The Mysteries Of Mind: [15.01] Spiritual Pilgrimage (1)

Published: 10.06.2006
Updated: 06.10.2008
  • Friendliness towards every one is the basis of a happy life:
  • Antithesis - Ida, Pingala, Smooth, Rough.
  • Mind, No-mind.
  • Activity weakens energy - Renunciation preserves energy,
  • Control of thinking and feeling.
  • Two hemispheres of the cerebral cortex.
    • The right hemisphere controls the left part of body.
    • The left hemisphere controls the right part of the body.
  • Importance of the left hemisphere - language potential, math­ematics, argumentation, reflection, analysis, planned activity, time series, etc.

We have begun a spiritual journey. It is a journey hitherto unknown. We are not familiar with the path we have to walk on. It is a new path and we are trying to make ourselves familiar with it. A spiritual journey is a journey into the depths of our being. The word adhyamma is a combination of two terms. The first is adhi, which means inside. The other is atma, which means the soul. From time immemorial man has been living outside his soul. He had never had the occasion to enter into it. He has developed a liking for all that exists outside it. He has been thinking that all that is valuable exists outside him and that there is nothing inside him. Even if there is a soul in him, it is merely an enjoyer of things, which exist outside him. It is a receiver. If there were anything valuable in him, the soul will not seek sustenance from things, which exist in the world outside. Man receives his physical, mental and spiritual sustenance from without because he feels there is nothing in him from which he can draw it. This has been his common ex­perience. Till now he has been scrutinizing every atom, which ex­ists outside him. He has found vitamins and proteins to be valu­able. In short he puts a value only on things existing outside him.

We have begun a new search today. Ours is a journey into the soul. It is a spiritual journey. We have begun walking and search­ing within ourselves. Ours is a significant journey, a meaningful search. It signifies a change of attitude, a change of values. It sig­nifies that there is nothing valuable outside us. It implies a new experience which tells us that whatever is valuable exists inside us. The value of outward things is nothing as compared with the value of things within us. There is a whole ocean of values seeth­ing and surging within us; and whatever values exist outside us are only a few drops thrown out by the inner sea. The essence of our experiences and of that, which gives value to them, lies within us and that is the Supreme Being. It illumines the entire universe. If this being were to go to sleep, the entire universe will be changed into a meaningless mass of darkness.

While performing our journey we will go on reciting "Let the soul see itself; do not encumber it with a medium of percep­tion." It means that the soul will perceive itself, by itself and not through any medium of perception.

Sources
  • The Mysteries Of Mind © by Acharya Mahaprajna
  • Translated by K.L. Goswami
  • Compiled by Muni Mahendra Kumar
  • Published by Jain Vishva Barati
  • 2nd Edition, 2002

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  1. Atma
  2. Body
  3. Cerebral Cortex
  4. Ida
  5. Pingala
  6. Soul
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