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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Go beyond positive and negative, there's no craving or aversion, there's no fear and worry...

Yoga is not really about being positive, or try to think positive, or want to attract positive things into our life by thinking positively. Although there's nothing wrong with want to be positive, and having positive things in our life.

Even if we don't have intention to find a teacher to teach us something, naturally the teacher will be there when the time is right.

When we say the thoughts in our mind will determine our life experiences, it actually means that the positive or negative thinking will determine how our mind perceives all the names and forms that the mind comes in contact with through the senses. If our mind is positive, then it will perceive everything positively. If our mind is negative, then it will perceive everything negatively. But the mind being positive or negative doesn't really make the objects to become something positive or negative. Everything will still be what it is. It is neither positive nor negative.

If the mind is positive and endowed with good qualities, it can't change the world or other beings to become positive or good, just like Buddha was peaceful and free from suffering, but he couldn't change the world or other beings to be peaceful and be free from suffering.

Same as if the mind is negative and endowed with evil qualities, it can't change the world or other beings to become negative or evil. Just like there are many people doing bad and evil actions in the world, but there are still many people performing good and kind actions in the world.

The point is, once the mind is purified, and ignorance, impurities and egoism are eliminated, and it realized the truth about all the names and forms, and goes beyond dualities or judgment of good and bad, positive and negative, happiness and suffering that come from what the mind believes what things are, but which is not the truth of things of what they really are, then naturally there will be no craving towards something that the mind believes as 'good', 'positive' and 'happiness'. There will be no aversion towards something that the mind believes as 'bad', 'negative' and 'suffering'.

That is real freedom.

If we try to avoid negative thinking, and try to cultivate positive thinking, as we believe that if our mind is having negative thinking, it will attract negative things into our life. And if our mind is having positive thinking, it will attract positive things into our life. We only want to have positive things, and don't want to have negative things in our life. It shows that we are not free.

We are being conditioned by what the mind believes what things are (categorizing and labeling everything into positive and negative), and have craving towards the 'positive' things, and have aversion towards the 'negative' things. Our mind also will be tensed all the time, as we have fear that once there is some 'negative' thinking appears in the mind, then something negative will come into our life sooner or later. There is no peace, as fear arise in the mind due to attachment (craving and aversion) towards the qualities of good and bad, positive and negative, happiness and suffering, which is not the truth of what things really are.

In yoga and meditation practice, we are letting go of attachment towards the qualities of names and forms, and stop generating craving towards qualities that our ego likes and agrees with, and stop generating aversion towards qualities that our ego doesn't like and disagrees with.

Being aware of all the qualities of names and forms, but not being affected, nor disturbed, nor influenced, nor determined by the qualities of names and forms. And allow all the names and forms with different qualities to be what they are, and allow everything with different qualities to be exist at the same time under the perception of worldly existence.

There is no fear and worry towards bad experiences, negative things or suffering.

When fear disappears, compassion will be there naturally. When we realize compassion, fear will disappear naturally. They don't exist at the same time. If one of them manifests in the mind, the other one disappears from the mind.

When there is attachment towards the qualities of names and forms of the body, the mind, the ego, the intellect, relationships, actions and objects exists in the mind, fear follows tightly, and compassion is absent. When all kinds of attachment disappear from the mind, fear disappears as well, and compassion takes over our life existence.

Om shanti.

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