AYP Home

Home   Main Lessons   Tantra Lessons   Support Forums   Interviews   Videos   Books-eBooks-AudioBooks
Topic Index    Site Search    Links Section    Testimonials   
AYP Survey    Traffic    Downloads    Contact

 








Events & Training


AYP Retreats
Worldwide Listing


Weekly Global
Meditation and
Healing Samyama


Local Contacts
Meditation Groups,
Training & Retreats


Key L
essons

Lesson Tweets

Start Lessons Here

Desire - Bhakti

Deep Meditation

Self-Pacing

Spinal Breathing
Pranayama


Chakras

Mulabandha

Sambhavi Mudra

Asanas - Postures

Siddhasana

Yoni Mudra
Kumbhaka


Uddiyana - Nauli

Navi Kriya

Kechari Mudra

Chin Pump
Jalandhara


Samyama & Siddhi

Spinal Bastrika
Pranayama


Heart Breathing

Yoga Nidra
Cosmic Samyama


Mantra Enhancements

Solar Centering

Tantra

Brahmacharya

Vajroli Mudra

Whole Body Mudra

Yogic Diet

Fasting

Addictions

Hallucinogens

Shatkarmas

Amaroli

Nectar Cycle

Kundalini Assistance

Sensitivity Issues

Spirits & Entities

Shaktipat

Self-Inquiry
Jnana-Advaita


End of Suffering

Karma Yoga

Dare to Dream

Evolution of Action

Prayer & Healing

Yoga for Children

Ayurveda

Summary of Practices

Time Management

Modifications to
Baseline System


Teaching

Retreats

Enlightenment
Milestones


Freedom

More Resources

Alternate AYP Website

Support Forums

AYP Survey

audioicon1.jpg (812 bytes)
AYP on Radio & TV

Yoga FAQ

Sanskrit Glossary

AYP Books & Audio

Downloads

AYP Books Flyer

Extended Booklist

International
Translations


Press Releases

Articles & Media

Promotional
Materials


Website Statistics

AYP-Related Websites

Social Networks

Volunteer

Donate
                        

Advanced Yoga Practices
Main Lessons
Previous  |  Next  >

Note: For the complete lessons, with additions, see the AYP Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living Books.

Lesson 354 - Is Mind the Enemy?

From: Yogani
Date: August 14, 2009

New Members: It is recommended you read from the beginning of the web archive, as previous lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why This Discussion?"



Q: Can we consider to be beneficial to consider the mind as the enemy, or in other words, as an obstacle to enlightenment? I presume this is so but just wanted to have your view on this.

I mean, I am not saying the mind is "evil", what I am saying is that it may be useful to be mindful of the mind's workings (nice circularity here ) and realize that it is doing its thing, i.e. judging, attachment, or inner chatting.

For example, we might catch the mind (actually it is doing it all the time!) saying, "Oh, I hate this?" or, "How did I come to this?" or, "I think she is not nice," etc., and notice it and go, "Ah, there is the mind doing it's thing" and then drop it. I think this is beneficial, opening up to a more extended awareness. I guess when all the objects of the mind are seen as such, we get close to realizing we are not our minds, and close to realizing what we finally really are.

Another thing: when we get to deeper levels of stillness in meditation, there is often subtler movements and distractions, and a certain fear. I think this is still the mind and we must continue to drop all this in favor of stillness, correct? I guess the fear is a fear of disappearing into the absolute nothingness?


A: Should the hammer become our enemy just because we keep hitting our thumb with it? It is only a hammer after all. Maybe take a closer look at who is using it?

Likewise, the mind is only a thought machine, a marvelous computer. If we confuse our identity with it and allow it to run our life ragged, is that the mind's fault? Maybe take a closer look at who is using it? By making enemies of the mind or its creation, the ego, we are only reinforcing duality and suffering, the very situation we'd like to transcend. There are some teachings that go to lengths to demonize the ego in every avenue of life. To what avail?

I don't think that is what you are suggesting here though. You are seeing your mind, thoughts, and perhaps your ego, as objects of perception from the point of view of rising inner silence (the witness). This is a good thing, and sets the stage for self-inquiry, which you are already naturally doing in your comments here.

Yes, we can drop what is not in our best interest, and we should. Favor what is real over what is not. But it is very difficult to drop (let go of) something we are hanging on to as an enemy. Witness is the key, which comes with the cultivation of abiding inner silence in deep meditation. Then we can let go much more easily and gravitate toward increasingly penetrating forms of self-inquiry (see Lesson 350).

We will directly experience "who" is behind all these desires, fears and judgments. That One is easily found by releasing the inquiry in stillness. We are That.

The guru is in you.

Note: For detailed discussion on the role of the mind on our path to enlightenment, see the Self-Inquiry book and the Liberation book.

Previous  | 
Next  >

Direct Downloads

eBooks - PDF, EPUB
and MOBI-KINDLE


FREE eBooks with
MP3 AudioBooks


SAVE  with Bundled
Multi-Title Downloads


Preview AYP Books
(PDF Books Flyer)

Easy Lessons

Advanced Yoga Practices Book



Spiritual
Adventure Novel



Enlightenment Series


Deep Meditation Book


Spinal Breathing Pranayama Book


Tantra Book


Asanas, Mudras & Bandhas Book


Samyama Book


Diet, Shatkarmas and Amaroli Book


Self-Inquiry Book


Bhakti and Karma Yoga Book


Eight Limbs of Yoga Book


Eight Limbs of Yoga Book



Questions & Answers


                                     

        

      © 2003-present    (see copyright notice)


Additional Translations of AYP
 

AYP Home  Main Lessons  Tantra Lessons  Support Forums  Topic Index  Interviews  Videos  Site Search  Links Section  Testimonials  AYP Survey  Traffic  Books  Downloads  Contact