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Mental Purity & Three Fold Yoga

5 Layered Concept of Human Development

The Panckosi(five layered) concept of human development towards perfection, occupies an important place in the Upanisadic thought. This five layered structure of human  personality underlines the course of mental and spiritual development where one rises from pure body consciousness to the ultimate subtle states of self realization. This structure describes the steps in the path that leads one from animal mind to the state of human perfection where the person identifies oneself with the universal existence of one mind and oneness of whole creation. Having known the path to perfection, one obviously needs to know how to follow this path.

The threefold Yogic path is the practical solution towards achieving this goal. The knowledge and practice have to go together in order to succeed.

Three Fold Yogic Path

Movement of Mind from Body Centric to Activity Centric

The movement of mind from being body centric to activity centric is the first step (movement from Annamaya to Prananmaya). Here one tries to offer all his actions to the supreme power by dissociating from the fruit of his actions. He acts because actions are necessary in the material world for existence. Desiring the fruit of action increases his attachment to the individuality consciousness.

Renouncing the Fruit of Action

By renouncing the fruit of action, he moves from individual consciousness to universal consciousness which is a step in the right direction towards spiritual growth. It helps him to reduce his ego-involvement by thinking of others in preference to himself. Any movement in thought from self based desires to universal good is a step towards spiritual attainment. In spiritual terms, linking the Jivatma with Paramatma is the essence of spirituality. In layman’s terms, it means shedding individuality and linking the personal self with the universal self. Selfless action helps in achieving it through performance of actions in the material world. It amounts to saying that when you do the action, do not associate it with the ego of being the doer.  Think of yourself as part of the universal will that needs actions for sustenance of life.

Selfless Actions & Patanjali’s Eight Fold Yoga

When actions are done in selfless manner, the quality of action will automatically improve. This will improve one’s conduct both in personal as well as social context. This much desired improvement in conduct is a common theme in most religions; be it part of Sila or the Yama and Niyama aspects of Patanjali’s eightfold Yoga.

Purification of Emotional Content of Human Personality

The next step is the purification of the emotional content of human personality (movement from Pranamaya to Manomaya) through thought control. The level of mind, that includes desires and emotions, is purified through the process of concentration of thoughts to one point, a process in which wandering thoughts are ignored and full concentration is applied to the object of concentration. This means giving full attention to one thought to the exclusion of all others. Both Bhakti and meditation relate to this process that purifies the thought stream and develops the capability to provide full attention to whatever you think to do.  This is the preliminary stage of Samadhi where one can move inwards by shutting off external sense inputs and concentrate on one idea or image.

… to be continued in 2nd part titled “Yogic Mind in Spiritual Progress” … which will be published later in this blog…

This article Mental purity & Three Fold Yoga was written by Sh. V. V. Rampal which was published in Feb 2007 edition of “Kalyana Kalpataru” a monthly for the propagation of spiritual ideas and love for God.

Yoga of Wisdom

: Shree Hari :

Shravan Shukla Dashami, Vikram Samvat 2063, Shukravar

Gist: A devotee of the God has no desires besides to love only God. They have only one work – to remain ever absorbed in the Lord, which means all their work becomes God’s work. God makes them ever steadfast, gives them the wisdom of equanimity, where there remains no desires for mundane worldly pleasures. Nothing remains for them in realizing the Lord. They attain oneness, completeness, and a state of perfection.

Yoga of Wisdom to A Devotee (Gita 10:10)

Tesaam satatayuktaana bhajataam pritipurvakam
Dadaami Buddhiyogam tam yena maamupayaanti te (Gita 10:10)

Upon them, ever devout and worshipping Me always with love, I confer that Yoga of wisdom (equanimity),  by which they attain Me. (Gita 10:10)

A devotee of the Lord, has no desire to gain wisdom or equanimity or anything else, besides the Lord. They have only one work – to remain ever absorbed in the Lord. Besides being engaged and absorbed in God, there is no other work for them. Thereafter, all their work, their entire responsibility becomes the responsibility of the Lord. Rather whatever the Lord wishes to have done, whatever He wishes to give etc., all work becomes Lord’s work. They become mere instruments in His hands. So the Lord confers, the Yoga of wisdom, the Yoga of equanimity on them.

Tesaam satatayuktaana – “Ever Steadfast”

Those whose minds and very being are fixed on the Lord, who sing and share the passtimes, secrets, qualities, and glories of the Lord and who remain ever contented and delighted in loving
Him only, such devotees that are always and constantly absorbed in the Lord are called “ever steadfast”.

Bhajataam pritipurvakam

- Such devotees desire neither spiritual knowledge nor dispassion. When they desire neither spiritual knowledge nor dispassion, then how could they desire mundane pleasures, prosperity or occult powers. Their sight never goes to such things. In their hearts there is no significance or importance of occult powers etc. With deep love and devotion, believing only God to be theirs, they automatically without any effort remain absorbed in God. They have no relationship of any sort with any thing or any individual. Their only desire, only worship is that at every breath, to be ever absorbed in the Lord. Within they are so much in love with the Lord, that besides the Lord there is no other desire, even in their dreams.

Dadaami Buddhiyogam tam

- When their is no change in mental state, on meeting or separating from any object, individual, situation, circumstance, etc., rather whether worldly objects are acquired or not, whether there is profit or loss, whether there is honor or dishonor, praise or blame, whether one remains healthy or not, inspite of encountering various different situations, one remains equanimous – such Yoga of wisdom or equanimity, the Lord gives to His devotees.

Maamupayaanti te

- When the devotee’s mind, and entire being is fully absorbed in God, and they remain ever satisfied, and love only God, then what else is remaining in realizing the Lord, that God finds it necessary to say that they will then attain Me? Realizing God here implies that those loving devotees, that feel the deficiencies in themselves, those are no longer lacking, rather they will attain oneness, completeness, and a state of perfection.

Ram Ram

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