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Lesson 185 -
Role of the Intellect (Audio)
Date: Sun May 9, 2004 1:58pm
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Q: I have been reading the articles present in this group from about a month
or so... It's really wonderful that I see people are experimenting and
experiencing the Yoga practices and finding fruits for their practices. I
would like to bring a topic to your concern.
In all of these yogic practice articles that I have gone through I have
found that people mentioning vision of light and other things connected to
their vision. What I feel about their vision is that they tend to have a
pre-conceived notion about having a vision of light, or what they believe to
be an experience of kundalini expansion in nervous system even before they
start their yoga practice. What I would like to get clarification is that is
the duration of just one or two year of yoga practice enough to awaken the
kundalini within us. I believe that they might be correct only to an extent
of 10% though I have personally never seen their experience... I am making
this statement based on the fact that for a good yogic practices it is very
much necessary to have a good disciplined life of non drinking, non smoking
other diets which will keep our body especially our nervous system free of
any addictive effects.
The point I am trying to make here is that practising Yoga without any Jnana
(understanding) could be a futile practice (...I am not saying they are not
The very term Yoga means Union and Union cannot be achieved by mere
practising of asanas (I am not being sarcastic or skeptical here). Yoga of
Karma only when coupled with Jnana (intellect) will help us achieve the
Ultimate Nirvana or Mukti.
The reason that I am mentioning about Jnana is because Jnana according to me
is the enquiry of Self which will kill our Ahankaara and other egoistic
views about the world we see. It enables a good Yogi or Yoginis to not only
find the real meaning of Yoga but also attain Mukti from the materialistic
I would request you to write more articles concerning the Jnana Yoga (path
of the intellect) which will clear the Maya that we live in and see the real
light of the world.
A: Thank you for writing and sharing.
In the lessons we start with meditation going immediately to inner silence,
and through the connectedness of yoga this enlivens the yamas and niyamas
(restraints and observances), which are the behavioral elements you mention
as preparation for kundalini. So we approach those conduct things by going
deep right away, and the conduct changes naturally. Instructions on diet and
personal habits are not required much because the nervous system goes for
that automatically with inner silence coming up.
Then one is ready for stimulating kundalini soon enough. Can it be done in a
few years? Probably not awakened fully without previous experience in this
life or another, and many do come wired for it like that, so their early
experiences are real -- not pre-conceived or imagined at all. Spinal
breathing and associated mudras and bandhas are good for everyone, and will
lead to awakening of ecstatic energies in due course. Everyone has to work
from where they are at their own pace, and the lessons are designed for
that. So you find people at many levels of experience here, all opening to
their inner truth. It is wonderful!
is woven all through the lessons in the form of the primary inquiry, "Who am
I? Is there something more?" and the decision to engage in practices as a
result. Both the inquiry (which feeds bhakti) and decision (which feeds
action in practices) begin as acts of intellect. Beyond those two basic
yogic functions, the intellect has a tendency to build huge castles in the
air, which is not much of a help to yoga. So the focus is on fanning desire
to practice, not so much analysis, except for inspiring practices. It seems
simple, doesn't it? It works.
If you try daily deep meditation as given in the lessons for a few months
you will see how the intellect naturally fits in with this efficient
approach to yoga. I have deliberately avoided building an edifice to jnana
yoga in the lessons. For most of us it can end up becoming a distraction --
going outward into a maze of ideas instead of inward to the simplicity and
power of pure bliss consciousness, and up into endless realms of ecstasy.
As for the many spiritual experiences, if they inspire continuing daily
practices, that is good. If experiences are lacking, that can also be used
to inspire continuing daily practices. That, and the importance of pacing
practices so as not to overdo purification (discomfort), are the two main
reasons why experiences are discussed. Beyond that, experiences can be a
distraction also, and we mention that a lot, as you have probably seen. So
we enjoy experiences as passing scenery if we are having them, and then
easily go back to the practice we are doing.
The bottom line in the lessons is daily practices to stimulate the nervous
system to purify and open. The heart and mind are used to inspire and
sustain practices, and not much else. We don't worry about our personal
habits or lifestyle. If we have the desire to meditate, yoga is already
happening, no matter what we are eating or smoking! Once meditation begins,
the impurities (including non-yogic behaviors) start to drop off. The
practices do work, and all the goodies come along naturally, including
steadily increasing intellectual understanding of the intricacies of the
process. It happens by direct observation.
Our purifying and opening nervous system is a very interesting book to read.
Each day brings a new page filled with sacred knowledge. We are that.
The guru is in you.
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