted defending him, that is rejecting the post. That is a form of regret, that is declining something. The other form of regret is when a state of sorrow is triggered from a memory.

    Someone could be angry at us. Someone could react toward us in a negative way. Do we keep that experience so it will be nagging us and producing a bias against a particular individual or someone who looks like her? That is to keep something within us.

    A mirror reflects. How we perceive something only talks about ourselves, it is a description of ourselves. However, what we typically do not examine is how we could project previous information into a new experience. For instance, while living in the USA; I met someone who asked me where I was from due to my Spanish accent. I told her: ”From Peru.” She said: “ I am glad you are from there and not from Colombia for all the drugs in this country come from that place.” Imagine, that is an extreme case of lack of awareness: That person was projecting information that she either read or even experienced ( her brother was an addict,) but nonetheless it was projected to someone who probably has nothing to do with importing drugs to the USA, just because he was coming from a particular country. The mind likes to generalize and put items in containers, something like: “ You are from Colombia then you are part of the problem I have.” The Colombian container.

    That sort of projection has caused plenty of sorrow in the world. Jews were treated all under the same bag due to some projection. Similarly is the fate of snakes and the belief of them being representatives of evil.

    Generalizing is easier to observe than projecting, for a projection can include many other unobserved beliefs to uplift or degrade a person, an idea or ideal.

    When a mind is not observed, we believe the information it gathers without doubting it, without seeing how it could affect us emotionally, in that case we are still sleeping although believe that we are fully awake.

    *** Will resume writing on December 15th. Until then!!

  • avyakt7- New Generation 11:41 AM on June 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , chuang tzu, , , , master Kan, ,   

    Becoming "number 1" 

    One of the interesting aspects about the BK religion in my experience, was the continuous assurance that “ I am number 1.” “I am important.” “I am a true Brahmin.” “I know the truth,” “I know God.” “I will go to heaven.” “Wah! My fortune!!”

    It is through that shield of “I-ness” how ego develops into self-righteousness. “ I know more than …” “I am more fortunate than…”

    The appeal for the masses is tremendous. “I may not have wealth, fame and health now, but in the future, I will. Not only that, but I know God. He is there protecting ME.”
    The “I,” The “Me,” continually is build up.

    To make that appeal even stronger, “I am in the good side, the Godly side, helping God and having distaste for what is not righteous.”  “Righteous” is a definition based on someone standards. My belief is that it is “God’s standards… for I know the truth.”

    “God has founded the BK religion unlike any other religion.”
    “God is speaking only to us.” “No one else but us, BKs.”
    “In my first birth, I will be a deity. I am an ancestor soul.” “I am someone.”

    That “pure” pride is a way to build up that ego.

    While watching “Kung Fu” the other day I heard this teaching: “A man truly himself will not enrich his own interests and make a virtue of poverty. He goes his way without depending on others, yet is not arrogant that he needs no other. The greatest man is nobody.” – Master Kan, quoting CHUANG TZU Chap. 17 #3.

    If God could say to me “You are nobody.” Wouldn’t I consider that an insult?
    Could my ego dismiss that entity as God?
    Wouldn’t it take maturity, experience, to understand that this “I” is a fiction which needs to be pampered to the point where it is necessary to dissolve it?

    Then I heard another teaching in “Kung Fu.”
    “Do not the ancients say, ‘Rank and reward have no appeal for a man one with himself.'” – Master Kan quoting CHUANG TZU Chapter 17 #3

    Have I gotten to the point where I AM one with myself?
    “I am a soul not a body.” “I am an angel.” “I am a deity.” “ I am a….”

    For the common good.

    • madhvisai 4:49 AM on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Brother how do I post you a new question?

      In this box??


      • avyakt7- New Generation 8:45 AM on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply



        • madhvisai 3:08 PM on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          While I und the importance of routine and discipline in spiritusl life, what I still find hard to accept is the specif times advised to connect to Baba and have your heart to heart with him at 4 am. On one hand I can connect to Babs any time….also he is only a thought away. .so ehy fo I get told that only between 4 and 4.45 would he like to meet his brahmin children. Edp because the energies are clear at that time….pls can you share your understanding on this? Many thanks.


          • avyakt7- New Generation 3:39 PM on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            When I was a BK , I used to follow the Amrit Vela system. Now that I am not, I don’t. That is all I have to say about that question. 🙂


    • non BK 10:21 AM on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      is there anything like conscious repression?


    • R.s 10:26 AM on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      can one consciously repress??:-)


      • avyakt7- New Generation 3:02 PM on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Certainly. Many times we will consciously repress something which is natural in us, by blindly following an ideal or a belief. Once the ideal of the belief is confronted, the repression will go away.


Compose new post
Next post/Next comment
Previous post/Previous comment
Show/Hide comments
Go to top
Go to login
Show/Hide help
shift + esc
%d bloggers like this: