Insights about the Nature of the Mind:
Yoga philosophy views both the body and the mind as part of nature. Both are composed of gross and subtle matter, and both are subject to change.
Supreme Consciousness is unchanging, pure existence being. It is the constant witness to changes in the body and mind.
The mind itself is not sentient / not conscious. It is the light of Supreme Consciousness, our essential Self, that illumines the mind and makes all perception possible.
All of yoga practice is to purify the body and mind to allow the inner light of Supreme Consciousness, our essential Self, to shine through.
Four Components of the Mind:
- Citta: the mental filed, field of awareness
- Manas: the sense mind, or thinking mind
- Buddhi: faculty of discernment
- Ahamkara: ego, or “I-maker”
Eight Steps for Superconscious Meditation:
- Yama (Restraints)
- Niyama (Observances)
- Asana (Posture)
- Pranayama (Breath regulation)
- Pratyahara (Sense control)
- Dharana (Concentration)
- Dhyana (Meditation)
- Samadhi (Oneness realization)
By concentrating within, you can directly feel the divine bliss of your soul within and also without. If you can stabilize yourself in that consciousness, your outer personality will develop and become attractive to all beings.
The soul is made in God’s image, and when we become established in soul awareness, our personality begins to reflect divine goodness and beauty. That is your real personality.
For additional information, refer to:
Living the Eternal Way, p 59-67