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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.

Philosophy of Positive Thinking

What is Positive Thinking or Optimism?

Positive thinking or optimism is an art of looking at things with a bright prospective, discovering light in darkness, seeing beauty in ugliness. Every thing that exists in nature has two sides, two opposite directions and those who always look at the one which supports life, nature and creativity are known as optimistic or positive thinkers.

In our day to day life we always have some choices before us like to do or not to do, is it possible or impossible, things are good or bad. Most of these choices depend on our own confidence level, our individual perspective on how we look at things, our mood, our present circumstances (which are temporary).

Whenever someone finds himself/herself in a difficult situation a positive thinker or optimist will start looking for solution, without worrying about the problem, its size and consequence that can be faced if it is not solved. On the other hand a negative thinker or pessimist will look and think about the problem, will even try to find some guaranteed solution (which are hardly available) and will start worrying.

Positive and Negative Thoughts Co-exist

Positive Thoughts & Negative Thoughts Co-existOur mind is always able to draw a positive or negative picture of everything that it comes across as both positive as well as negative thoughts co-exist in our mind. The moment we gain confidence our thoughts and action show sign of positivism and the moment we loose confidence or control, feel depressed our mind gets filled with negative thoughts.

We can our-self see and feel the phenomena of painting same circumstance in positive and negative hue by our mind in everyday life. Sometimes when we are down and feeling low we will see that our life is filled with difficulties and there seems to be no way out, after a couple of days when we are more energetic, filled with enthusiasm the same conditions and circumstances will look good and promising.

Improving Our Vision and Thoughts for Success in Life

We can improve the way we visualize things and the way we think and tag things. This is not an automated process which can be initiated by watching some videos or listening to some audios or by simply reading an ebook or undergoing some course in personality development and positive thinking. I don’t thing that such activities will help everyone or even most of us who really need to change our perspective and thoughts. Such commercial products do help to learn and understand the philosophy behind our thoughts, how positive and negative thinking effect our lives, benefits of positive thoughts in our life etc. They will also help those who have already completed there home work i.e., they are already on the path and have already spend some time in intro-inspection and understanding there strengths and weaknesses and how they have effected there lives.

Improving thoughts and drawing a positive conclusion in every circumstance is only possible if are willing to work on it, are keen to improve our self for the welfare of our family, society and nature. Learning something from a selfish motive isn’t positive thinking and isn’t the right way of trying to develop positive thinking, its just like trying to misuse our natural powers. Doing good things, things welfare of our family, neighbor, society and nature are positive approaches. Look at Sun and sunshine which is the only source of power, light, life and everything on this planet. It provides energy to every part of this planet without any prejudice. This is a natural approach and therefore positive approach and when we develop the intelligence to understand all these things, we automatically start developing positive thinking, our mind starts looking for solution without getting perturbed by the size of the problem.

This is the philosophy of positive thinking which can help us to improve our self and our life along with others.