Mind Cannot Be the Principle of Practice
Note: The following is Part Nine of an updated version of "Bubba Free John and Swami Muktananda: A Confrontation of Dharmas", originally published in The Dawn Horse magazine, Volume 2, Number 2 (1975). Links to further readings from the published Writings of Avatar Adi Da Samraj are also included following the article.
In the following remarks, Avatar Adi Da speaks directly about the fallacy of the assumption that mind is Divine, or even a proper principle of ego-transcending practice, as Swami Muktananda (and other Yogis) interpret it to be.
Because the mind is loaded with such liabilities and illusions, it cannot properly be the principle of ego-transcending practice. The Divine Itself must be the principle of practice.
However, the Yogic traditions are often allied with the principle of the mind, and Swami Muktananda, for instance, represents that doctrine of Yoga in which the mind is assumed to be the Divine.
Regarding the traditions that discipline and suppress the mind, He says that the mind (in and of itself) is not to be considered an enemy or an illusion, because the mind is God.
And He quotes from traditional sources that would seem to support that, such as Krishna's statement to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita, "I am the mind."
Now, it is true enough that, in the case of Most Perfect Divine Self-Realization, the mind and all that exists is nothing other than the Divine, or Reality Itself. However, Swami Muktananda is saying that the mind is God.
He represents that tradition of Spiritual practice in which absorption in the mind — always in more and more subtle forms — is regarded to be the means for the Realization of Truth, as if the mind itself were Truth.
However, the mind itself is not Truth. When there is Most Perfect Divine Self-Realization, the mind (and everything else) is Realized to be not different from Truth.
To assume the mind as a principle of ego-transcending practice is insane. It invites people to get involved in absorption into the contents of the mind — generally, subtle forms above the thought-field.
Because the mind is simply modifications of Reality Itself, a mind-based practice invites the embracing of illusions of all kinds. Until the mind sinks into the True Heart and the life-force returns to its Source in the Light, the intention to become absorbed in the mind is sheer nonsense.
It is heretical, in fact. What is required is the understanding of the significance of your involvement with the mind, and the strategic play that it amounts to. It does not take much "experience" to understand that the mind (in and of itself) is not Truth, and that your relationship to the mind is not Truth.
Rather, your relationship to the mind, like your relationship to everything else, every other functional dimension, is not true at all. It is strategic and separative, and always amounts to suffering and illusion.
However there is a primary condition in which the Yogas of the life-force are authentic, in appropriate relationship to Truth. That Condition is the Realization of the Heart Itself.
When the Heart Itself is Realized, then the life-dimension may be investigated in its upper portion (above the mind) and in its lower portion (below the mind), and "Known" in Truth (free of the motive of absorption).
When there is no longer any search to escape the "I-am-the-body" idea, the modifications of sound, light, or vision, fall into the Heart Itself. Only then is the Yoga of the life-force authentic, because it is oriented toward the Light of Reality Itself and amounts to meditation upon It — not "experiential" meditation (through visions and the like), but "Perfect Contemplation".
When the Light of Reality Itself — That Source Infinitely Above the body, the mind, and the "world" — is Realized (in Priorly Ascended Nirvikalpa Samadhi) by one in whom the Conscious Dimension is already Realized (in Priorly Self-Abiding Jnana Nirvikalpa Samadhi), there is "Perfect Contemplation" of Amrita Nadi (or the Perfect Form of Reality Itself).Only when that "Contemplation" is Perfected, Fulfilled, is there Self-Abiding Divine Self-Recognition of the "world" in Truth.
Only then is the "world" Truly Realized to Be the dynamic "Play" of the two Perfect Dimensions of Life and Consciousness, or the Light and the Heart, or Perfectly egoless, Perfectly Indivisible, and Perfectly Acausal Conscious Light.
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This book was conceived by Adi Da Samraj at the end of 2005. He was first moved to make His own rendering, or "interpretive translation", of a traditional Advaitic text, The Heart of the Ribhu Gita, in order to elucidate (and thereby honor) its full meaning.
Adi Da Samraj then did the same with other great teachings from the traditions of Advaita Vedanta and Buddhism. In each case, He brought the essence of the instruction to the fore, with elegance and Illumined understanding.
Texts whose meanings were only partially (or cryptically) expressed even in the original — let alone in translation — suddenly shone forth, like rough gems cut by an expert hand.