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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

The purity in yoga and buddhism

The purity in yoga and buddhism is about -

The absence of ignorance - not knowing the truth of 'I', the modification of the mind, suffering, the root cause of suffering, selflessness and impermanence, cause and effect, timelessness (time is merely the reflection of ceaseless impermanent changes. There is neither past nor future, there is only now, and it's changing), non-separateness, non-duality.

The absence of the idea of 'I' - the ego, a non-existent individual identity of 'I' that gives rise to the sense of separateness and the consequences of that.

The eradication of egoism - attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, comparison, judgment, intention, and expectation.

The eradication of impurities - corrupted thinking, beliefs, ideas, values and practice deriving from ignorance and egoism that give rise to incorrect reasoning and understanding (the perception of duality) and hurtful damaging behavior/action/reaction, self-righteousness, possessiveness, obsessiveness, selfishness, inspiration, aspiration, ambitiousness, dissatisfaction, disappointment, irritation, frustration, anger, hatred, jealousy, greed, self-esteem, self-worth, pride, arrogance, fear, worry, ill will, animosity, intimidation, offensiveness, defensiveness, grief, guilt, regret, hurts, violence, passion, lust, longing, loneliness, boredom, mental and emotional dependency, auspiciousness and inauspiciousness, appropriateness and inappropriateness, respectfulness and disrespectfulness, meaningfulness and meaninglessness, positiveness and negativeness, goodness and badness, joyfulness and sorrowfulness, and etc.

And the annihilation of restlessness - the selfless impermanent restless states of mind ceaselessly interchanging between confusion and clarity, disturbance and calmness, discontentment and contentment, peacelessness and peacefulness, restlessness and quietness, joyfulness and sorrowfulness, goodness and badness, meaningfulness and meaninglessness, positiveness and negativeness, happiness and unhappiness, healthiness and unhealthiness, painful suffering and pleasurable enjoyment, and so on, of ceaseless births (thoughts arising) and deaths (thoughts passing away) of countless thoughts arising, changing, and passing away (Impermanence), transitioning in different realms/states of mind.

There is no 'I' existing to be undergoing all that (Selflessness).

Out of ignorance and egoism, there is an idea of 'I' existing in the form of a continuous stream of thought(s) identifying as the existence of an individual identity attaching towards different qualities of selfless impermanent names and forms to be identifying as "This is I", that appears to be undergoing ceaseless births and deaths transitioning in different realms/states of mind, and hence, "I am restless or peaceless," and "I am suffering," and "I want to be free from suffering."

Upon the realization of selflessness, it's merely the selfless impermanent modification of the selfless function of the perceptive cognitive intellectual emotional thinking and acting mind being in a state of restlessness, in the present moment now, undergoing ceaseless selfless impermanent changes, powered by energy, influenced by cause and effect.

Both the teachings and practice of yoga and/or buddhism emphasized on the mind purification process for preparing the mind to be performing self-inquiry (to inquire towards the truth of selflessness and impermanence) and meditation (to annihilate the restless modification of the mind and absorb into silence - Samadhi, the annihilation of the modification of the mind/thought activities, where there is no restless births and deaths a.k.a. restless selfless impermanent changes).

Regardless of whether the minds know or don't know towards the yoga and/or buddhism practice is about the mind purification process, and whether the minds practice yoga and/or buddhism is for the purpose of mind purification, or not, yoga and buddhism practice is still what it is, serve the purpose of purifying the ignorant egoistic impure restless modification of the mind.

All kinds of different practices are indeed existing for purifying the modification of the mind, which is eradicating the veil of ignorance, the idea of 'I', egoism, impurities, and restlessness.

There might be some misunderstanding towards the 'purity' in yoga and/or buddhism, where some minds understood that as 'moral high ground' or 'untouchable', where there are no traces of bad qualities or impure elements, but only good qualities or pure elements existing in the mind based on the many different worldly passionate egoistic beliefs, ideas, values, and practices about what is good and bad quality, and what is purity and impurity.

The 'purity' in the teachings of yoga and/or buddhism is nothing to do with the worldly ideas of 'moral high ground', or 'perfectly all good and nothing bad', or 'perfectly all pure and nothing impure', or 'perfectly all positive and nothing negative'.

The mind purification process is about changing the mind behavior pattern that is under the influence of ignorance, the idea of 'I', egoism, impurities, and restlessness, to be rendering the mind calm and quiet, to allow the mind to have certain degrees of calmness to be reflecting upon the truth of names and forms as it is, that leads to the development of certain degrees of correct understanding. And upon attaining certain degrees of correct understanding under a calm and quiet mind free from the influence or contamination of worldly passionate egoistic thinking, belief, ideas, values, and practice, the mind transcends even the state of the mind that is rendered calm and pure.

The 'purity' in yoga and buddhism is about the mind is free from being conditioned, or influenced, or contaminated by worldly passionate egoistic thinking, belief, ideas, values, desires and practices, that are influencing the mind to reason, understand, desire, behave, act, and react in certain way based on all that.

The most effective way to purify the modification of the mind, particularly in this era that is full of passionate egoistic ideas and activities as well as all kinds of ignorance and consequences of ignorance in the modern society, including in the world of yoga and/or buddhism, is via the observation of renunciation, dispassion, silence, solitude, and seclusion, for a prolonged period of time, for minimum 5 - 6 years, to be cutting off from all kinds of worldly passionate egoistic ties, connections, communications, interactions, ideas, affairs, duties, responsibilities, and activities.

The mind that has developed certain degrees of correct understanding with a firm foundation of dispassion and non-attachment doesn't need to observe renunciation, silence, solitude and seclusion, where it can live and mix among the worldly passionate egoistic minds to be performing certain selfless service, without passionate intention or aspiration to 'change' or 'influence' the world to be in certain way, while it is not being influenced by all kinds of worldly ideas and activities, and it is not being determined or disturbed by all kinds of ignorance and the consequences of ignorance in the world that doesn't belong to anyone or anything. It can also choose to live a quiet life in solitude and seclusion, renouncing all kinds of worldly actions. There's neither right nor wrong.

There's no authority in yoga and buddhism to be judging or punishing any minds for being ignorant, or imperfect, or impure. Be free to practice yoga and/or buddhism, or not.

It's everyone's freedom for what they want or don't want to practice.

Inquire the truth of everything.

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