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Thursday, December 17, 2009

About Sakshi Bhava



Sakshi Bhava means stand as a witness towards all the phenomena that is happening which we perceive with the mind through the senses and not identifying ourselves with the thoughts, feelings and sensations, not associate with them and stop generating craving and aversion towards whatever we perceive through the senses. Not being affected, influenced or disturbed by all the phenomena that is happening in our body and out side our body in our life and in the world.

It doesn’t mean that we don’t care or ignore what is happening. It is being aware of what is happening but not identify with it. We do not attached to the body and the mind. We know that the body is going through old age, weakening, decaying, sickness, pain and death, but we know that we are not the body and our true Self is unlimited, unconditioned, without qualities, beginningless and endless, no birth and no death. We know that the mind is perceiving everything through the senses, and the intellect and the ego play their parts in analyzing and generating reactions towards all the phenomena in the body and in the world but we do not identify or associate with them.

We know that we are not the mind, the thoughts, the feelings and the sensations. All these thoughts, feelings and sensations come and go as they like. They don’t belong to us and they don’t need our permission to stay or to leave. We know that the world only exists in our mind. Without the mind, there is no world. All our thoughts, feelings and emotions are happening in our mind, not in somebody’s mind. And the mind is just a projector without the intention to be good or bad, positive or negative, happy or suffer.

Another person’s world can be completely different from our world. We all have different mind perception about the world. Everyone sees the world differently from other people. Everyone has their own karma to be in the world and experiencing different encountering in life. No one can change or interfere with each other karma or take away others karma. But we can have control over our own karma by controlling our own thoughts, actions and speech. Karma derives from these three things. No one can create or give us good or bad karma. Only ourselves. We create the karma for ourselves through our thoughts, actions and speech. And we can detach from karma by stop generating reactions, by renouncing from the fruit of actions, and by not identify with the body and the mind. When we are selfless, we will know what is the meaning of all these.

And all the bodies and minds in each individual are the same. They are impermanent, non-self, ever-changing, limited, conditioned, dissatisfied, dependent and with qualities of good and bad, comfort and discomfort, likes and dislikes, craving and aversion, happiness and suffering, birth and death.

By being a witness to the world, it’s like watching a movie but we do not involve in the movie at all. We didn’t make the movie, nor can we change the scenes in the movie. Maybe we are the director, the actors and actresses in the movie and watching our creation and our acts in the movie. We might get excited, upset, saddened, shocked, frightened and thrilled by the movie, but we know that it is just a movie and we are not really the characters in the movie and remain unaffected and undisturbed by the movie.

Sakshi Bhava is indeed the wisdom that will free us from the discontented, limited and conditioned world of impermanence and miseries. Sakshi Bhava is the same as being selfless. They are together not separated. It is also non-action in all the actions.

Not knowing what is selflessness, we won’t know what is Sakshi Bhava. Because if we don’t know how to stay detached from the ego, the body and the mind, we will be involving in all the thoughts, feelings and sensations thinking that we are the thoughts, feelings and sensations, and we are either happy or suffer following what we are experiencing in the mind and the body through our senses. The ego is the chief and director of likes and dislikes, good and evil, happiness and suffering. If we are still being controlled or influenced by the ego, then we don’t know what is selfless and we don’t know how to be a witness towards all the phenomena. We will think that we are the one who is going through pain, old age, sickness, irritation, frustration, disappointment, discontentment, low self-esteem, depression, happiness, unhappiness, gain and loss, success and failure, praise and censure, birth and death. And we will be having comparison, competition, anger, hatred, jealousy, pride and arrogance, greed and desires endlessly. We will be generating reactions and creating karma for ourselves unceasingly. And we will have to go through rounds and rounds of births and deaths of happiness and suffering continuously to reap off all our karma.

The ancient scriptures, gurus and all the saints and sages told us that we can stop all these by being selfless and just stand as a witness.

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