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Thursday, December 17, 2009

About Sakshi Bhava

Sakshi Bhava means standing as a witness towards all the phenomena that the mind perceives through the senses, without identification or association towards the thoughts, feelings and sensations, and without generating craving and aversion towards whatever the mind perceives through the senses. Not being affected, influenced or disturbed by all the phenomena that is happening inside and outside the body in 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 identifying or associating with it. There's no attachment towards the limited body and the restless modification of the mind. There's an understanding that the body is going through old age, weakening, decaying, sickness, pain and death, but there's not an individual identity of 'I' existing within all those selfless impermanent changes. It's merely the selfless perceptive cognitive thinking mind is perceiving everything through the senses and sense organs, with the intellect and the ego playing their parts in analyzing and generating reactions towards all the phenomena inside and outside the body or in the world, but there's no identification or association with them.

The mind, the thoughts, the feelings and the sensations are not 'I'. All these thoughts, feelings and sensations come and go as they like. They don’t belong to 'I' and they don’t need the permission from 'I' to stay or to leave. The world only exists under the modification of the mind. Without the mind, there is no world. All the thoughts, feelings and emotions are happening in the selfless mind, not in somebody’s mind. And the mind is just a selfless projector without the intention to be good or bad, positive or negative, happy or unhappy, enjoy 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 or causation to be in the world and experiencing different encountering in life. No one can change or interfere with each other's karma or take away others' karma. But this mind can go beyond its own karma by purifying its own thoughts, actions and speech. Karma (the loop of cause and effect) derives from these three things. No one can give us good or bad karma. Only oneself. The mind creates the karma for itself through its ceaseless thoughts, actions/reactions and speech. And the mind can detach from karma by stop generating reactions of craving and aversion towards all kinds of pleasant and unpleasant names and forms, by renouncing from the fruit of actions, and by not identifying with the selfless impermanent body and the modification of the mind. When the mind realized selflessness, we (the selfless mind) will know what is the meaning of all these.

And all the different bodies and minds in this world are the same. They are impermanent, non-self, ever-changing, limited, conditioned, dissatisfied, interdependent and comes with different qualities that are also impermanent, and there are reactions of comfortable and uncomfortable, likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements, craving and aversion, happiness and unhappiness, enjoyment and suffering, birth and death.

By being a witness to the selfless impermanent worldly life existence, 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 own creation and our acting 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 undetermined, unaffected and undisturbed by the movie, regardless of desirable or undesirable ending.

Sakshi Bhava is indeed the wisdom that will free the mind from the discontented, limited and conditioned world of impermanence and miseries that come along with impermanence. Sakshi Bhava is the same as selflessness. It is also non-doership, or 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 body and the modification of the mind under the function of the senses, the intellect and the ego, the thinking faculty will be unwittingly identifying with and involving with all the thoughts, feelings and sensations, thinking and believing that 'I' am the thoughts, feelings and sensations, and 'I' am either happy or unhappy, enjoy or suffer, following what kind of experiences that the mind perceives through the body via the senses and sense organs. The ego (the ignorant idea of an individual existence of 'I') is the chief director of likes and dislikes, good and evil, happiness and unhappiness, enjoyment and suffering. If this mind is still being controlled or influenced by the ego and the intellect, then it won’t know what is selflessness, and it doesn’t know how to be a witness towards all the phenomena. The mind will think that 'I' am going through changes, and 'I' am experiencing decaying, paining, aging, sickness, irritation, frustration, disappointment, discontentment, low self-esteem, depression, happiness and unhappiness, gain and loss, success and failure, praise and censure, birth and death. And it is acting/reacting restlessly and generating comparison, competition, dissatisfaction, insecurity, fear, anger, hatred, jealousy, pride, arrogance, discontentment, greed and desires endlessly. The attachment and identification towards the ceaseless actions/reactions creating endless karma (the loop of cause and effect) for itself unceasingly. And it will have to go through restless births (arising) and deaths (passing away) of enjoyment and suffering continuously to reap off all its endless karma generated by itself.

The ancient scriptures, gurus, and all the saints and sages told us that we can stop all these (the restless loop of cause and effect, or the restless modification of the selfless mind) by realizing selflessness and standing as the silent witness.

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