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Philosophy

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August 17, 2012

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hen I was about ten years old, my friends and I would throw rocks at each other. This led to a kind of self-inquiry, as I later found out. Smack! My friend's rock hit my arm. "I got you," he said with glee. "No you didn't," I retorted smugly, "You only got my arm." Then he went for something closer to home. Bonk! The rock landed on my head. Now I got you!" "No, that was only my head." Later, I thought a lot about this, for many years in fact. There was no place a rock could land that I thought was truly me. In fact, whatever "X" could named was not me, because it was "My X." But where was the "I"? It's not as though I didn't have a strong sense of it. I did, especially at first. This is why I looked so hard for it for so many years. But no matter where I looked, it seemed to keep shifting around, almost as though it was always in back of me! Even as a youth, years before I had ever heard of Buddhism or nondualism or Chandrakirti, the inability to find the "I" really did begin to weaken my sense of its reality. The Sevenfold Reasoning is a Buddhist meditation on the ultimate nature of things - persons (the "I") and phenomena. In the traditions of Buddhism that utilize the Sevenfold Reasoning (such MEENA OM

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he Universe is interwoven and inter-connected for creation, perfection and destruction. Everything in it has a role to play for constant evolution. Nothing is frivolous. Only when human has used all available powers to the maximum and has derived wisdom and clues for further evolution, is he bestowed upon with greater powers. This goes on guided by true spirituality - science of spirit based on the laws of Nature, till human realizes the supreme reality of the Godhead within. True love is the Universal Life Energy - the supreme driving force behind sexuality and spirituality. Sexuality is not a force or an adjective for physical union. It is a thrust of energy guided by the stream of life force which flows in the human mechanism to feel ecstasy on all energy pools chakras. Ecstasy is a feel of fulfillment, reaching the climax of the joy of creation and this bliss is not meant to be localized just on the mooladhar or root chakra. Human is endowed with seven centers to feel this 'feel of fulfillment.' The

as the Dalai Lama's sect, the Gelukba Madhyamikas), the ultimate nature of things is said to be emptiness. It is based on the teachings of Chandrakirti, an 8th-century Indian Buddhist teacher. Chandrakirti provided a way to inquire into the ultimate or final nature of things, as a way to help relieve suffering. According to these sutras and teachings, it is the ignorance or

known as a meditation in the Buddhist Middle Way teachings. The reasonings are to be gone into intensely, with the full force of one's feelings about how things are. The reasonings are not a method of "no-thought" or of turning the mind away from objects. Instead, objects are taken full-strength, faced directly and forcefully. When these powerful reasonings are gone into fully,

there, solid, independent, separate from us, and somehow casting themselves towards us. The thinking part is an intellectual sense of things as self-sufficient and independent of everything. To flesh out this intellectual strand of total independence from everything, Middle Way treatises speak of three kinds of independence. For example, if a cup exists in-

Chandrakirti's sevenfold reasoning on selflessness Sentient beings have the conception that phenomena (as well as they themselves!) exist in a very solid, independent way, whereas nothing really exists in this way

All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark. -Swami Vivekananda Greg Goode

misconception about the way things exist that keeps sentient beings in suffering and cyclic existence. Sentient beings have the conception that phenomena (as well as they themselves!) exist in a very solid, independent way, whereas nothing really exists in this way. When this conception ceases, ignorance ceases, and suffering ceases. The Sevenfold Reasoning is a set of inferences that one contemplates deeply. Even though they are an intellectual process, it is

one's view of one's self and the world is deeply shaken. For a moment it might feel as if the earth has turned upside down, or one has fallen into a huge crevasse. Thereafter, things, including one's sense of self, do not really have the same inert heaviness any longer. Mistaken Conception What is this mistaken conception of how things exist? It is partly a matter of feeling and partly a matter of thinking. The feeling component is partly a felt sense that things are somehow really

herently and independently in the way that matches our conception of "independent of everything," then it exists independent of causes and conditions, independent of its own parts, and independent of being observed by a mind. For suffering beings, the feeling and intellectual sense of inherent existence apply to any cognizable object, whether it is a school bus, the feeling of joy, "2+2=4." This is an example of the conception of the inherent existence of phenomena.

ascending order of sexual energy and spiritual power is as follows: Mooladhar Chakra (root) -focuses on the release of body waste and creating new life. It stands for living with basic instincts. If sexual energy is just contained here, it makes human equivalent to an animal. Human is gifted with a sexual urge all the year

Manipur Chakra (Solar) - the climax here is of reaching and realizing some new or previously unknown knowledge - scientists, inventors, gyanis etc have known to experience this. Anaahat Chakra (heart) - embodies the ecstasy of the explosive feel of unconditional love towards all - matter and being, as

mystics, etc Bindu Visarg (point of quantum leap) - here the pinnacle is of knowing the real self. One is happiest with oneself, never getting bored or tense, just blissful under any circumstance. The predominant bhav is of total gratitude for being the most beautiful creation of Nature, drinking the

Spiritual power ascends through 7 centers or chakras

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round because he is capable of utilizing this energy for other dimensions of creativity and growth unlike animals which experience it only for certain periods. Swadishthan Chakra (Hara) energy enclosed here assists in performing work or karm perfectly. Head of institutes, organizations, workaholics etc, fall in this category. They experience the ecstasy of a job well done!

Sexuality is not a force or an adjective for physical union. It is a thrust of energy guided by the stream of life force which flows in the human mechanism felt by Sufis, saints etc. Vishuddhi Chakra (throat) the climax here is of the anand bhav or feel of bliss of excellent oratorical prowess, imparting knowledge by wonderful mastery of speech as done by great leaders, teachers, gurus and swamis. Agya Chakra (third eye) - ecstasy here takes the form of a fully developed intuition, clear vision just as in the case of visionaries,

constantly pouring ambrosial nectar. Experiencing the Divine that 'de-wines' everything! Such a person has balanced male and female energies like Zen masters, paramhansas etc. Sahasrar Chakra (crown chakra) - This is the highest orgasm. Here one experiences the feel and ecstasy of merging yog with whole creation from sahasrar - perpetual joy.

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for. -Socrates Pleasure and pain are not inherent in objects and beings of the world. It is how you relate to them. -Swami Parthasarathy A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. -Confucius Evil can be transmuted into good. What is evil to one at one time, becomes good at another time to somebody else. -Mencius Rewards and punishments are the lowest form of education. Zhuang Zi When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory. Sun Tzu

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