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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Practicing yoga and meditation is being a doctor/surgeon for one's own mind

Yoga and meditation practice being practiced with the correct understanding and attitude will allow oneself to be a doctor/surgeon for one's own mind, to detect, find out and eliminate the cause of 'mind diseases' - all kinds of suffering, to treat what needs to be treated, and to perform 'operation' onto one's mind by oneself, to remove the cause of suffering - ignorance and impurities. One's own mind doctor/surgeon can only be oneself alone, as the ignorance and impurities in one's mind cannot be treated or removed by another being, even if that being is all wise and enlightened.

During the process of one's mind operation, it could be quite an unpleasant or even painful experience for many. If one's ego is stronger than the will for liberation, especially when the existing gross and subtle impurities are over-whelming, one will abandon and runaway from this purification process. One needs to have intense patience, forbearance, determination, perseverance, self-awareness, self-discipline and self-control dealing with one's own ego and stubborn mind impurities.

It is a prolonged procedure and 'non-violent' gentle operation to 'destroy' or 'eliminate' the products of ignorance from the mind - egoism, attachment, identification, craving and aversion, and impurities of anger, hatred, jealousy, greed, dissatisfaction, disappointment, pride, arrogance, self-esteem, ill-will, animosity, defensiveness, offensiveness, violence, vengeance, feelings of hurt, guilt, regret, fear and worry, and etc.

The ignorant egoistic mind is being conditioned to think, behave, feel, act and react in certain ways being conditioned by accumulated worldly and spiritual knowledge, information, social and cultural beliefs, and different types of religious or non-religious teachings coming from different sources from everywhere. Freeing the mind from any kind of conditional thinking, behavior, feeling, action and reaction, or in another term, quieting the restless thought activities of the mind, is freeing the mind from the veil of ignorance that hinders the mind to see the truth of things as it is.

If one's mind doesn't have any diseases, or is free from suffering, one doesn't need to perform yoga and meditation practice. One doesn't need to receive medical treatment to be cured from sickness, or to perform operation to remove any diseases, as there's none.

Meanwhile, being yoga teachers teaching yoga to other people is not about treating other people's 'mind diseases', or to perform operation onto other people's minds to remove 'mind diseases' and their causes from these minds, but it's to disseminate the knowledge of yoga and meditation practice to allow everyone to learn to become their own mind doctor/surgeon, to free themselves from ignorance and suffering. It's not about being a 'healer' having 'healing power' to 'heal' other people's painful suffering or emotional/mental hurt and damage. It's guiding people who have intense yearning for liberation, who are independent, who are willing to work hard to free their own minds from ignorance and egoism through their own understanding, effort, discipline, perseverance and will-power.

May all be free.

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