Inquire towards mental blockage and the practice of renunciation and dispassion

Mental blockage in the teachings of Yoga and Buddhism, is about when the mind is unwittingly being conditioned to think in certain way, to believe in certain belief, to analyze and judge everything under the influence of that particular way of thinking and belief, which influencing the mind to behave/act/react in certain way under the influence of ignorance, limited understanding/incorrect understanding, survival instinct, egoism and impurities.

And hence, the importance of mind purification process to free the mind from mental blockage even before being initiated into the different types of yoga practice for the thinking mind to silent itself, or to transcend its selfless function of the mind perception of a worldly life existence of names and forms, where both the perceiver and the perceived are subject to impermanence and selflessness.

Many yoga enthusiasts would think that the practice of renunciation and dispassion is the advance yoga practice that comes much later on the path of yoga, where it’s only applicable to those who have been practicing yoga for a long time and who have already been through intense mind purification process.

Actually, renunciation and dispassion is indeed the basic practice that allows the mind purification process to be happening efficiently, by retreating and moving the mind away from such conditional worldly egoistic thinking and belief, to allow the mind to see the truth of things as it is, to free the mind from the habitual behavior pattern of egoistic thinking/judging/acting/reacting in certain way under the influence of ignorance, egoism and impurities.

The minds that are already free from ignorance, egoism and impurities don’t even need to practice renunciation or dispassion, or any form of yoga practice.

It is because out of ignorance, egoism and impurities, most minds encounter great difficulty to free themselves from ignorance, egoism and impurities, as the mind only knows what it knows and what it knows are not necessarily the truth of what things are, and it’s being conditioned by that limited impure and partial knowledge to be functioning and analyzing everything, and so, the important practice of renunciation and dispassion exists for helping the mind to be free from ignorance, egoism and impurities, practically and efficiently.

The minds are being told by this and that about what is good and bad, what is right and wrong, what is positive and negative, what is appropriate and inappropriate, what is happiness and unhappiness, what is deserving and non-deserving, what is meaningful and meaningless, what is joyful and painful sorrow, and so on. As long as the mind doesn’t know how to be free from being conditioned by all those information/knowledge to analyze and judge everything, the mind will never be free even after spending the entire life span trying to practice yoga and meditation regularly looking forward to attain Samadhi, or to transcend suffering, as the modification of the mind is forever restless under the influence of ignorance, limited understanding/incorrect understanding, survival instinct, egoism and impurities.

In this present moment, the mind is free when the mind is free from being conditioned by any particular worldly egoistic impure thinking and belief, to think, analyze, judge and expect in certain way. The mind is not free it’s because the presence of ignorance, egoism and impurities influencing the intellect of the mind to analyze and judge everything. Sincere renunciation and dispassion towards worldly affair, identity, connection, interaction and activity can practically help the mind to realize that freedom, that can purify the intellect efficiently and effortlessly, and not struggling by trying to analyze and reason everything under impure intellect influenced by ignorance, egoism and impurities.

Without renunciation and dispassion, the mind that wants to be free from suffering is like swimming in the ocean of sticky oil, while struggling to be free from sticky oil. The mind that is always swimming in the ocean of sticky oil is most probably got use to the presence of sticky oil, and it would be like fish out of water, if it comes out of the ocean of sticky oil.

After a prolonged period of time being dispassionate towards worldly object and engagement by retreating the mind from worldly egoistic affair, identity, connection, interaction and activity, then naturally, standing as a third party, the mind will start to be able to see the ignorance, selfishness, possessiveness and hilariousness in all kinds of worldly affair, identity, connection, interaction and activity under the influence of worldly egoistic thinking, belief, values and practice, influenced by ignorance, survival instinct, egoism and impurities. It’s like those who are not swimming in the ocean of sticky oil, who can clean themselves efficiently from sticky oil by getting out of the ocean of sticky oil, who are free from the inconvenience of sticky oil, and looking at those who are enjoying yet struggling swimming in the ocean of sticky oil.

Inquire the truth of everything.

Inquire towards egoistic reactions

The ego is pleased upon coming in contact with names and forms that it likes and agrees with.

It is displeased upon coming in contact with names and forms that it doesn’t like and disagrees with.

It is happy and satisfied when it gets and experiences what it desires, and when it doesn’t get or experience what it doesn’t desire.

It is unhappy and dissatisfied when it gets and experiences what it doesn’t desire, and when it doesn’t get or experience what it desires.

It wants unrestricted freedom of expression and opinion for itself, to agree and disagree with something.

It allows limited freedom of expression and opinion for other people, to be restricted to express certain expression and opinion that it likes, desires and agrees with, that doesn’t contradict its thinking and belief, but not allowing any kinds of expression or opinion that it doesn’t like, doesn’t desire and doesn’t agree with, that contradicts its thinking and belief, especially if it’s about other people’s expression and opinion towards itself and everything that relates to itself.

It only welcomes agreement towards itself, while rejects and disallows any form of disagreements towards itself.

It feels offended, insulted, belittled, disrespected and hurt by other people’s expression and opinion towards itself and anything that relates to itself, if those expressions and opinions are something that it doesn’t like and disagrees with, even if those expressions and opinions are the truth, but it’s inconvenient truth for the ego where it thinks it’s going against itself, that is threatening something about itself, particularly when it’s related to power and fame.

It feels satisfied, happy, pleased, respected and flattered by other people’s expression and opinion towards itself and anything that relates to itself, if those expressions are what it likes and agrees with, even if those expressions are not really the truth, but it’s convenient untruthfulness for the ego where it thinks it’s favourable to itself, that is empowering something about itself, particularly when it’s related to power and fame.

If the minds are not aware of this defilement in themselves when it is not too serious, when the minds still have certain awareness and self-control over the egoistic reactions, it would turn into a form of mental illness, where the minds are unable to reason or inquire the truth of anything, but living in a self-imagined ‘perfect desirable reality’ that is built according to what it likes and desires, and would be highly defensive and offensive towards the presence of any names and forms that it thinks and believes has the potential of contaminating, intimidating, threatening and damaging the ‘perfect desirable reality’ that it built for itself.

Yoga and Buddhism’s essential practice is about mind purification of removing the defilement in the mind, to free the mind from ignorance and impurities. No doctor, or surgeon, or medicine, or Guru, or ‘God’, can remove the defilement in the mind but the mind itself. All minds are under the influence of certain degrees of defilement. Those who are fortunate to have awareness towards the defilement in the mind, and have self-control without being over-powered by the defilement, while be initiative to do something to eliminate defilement from the mind, is considered mentally healthy and matured. If the mind doesn’t have awareness, and doesn’t do anything about it, the defilement could expand to a greater degrees where the mind would be over-powered by the defilement, then it becomes a form of mental illness.

Those who are unfortunately suffering from mental illness, are losing the basic ability to process the thought activities, to reason and understand, where they cannot and don’t know how to deal with certain or all the mind perception of names and forms, being confused and have no self-control over certain or all kinds of action and reaction. Those who are overly sensitive and easily being offended by this and that, who can’t deal with and don’t allow the presence of certain names and forms that they dislike and disagree with, where they think and believe that the presence of certain names and forms that they dislike and disagree with is the cause of all the disturbance in their minds, are indeed suffering from certain degrees of mental illness. Healthy minds have the basic ability to reason and understand, have self-control over actions and reactions, while allowing all kinds of likable and dislikable, agreeable and disagreeable names and forms being there as they are, without being determined or over-whelmed by all the names and forms being what they are.

The mind that is being determined by other people’s perception or opinion towards itself, where it attaches onto and identifies with a personal and public self-identity and self-image that gives certain power and fame to itself that is being supported by some other people, will reject and disallow any forms of personal and public expression or opinion that appear to be disagreeable towards itself, or going against itself, as this mind doesn’t want other people to come in contact with any personal and public expressions and opinions about itself that it thinks and believes will be threatening its power and fame relates to its particular public identity and image, and it wants to ‘determine’ how other people think and judge about itself, by ‘controlling’ and ‘restricting’ what type of personal and public expression and opinion to be exposed to other people, where it doesn’t allow other people to be given the opportunity of coming in contact with all kinds of expressions and opinions as they are, to have the freedom to reason the truth of those expressions and opinions, and to make their own judgment towards any expressions and opinions, but this mind wants to control what people come in contact with, to ‘make sure’ that people only be exposed to expressions or opinions that will be in favour of its public identity and image, to secure its power and fame to be the way that it likes and desires. This mind is suffering from fear of losing the power and fame that it likes and desires.

A society that doesn’t have the freedom of expression and opinion, that doesn’t allow freedom of reasoning, that is being exposed to certain ‘limited’ and ‘filtered’ information, expression and opinion, with the intention to ‘determine’ and ‘control’ what people should and shouldn’t be exposed to, in order to ‘control’ what people know and shouldn’t know, that ‘influencing’ how people think, judge and believe, is unhealthy and detrimental to the long term over-all well-being of that society.

A healthy society that will make a country or the world strong and prosper, is when people are ‘mentally matured’, where people are being educated to develop the power of reasoning, to be exposed to all kinds of expression and opinion, and to have the freedom or opportunity to reason and make their own judgment towards what they want to agree and disagree with towards all kinds of information, expression and opinion. And that is the basic freedom or basic human rights, where people are free to reason and make their own judgment, regardless of whether people are agreeable or disagreeable towards certain information, expression and opinion based on their particular interest, thinking and belief.

A democratic country can be run by any leadership that is agreeable by the majority of the people, not by ‘determining’ or ‘controlling’ people’s knowledge and judgment to be in favour of oneself to be in power, but by allowing the people to have the freedom to be exposed to all kinds of information as they are, to have the freedom to reason and make their own judgment, to agree and disagree, and to choose the leadership that serves the people unselfishly and non-discriminatively. It’s not democracy, if the authority of a democratic country is afraid of losing power, that wants to keep in power, and will do whatever it can with the power that it has, to ‘control’ and ‘determine’ what the people know and shouldn’t know, and what they agree and disagree with, in order to attain the support from the majority to keep in power.

A healthy society is made of mentally matured people who are free to agree and disagree with anything, who are free to reason everything, and free to express their thinking and opinion, while respecting everyone’s freedom to have their own different opinions of agreement and disagreement towards everything based on their particular thinking and belief, without interference towards other people’s different opinions, especially towards certain opinions that oneself disagrees with.

Everyone doesn’t need to be determined by other people’s freedom of expression and opinion, likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements towards oneself and/or everything.

Everyone doesn’t need to agree with everything, while doesn’t need to feel offended by something that oneself disagreeing with, and doesn’t need to be offended by other people’s freedom of expression and opinion of dislike and disagreement towards oneself, or towards one’s particular thinking and belief.

There will be less anger, hatred and violence, but more peace and harmony in the world of diversity, if the world is occupying by human beings that are mentally matured and open-minded, even though there will always be many disagreements among human beings about many things due to the different thinking and belief and desire.

In another term, it’s called ‘sportsmanship’. All the people who involve in leadership in the world should first be endowed with the quality of ‘sportsmanship’ before being given the power to lead a government that is supposed to be serving the people, and not about ‘controlling’, ‘oppressing’, ‘punishing’ and ‘prosecuting’ the people who express their opinion of disagreement towards certain things, while doesn’t allow freedom of knowledge and reasoning by ‘controlling’ and ‘restricting’ all kinds of expression and opinion, in order to control what people know and don’t know, and what people should and shouldn’t think and believe, in order to get enough support to keep in power.

Peace and harmony in the world or within a country, is not achieved by ‘controlling’ and ‘unifying’ what people should and shouldn’t know, and ‘determining’ what people should and shouldn’t think and believe, under the intention of promoting peace and harmony by having less disagreements in the world, but it’s by allowing all kinds of agreements and disagreements to be existing in the world as they are, while respecting everyone’s freedom of expression and opinion based on everyone’s different knowledge, thinking and belief, without interference or oppression towards all kinds of disagreeable expressions and opinions deriving from different thinking and beliefs, that contradict one another.

When people are living under an oppressed society, where many people are suffering from certain degrees of mental illness, and are not mentally matured or open-minded, as people are being brought up in the way of being highly defensive towards their own particular identity, and being highly sensitive and offensive towards other people’s freedom of expression and opinion, where people have no freedom of expression and opinion about anything, because people would be prosecuted under specific law and orders for their freedom of expression and opinion of agreement and disagreement, where people are being forced to have certain degrees of fear and tension most of the time dealing with many highly sensitive, defensive and offensive mentally-ill people around them, then how can that society be healthy and prosper?

When people are not living under an oppressed society, where most people are free from mental illness and are mentally matured and open-minded, where people have the freedom of expression and opinion about anything, where people won’t be prosecuted under the law and orders for their freedom of expression and opinion of agreement and disagreement, then people can develop the power of reasoning and can learn from each other’s different knowledge and opinion about everything, and the society can grow healthily and prosper.

Even so, it’s everyone’s freedom if someone wants to filter it’s own expression and opinion, if one thinks that is necessary, for some reasons, out of one’s free-will, and not out of legal restriction under an oppressed society. Such like, people can choose not to have any intentional violence or hypocrisy in their expression of thought, action and speech. It’s part of the yoga practice for having self-control and self-restraint over one’s thoughts, actions and speech, to restrain the outgoing tendency of the mind, turning the mind inward for self-introspection and contemplation, to not interfering with all the names and forms being there as they are, to allow the perceived reality to be what it is, not necessarily the way that the mind would like it to be.

Everyone has the freedom to restrict and filter their own expression and opinion, or not. Everyone has the freedom of how to react towards other people’s expression and opinion, but none can interfere with other people’s freedom of how they want to react towards all kinds of expression and opinion. People can be highly sensitive, defensive and offensive, if that’s what they want to be. It’s everyone’s own responsibility towards one’s own action and reaction.

Inquire the truth of everything.

Inquire towards the ego

The ego, is the ignorant idea of the delusive existence of a non-existing individual being identifying as ‘I’ in the thinking mind.

The ego is the ‘I’ that the mind thinks and believes that it exists as an individual being.

The ego doesn’t exist, it’s merely an idea of ‘I’ born out of ignorance.

The realization of selflessness, or egolessness, or ‘I’lessness, takes place upon the mind realizes the truth of there’s no ‘I’, or ego, or an individual being, existing.

If the ego doesn’t exist, then why are the teachings of Yoga and Buddhism still teach and emphasize about eradicating the ego? There’s no existence of an ego that needs to be eradicated, since it doesn’t exist.

That is because out of ignorance, there’s a delusive individual being existence deriving from the ignorant idea of ‘I’, or the ego, existing in the thinking mind in the form of a continuous flow of thought process, attaching onto and identifying with certain qualities of names and forms to be ‘I’, where this delusive ‘I’ or ego generates lots of unnecessary restlessness and suffering out of egoism and ignorance, that further gives rise to countless egoistic actions and reactions, and the consequences of actions and reactions, that generates ceaseless restlessness and suffering within the modification of the function of a perceptive thinking mind. And hence, the importance of eradicating the idea of ‘I’, or the non-existing ego, from the thinking mind, to free the mind from such restlessness and suffering.

Some practitioners got stuck in the practice of Yoga and Buddhism about the annihilation of the ego, because out of ignorance, they misunderstand that the ego is something separated and distinct from ‘I’, who they think is who they are, who exists as an individual being, where there’s attachment and identification in the thinking mind generated towards the modification of the mind as ‘This is I’. And they think that the true identity of who they really are, or who ‘I’ truly am, as an existing individual spiritual being, is currently experiencing restlessness of enjoyment and suffering due to the existence of the ego in ‘I’. Out of ignorance, the mind thinks and believes that “As an individual being existing in this physical body, I am performing the practice to eradicate ‘the ego’ from I, or myself.”

There’s a false self-identity existing in the thinking mind identifying as “I am experiencing restlessness of enjoyment and suffering due to the ego.” Meanwhile, it’s merely some selfless impermanent names and forms arising and passing away within the selfless modification of the mind.

That self-identity of ‘I’ is indeed the ego. It’s not about “I have an ego and I need to eradicate this ego from myself.” But, it’s merely the mind freeing the modification of the mind from the delusive idea of ‘I’, or the ego. It’s not “I am eradicating the ego from what I think is who I am.”

There’s no ‘I’, or ego, or an individual being, being there to experience restlessness of enjoyment and suffering.

The state of selflessness is not about ‘I’ realized “I am an existing individual being that doesn’t have an ego and I am free from the ego.”

There’s no “I am aware of my ego,” or “I am observing my ego reacting.” It’s merely the mind is being aware of the influence of an ego and the egoistic reactions.

There’s no existence of an individual being of ‘I’ existing to be identifying as “I don’t have an ego and I am free from the ego,” or “I am selfless,” or “I realized selflessness.”

It’s just the truth of the modification of the mind (Thyself) as it is.

It’s the thinking mind that has a yearning to be free from suffering, that performs practice to eradicate egoism from the modification of the mind, and realizes the truth of itself, or the function of the thinking faculty of the physical body that is subject to impermanence and selflessness, where upon the annihilation of egoism, there’s is no ego, or ‘I’, or an individual being existing. The ego is merely a delusive self-identity in the form of thinking, born out of ignorance and egoism. There’s no “I have an ego,” or “I have no ego,” or “I am eradicating the ego,” or “The ego is being eradicated from I.”

It’s merely the selfless impermanent modification of the perceptive thinking mind acting as part of the function of the selfless impermanent physical body, and restlessly perceiving, acting either selflessly or out of the idea of ‘I’ (selfless action or egoistic action), and reacting (egoistic reaction out of the idea of ‘I’) towards all the perceived names and forms through the function of the senses via the sense organs.

Just like all the different egoless organs and bodily systems in the egoless physical body constantly performing selfless intentionless actions being supported by energy or selfless elements from the nature that allows the physical body to be existing and functioning, and eventually ceased functioning and existing (decomposing). There’s no existence of an individual being to under go ‘birth’ or ‘death’, to enjoy or suffer between the birth and death of the selfless physical body with the perceptive thinking faculty.

Out of ignorance, the mind encounters great difficulty to go beyond the delusive existence of a false self-identity of a non-existing individual being, and couldn’t transcend the perception of restlessness of enjoyment and suffering (duality) within the modification of the mind, even though the mind might get to experience the state of ‘I’lessness in deep silent meditation. There’s still the delusive identification of “I am experiencing enjoyment and suffering,” or “I am good. I am bad. I enjoy. I suffer. I aspire. I inspire. I gain. I lost. I am pleased. I am hurt.”

And hence, the mind still needs to work diligently on annihilating the egoism of both gross and subtle attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation, until the ignorant idea of ‘I’ is completely vanished from the modification of the mind.

Upon the annihilation of egoism and the idea of ‘I’ from the modification of the mind, all kinds of perceived names and forms are just what they are, neither good nor bad, neither positive nor negative, neither meaningful nor meaningless, neither enjoyment nor suffering, and all are impermanent and selfless.

Upon the annihilation of (the modification of) the mind, the world of impermanent names and forms doesn’t exist. There’s only nameless, formless, attributeless, beginningless, endless, changeless, infinite, identical, non-separate ATMAN / BRAHMAN – Brahma Satyam, Jagat Mithya, Jivo Bramaiva Naparah

The mind that truly realizes this, is fearless, even when the mortal impermanent physical body is under going impermanent changes, of decaying, aging, pain, old age and disintegration, inevitably.

Or else, as long as there are traces of ignorance and egoism, where there’s still a delusive existence of an individual being, existing in the thinking mind, identifying as the one who is the doer of actions, the enjoyer of the fruit of actions, and who is the one experiencing restlessness of enjoyment and suffering, due to the gratification and non-gratification of the passionate egoistic desire of craving and aversion, the mind is not free, even though it has the opportunity of getting a glance of the state of selflessness in deep meditation.

Suffering doesn’t exist for the selfless minds that know Thyself.

Inquire the truth of everything.

Inquire towards culture

Culture is a name and form represents human beings particular way of thinking, conduct and living under a particular belief, values and practice. Everyone has their own particular personal culture along with a family or community culture that one attaching onto and identifying with. Even if someone intentionally not following or practicing any particular family or community culture in the world, one is still thinking, behaving, doing things and living life in one’s own way of one’s particular personal culture.

Just like all kinds of impermanent names and forms, culture is just what it is. It serves a purpose for most people in this world of impermanence to live life and do things in certain way, dealing with desirable and undesirable events and experiences. It’s neither good nor bad, neither right nor wrong. Although some people might be disturbed or offended by some other people’s particular culture, or be offended by how other people perceive and react towards one’s particular culture that is not perceiving and reacting in the way that one would like it to be.

For many people, life appears to be more meaningful and less depressing if they live life according to their specific culture.

Most cultures involve certain celebrations/ceremonies and have certain ritual practices. There is particular type of food consumption for everyday life and particularly in certain ceremonies, following a particular way of gathering, storing, preparing, cooking, serving and eating food. It can turn into a form of OCD if people overly attached onto a particular way of doing things and living (a form of ritual relates to appropriateness/disappropriateness and auspiciousness/inauspiciousness), where people would feel disturbed or unrest if for some reasons they are unable to follow or accomplish every details of their particular cultural practice. There are many do(s) and don’t(s) in everyday life, particularly during particular celebration, ceremony, or funeral.

Some people don’t need to celebrate any kinds of celebrations and don’t need to have any ritual practice, or don’t need to have specific type of funeral arrangement after death. That itself is a form of culture of their own.

Intentional simplicity or minimalism, is also a form of culture. Spontaneously allowing everything to be what they are, without intention to be simple or not simple, without any superstitious belief and ritual practice is also a form of culture of its own.

Some cultures might create more inconvenience and restriction in life for oneself and/or others, while some cultures provide more easiness and freedom in life for everyone.

Some people are proud of their inherited culture, while some people want to runaway from their inherited culture. Some cultures advocate discrimination and violent abusive treatment towards certain gender, sexual orientation, skin tone, body shape, facial features, behavior, way of life, way of doing things, body or mental limitation/disability, or even bodily functions such as women’s menstruation, and etc.

The many different types of culture in the world were being gradually developed under the influence of certain areas, climates, ethnicities, beliefs, values and practices, that influence people’s way of thinking, conduct and living, is something common and a necessity for the majority of the worldly society. While some people live life as it is, do what is possible and let go what is impossible in the present moment that is subject to impermanent changes of the condition and situation in life, without has to be following any particular culture/ritual of particular thinking, belief, values and practice.

For many people, their particular family and community culture that set as a guideline for them and their future generations to think, do things, behave and live life in certain way is something very important for them, where they want to maintain and strengthen the connection and support among one another within the family or community via empowering their particular culture. Keeping their specific culture alive and strong for as long as possible, is part of the human’s nature of survival instinct, as well as ‘the urge to control everything to be in certain way according to my desire’.

Cultures are subject to impermanent changes and extinction, and are constantly evolving influenced by the present changes in the world, particularly due to the exposure of education and science that debunks many types of superstitious beliefs and practices, but also due to the existence of political authoritarianism in certain countries that advocates protection towards self-interest and control via discrimination, interference and oppression.

While certain cultures would still retain certain values and practices from the very beginning of its forming, even though certain values and practices might be irrelevant or ridiculous under the knowledge of science, but somehow, the minds might find certain comfort in those values and practices.

The survival of any existing culture needs the support and engagement of a group of people as many as possible. Without people supporting, practicing or propagating a particular belief, values and practice, that particular culture will disappear or doesn’t exist.

Someone might live life in one’s own way that might be distinctive from all the others, then that specific way of living will be gone upon the end of this person’s life. Or, maybe some others who happen to know this person’s specific way of living, and they would like to learn and adopt this person’s specific way of living, then this particular culture of a specific way of living might go on, or even expanding, and could be evolving into some other forms of culture.

Certain cultures are eventually disappearing from the world when less and less people following, practicing and propagating a particular culture. Certain cultures are being manipulated into something different from its origin. Meanwhile, mix cultures or new cultures will constantly cropping up in the world. Some last longer, while some last for a short while. Some cultures were gone for some time, but are being revived by certain people.

Certain people welcoming certain new cultures or mix cultures, while certain people don’t like the idea of mix cultures or new cultures that they think is a form of threat or contamination towards their particular culture, where they have fear towards the extinction of their own particular culture as well as fear towards the threat or contamination from other existing cultures or any new cultures that they feel are intimidating the existence and authenticity of their particular cultural belief, values and practice.

Something that needs to be maintained, that is impermanent, that will change, is considered ‘unreal’ under the teachings of Yoga and Buddhism.

In certain society, without following any particular cultural belief, values and practice that they know, is unthinkable or unlivable for them.

Most people want their own particular culture to be preserved and be respected by all the others. People would feel very disturbed or offended if their culture is under what they think is a threat, or what they think is being disrespected or insulted by some others, either intentionally or unintentionally.

As yoga practitioners, we respect everyone’s different cultures without interference. Understanding that everyone has their own freedom to follow or adopt any kinds of culture that they want to follow and practice, that guides them to live life or do things in a particular way that make them feel most comfortable.

Yoga practitioners also can follow and practice a particular culture that they inherited, or adopted, or invented, but without attachment and identification with that particular culture.

Any forms of culture is just a way of living and doing things in life, it’s not who or what ‘I’ am.

Only through non-attachment and non-identification towards any particular culture, belief, values and practice, the mind can be open to inquire the truth of everything, including one’s particular culture. Being free from egoistic pride and protectiveness, the mind is undisturbed by all the impermanent changes in the world, as well as how others perceive or react towards one’s particular culture of particular way of living and doing things.

Just like having its influence in everything else in this world, commercialism has its strong influence in all kinds of different cultures, promoting or even inventing all kinds of cultural celebrations, festivals and ceremonies that highly supporting the world of commercialism, creating ‘jobs’ and ‘business’ for different people, or under the name of supporting and empowering ‘The Economy’.

Living under certain cultures and in certain countries can be so stressful. It’s like someone needs to be skillfully walking on eggs all the time, where one has to be very careful not to do or say many things that are being perceived as offensive towards certain culture, or it’s an offense towards the law and orders of the country.

Inquire towards the truth of everything.

Implementing the teachings of yoga into the yoga practice and daily life

Not everyone, but most people who had participated in our yoga classes and yoga retreats within the last eleven years before the pandemic started, told us that they appreciate our yoga classes that emphasize on implementing the teachings of yoga into the yoga practice and in daily life. They said that in the yoga classes that they usually went to in their countries, the yoga teachers didn’t teach or talk very little about the yoga philosophy. While some of them completely haven’t heard about any yoga philosophy in the yoga classes that they have been going for some years.

I wasn’t surprised when I heard about this.

Some yoga teachers are afraid to teach or talk about the philosophy, because they are afraid that the students will have strong reaction of aversion (resistance). And so, they just want to teach some yoga exercises for attaining physical fitness, physical health, good feelings and pleasant sensations that come from the yoga exercises. There is nothing wrong with this. Yoga is versatile and can suit everybody with different temperaments.

While some yoga teachers are lack of faith and confidence in the traditional teachings of yoga and its practice in daily life. I met some “yoga” teachers who are against the traditional teachings from the ancient Gurus, where they criticize the Guru’s personal life and way of teaching, and are criticizing about the teachings of traditional yoga philosophy and its practice in life are not up to date and are not suitable for the modern people in the modern world to practice in daily life. Well, if the teacher themselves have no faith and confidence in the teachings, or they don’t like and disagree with the teachings, then how can they expound the yoga teachings to anybody? There is nothing wrong with this as well, because just by teaching the yoga exercise without the philosophy is still something great and good for everybody. 

When some people, or even most minds dislike and disagree with the teachings of yoga, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s something wrong with the teachings. It’s just that the teachings are contradicting with their existing worldly passionate egoistic social/cultural/religious/spiritual/educational thinking, belief, values and practice. Just as many people misunderstand what is selflessness and compassion, and people would get very disappointed and irritated with those who are selfless and compassionate, as they don’t behave in the way that worldly passionate egoistic minds expect them to behave according to what they think and believe is selflessness and compassion. Everyone has the freedom for how they think and what they understand and believe, and disagree with some or many of the teachings of yoga.

Some yoga teachers have strong attachment and identification towards their particular religious belief and practice, and they only want to practice and teach the yoga asana, pranayama, concentration and relaxation practice, as a form of healthy exercise to enhance physical and mental health condition, fitness level, immunity, ability, skill, memory, injury rehabilitation, focus, de-stress, sleep quality, and so on, that don’t contradict with their religious belief and practice. While they think it’s inappropriate for them to practice or teach the other practices, especially the teachings of yoga, the chanting and prayers, the self-inquiry, or even the meditation practice, as it might be contradicting with or disrespecting towards their existing religious belief and practice. That’s their freedom.

While some yoga teachers are still very unsure about the yoga philosophy. They haven’t realize the truth of the teachings through self-realization. If so, how can they share the essence of the yoga teachings with others? There is nothing wrong with this also, because we all have to start somewhere and we all are not perfect (if we are perfect, we wouldn’t be here in this existence). As yoga teachers, we all learn together with the students and evolve together. There is no superiority or inferiority. We share what we know/realized and what we had experienced through our own practice on the path of yoga. We all grow and move towards the realization of selflessness and compassion even though we all evolve at each different pace. 

Some yoga teachers know very well about the yoga philosophy and they are practicing the yoga philosophy sincerely as well. But they also think that there are many people out there who come for the everyday yoga classes are not yet ready to know about the philosophy, or to be practicing the yoga philosophy, and that these people should be kept away from hearing about yoga philosophy and just give them some yoga exercises for the body until they are ready to receive the great knowledge of the yoga philosophy about the Self and the path of Self-realization. This is nothing wrong at all. These yoga teachers are being cautious. It is indeed very wise. This is to avoid those who are not ready for grasping the deep knowledge of the yoga philosophy to engage in criticizing and condemning the teachings of yoga, as well as condemning the yoga teachers who actually practice and teach the yoga philosophy to the yoga students.

But, take a look at all the books about yoga philosophy in the market that is written by famous yogis, saints and sages. The knowledge is out there for anybody to pick up, to read, to reflect and to know about the deep yoga philosophy, these books never have statement that says, “Please be cautious! If you are not ready yet, please don’t read this book. This book is only for those who are ready to receive the great knowledge of yoga.” 

However, even if people have been reading a lot of books about yoga and hearing a lot of teachings from somebody, accumulating lots of information or knowledge about yoga, it doesn’t guarantee that the mind is free from ignorance and suffering, as all these accumulated information and knowledge doesn’t remove the ignorance in the mind, but only serve the purpose for the mind to reflect upon, to inquire towards the truth of everything under a purified intellect and calmed mind, to implement the teachings into the physical yoga practice and daily life, and attaining self-realization through direct experience, which will free the mind from ignorance.

Getting all kinds of physical and mental health and fitness benefits from performing the physical yoga practice without implementing the teachings of eliminating the ego and egoism, it doesn’t lead the mind towards liberation from ignorance and suffering. It’s like owning and sitting in a very good looking expensive car that oneself feels proud of and attracting other people’s attention and admiration, but the car has no functional engine and steering wheel as well as the fuel that allow oneself to drive the car to reach any destination.

And hence, the teachings and the practice cannot be separated. It’s like the handle and the blade of a knife. Both are equally important for the knife to be functioning. The person who uses the knife also needs to be equipped with the basic common sense of how to use the knife efficiently and safely. The knife itself has no intention to be good or bad. It’s not the responsibility of the knife whether people use it wisely or ignorantly.

More importantly, one doesn’t need to practice any teachings or practice that the mind dislike and disagree with, but one shouldn’t be disturbed by the teachings or practice of yoga that one doesn’t like or disagree with. Regardless of agreement or disagreement towards the teachings of yoga, the students of yoga shouldn’t blind-believing, blind-following, blind-practicing or blind-propagating, but to inquire towards the truth of everything, including all the teachings of yoga, to attain direct experience and realization.

This is indeed practical in life, as we all will come in contact with something that our minds don’t like and don’t agree with, from time to time. The yoga practice is about non-attachment, non-craving and non-aversion in daily life that allows all the names and forms that our minds like and dislike, agree and disagree with, to be what they are, to be there as they are, without being determined or disturbed by names and forms that our minds don’t like and don’t agree with under the influence of our particular worldly social/cultural/religious/spiritual/educational thinking, belief, values and practice.

Anyway, if it’s really the truth, or the teachings that lead towards the liberation from ignorance and suffering, or the yogis that really practice yoga of selflessness and compassion, all these names and forms won’t be determined or affected by any amount of disagreement, criticism and condemn coming from worldly egoistic impure minds.

When we have the opportunity to come across with the yoga philosophy, it is the right time, even if we are still under the influence of ignorance, and can’t really grasp the essence of the teachings yet, as well as we might have lots of disagreement towards many of the teachings that seemingly contradicting with our worldly passionate thinking, belief, values and practice. If we are not ready yet, then no matter how much we want and need to know about the yoga philosophy for guiding us to transcend ignorance and suffering, we won’t be able to see it, hear it, or read it. (This actually happened to me. The Bhagavad Gita in Chinese version (a gift from a friend) was on my bookshelf for 15 years, but I didn’t realize that it was there with me all the time, until after I came back from India in 2005. When it was not the right time yet for me to read the Bhagavad Gita, I wouldn’t be reading it even though it was with me all the time.)

And also, who is qualified enough to say or judge who is ready and who is not? If the person himself thinks that he is not ready yet, then he can just take up some yoga classes that only do some physical exercises. There are many of these yoga classes out there. And these are very good fitness exercise classes just like some other forms of physical exercise classes. Even if we don’t mention about yoga philosophy, but the poses, the movements and the breathing exercises are there naturally influencing and balancing the energy field in the body, and unblocking any energy blockage in the system. And hence, this will influence and balance the state of the mind, and strengthening the entire systems and functions in the body.

It definitely needs direct experience, direct realization, truthfulness, compassion, fearlessness and non-attachment for anybody to be able to expound the teachings of yoga, the path of Self-realization, or the annihilation of the ego and the mind, to “all beings” without any discrimination (whether they are “ready”, or not), without hesitation, fear and worry. Meanwhile allowing everyone to welcome or reject the gift of Dharma.

What is so fearful and worried about disseminating the teachings about the path of realizing selflessness and compassion to transcend ignorance and suffering with all these people who come for the yoga class? Being afraid of offending somebody’s ego and they won’t come back for the yoga classes anymore?

Yoga is indeed about the realization of selflessness and compassion that leads to unconditional peace, and about how to realize selflessness and compassion through implementing the teachings in daily life and into the physical and mental yoga practice.

It is about the annihilation of the selfish prideful arrogant ego, or the lower self.

It is about mind purification removing all the impurities, restlessness and ignorance.

It is about letting go of the desire of craving and aversion.

It is about non-identification with the body and the mind, and any qualities of names and forms.

It is about being in the present moment now, being free from the past pleasant and unpleasant experiences as well as future wishful and unwishful imagination.

It is about knowing who we really are, or what is the mind, through self-inquiry and self-realization.

It is about non-dualism, non-separateness and attributelessness.

It is about renunciation and non-attachment.

It is about inquiring towards the truth of everything.

It is about dispassion and discrimination towards what is real and unreal.

It is about the intense yearning for liberation.

It is about seclusion and solitude.

It is about discipline and self-control.

It is about developing the basic elements of patience, determination, perseverance, tolerance, forbearance, acceptance, adjustment, adaptation, accommodation, humility, openness, letting go, self-reliance, mental and emotional independence, and so on, that enable all the other practices to be happening.

What is there to be taught to the students if not all these yoga teachings? 

It really doesn’t matter if some people are not “ready” yet, or will get very irritated by the philosophical part of yoga. They can continue to practice the yoga exercises without applying any philosophy onto it, even if the mind is not free from ignorance and suffering because they are not interested and never try to eliminate the ego and egoism. Be happy, and enjoy the exercise. The exercise itself is a very good and beneficial activity for anyone to do in life. It is the beginning stage of purification even though no body is mentioning or discussing anything about the philosophy. But, just by performing physical purification without mental purification of eliminating the ego and egoism doesn’t lead the mind to transcend ignorance and suffering. It’s like washing the car everyday, but didn’t look after the internal parts of the car, will give us a pleasant clean looking car, but the car might not be functioning well.

Some people are appreciative and grateful for the opportunity to be learning about the teachings of yoga in the yoga class, where they can implement the yoga teachings that they learned into their physical yoga practice and daily life, to free the mind from ignorance, egoism and impurities – the root cause of restlessness and suffering.

While some people get very irritated and disturbed upon coming in contact with the teachings of yoga in the yoga class, where they only want to do some physical yoga practice that give them some momentary calmness, good feelings and pleasant sensations, as well as some momentary relief from certain physical/mental/emotional tension. Out of their own particular reasons, they are not interested to be learning any teachings or practice about eradicating ignorance, egoism, and impurities – The root cause of tension, unhappiness, hurts, disturbs, restlessness and suffering. That’s their freedom.

In the same yoga class, some will feel calmed and relaxed as they let go of attachment, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation, while some are generating more tension as they are over-powered by strong attachment, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation. It’s nothing to do with the yoga class being in certain way, or how the teacher conducts the class. It’s the same in daily life.

There’s nothing wrong with people don’t like yoga classes that teach about the teachings of yoga. It’s everyone’s freedom for what they want and don’t want to learn and practice, as well as agreeing or disagreeing with anything.

There’s nothing wrong also with yoga teachers who teach about the teachings of yoga in yoga class that is about yoga.

It’s like people want to eat Nasi Lemak, and they come to a Nasi Lemak restaurant ordered and paid for a plate of Nasi Lemak, but then they are disappointed and angry when the Nasi Lemak is not what they expect it to be. They didn’t like coconut milk, or pandanus, or chillies, or cucumbers, or peanuts, or onions, or anchovies, or egg, or rice, or Nasi Lemak as it is. May it be due to allergic reason, or taste-wise, or the type of ‘Nasi Lemak’ that they had eaten before is nothing to do with Nasi lemak as it is. Out of ignorance, some even demand a refund, and then give ‘bad review’ to this restaurant for serving and selling Nasi Lemak that is not what they expect it to be. Some even want to stop the restaurant from serving or selling Nasi Lemak as it is to other people who want to eat Nasi Lemak as it is. It’s okay if one day nobody wants to eat Nasi Lemak as it is, and nobody wants to prepare, cook or serve Nasi Lemak as it is.

Teaching the yoga students about yoga or performing some yoga practice without the teachings of yoga, is like giving a cup of ‘bitter-gourd water’ to the yoga students without the bitter-gourd juice, and tell them, “I am giving you bitter-gourd water to taste. This is bitter-gourd water, even though I deliberately omit the bitter-gourd juice as I’m afraid you might not like the taste of bitter-gourd juice.” There are quite some people don’t like the taste of bitter-gourd, and that’s their freedom. Just by drinking the water without the bitter-gourd juice is good also. Although the bitter-gourd juice provides certain elements that the water doesn’t have. But when people come to us and are asking for bitter-gourd water because they know they can get bitter-gourd water from us, we give them bitter-gourd water with the bitter-gourd juice, and not giving them ‘bitter-gourd water’ without the bitter-gourd juice, or replacing the bitter-gourd juice with sweet lime juice or orange juice pretending to be ‘bitter-gourd water made with bitter-gourd juice’, and let them decide whether they want to drink the bitter-gourd water, or not, even if they might not like the taste of bitter-gourd in the beginning, but they might get use to it after some time and see the goodness of it, or maybe not. Some even have strong averse reaction towards it, and never want to try it again. That’s their freedom.

If people only want water, they are not interested in bitter-gourd juice, they can get water easily in many other places. As this place is particularly about supplying bitter-gourd water.

Some suggest that adding some sugar or other sweet juice in it, so that it’s more acceptable to most people’s taste, but, it won’t be the same as pure bitter-gourd juice. It’s because the people only like the additional sweetness from the sugar and not liking the bitter-gourd taste itself, and no matter how long they have been liking to drink bitter-gourd water with added sugar, but once we stop adding sugar, they wouldn’t want to drink it anymore. 

Just like many yoga teachers modify the yoga class and/or the yoga practice to gratify people’s desire of craving and aversion to attract people’s interest in doing some form of the yoga practice, as well as emphasizing on the usage of ‘non-offensive suggestive words’ that are more pleasing to the ego, that doesn’t irritate the ego so much, it doesn’t really help them to be free from ignorance and egoism, but it empowers ignorance and egoism of the people. And that’s their freedom as well.

The ‘words’, or the ‘tones’, or the ‘volumes’ have no quality of ‘offensive’ or ‘non-offensive’. It’s the degree of sensitivity coming from the minds that project ‘offensive’ or ‘non-offensive’ onto the different words, tones and volumes. Without teaching the minds how to be free from the ego, egoism and duality, but instead, trying to please, protect and pamper the ego of the minds, to avoid anything that might appear to be ‘offensive’ to the ego, it doesn’t help to eradicate the ego, but empower it.

The adjustment, adaptation and accommodation in the teachings of yoga, is not about to make adjustment in the names and forms to adapt and accommodate the prideful egoistic mind, but it’s the egoistic mind needs to make the adjustment to adapt and accommodate all the mind perception of names and forms being what they are, as they are.

If the prideful egoistic minds refuse to let go of the ego even before learning the physical yoga practice, and have strong aversion towards the teachings of yoga, and only want to do the physical yoga practice, it’s their freedom, even if they are not really practicing yoga. Only the minds that are willing to let go of the ego, the practice of yoga begins as it is, even without any intention or expectation.

When we modify the yoga practice or the yoga class to accommodate the desire of craving and aversion of the egoistic minds, people only like yoga being the way that they desire, they don’t really like yoga as it is. No matter how long people have been enjoying doing yoga that is being modified to the way that they desire, but then once they are being asked to practice yoga as it is, they wouldn’t want to practice yoga anymore. Some people have been practicing yoga for many years and even possessed many yoga teachers certifications, but they complaint about many things that they think it’s the cause of their unhappiness, disturbs, hurts, disappointment and suffering.

In the end, yoga is about Silence. Many minds want to be in silence, but most minds are too restless to be in silence. Many people complaint that their minds can’t concentrate or be quiet, which they believe is due to external ‘disturbance’ and ‘distraction’. 

What hinders the mind to be silent, is restlessness, or violent thought currents, or ‘disturbance’ and ‘distraction’ arising from within the mind due to ignorance and egoism. The mind couldn’t be quiet, even if the surrounding environment is completely quiet. And hence, all the teachings are there to help the minds to be free from restlessness, to quiet the ever-restless thought currents, or to annihilate ‘disturbance’ or ‘distraction’ from within the mind.

Out of ignorance, many people misunderstand about annihilating ‘disturbance’ or ‘distraction’ means avoiding names and forms that they think is ‘disturbing’ or ‘distracting’ the mind. The ‘disturbance’ and ‘distraction’ in the mind is deriving from the mind itself, constantly and autonomously reacting towards the mind perception of names and forms through the senses, due to egoism of attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation. It’s not because of the names and forms, or the experiences, or the surrounding environment that the mind perceives through the senses being ‘disturbing’ or ‘distracting’. 

By avoiding coming in contact with certain names and forms or environment that the mind thinks is being ‘disturbing’ or ‘distracting’ might induce momentary conditional calmness/quietness or ‘silence’ to the mind, but, that is conditional and impermanent. It’s not the unconditional silence that is always there being undetermined by all the impermanent names and forms arising and passing away, which is there as it is, upon the mind is free from restlessness deriving from ignorance and egoism of attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation. 

And hence, out of compassion, the teacher guides the students in the way that allows them to develop the correct understanding and be equipped with the essential practice that can help to free their minds from ignorance and egoism through their own will, effort, discipline, inquiry, direct experience and realization. Whether the students will be successfully developing the correct understanding, or make use of the essential practice, or be free from ignorance and egoism, or not, it’s not the teacher’s responsibility. 

If the students are never being given the opportunity to come in contact with the teachings, to reflect upon the teachings, to try to practice the teachings, regardless of whether they will be successful, or not, as the teachers decided that they don’t want to teach about the teachings of yoga to all or some of the students selectively, expecting that all the students will eventually be free from ignorance, egoism, restlessness and suffering at their own cause just by participating in ‘silent yoga practice’ in the yoga class without the need of expounding any teachings for them to reflect upon, to implement into their yoga practice and daily life, then it’s the responsibility of the teachers for not teaching yoga with the teachings to the students that allow them to at least have the opportunity to decide whether they want to practice the teachings of yoga as it is, or not.

After the teachers have done their best to deliver the teachings and practice to the students, then it’s the responsibility of the students themselves whether to practice the teachings and practice, or not, and whether they will be free from ignorance and suffering, or not. Some yoga enthusiasts have been ‘loving’ yoga and ‘practicing’ yoga for many years, but they are still under the influence of ignorance and egoism very much, and that’s their own responsibility. Everyone takes their own pace to evolve. It’s neither good nor bad, neither right nor wrong. As people can be ‘practicing’ and ‘teaching’ yoga for their entire life under certain ‘Guru’ or ‘lineage’ with the intense yearning to be free from ignorance and suffering, but not everyone attains ‘the highest goal’, but it’s okay. More importantly, it’s the non-attachment, non-identification, non-craving, non-aversion, non-judgment, non-comparison and non-expectation towards the effort and the fruit of the effort that allows the mind to have peace, regardless of how much challenges, obstacles, difficulties or limitations arise on the path, while being aware of the presence of ignorance and suffering in itself, or in the world. That is already a ‘success’ in the yoga practice.

While some people never practice yoga might be free from ignorance and suffering, as they know what is non-attachment, non-identification, non-craving, non-aversion, non-judgment, non-comparison and non-expectation.

There are very few minds are at higher level of consciousness where they don’t need to practice anything or let go anything, as they are already free from ignorance and egoism, restlessness and suffering. They don’t need to attend yoga classes to learn or practice anything. These people don’t need to practice yoga or meditation, at all, and they are wise, compassionate and peaceful unconditionally. But, most minds are under the influence of ignorance and egoism, and they are in need of the help of the teachings to be reflecting upon, to implement into the yoga practice and daily life, to find out what is going on in their minds, to eradicate egoism and impurities, which will free the mind from restlessness, that allows the mind to know Thyself, to see the truth of names and forms as it is.

Those who are free from restlessness and suffering, they don’t need to learn, understand or practice the teachings of yoga. Those who are not free from restlessness and suffering, but they are not interested to be free from restlessness and suffering, that’s their freedom. While those who want to be free from restlessness and suffering, who are interested to learn and practice yoga to transcend restlessness and suffering, they need to be able to surrender the ego, pride and arrogance, to be humble, patient and determine to learn, study, inquire and practice the teachings of yoga by implementing into the yoga practice and daily life.

After attended classes humbly receiving or learning the teachings of yoga to be reflecting upon, even repeatedly hearing the same teachings over and over again, until the basic foundation is firmly built, to be implementing into the yoga practice and daily life, one retreats into seclusion or solitude, without the need of supervision, or instruction, or help, or encouragement from a teacher, to perform self-practice independently in silence, without attachment, identification, craving, aversion, judgment, comparison, or expectation, without being determined by the surrounding environment, or the mind perception of names and forms, or the fruit of the yoga practice.

Those who said they want to learn and practice yoga, as they want to be free from restlessness and suffering, but they are too proud and impatient to learn, study, inquire and practice the teachings of yoga, but just interested in getting the momentary relief, calmness and good feelings deriving from performing some physical yoga practice in silence, or getting the momentary satisfaction from gratifying their desire of craving and aversion, and are not interested to free the mind from the root cause of restlessness and suffering, that’s their freedom.

Many yoga practitioners or teachers are still not free from ignorance, egoism, restlessness and suffering even after many years of attending ‘silent mindfulness yoga classes’ that deliberately doesn’t deliver any forms of teachings about freeing the mind from the ego and egoism, with the intention to minimize ‘distraction’ or ‘disturbance’ as much as possible, to allow the students to pay full attention of ‘mindfulness’ to look into their own minds and they will know Thyself. After many years of performing yoga practice in silent yoga class that doesn’t talk about the essential teachings and practice of letting go the ego and egoism, the minds are still being determined and disturbed by all the mind perception of names and forms, being disturbed by ungratified desires, because they never practice how to free the mind from ignorance and egoism.

Those who want or need to attend classes, as they can’t or don’t want to perform self-practice in seclusion and solitude, as they want to be accompanied by and interacting with some other people, and they need some guidance or instruction from someone to be performing the yoga practice, or they have the desire to be getting or learning something (that they want) from the teacher, while expecting the teacher to teach or not teaching the class in certain way, and they cannot allow the teacher to teach what they teach and how they teach, where they only want to do some physical yoga practice the way that they like, but at the same time, they get very agitated, disappointed, dissatisfied and disturbed when the yoga class is not being the way that they expect it to be, where they would get very irritated by the yoga teacher disseminating the teachings of yoga in the yoga class, or they have strong aversion towards hearing about the same teachings repeatedly, or performing the same practice repeatedly that they think they already know very well, and they think it’s the fault of the yoga teacher or the yoga class being bad and wrong for the presence of agitation, disappointment, dissatisfaction and disturbance in their minds, it indicates that they still have a lot to learn.

While some people get frustrated and irritated is because they only want to do some physical yoga practice in silence throughout the entire yoga class, but the teacher is disseminating some yoga teachings in the yoga class for the students who want to learn about the teachings of yoga, which irritates them very much. The irritation arise in their minds is due to their desire is not being gratified, where the yoga class is not being the way that they want it to be. It’s not the fault of the yoga teacher or the yoga class being what it is, if someone doesn’t like how the teacher teaches the class, or doesn’t like the yoga class that is about disseminating and practicing the teachings of yoga about eradicating the ego and egoism while performing the yoga practice and in daily life.

A yoga class is for people to come to learn about yoga and practice yoga under the guidance of a teacher. If people don’t need to learn any teachings or don’t need any guidance from a teacher, as they think they already know enough about the teachings and practice, and they want a mindful silent yoga practice without any guidance, they should be performing self-practice in seclusion and solitude. Why are they attending the yoga class that is supposed to be a teacher giving some teachings and guidance, but then they get irritated with the yoga class for being what it is? Unless it is a specific silent yoga class where all and everyone already know how to perform the yoga practice without the need of any teachings or guidance.

This is what happens when people are being taught to perform yoga practice in silence without being taught about the essential teachings and implementing the teachings into the physical yoga practice. Those who truly understand about yoga and the yoga practice, they won’t be disturbed, frustrated, disappointed or angry when things are not being the way that they would like it to be.

Even if the mind is being disturbed by something, the well-trained mind understands what is going on, and knows how to just observe the disturbance, without attachment or identification, without judgment or expectation, knowing that it’s impermanent, and will pass away.

Those who truly understand what is mindfulness, they are being mindful under any conditions and situations, regardless of all the names and forms arising and passing away, without attachment, identification, craving, aversion, judgment, or expectation, without being determined or disturbed by the presence or absence of certain desirable or undesirable names and forms in the present moment, without trying to ‘control’ anything to be in certain way, allowing everything to be there as they are, which then allows them to be mindful unconditionally and effortlessly, while performing or not performing certain action. It’s not about selectively choosing a particular subject or object that they want to be mindful about, and get very frustrated when they feel they are being disturbed or distracted by the presence of any other names and forms that they don’t want to be mindful about. Such as, they think they cannot practice mindfulness when the teacher is disseminating the teachings of yoga while they want to be mindful towards the physical yoga practice in silence, that irritates them very much.

Hearing and reflecting upon the teachings of yoga, and implementing the teachings into the physical yoga practice doesn’t make the minds agitated or restless. It’s the reaction of aversion and disagreement coming from the mind towards the teachings being disseminated that give rise to the disturb/irritation/restlessness in the mind, from the mind itself. 

It’s the craving and expectation towards “Yoga is about mindfulness in silence. I need to be mindful towards the physical yoga practice in silence without any external disturbance or distraction,” and the aversion towards the presence of undesirable/disagreeable sights, sounds, smells, tastes, sensations, feelings and thoughts are not being gratified, that gives rise to the disturb/irritation/restlessness in the mind, from the mind itself. Because these minds have not come in contact with any teachings about going beyond the modification of the mind and how to free the mind from egoism of attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation, that allows all the other practices to be happening simultaneously and effortlessly.

Meanwhile, out of worldly passionate egoistic sympathy or empathy, there are many ‘yoga teachers’ are either wittingly or unwittingly empowering the ignorance and egoism in the students by carefully handling their easily be hurt and offended ego by not doing, or saying, or teaching anything that they don’t like and don’t agree with, and empowering the prideful ego with praise and compliment and things that they like and agree with, while gratifying their desire of craving and aversion, to please, comfort and satisfy their minds by giving them what they desire, and avoid giving them what they don’t desire, as well as encouraging mental and emotional dependence among one another, comforting and supporting one another, so that both the teachers and the students will feel love, good, joyful and meaningful through such bonding or connection, that is also conditional and impermanent.

Compassion, that allows the minds to be free from ignorance and suffering, is being seen as ‘coldness’ and ‘harshness’ by the worldly passionate egoistic sympathetic and empathetic minds, not knowing that the act of ‘sympathy and empathy’ void of wisdom and compassion is actually empowering ignorance and egoism, which hinders the minds to be free from suffering from the root. The same yoga teacher who gives the same teachings in the same class is being perceived as ‘compassionate’ by some students and ‘mean’ by some other students under the different states of mind. Meanwhile, the yoga teacher is just what it is, neither compassionate nor mean.

The teachings of yoga and the practice doesn’t discriminate anyone, regardless of whether people only want to practice some of the practices, or disagree with some of the teachings and practices, or misinterpreting the teachings, or modifying the practices, or only want to do the physical practice without any teachings, or adding in one’s worldly ideas, belief and practice, or commercialized it, or claimed authorization over it, or trademarking certain names and forms, or using it to gain selfish desire, or whatever human minds can do with it. And whatever human minds do with it, agree or disagree with it, take it or leave it, practicing or stop practicing, realizing something or haven’t realize anything, being peaceful or disturbed, being liberated from suffering or not, it doesn’t determine or affect the teachings and its practice being what it is.

The truth won’t be contaminated or changed by anything. All is impermanent and selfless.

It’s up to oneself.

Some yogis might have already transcended ignorance, who are selfless and compassionate, but they are not interested at all to teach yoga to anyone, as the ignorance in the minds of the world are too deep even for igniting the initial process of purification. They renounce worldly actions and are resting in Silence. There’s nothing selfish or wrong with that.

Minds that are smart, intelligent and knowledgeable, might not have the interest, humility or patience to learn, study, inquire and practice the teachings of yoga.

Many intellectual people might have come across with the term of “the practice of dispassion and non-attachment” for many times, but they don’t know what is dispassion and non-attachment, and still have strong passion and attachment towards all the selfless impermanent names and forms, and are not free from disturbs, hurts, offensiveness, frustration, anger, disappointment, fear, worry, guilt, regret, painful sorrow and suffering even after many years of practicing some physical yoga practice in silence because they never inquire towards what is dispassion and non-attachment, never practice dispassion and non-attachment, and not knowing how to free the mind from passion and attachment.

Such as the basic teaching and practice of “letting go” – “If it’s too painful to hold a burning hot object, just put it down and let it go,” and “If one doesn’t want to let go and continues to feel hurt by something that is hurtful, it’s one’s own responsibility.” Most people understand what these sentences mean literally, but still, many people struggle very hard with “letting go”, or couldn’t let go something that they think is “disturbing” or “hurtful”, even after many years of trying to let go, because they have no interest and patience to get to know and practice the teachings that guide them on how to inquire towards the truth of what they think is “disturbing” or “hurtful”, even if they are smart, intelligent and knowledgeable. And that’s their freedom.

Even the teachers who repeatedly mention the term of “letting go” for many times to their students in their yoga class, if without knowing how to inquire towards the truth of “letting go” and “the object of letting go”, they themselves also couldn’t let go of something that they think is disturbing or hurtful. They might be learning how to let go certain physical tension during the physical yoga practice session, and physical, mental and emotional tension are inter-related to one another, where mental and emotional tension will also be released when the physical tension is released, but they couldn’t let go mental and emotional tension from the root as well as they are continuing accumulating tension in daily life, as they didn’t inquire towards the truth of all those tension.

Those who realized selflessness and compassion, there is nothing to let go, there’s no need to let go of anything, as there is nothing being accumulated that need to be letting go, and there’s no one there that needs to let go anything. But in the process of attaining that realization, the ignorant egoistic passionate mind needs to let go many things.

Inquire the truth of everything.

The world doesn’t belong to anyone

Everyone think and say that they love the world.

People love the world so much that everyone want to ‘control’ and ‘protect’ the world to be in certain way that they think it’s the best way, according to their particular likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements, based on their particular social/cultural/religious/spiritual/political/commercial thinking, belief, values and practice.

Different groups of people representing different types of nationality/ethnicity/culture/religion/spirituality/politic/commercial are fighting and hurting one another to ‘control’ and ‘protect’ the world to be the way that each group wants it to be.

People think they love the world so much, and hence, they need to protect the world, but it’s not.

People just want to possess and control the world to be theirs, to be the way that they desire it to be.

The world doesn’t belong to anyone.

The world is selfless, impermanent and non-discriminative.

Nature will provide sufficient needs for all and everything existing in the world, even if it’s just ceaseless momentary existence coming and going.

Unfortunately, the world is occupied by such human beings that are under the influence of ignorance and egoism, who think they love the world very much and they need to be doing something to ‘protect’ the world, but they are hurting the world, out of selfish desire, boundless greed and survival instinct, but they claim it’s love and protection towards the world.

It’s the same in the body and the mind.

The body and the mind doesn’t belong to anyone, but there’s an idea of ‘I’ claims ownership over the body and mind, and thinks that ‘I’ love my body and my mind, and ‘I’ need to do something to ‘control’ and ‘protect’ my body and my mind to be in certain way, that ‘I’ think and desire how it should be.

It’s the same in human relationships with each other.

People think and say that they love some others and their relationships with some others, and they need to do something to ‘control’ and ‘protect’ those whom they love and their relationships, so that everyone and everything will be good the way that they think how it should be.

It’s the same in a country.

The government and the politicians say that they love the citizen and their country, and they need to do something to ‘control’ and ‘protect’ the citizen and the country.

It’s the same in religion and spirituality.

The religion and spirituality people say that they love their religion and spirituality, and their believers and followers, and they need to do something to ‘control’ and ‘protect’ their religion and spirituality, and their believers and followers.

It’s the same in any ethnicity and culture.

It’s the same in any family, group, society and community.

Human beings just keep hurting all and everything in the world, out of what they think is ‘love’.

This ‘love’ is not about loving the object of love unconditionally and non-discriminatively as it is, but it’s loving one’s desire towards all and everything should be in certain way that one likes, wants and agrees with.

Don’t love the world.

The world doesn’t need to be loved.

Don’t love anyone and anything, if we would hurt everyone and everything that we think we love very much.

Inquire towards the truth of everything, and be free.

Inquire towards the truth of racism and discrimination

Most people would want to fight for freedom of expression, action and speech.

Many people also want to fight against racism and discrimination, may it be coming from within the society of diversity, or coming from unjust bias government policy.

Many people have no idea/notion/intention of citing racism and discrimination when they want to express, do or say something.

Unfortunately, out of ignorance, anti-racism and anti-discrimination generated lots of unnecessary sensitivity surrounding racism and discrimination that heavily restricting and going against freedom of expression, action and speech, where many people are easily being ‘offended’ by certain ‘expression’, ‘action’ and ‘speech’, or even the usage of certain scenes, colours, shapes, forms, sounds and words, that they perceive/judge/label/believe/identify/refer/relate as a form of citing ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’, or ‘offensiveness’.

May it be those who think and feel themselves are being ‘discriminated’, or ‘racist against’, or ‘insulted’, or ‘offended’ by what they perceive as ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’, and they identifying themselves as the victims of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’, or some other people who want to support those whom they think and believe as the victims of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’, where many people are developing excessive/exaggerate unnecessary high-sensitivity towards certain (and will be increasing) scenes, colours, shapes, forms, sounds, words and maybe some other names and forms, in certain point of view, discussion, expression, speech, writing, artwork, dance choreography, music, song, painting, drawing, sculpture and any other forms of expression/idea/creativity, which ignorant egoistic human minds project the quality of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’ onto almost everything that they perceive, where almost all and everything would also being perceived by these ignorant egoistic minds as something containing the elements of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’, and they don’t allow anything that they perceive as containing the element of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’ to be existing in the world, where people are not allowed, or be condemned, or even be criminalized for the usage of certain scenes, colours, shapes, forms, sounds and words containing what these ignorant egoistic minds perceived as ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’.

People want freedom of expression, action and speech, BUT, only limited to within our own acceptance and agreement based on our petite mindedness of how we perceive and judge everything based on our particular thinking, belief, understanding, judgment, values and practice, where minds are easily being disturbed, offended, hurt, insulted by anything that the minds perceive/think/believe/judge/label as a form of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’ towards the identity of certain names and forms that different people identifying as who ‘I’ am.

For example, about colour. The usage of colours or words of ‘white’ and ‘black’ is being ‘perceived’, ‘projected’, ‘identified’, ‘labelled’ and ‘referred’ as containing the element of ‘racism’ and ‘discrimination’ by those who are anti-racist and anti-discrimination.

The colour of white and black, or the word of ‘white’ and ‘black’, have no quality, or meaning, or power, or intention to be ‘racist’ or ‘discriminative’. But they are being ‘perceived’ and ‘projected’ by certain people who are anti-racist and anti-discrimination with the quality/meaning/power/intention that contain the element of racism and discrimination.

People who are anti-racism and anti-discrimination are highly sensitive towards the usage of the colour and word of ‘white’ or ‘black’ in any kinds of expression, action and speech. And they protest against the use of certain words and colours that reflect ‘white’ or ‘black’.

If the word ‘Whitening’ is being labelled as a form of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ and ‘offense’ towards dark skin tone people, then any colour related to many human beings different types of skin tone will also be ‘racist’, ‘discriminative’, ‘insult’ and ‘offensive’ towards the different people who come with different types of skin tone. The word ‘Darkening’ will be labelled as ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ and ‘offense’ towards fairer skin tone people. Any expression towards any particular colour that certain people like or don’t like, prefer or don’t prefer, will be labelled as a form of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ and ‘offense’ towards the many different skin tone people, may it be ‘yellow’, ‘orange’, ‘brown’, ‘pink’, ‘green’, ‘blue’ and so on, not just ‘white’ or ‘black’. But if this ridiculous sensitivity over the usage of the different colours and words in all kinds of expression, action and speech continuing to be amplified, over-rated and supported by many people who want to go against ‘racism’ and ‘discrimination’, then all kinds of colours can also become a thing that contain the element of racism, discrimination, insult and offensiveness in everyday life. Then no one is going to be allowed to have or mention any colours that they prefer or don’t prefer, like or dislike, in everything in life anymore. The world becomes a colourless world won’t stop those who are ignorant to continue being ignorant, and won’t stop those who intentionally want to be racist, sexist and discriminative against anyone and anything that they dislike and disagree with, continuing to be racist, sexist and discriminative.

Life can be so simple and free, but it’s becoming so complicated and not free due to many people are being highly sensitive towards all kinds of names and forms that are being projected with the quality of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’ by the highly sensitive minds.

To free the world from any kinds of racism and discrimination, definitely is not achievable by ‘protecting’ the highly sensitive minds through restricting, disallowing and criminalizing people on “Do not express, do, or say anything that anyone would feel being offended, insulted, discriminated or racist against,” which doesn’t really eliminate all kinds of racism and discrimination, but instead, it would be empowering the existence of racism and discrimination in the world, that directly and indirectly hinders the freedom of expression, action and speech that most people are fighting for, which is much needed to develop a ‘healthy’ society, than having a ‘sick’ society that live under ‘oppression’, ‘control’, ‘criminalization’ and ‘prosecution’ that are being widely abused in the world.

It’s about teaching and training all and everyone regardless of the different diversity of different appearance/colour/shape/ethnicity/nationality/gender/sexual orientation/culture/religion/spirituality/belief/educational background/health and fitness condition/ability and disability, of young and old, to ‘respect’ and ‘allow’ all kinds of names and forms being existing in the world as they are, without projecting the quality of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’ onto any kinds of names and forms that they perceived through the senses of what they see, hear, smell, taste, sense/feel and think, and they wouldn’t be disturbed, offended, hurt, or insulted by all kinds of names and forms, even if there are certain people who deliberately want to be citing ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’ against certain names and forms that they dislike and disagree with, out of ignorance and egoism, self-righteousness, pride and arrogance.

It has to come from people’s own conscience/understanding towards “Respecting and allowing all kinds of different names and forms being existing in the world, as they are,” and “All kinds of names and forms have no intention or power to ‘disturb’, ‘offend’, ‘hurt’ or ‘insult’ anyone or anything, even if it’s coming from certain minds with such intention, unless the minds have ignorant egoistic attachment and identification, craving and aversion towards certain qualities of names and forms, and the minds ‘perceive’ and ‘project’ certain quality onto certain names and forms, identifying/labeling/referring them as ‘disturbing’, ‘offending’, ‘hurting’ and ‘insulting’, and ‘allowing’ themselves to be disturbed, offended, hurt, or insulted by those names and forms that they themselves ‘perceived’, ‘projected’, ‘identifying’, ‘labeling’ and ‘referring’ as ‘disturbing’, ‘offending’, ‘hurting’ and ‘insulting’, whether it’s intentional or unintentional from anyone, (where mostly are non-intentional from anyone,) but it’s coming from one’s mind being overly sensitive, deriving from one’s own attachment and identification towards certain qualities of names and forms that oneself identifying with as ‘I’.”

Those who are intentionally being racist and discriminative against certain names and forms that they dislike and disagree with, would be expressing, doing and saying certain things under certain names and forms that they want other people whom they want to be racist and discriminative against to ‘understand’ their intention/aspiration/expression of “I don’t like you and I don’t agree with you. I am being racist and discriminative against you. I am intentionally expressing, doing and saying things that I think would hurt and insult you. And I feel good about that and I am being very proud of that.” They don’t respect and can’t allow those whom they dislike and disagree with, whom they want to be racist and discriminative against, whom they intentionally want to hurt and insult, for being existing in their surrounding environment, for being who they are, and for expressing, doing and saying what they want to express, do and say. While they themselves don’t like to be ‘disrespected’ and ‘disallowed’ for being existing, for being who they are, and what they want to express, do and say.

Aren’t everyone who are anti-racism and anti-discrimination also behave, act and react similarly as those who intentionally want to be racist and discriminative?

If people truly want to support freedom of expression, action and speech, is not by ‘disallowing’, ‘controlling’, ‘condemning’, ‘criminalizing’, and ‘prosecuting’ those who intentionally want to be racist and discriminative, or more even so, most of those who don’t have any intention/idea to be racist, discriminative, insulting or offending towards anyone or anything while expressing, doing and saying something, but their expression, action and speech are being perceived and judged as containing the elements of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ and ‘offense’ by the majority of the human beings who are under the influence of ignorance and egoism, who are highly sensitive and who are easily be disturbed, offended, hurt, or insulted by any names and forms that they perceive and judge as disturbing, offending, hurtful and insulting.

People should be allowed being what they are, as they are, even though we might not like or agree with certain behavior or way of thinking, may it be we ourselves don’t like and don’t agree with other people, or other people don’t like and don’t agree with ourselves.

It’s about how all and everyone react towards everything that they perceived, and know what is non-attachment, non-identification, non-craving, non-aversion, non-judgment and non-expectation, or not, that enable or prevent the minds to be free from perceiving, judging or reacting towards all kinds of disturbing, offensive, hurtful or insulting behavior deriving from some ignorant, egoistic, prideful and arrogant people regardless of intentional or unintentional, which then allowing all and everyone to be who they are, as they are, being ignorant and behaving ignorantly, or not, that allowing freedom of expression, action and speech to be happening as it is, even though most people might still be disliking and disagreeing with one another due to ignorance and egoism, self-righteousness, pride and arrogance.

This doesn’t mean that we are promoting and supporting all kinds of violent damaging behavior in the world, as what most ‘good’ people are concerning about.

All those intentional racist and discriminative expression, action and speech in the world will loose their meanings and potential to disturb and hurt anyone, not because they don’t or can’t exist anymore due to restriction and criminalization towards certain expression, action and speech, but it’s because those who are free from ignorance and egoism stop reacting in the way that give meaning and power to these names and forms to be something that the ignorant egoistic prideful arrogant racist discriminative minds want them to be, which is racist, discriminative, hurtful, insulting and offensive, where they expect people whom they dislike and disagree with to react and feel disturbed, hurt, insulted and offended, and they would feel good about themselves for being successfully ‘hurting’ those whom they are being racist and discriminative with.

It’s about understanding that all kinds of behavior are under the influence of the state of the mind. One won’t be intentionally be discriminative towards anyone for anything if the state of the mind is free from the influence of ignorance, egoism and impurities. All kinds of intentional and unintentional ignorant violent damaging behavior, action and reaction are deriving from the mind that is functioning under the influence of ignorance, egoism and impurities.

More importantly, it has to come from self-awareness and self-control towards the state of the mind that influence one’s behavior.

No matter how much ‘oppression’, ‘control’, ‘condemn’, ‘criticism’, ‘criminalization’, ‘prosecution’ and ‘punishment’ that human beings introduced to curb ‘racism’ and ‘discrimination’, especially by restricting freedom of expression, action and speech further and further, until one day, no one is allowed to express, do, or say anything, as anything also can turn into a form of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘hurts’, ‘insult’ and ‘offense’ being perceived and projected by the ‘pampered’ ignorant egoistic highly sensitive minds, it doesn’t eliminate ignorance, egoism and impurities in human minds in the world, and definitely it won’t stop ignorant egoistic human beings from behaving in the way that is under the influence of ignorance, egoism and impurities.

It’s about all and everyone work on freeing one’s mind from ignorance, egoism and impurities. The issue surrounding racism and discrimination will disappear from one’s mind upon the annihilation of ignorance, egoism and impurities. There will be less beings in the world would behave, act and react ignorantly upon the annihilation of ignorance, egoism and impurities in human minds. It’s not by trying to eliminate the issue of racism and discrimination in the world by restricting, controlling, condemning, criminalizing and prosecuting “Freedom of expression, action and speech” in order to stop or minimize issue of racism and discrimination. It doesn’t work, as human minds are still functioning under the influence of ignorance, egoism and impurities, even being ‘restricted’, ‘controlled’, ‘condemned’, ‘criminalized’ and ‘prosecuted’ for certain expression, action and speech that are intentionally or unintentionally containing the elements of racism, discrimination, hurt, insult, or offensiveness.

When self-righteous people are discriminating against and criminalizing anyone or anything that they think and believe as containing the elements of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ and ‘offense’, they don’t see it as ‘discrimination’ and ‘anti-freedom of expression, action and speech’, they see it as ‘upholding righteousness and peace in the world the way that they think how it should be’. It’s not. It’s what people think and believe as the best solution to curb the issue of racism and discrimination in the world, out of ignorance and egoism as well.

The wise and compassionate saints and sages renounced the world, focusing on attaining their own liberation from ignorance and suffering, let the world be the world, let people behave the way that they behave, let all and everyone realize their own wisdom and liberation from ignorance and suffering through their own effort, or not. And after attaining liberation from ignorance and suffering, they may, or may not, come back into the society, to disseminate the universal teachings to those who have self-awareness and be self-initiated to receive and practice the teachings that would lead them towards attaining liberation from ignorance and suffering, regardless of all the different qualities of names and forms that all and everyone have, which is not who they are.

One doesn’t need to react based on how other people expect people to react. One couldn’t be discriminated for anything by any ‘discriminative names and forms’, even though there is intentional discrimination coming from ignorant egoistic prideful arrogant minds against certain names and forms that they dislike and disagree with. That’s their freedom for being what they are, being discriminative, racist or sexist. Other people have the freedom for being non-discriminative, non-racist or non-sexist, without anti-racism or anti-discrimination. While some others have the freedom to be anti-racism and anti-discrimination if they want, but they don’t have to. Just as people have the freedom to feel being disturbed, hurt, insulted and offended, if they want, but they don’t have to.

All and everyone want freedom for being who they are, but, at the same time, they also don’t like and don’t allow other people being who they are. That’s the power of ignorance.

In certain culture, the mentioning of ‘fat’ to someone is something insulting and inappropriate, while in another culture, it’s being perceived as complimenting and non-inappropriate.

Just as the word ‘ignorance’ is neither good nor bad, but it would be perceived as belittling, offensive and insulting by the minds that are prideful and arrogant and wouldn’t like to be related to ignorance, while the minds that are free from pride and arrogance wouldn’t be belittled, offended or insulted, but acknowledging that it’s the truth of most minds including oneself, are not free from the influence of ignorance.

Those who are racist and would deliberately invoke any kinds of discrimination towards certain names and forms that they dislike and disagree with, are actually suffering from a form of mental disturbance. They can’t help themselves by having such strong aversion towards certain names and forms that they dislike and disagree with. Just like some people are suffering from certain mental disturbance where they would get very irritated or disgusted upon coming in contact with certain objects of names and forms that they strongly averse towards, such as particular sight, shape, colour, sound, smell, taste, sensation, visualization, space, position, or direction, as well as being disturbed by other people’s certain ways of doing certain things. There are quite many people are suffering from certain kind of mental disturbance, but mostly are not aware of it.

Just like we would feel sympathy towards those who are suffering from certain physical or mental illness, we can also be compassionate towards those who can’t help themselves for being racist and discriminative, because they are in a form of mental suffering.

Inquire the truth of everything, and be free.

Inquire towards the truth of confidence and self-confidence

Because most people were being told from young that confidence and self-confidence is a highly important quality that will influence and determine whether someone will be successful in whatever one pursues, and whether one will achieve certain accomplishment in life, or not, where people were being told that they need to have self-confidence, or what people refer as ‘believing in oneself’, as well as to develop and empower the sense of confidence, or what people refer as have faith in everything that support everything to be possible, where people think and believe that confidence or faith will make all the impossible become possible, and hence, people might not understand that they don’t really need to have self-confidence to be who they are, that they don’t really need confidence at all for carrying out their duties and responsibilities, looking after themselves or other beings, and for doing something or achieving something in life, whether it’s something essential or non-essential.

That’s why the very basic yoga practice is about freeing the mind from being conditioned by all kinds of worldly egoistic social/cultural/religious/spiritual/commercial/political/educational thinking, belief, values and practice. And this seems to be very hard for many yoga enthusiasts, where they would prefer to give themselves many justifications/reasons of why they don’t need to be free from being conditioned by their existing inherited or adopted worldly thinking, belief, values and practice.

Quite many people are suffering from either low confidence (I can’t do/achieve anything) or over confidence (I can do and achieve anything), which affect their life, their action/reaction, and their relationship with all and everyone.

The heart doesn’t need to have self-confidence or confidence in order to be pumping the blood throughout the entire body every moment from the beginning of forming until it ceases functioning.

The hands don’t need to have self-confidence or confidence to pick up a cup of hot drink, and to put down the hot cup instantly, because the cup is still too hot to hold.

The stomach and intestines don’t need to have self-confidence or confidence to digest the food and extract nutrients from the food and to eliminate the non-digestible food waste.

It’s either these organs are getting the enough supply of energy, hormones, secretions, oxygen, nutrients, minerals and water that they need, and the muscles and nerves are functioning properly, as well as not being overuse/over-worked, or not being attacked by some bacteria/virus, or not, in order to be functioning smoothly, or not.

It’s the same in life. Self-confidence and confidence is not needed in order for someone to do or achieve something.

In the process of doing something, or trying to do or achieve something, or trying to be somebody, and whether one will be successful, or not, in one’s pursue, self-confidence and confidence is irrelevant.

It’s whether one has sufficient knowledge and understanding, and maybe also specific talent about something that one wants to do or achieve, and whether one has been training and practicing enough to develop and enhance the skill for doing or achieving something, as well as there are many other external factors that determine whether one can do or achieve something successfully at that specific time, space and causation, or not, even one has the sufficient talent, knowledge, understanding and skill in doing or achieving something.

We need to have certain knowledge and skill in order to do certain things or to achieve something, and different things or achievements require different types of knowledge and skill, on top of most things are sharing some common knowledge and skill.

If we don’t know how to do something because we don’t have that particular knowledge and skill to do certain things or to achieve something, then we need to learn and practice until we can do certain things and to achieve something with that knowledge and well-trained skill.

If someone has intense self-confidence strongly believing in oneself, and has high confidence towards oneself can do anything or can achieve anything successfully, but if without the specific knowledge or skill in doing certain things or to achieve certain achievements, it doesn’t work.

What stops people from ‘actually doing something regardless of what is the outcome’, where people are having some ideas/thinking/consideration about want to do something, but they have doubt, unsure, or uncertainty towards whether they can/should do it, or not, is because there is attachment and expectation towards the outcome or result has to be and not to be in certain way. There is fear towards failure and disappointment, or there’s craving towards success and aversion towards failure. This fear towards failure and disappointment that stops people from actually doing something, is mainly due to pride and arrogance, “I cannot fail”, “I don’t want failure”, and “I must succeed.”

Those who are free from pride and arrogance, they can just do anything that they want, and they do their best in whatever they pursue, without thinking/considering about the possible outcome of success and failure, without fear towards failure or disappointment, and allowing the result/outcome to be what it is. They are not being determined by success and failure, or the outcome of their pursue. They understand that there is possibility of success and there is possibility of failure, and it’s okay. If one just thinks about it but doesn’t actually do it, then there is no possibility of achieving anything. This is nothing to do with self-confidence (faith and believing in oneself that one will be successful in everything that one wants to do and achieve) or confidence and faith towards anything that allows success in whatever people want to do or achieve.

If someone wants to be an architect, he or she needs to study architecture, and accumulates profound knowledge and develops understanding about architecture, and develops the specific skill that is required for being an architect. If someone has the interest in being an architect, but doesn’t have the ability or talent to understand specific knowledge about architecture, or couldn’t develop the required skill in being an architect, even after having enough knowledge about architecture, then even though one has intense self-confidence or high confidence about “I want to be an architect and I will be an architect for sure,” but one couldn’t become an architect due to some limitation. And it’s okay. One can choose to do something else that is within one’s ability, limitation and understanding, in the present moment. If after some time, the limitation that disallowed oneself to be an architect in the past have now changed for some reasons, where one can easily grasp the knowledge of architecture, or have no limitation to develop the required skill for being an architect, then one can pick up one’s interest or ambition again. If it still doesn’t work for some other reasons, it’s okay.

It’s the same as having expectation towards the outcome/result of one’s action, by having intense self-confidence or high confidence strongly believing in oneself can do or achieve something successfully without failure, don’t really change the outcome of one’s action. It’s either one do it, or not, and whether one gives one’s best effort and full attention, or not, in the process of doing or achieving something. And whether the outcome/result is desirable, or not, it’s nothing to do with the high or low expectation, and the high or low self-confidence and confidence.

It’s the presence or absence of fear towards failure and disappointment, or the fear towards unable to do or achieve something due to pride and arrogance, and there is craving towards success/accreditation/acknowledgement/support and aversion towards failure/discredit/non-acknowledgement/losing support, that determining whether someone will be actually doing something and doing one’s best to acquire the required knowledge and understanding, as well as being determined to be training and practicing the specific skill for doing something or achieving something, or not, without thinking about success and failure, without being determined by success and failure. One can be not successful in one’s attempt to do or achieve something for some reasons, even after trying one’s best with sufficient knowledge, understanding and skill for it, and it’s okay.

For example, in any competitions.

One needs to have that specific talent, knowledge, correct understanding and skill in any particular type of competition, may it be something physical or mental, technical or artistic, or both. Upon having the specific talent, knowledge, correct understanding and skill, it requires lots of persistent but not excessive training and practicing to enhance the skill to the maximum, as well as be endowed with attention, focus, determination, perseverance, patience, forbearance, acceptance, adjustment, adaptation and accommodation in the process of training and practicing. Self-confidence and confidence has nothing to do with all these hard work, and doesn’t change the outcome being what it is.

If the training or practice is not enough, if there is lack of attention, focus, determination, perseverance, patience, forbearance, acceptance, adjustment, adaptation and accommodation in the process of training and practicing, then it will influence the performance during the competition, for sure, even if oneself has intense self-confidence or high confidence about “I will win this competition and in all competitions,” it doesn’t work.

Those who understand, it’s either win or loose/not winning in any competitions, and it’s not that important, and will just do one’s best and allow the result to be what it is. Maybe one’s performance has been very good during training and practicing, but somehow, one’s performance is not as good as it should be during the competition for some unexpected reasons, especially if it’s a competition that requires team work or other people’s coordination, and it’s okay.

Sportsmanship, effort, attention, focus, non-expectation and acceptance are more useful and relevant than self-confidence or confidence and expectation in the process of training and practicing before the competition, and even more useful and relevant especially during the competition.

Another example, in crossing the road.

One needs to pay attention, and know to look out for any vehicles/cyclists/pedestrians/animals/objects coming from all directions and judge whether it’s safe to cross the road at that timing, or not. One doesn’t need to have self-confidence or confidence to cross the road. It’s the presence or absence of fear that determines whether the person can cross the road calmly with the required attention and judgment of whether it’s safe to cross at that timing, or not, as well as the patience to be waiting until it’s safe to cross, even if the green light for the pedestrian crossing is on, as certain reckless irresponsible road users might not stop at the red light. By having strong self-confidence or confidence, or even intense faith in God, about “I can just cross the road anytime that I want and I don’t need to pay attention or look out for any vehicles/cyclists/pedestrians/animals/objects coming from any directions, and nothing is going to happen on me,” is mere ignorance.

For example, getting into a relationship.

By having strong self-confidence and high confidence in oneself doesn’t determine that the person whom we love, will love us, or not, or want to be in a relationship with us, or not.

Some people say that they are not confident to love someone, or to be in a relationship with someone. But that is nothing to do with confidence, but it’s actually fear towards being rejected, or aversion towards getting into a bad/difficult/problematic/failed relationship with the wrong person. Like anything else, one needs to know what is love and how to love before loving someone and getting into a relationship with someone, without hurting oneself and those whom one wants to love, and wants to be in a relationship with. Knowing what is love and how to love someone, is nothing to do with high or low self-confidence and confidence, but it’s whether we know what is unconditional non-possessive desireless love, and know what is non-attachment, non-identification, non-craving, non-aversion and non-expectation, or not.

Last, but not least example, in giving birth.

Self-confidence and confidence is irrelevant in the labour process. Some women don’t have any knowledge about conceiving and nurturing a baby, and doesn’t have high self-confidence or confidence, but they still deliver their babies like everyone else. Some women may have high self-confidence or confidence towards delivering a healthy baby, but things might not happen exactly the way that they think and anticipate how it should be. Whether one is being a good mother, or not, is nothing to do with low or high self-confidence and confidence about “I am equipped with the knowledge and skill of being a good mother. I will be a good mother and I am a good mother.” or “I don’t know whether I will be a good mother, or not.” It’s about doing one’s best to love unconditionally without attachment, possessiveness and expectation, and guiding the child wisely and compassionately.

No matter how strong is one’s self-confidence believing in oneself, or has high confidence/faith towards God, the doctor/midwife and nurses, or being positive and optimistic, or how much knowledge about conceiving and nurturing a baby during pregnancy and after birth that one has, and has been planning a specific way to deliver the baby spiritually, efficiently or painlessly, or how well one has been preparing physically and mentally in delivering the baby, and still, it’s not in one’s control of how everything happens during the entire pregnancy, especially during the process of labour. Most women will say, it’s so painful that one wouldn’t think of anything else, about all the projection, preparation, anticipation or expectation, but just do one’s best to deliver the baby safely within the shortest time as much as possible, minimizing the pain and any risk that endangering the safety of the mother and the baby, regardless of using whatever way that is most suitable at that time to deliver the baby to ensure the safety of the mother and the baby.

The process of learning and performing the yoga asana practice with the correct understanding is all about these. It’s nothing to do with self-confidence or confidence in the process of learning or performing certain yoga asana poses, with the aspiration/expectation of “I can and will be able to do all these yoga asana poses perfectly.” But, it’s about being free from egoism of attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation, on top of developing attention, focus, determination, perseverance, patience, forbearance, acceptance, adjustment, adaptation and accommodation, that allow the practitioner to keep trying and keep practicing until the practice comes to an end, upon Self-realization, without thinking about success and failure, or the outcome/result of the practice, without being determined by the ups and downs, pleasantness and unpleasantness, success and failure, what the body can do or cannot do, or what the mind knows and doesn’t know during the entire process of learning and practicing.

More importantly, what the body can do or cannot do, and what the mind knows and doesn’t know, as well as how much benefits/goodness/enjoyment or unpleasantness/difficulty one has been receiving from the yoga asana practice, doesn’t determine whether the mind will attain Self-realization and be free from ignorance and suffering, or not. But the perseverance and determination of keep practicing without attachment, identification, craving, aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation, the ability of letting go and allowing everything to be what they are, as they are, and respecting all are impermanent, it doesn’t matter after many years of practicing, the body still cannot perform many of the yoga asana poses, or whether can do all the poses comfortably/nicely, or not, will leads the mind towards Self-realization.

There’s no need of self-confidence and confidence in anything, especially in selflessness.

Inquire the truth of everything and be free.

What makes a person truly confident?

Many people would think and believe that the higher education, knowledge, physical and mental ability, experience, qualification, title, living standard, health condition, fitness level, wealth, success, achievement and contribution that one has, and the more love, liking, agreement, acknowledgment, acceptance, appreciation, accreditation, recognition, approval, respect, praise and compliment received from other human beings from the family, the friends circle, the social network, the community and the society, or from certain organization and authority, that worth being proud of by oneself and others, then the higher the confidence will be.

People are being advised, or coached, or brought up in the way that in order to empower or boost their sense of confidence, self-esteem, self-worth, satisfaction, purposefulness or meaningfulness, people need to work on developing, equipping, attaining, possessing, accumulating and empowering all these names and forms in themselves that worth being proud of. People would then be acknowledged, accredited, praised and complimented for every single ‘development’, ‘improvement’ or ‘achievement’ in all those names and forms, regardless of big or small, to let people think and feel that “I know something”, “I can do something”, “I can achieve something”, “I can give and contribute”, “I worth something”, “I deserve something”, “I am good”, “I am good enough”, “I am beautiful”, “I am strong”, “I am useful”, “I am meaningful”, “I am loved and appreciated”, “I am proud of myself”, “People are proud of me”, and so on, which would ’empower’ people’s sense of confidence, self-esteem, self-worth, satisfaction, purposefulness and meaningfulness.

But that sense of confidence, self-esteem, self-worth, satisfaction, purposefulness or meaningfulness that built on any impermanent and selfless qualities of names and forms is not real. It’s subject to selfless impermanent changes. That’s why people can still be experiencing/perceiving/suffering from different kinds of mental and emotional suffering even after attended many different types of empowerment workshops that empowers all these names and forms, that have been helping them on achieving higher education, knowledge, physical and mental ability, experience, qualification, title, living standard, health condition, fitness level, wealth, success, achievement and contribution, and they have been receiving certain amount of liking, agreement, acknowledgment, acceptance, appreciation, accreditation, recognition, approval, respect, praise and compliment from other human beings, especially when all these names and forms start to change into something else, that is no longer available or being the way that they desire it to be.

People would be in painful suffering when the function of the physical body and the thinking faculty starts to deteriorate, when they loose their memory, physical and mental ability, health, fitness, wealth, job, carreer, business, beloved family, relationship, friendship, or companionship, and etc.

The real confidence is beyond qualities, names and forms that are subject to impermanence and selflessness. The real confidence is when ‘confidence’, ‘self-esteem’, ‘self-worth’, ‘satisfaction’, ‘purposefulness’ and ‘meaningfulness’ are not needed to be existing in life existence, when people are no longer being determined or valued by any of all these impermanent qualities of names and forms to be ‘who I am’, to be proud of, or not, and to be happy, or not.

One can be highly successful in all pursues, but one is not being determined by all those names and forms, as well as there’s no fear of losing all those names and forms that generate all kinds of success to oneself.

Those who know this, they are aware of and acknowledging all the physical and mental ability and disability or limitation, what the mind knows and doesn’t know, where they can make use of the limited ability and knowledge to be doing something in this world, or not, while they can also work on improving/expanding their limited ability and knowledge, or not, but they are not being determined by all these impermanent and selfless qualities of names and forms to be who they are. They are fine as they are, and they know it’s impermanent, and they are fine with all the impermanent changes, as they are. They don’t need to develop or empower the sense of confidence, self-esteem, self-worth, satisfaction, purposefulness or meaningfulness to be ‘Somebody that I and other people be proud of’, as they know all these names and forms are nothing but the by-products of ignorance and egoism deriving from the worldly ignorant egoistic minds that built on worldly egoistic social/cultural/religious/spiritual/commercial/political/educational thinking, belief, values and practice.

The life existence and function of this impermanent and selfless physical body and the thinking faculty needs to be maintained by sufficient energy and the elements of heat, water, air, nutrients, minerals, the earth, and the space for living/resting. They don’t need to be maintained by ignorant egoistic passionate ideas/creations/desires/aspiration/inspiration born out of ignorance and egoism. One can live life as one is, without being determined or valued by the presence and absence of the sense of confidence, self-esteem, self-worth, satisfaction, purposefulness or meaningfulness that need to be maintained at a certain level, restlessly. What is success, what is failure, what is meaningful, what is meaningless, what is pride deserving, what is shame deserving, it means nothing to the impermanent selfless body and thinking mind.

There’s no fear of losing the qualities and names and forms that make oneself and others feel proud of, that give rise to the sense of confidence, self-esteem, self-worth, satisfaction, purposefulness or meaningfulness, as it doesn’t exist in them. There’s no craving towards liking, agreement, acknowledgment, acceptance, appreciation, accreditation, recognition, approval, respect, praise and compliment from anyone. There’s no aversion towards the absence of liking, agreement, acknowledgment, acceptance, appreciation, accreditation, recognition, approval, respect, praise and compliment from some others. There’s absence of insult, offensiveness, defensiveness, disrespectfulness, belittling, loneliness, worthlessness, unloved, or left out.

Those who don’t know this, they always live in fear of losing something that give rise to the sense of confidence, self-esteem, self-worth, satisfaction, purposefulness or meaningfulness in them. There’s craving and aversion towards the presence and absence of liking, agreement, acknowledgment, acceptance, appreciation, accreditation, recognition, approval, respect, praise and compliment from some others. There’s presence of insult, offensiveness, defensiveness, disrespectfulness, belittling, loneliness, worthlessness, unloved and left out.

Those who are not being determined by any qualities of names and forms to be confident, or not, they might not know everything, they might not know how to do many things, and they might not speak many different languages, but they are not determined by all kinds of limitations that disallow them to do certain things, instead, they know how to make use of what they know, what they can do, and what language that they know, to be doing something or achieving something that is within their ability, without being determined by the limitations or what they don’t know and can’t do or achieve, without being determined by the outcome or the result of their actions being what it is, may it be highly successful, or little bit successful, or completely failure.

Inquire the truth of everything, and be free.

The selfless intentionless Atman is unconditioned by cause and effect

The realization of the Self, or Atman, the nature of all and everything beyond all the impermanent selfless names and forms, or in another term, the realization of selflessness, will free the perceptive thinking mind from the delusive self-existence that the ignorant egoistic impure intellectual assertive mind identifies as the existence of an individual being of ‘I’, where this ‘I’ attached onto impermanent and selfless qualities of names and forms which all are bound by the law of nature, of cause and effect, of what certain minds believe as good or bad karma, for being existing, changing and cease existing respectively according to cause and effect.

All kinds of names and forms, regardless of living or non-living objects, where all are impermanently and selflessly existing and changing under the law of nature are autonomously being bound by the law of nature, cause and effect, or what many people refer as ‘karma’.

But the non-manifested selfless, nameless, formless, attributeless, birthless, deathless nature of everything beyond the impermanent selfless existence of names and forms, is undetermined by cause and effect, of the existence and non-existence of certain names and forms that selflessly affecting and influencing one another, of all the intentional and non-intentional actions and the consequences of actions, as well as all the impermanent selfless changes of all the names and forms.

This unborn, non-manifested, attributeless, beginningless, endless, ageless, changeless Atman beyond time, space and causation is void of substance, quality and ego or egoistic desire and intention, is unconditioned by cause and effect, or what many people refer as karma, even though all and everything are forming and deforming under the law of nature, cause and effect, deriving from the selfless intentionless Atman selflessly and intentionlessly.

The minds that are functioning under the influence of ignorance and egoism with a strong idea/perception of a self-existence of a personal/group identity cannot penetrate the teaching of “Selfless (there’s no ‘I’ existing as the performer of action or the enjoyer of the fruit of action) and intentionless (void of good or bad intention) actions generated out of selflessness aren’t bound by what many people refer as good or bad karma.”

Because the ignorant egoistic mind needs to have certain desire, motivation or intention to be performing certain action and enjoying the fruit of action, it can’t understand how actions are being performed selflessly, desirelessly and intentionlessly.

Within the physical body, there are countless individual cells inter-affecting and inter-supporting each other to be existing and functioning selflessly and intentionlessly, performing their individual duty in their respective system, organ and sense that allow this body to be existing and functioning. There is no ego, or the idea of ‘I’ within all these cells that are working/performing actions ceaselessly from the beginning of birth (the selfless forming of this body) until death (the body breaks down and disintegrates selflessly.) While the selfless existence and function of all these cells is being supported by the selfless and intentionless nature that provides selfless intentionless energy, elements, minerals, water, air, temperature, and so on.

Just as the selfless intentionless existence and function of the sun in this universe that is ceaselessly supporting all and everything to be existing in this universe, selflessly, unconditionally, non-discriminatively, intentionlessly and desirelessly, is not bound by good or bad karma, even though the existence and function of the sun is also influenced by the law of nature, cause and effect, it is also subject to impermanent and selfless changes from the moment of forming until the moment of depletion, or disintegration. When people got sun burn or skin cancer due to too much exposure of sunlight, the sun isn’t generating bad karma. When all and everything forming, growing, aging, decaying and deforming, where lives exist, enjoying, suffering, destroyed and cease existing due to the element of the sun, or any of the other elements, there is no good or bad karma being generated in all these selfless intentionless elements of the nature that inter-affecting and inter-influencing all and everything in the universe.

But somehow, out of ignorance, the selfless impermanent perceptive thinking faculty that comes along with the existence and function of this impermanent and selfless physical body, has an idea of ‘I’, of an individual identity, claiming ownership and authority over the existence of this impermanent and selfless physical body and the perception of an impermanent selfless worldly life existence, desiring and expecting and making the selfless body, the selfless life existence and the selfless world to be and not to be in certain ways according to the likes and dislikes, craving and aversion of this perceptive intellectual assertive thinking mind, where the existence and function of the thinking faculty, or the mind, is also impermanent and selfless, that also is being supported by the impermanent and selfless existence and function of the physical body that is being supported by the selfless nature, but there is this thinking or thought in the mind, thinks and believes that ‘I’ exists as an individual being, and hence, ‘I’ am good and ‘I’ am bad, ‘I’ am superior and ‘I’ am inferior, ‘I’ deserve this and ‘I’ don’t deserve that, ‘I’ want this and ‘I’ don’t want that, ‘I’ aspire and ‘I’ inspire, ‘I’ am satisfied and ‘I’ am dissatisfied, ‘I’ am meaningful and ‘I’ am meaningless, ‘I’ perform action and ‘I’ don’t perform action, ‘I’ am pleased and ‘I’ am hurt, ‘I’ enjoy and ‘I’ suffer, ‘I’ am happy and ‘I’ am unhappy, and so on. Where all these qualities of names and forms are also arising, changing and passing away, impermanently and selflessly under the influence of cause and effect.

There is qualities in karma. That’s why people say there is good and bad karma. Anything that comes with qualities is still within the domain of Maya. It’s not real, but the ignorant egoistic mind is being bound by karma, having an identity to be identifying as the performer of action and to enjoy or suffer the consequences of action.

The law of nature, of cause and effect, is nothing to do with quality. It’s just the truth of what things are. They are impermanent and selfless. Everything exists, changes and cease existing being influenced by the selfless, attributeless, intentionless law of nature, of cause and effect. They are neither good nor bad. Neither positive nor negative. Neither happiness nor unhappiness. Neither right nor wrong. Neither appropriateness nor inappropriateness. Neither enjoyment nor suffering. And so on.

The realization of selflessness will free the existence and function of this physical body and the thinking faculty from being bound by what many people refer as good or bad karma (a by-product deriving from ignorance,) even though the existence and function of the physical body and the thinking faculty is still being conditioned by the law of nature, of cause and effect, to be existing, changing and cease existing. While the nature of everything, the Atman or Brahman, where all these impermanent selfless names and forms deriving from and residing upon, is uncontaminated/untouched/unconditioned by cause and effect that exists along the selfless manifestation of impermanent names and forms.

No matter how much goodness, or badness, or evilness, that exist in this impermanent and selfless world of names and forms deriving from ignorant egoistic actions and reactions and the fruit of actions and reactions out of ignorance and egoism, it doesn’t contaminate the unborn, non-manifested, attributeless, beginningless, endless, ageless, changeless Atman or Brahman, the nature of all and everything that the ignorant egoistic intellectual assertive mind perceives through the senses and sense organs.

Even the most evil mind that has been intentionally performing many evil actions that bring along the evil consequences of actions, also can attain liberation upon Self-realization. Those who know this, they couldn’t/wouldn’t discriminate anyone, but all must work on their own liberation from ignorance through their own self-effort.

From this realization, the mind will understand that suffering is not due to bad karma and pleasurable enjoyment is not due to good karma, but both suffering and enjoyment are the by-products of ignorance and egoism of attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment and expectation.

The minds that attached strongly onto certain worldly egoistic social/cultural/religious/spiritual thinking, belief, values and practice, to judge and categorize everything into good or bad, right or wrong, positive or negative, enjoyment or suffering, deserving or don’t deserving, and so on, where they think and believe that they have been behaving in the good way and performing many good actions and not performing any bad actions, that they identify themselves as righteous, positive, good, loving, kind, sympathetic and empathetic human beings, but if they have strong discrimination and aversion towards names and forms of objects, beings, happenings, actions, reactions and behaviors that they judge and categorize as wrongful, negative, bad, unloving, unkind, unsympathetic or unempathetic, where they think and believe that these ‘evil’ names and forms don’t deserve peace, happiness and liberation from suffering, but they deserve condemn, punishment and painful suffering, then these ‘good and kind’ minds are not free. They themselves are suffering greatly due to ignorance and egoism. And they couldn’t understand or agree with this teaching about “The most evil person in this world also can attain liberation from suffering upon Self-realization, while many ‘good and kind’ people like themselves are still going through painful suffering,” not to say, to be opened to inquire the truth of this teaching, as well as their own thinking, belief, values and practice which give rise to unnecessary suffering in themselves, and out of self-righteousness, they constantly interfering with other people’s freedom of being, thinking, action and speech, generating hateful violent oppressive action and expression towards other people that they discriminate, dislike and disagree with, while thinking and believing that they themselves are the good and superior people in the world trying to uphold righteousness by oppressing, prosecuting, punishing and getting rid of what and whom they judge, think and believe as ‘bad’ and ‘wrong’.

It’s worst when the government of a country is run by such ‘mentally corrupted’ human beings under the influence of certain social/cultural/religious/spiritual thinking, belief, values and practice. The people living in that country are inevitably being ‘controlled’, ‘discriminated’ and ‘oppressed’ under the constitution of law and orders of that country dominated and ruled by minds that are under the influence of ignorance and egoism. Unfortunately, the world is indeed full of such ‘corrupted government’ run by ‘corrupted minds of human beings’.

Do not blind-believing, blind-following, blind-practicing and blind-propagating.

Inquire the truth of everything.

The mind attaches onto whatever represents love, goodness, joyfulness and meaningfulness

One of the great obstacle on the path of yoga towards Self-realization, is that the mind is not aware of the gross and subtle attachment generated towards whatever the mind perceives as love, goodness, joyfulness and meaningfulness that it perceives in the worldly impermanent and selfless names and forms, of pleasurable, desirable, agreeable and lovable objects, sights, sounds, smells, tastes, sensations, feelings, beings, nature, environment, condition, space, places, possessions, experiences, achievements, contributions, relationships, connections, interactions and activities (regardless of spiritual or non-spiritual, physically, mentally or emotionally, including all kinds of calming or transcendental effects and physical or mental health benefits deriving from performing the yoga and meditation practice), that give rise to the sense of love, goodness, joyfulness and meaningfulness, which is subject to impermanence and selflessness as well.

Only when the mind knows how to not attached towards not just the qualities of names and forms that give rise to the sense of lovelessness, badness, sorrowfulness and meaninglessness, but also not attached towards the qualities of names and forms that give rise to the sense of love, goodness, joyfulness and meaningfulness, the mind will be able to transcend all the qualities and dualities, be free from being determined by the presence and absence of the sense of love/lovelessness, goodness/badness, joyfulness/sorrowfulness and meaningfulness/meaninglessness, which allows the mind to realize oneness, non-separateness, attributelessness, namelessness and formlessness.

Without attachment towards the qualities of names and forms that give rise to the sense of love, goodness, joyfulness and meaningfulness doesn’t mean that the mind is unappreciative or rejecting towards the presence of the impermanent and selfless names and forms that represent love, goodness, joyfulness and meaningfulness under any particular social and cultural thinking, belief, values and practice, or unwilling to perform actions that would benefit oneself and others, but the mind is undisturbed/unhurt/non-suffering upon the absence of the sense of love, goodness, joyfulness and meaningfulness, and the presence of the sense of lovelessness, badness, sorrowfulness and meaninglessness, due to the absence of certain qualities of names and forms that represent love, goodness, joyfulness and meaningfulness.

It’s a habit of the mind or mind behavior pattern that is hard to break for many passionate minds, that is pulling the minds away from Self-realization, even after many years of practicing/teaching yoga and meditation regularly.

Inquire the truth of everything, and be free.

Eliminate the ego by letting go self-esteem that fed on egoism

Self-esteem and the ego is the two sides of a coin.

This delusive existence of the non-existing ‘coin’ born out of ignorance and egoism, is being fed, maintained and empowered by egoism and ignorance, and vice versa, where egoism and ignorance is being fed, maintained and empowered by the delusive existence of this ‘coin’.

It attaches onto and identifies with qualities of names and forms to be existing and be identifying as this is ‘I’.

By getting rid of self-esteem, is indeed eliminating the ego. To eliminate this ‘coin’, the mind needs to know what it is, and stops feeding it.

The ego feels superior, self-important, existence/love/respect deserving, proud and arrogant, high confident, useful, worthy and meaningful when the self-esteem is on a high level.

“I know something. I can do something. I achieve something. I am needed by some others. I can give and contribute to some others. I am loved, acknowledged and appreciated by some others. I am superior. My existence is useful, meaningful and deserving.”

The ego feels inferior, non-important, existence/love/respect undeserving, low confident, useless, worthless and meaningless when the self-esteem in on a low level.

“I don’t know much. I can’t do much. I can’t achieve something. I am not needed by some others. I can’t give and contribute to some others. I am unloved, unacknowledged and unappreciated by some others. I am inferior. My existence is useless, meaningless and undeserving.”

It’s not about restlessly balancing the level of self-esteem, so that the ego can be maintaining at a ‘just right’ position influenced by a not too high and not too low level of self-esteem.

The modification of the mind can be free from such unnecessary suffering of restlessness due to attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment and expectation towards the presence and absence/possession and non-possession of different qualities of names and forms, to be determined as this is ‘I’, where there is no ‘I’ existing in all and everything.

It’s about letting go the self-esteem that was being developed under the influence of worldly egoistic social/cultural/educational/religious/spiritual/political/commercial thinking, belief, values and practice, that fed on egoism of attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment and expectation towards the qualities of names and forms, where self-esteem doesn’t need to be there at all, that determine the ‘unnecessary value of existence’ of a delusive existence of a non-existing ‘I’, as ‘good’, ‘good enough’ or ‘not good enough’, which influences the state of the mind, that influences the actions/reactions and the consequences of actions/reactions, which affects all and everything that the mind comes in contact with.

The existence of an impermanent selfless decaying physical body with the function of a selfless perceptive intellectual thinking mind that is subject to selfless impermanent changes influenced by the law of nature, doesn’t need to be ‘determined’ by a delusive existence of a non-existing ‘I’, that is being determined by the egoism of attachment, identification, desires of craving and aversion, judgment and expectation towards qualities of names and forms that are all subject to impermanence and selflessness, that are being determined and empowered by the worldly egoistic social/cultural/educational/religious/spiritual/political/commercial thinking, belief, values and practice.

Any kind of ’empowerment ideas and workshops’ targeting on any type of empowerment in the world in order to develop and boost the sense of self-esteem, self-importance, pride, worthiness, usefulness, meaningfulness, superiority and existence/love/respect deserving in the minds, is indeed deriving from ignorance and egoism, as well as empowering the ignorance and egoism.

The selfless minds don’t need to be empowered. There is no ‘existence of an individual being’ that needs to be empowered. The selfless mind doesn’t need to be loved, to be acknowledged, to be appreciated, to feel confident, to feel proud, to feel deserving, to feel meaningful, to feel useful, to feel worthy, to feel existing. It doesn’t need to be ‘connected’ with ‘all the others’, as it’s never separated from all and everything that exist under the manifestation of Maya, to be inter-supporting and inter-affecting one another.

It’s the delusive existence of a non-existing ‘I’ that looks forward to be empowered, to be loved, to be acknowledged, to be appreciated, to feel confident, to feel proud, to feel deserving, to feel meaningful, to feel useful, to feel worthy, to feel existing, to be ‘connected’ with one another.

This delusive existence of a non-existing ‘I’ is the one that suffering from all kinds of mental and emotional suffering when it doesn’t get the empowerment, love, acknowledgment, appreciation, confidence, pride, deserving treatment/result, the sense of meaningfulness, usefulness, worthiness and existence, and connection/connectivity that it needs, to be existing as this is ‘I’.

It’s about the selfless modification of the mind that is ‘ignorantly’ being influenced by ignorant egoistic worldly thinking, belief, values and practice needs to be free from being influenced by ignorant egoistic worldly thinking, belief, values and practice. That’s all.

Inquire the truth of everything.

The root cause of suffering

The manifestation of the selfless mind perception of a selfless worldly existence consist of impermanent and selfless names and forms born out of Maya, the veil of ignorance, which gives rise to the selfless formation of selfless elements that are subject to impermanence (restless changes) and selflessness (all the existence/non-existence and ceaseless selfless changes of the selfless formation of selfless elements are not in the control of the delusive self-existence of the non-existing ‘I’), that gives rise to the inevitable fundamental physical and mental suffering of restlessness in the perceptive living objects being existing and changing selflessly/impermanently under the function of an impermanent and selfless physical body and the function of a perceptive intellectual assertive thinking mind, selflessly/reluctantly perceiving restless modification of birth (the selfless formation of different selfless elements), hunger and thirst (the maintenance of the selfless formation of selfless elements), old age, illness, ungratified desires, coming in contact with undesirable objects, separation from desirable objects (all the impermanent and selfless changes of the selfless formation of selfless elements,) and death (the selfless disintegration of different selfless elements).

The perceptive intellectual assertive mind consciously (aware) and sub-consciously (unaware) perceiving names and forms through the senses selflessly that gives rise to ceaseless selfless thoughts, sensations, actions, reactions, feelings and emotions arising and passing away impermanently and selflessly, countless births and deaths in different realms happening within the modification of the mind, which also gives rise to the many different kinds of avoidable mental/emotional gross suffering deriving from ignorance and egoism influencing the function of the perceptive intellectual assertive thinking minds, which all are nothing but the manifestation of Maya.

The delusive existence of the non-existing ‘I’ born out of ignorance and egoism, is the one that experiences/suffers all kinds of suffering with the identification of “I am experiencing suffering.”

Upon annihilation of the idea of ‘I’ or the ego in the thinking mind, there’s no ‘I’ being there to be identifying as “I am experiencing suffering.”

Upon complete annihilation of the modification of the mind, or silencing the thoughts current, there’s no ‘perceiver of names and forms’ being there to perceive suffering.

Suffering exists due to there’s the modification of the mind selflessly perceiving all kinds of names and forms that are subject to impermanence and selflessness, as well as there’s a delusive existence of the non-existing ‘I’ being existing in the mind perceiving “I am experiencing suffering,” reacting upon coming in contact with undesirable objects of names and forms and non-coming in contact with desirable objects of names and forms.

The sufferer doesn’t exist upon the annihilation of the delusive existence of the non-existing ‘I’ from the perceptive thinking mind. It’s like the selfless mirror is not being affected, determined or disturbed by the ceaseless selfless reflection of any objects of name and forms in front of it. But still, the ‘impermanent existence’ of the selfless mirror is still being conditioned by the nature of impermanence and selflessness.

There’s no perception of suffering if the perceiver doesn’t exist. It’s like there’s nothing being projected that would be subject to impermanence and selflessness (non-existence of the suffering of restlessness) if the projector and the projector screen doesn’t exist (the annihilation of the modification of the mind.)

When the teachings of yoga and Buddhism talk about ‘liberation’, it’s about be liberated from the inevitable subtle suffering of restlessness of ceaseless ‘births and deaths/transitions’ that exists in all kinds of impermanent and selfless names and forms.

And hence, the minds that are aware of the inevitable suffering of restlessness following the impermanent selfless modification of the mind will work diligently towards attaining complete annihilation of the modification of the mind, or as what Swami Sivananda mentioned in his teachings, “Kill the mind,” where it’s not about ‘killing’ the delusive existence of non-existing ‘individual being’ or ‘I’ kill ‘myself’, but, it’s about silencing the modification of the mind, or annihilating the wheel of restless selfless births and deaths/transitions of impermanent and selfless names and forms that gives rise to the inevitable subtle suffering of restlessness due to the nature of impermanence and selflessness under the manifestation of Maya.

There’s neither good people nor bad people. It isn’t about good or bad, right or wrong human’s behavior based on any particular worldly egoistic thinking and belief about how people should and shouldn’t behave, but sometimes, or most of the time, the mind behaves under the influence of ignorance, while some other times, the mind behaves without the influence of ignorance. Even when people behave in the way that they think and believe is good and right based on any particular worldly egoistic thinking and belief, but those behavior are not necessarily being free from the influence of ignorance, and the consequences of ignorance.

Those who are highly educated and knowledgeable, and those who are righteous/sympathetic/empathetic, are also not necessarily free from the influence of ignorance and egoism, and would behave ignorantly under the influence of impurities of dissatisfaction, disappointment, ungratified desires, frustration, irritation, pride, arrogance, anger, hatred, jealousy, impatience, prejudice, offensiveness, possessiveness, hurt, fear and worry deriving from ignorant egoistic attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment and expectation, without correct understanding about the modification of the mind and the consequences of action/reaction, without self-control, patience, tolerance, forbearance, adjustment, adaptation, accommodation, acceptance, and so on.

Out of ignorance, the passionate egoistic minds, including plenty of yoga practitioners and teachers, justify that this is ‘normal’ human being’s behavior, where people should be disturbed mentally and emotionally by something that the minds perceive as ‘hurtful’ and ‘wrongful’, to feel hurt and suffering, and they need to receive love, support, sympathy and empathy from other human beings in order to feel better, that it’s abnormal and wrong for anyone who is not being disturbed mentally and emotionally by ‘hurtful’ and ‘wrongful’ experiences. These minds refuse to practice non-attachment, non-identification, non-craving, non-aversion, non-judgment and non-expectation to free the mind from egoism and ignorance, which is the only reason why the minds are perceiving mental and emotional suffering, which is avoidable and unnecessary. But, deep ignorance hinders the minds from letting go such ‘normal’ human beings behavior that hurts themselves and/or others, and they are complaining and drowning in mental and emotional suffering that they think and believe is caused by other people’s ‘hurtful’ and ‘wrongful’ behavior, expecting love, support, sympathy and empathy from other human beings, while keep telling oneself and others that this is ‘normal’ human being’s behavior. That’s their freedom of thinking.

Many so called ‘mental health/psychological/life/relationship professionals/consultants/coaches/advisors’ in the world are not necessarily free from the influence of ignorance and egoism, and are most probably functioning under the accumulated knowledge of the respective fields influenced by research based on certain social/cultural/religious/spiritual thinking, belief, values and practice which empowers ignorance and egoism of attachment, identification, desires of craving and aversion, judgment and expectation.

The only one that can truly help a mind that has mental/psychological/life/relationship issue/problem is no others but oneself, by freeing one’s modification of the mind from ignorance and egoism, and knowing Thyself, knowing the truth of impermanence and selflessness, knowing what is ‘suffering’ and the cause of ‘suffering’.

Those who understand this, they won’t be disturbed by all the impermanent presence and absence of desirable and undesirable happenings in one’s life and in the world.

Those who don’t know this, they would be disturbed very much by the absence of desirable happenings and the presence of undesirable happenings, in one’s life and in the world. And there’s passionate egoistic aspiration to ‘make’, or ‘change’, or ‘influence’, or ‘control’ life and the world to be in certain way that one desires, likes and agrees with, and one would be disturbed, dissatisfied, disappointed, frustrated, offended, unhappy, angry, hurt, violent and suffering, if life and the world is not being the way that one would like it to be. This is the avoidable mental/emotional gross suffering that born out of ignorance and egoism, that is unnecessary.

Sometimes, the mind is aware of the presence of ‘the subtle suffering of constant dissatisfaction’ even though everything in life is fine the way that the mind desires, and thus, the mind doesn’t really understand what is that all about. It’s sort of like a subtle constant dissatisfaction that is always there, that the mind might describe as a form of ‘hormones imbalanced’, ‘anxiety’, ‘void’, ’emptiness’, or ‘meaninglessness’. This is because the mind is being ignorant towards ignorance, where the mind is ignorant towards ‘suffering’ and the cause of ‘suffering’. The presence of this ‘subtle constant dissatisfaction’ in the minds is natural, and it’s actually the subtle restlessness deriving from the nature of impermanence and selflessness. Because the nature of everything, including the thinking mind and the physical body is selflessly under going restlessness of impermanent and selfless changes, which the ignorant mind might describe as a form of ‘constant dissatisfaction’, ‘hormones imbalanced’, ‘anxiety’, ‘void’, ’emptiness’, or ‘meaninglessness’.

This awareness towards the presence of subtle restlessness deriving from impermanent and selfless changes, indicates that the truth, or the nature of names and forms, including the perceptive thinking mind, is nothing but impermanence and selflessness. The nature of selflessness in all and everything, where there’s no existence of ‘I’ in control of all the impermanent selfless changes, even though the perceptive intellectual assertive thinking mind has certain degrees of will-power to perform or not performing certain action and inaction, that influences cause and effect, that bring certain consequences of action and inaction, but the nature of everything is still bound by impermanence and selflessness. That’s why there is this ‘subtle constant dissatisfaction’ that is there in the mind, but the mind doesn’t really understand what it is and why it’s there, due to ignorance.

While that certain degrees of will-power of the perceptive intellectual assertive thinking mind initiates the yearning for liberation, to be liberated from restlessness, or peacelessness, where the mind wants to inquire towards the truth of existence, by purifying, disciplining and quieting the modification of the mind through eliminating the ego and egoism, to get a glimpse of unconditional birthlessness, deathlessness, oneness, attributelessness, namelessness and formlessness, which ignites the yearning towards attaining Silence, or Samadhi, the complete annihilation of the modification of the mind.

“What is the root cause of suffering?”

Question – “What is the root cause of suffering?”

The rise/presence/existence of this question is exactly the answer to this question.

The minds that doesn’t know (presence of ignorance), this question is present/valid/relevant, and suffering exists in them.

The minds that know (void of ignorance), this question is absent/invalid/irrelevant, and suffering doesn’t exist in them.

If there’s any question arise in the mind, then this mind needs to inquire within, and realizes the answer to any question in the mind, by oneself.

Only the answer/realization that self-realized from within can remove the veil of ignorance in the mind.

Or else, all kinds of information and knowledge that was being learnt, read, heard and accumulated from here and there also cannot remove the veil of ignorance in the mind.

If the mind thinks it has ‘the answer’ to this question but still perceives suffering, then this mind doesn’t really ‘know’ the answer.

The suffering minds don’t really need love, but Dharma / Dhamma

This teaching isn’t opposing ‘love’ or ‘loving kindness’ among all and everyone.

It’s about how to truly help the suffering minds to be free from suffering efficiently, where they are receiving the gift of Dharma or Dhamma, that allows them to be free from suffering by removing the root cause of suffering, by themselves.

There’s no suffering even if ‘loving kindness’ from some others is not available for some reasons. There is no need to receive ‘loving kindness’ from anyone, in order to get momentary relief from suffering, as there’s no suffering upon the removal of the root cause of suffering. Although there’s nothing wrong with ‘loving kindness’ exists in the world, and it’s better than the existence of ‘selfishness, anger and hatred’ in the world.

By showing loving kindness to the suffering minds will definitely help to relieve certain amount of suffering, but suffering will always be there, if the root cause of suffering is not being removed.

There’s nothing bad or wrong to get momentary relief from suffering by receiving loving kindness from some others as well as receiving certain medical treatment that might also give momentary relief from certain suffering, but then, suffering will always be there because the root cause of suffering is still there, if the minds don’t know what is the root cause of suffering, and don’t know how to be free from the root cause of suffering.

No Guru, or Buddha, or doctor, can remove the root cause of suffering in anyone else, but only by oneself. While the success of those who attempt to remove the root cause of suffering is very much influenced by their own will-power, determination and perseverance.

It’s everyone’s freedom whether they just want to get some momentary relief from suffering, but suffering is always there, or they want to be free from suffering by knowing what is the root cause of suffering and how to be free from the root cause of suffering.

Those who are interested in realizing and eliminating the root cause of suffering, can take a look these blog posts and see if it can give some reflection to be reflecting upon –

https://mydailyyogapractice.wordpress.com/2018/09/07/love-upon-realization-of-selflessness-and-compassion/

https://mydailyyogapractice.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/the-importance-of-renouncing-worldly-life-for-those-who-want-to-realize-yoga/

Inquire towards the teachings of selflessness

Many minds find that the teachings about selflessness is unreachable for them to reflect upon. That is because there is an ‘I’ being there trying to prove that this ‘I’ doesn’t exist, as well as trying to look for an non-existing ‘I’ to make it disappear.

Most minds would interpret selflessness as being unselfish, where there is an individual being identifying itself as “I practice selflessness. I am selfless, or I am unselfish.”

Minds that haven’t realize selflessness would think that selflessness is a form of practice, where they think and believe that everyone should practice selflessness, or be unselfish.

Selflessness is not a practice. It’s what all and everything are.

There’s no ‘I’ existing to be identifying as “I am selfless” or “I am unselfish.”

One either realizes or doesn’t realize selflessness. One doesn’t practice or not practice selflessness.

One doesn’t practice selflessness and becoming selfless. One just realizes the essence of selflessness in all and everything. Similarly, one doesn’t practice compassion and becoming compassionate. One just realizes the essence of compassion in all and everything.

When the mind performs the practice of eliminating the ego, there’s not any individual being of ‘I’ that exists that needs to be eliminated. It’s the delusive idea of ‘I’ or the ego, the assertive function of the thinking mind that identifying as an individual being, deriving from and empowered by ignorance and egoism, that needs to be eliminated from the thinking mind, that allows the mind to see or realize the truth of itself and all and everything that it perceives, which is selflessness.

The perceptive assertive intellectual thinking mind is the one that is performing the yoga practice.

It’s not “I am performing the yoga practice,” or “I am eliminating myself,” or “I realize that I don’t exist.”

It’s the selfless impermanent function of the thinking perceptive mind that is purifying and removing the veil of ignorance and impurities and corrupted thinking, eliminating the ego and egoism, freeing the modification of the mind from the delusive idea of “I am an individual being existing, perceiving this and that, performing action and enjoying the fruit of action, being peaceful or disturbed, who enjoys or suffers.”

The function of the mind is the one that perceives all kinds of names and forms through the senses and experiences this restless worldly life existence that is subject to impermanence and selflessness.

The mind that is functioning under the influence of ignorance and egoism, where there’s an assertive discriminative ego and impure intellect, is the one that perceives, analyzes, judges, discriminates and experiences ‘pleasantness and unpleasantness’, ‘happiness and unhappiness’, ‘enjoyment and suffering’, of all kinds of duality, that perceives all sorts of feelings and emotions, that constantly acts and reacts, that has attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation, that inspires and aspires, that perceives disturb, dissatisfaction, disappointment, discontentment, greed, lust, hurt, anger, hatred, offensiveness, pride, shame, guilt, regret, fear and worry.

The ignorant impure perceptive assertive egoistic and intellectual thinking mind is the one who likes and dislikes, agrees and disagrees, wants and doesn’t want.

The ignorant impure perceptive assertive egoistic and intellectual thinking mind is the one that thinks and doesn’t think, that knows and doesn’t know, that believes and disbelieves, that acts and doesn’t act, that enjoys and suffers.

The function of the mind is the one that is awake and asleep, that is dreaming and in deep sleep.

The ignorant impure perceptive assertive egoistic and intellectual thinking mind is the one that feels good and bad, that feels positive and negative, that feels meaningful and meaningless, that feels loved and unloved, that feels calmed and disturbed.

The ignorant impure perceptive assertive egoistic and intellectual thinking mind is the one that practices or doesn’t practice certain social/cultural/religious/spiritual thinking, belief, values and practice.

The ignorant impure perceptive assertive egoistic and intellectual thinking mind is the one that perceives and experiences suffering of disturb, hurt, disappointment, painful sorrow, grief, unhappiness, loneliness, meaninglessness and restlessness. The function of the mind without ignorance, egoism, impurities, and the assertive ego and the discriminative intellect under the veil of ignorance and egoism, doesn’t perceive suffering.

The suffering disturbed restless mind is the one that has intense yearning for liberation to be liberated from all these ignorance, egoism, restlessness, impurities and suffering.

The mind is the one that is disciplining, purifying and quieting the modification of the mind.

The mind is the one that is inquiring towards the truth of names and forms, especially towards the truth of itself, to know Thyself.

There’s no ‘I’ being existing to negate a non-existing ‘I’, which doesn’t make any sense to the mind. It’s like how can we make something that isn’t existing to disappear, because it doesn’t exist in the first place.

But, it’s possible to inquire and realize selflessness once the mind drops off the idea of ‘I’ that attached and identified and associated with the modification of the mind, which then allows the thinking mind to stand as a third party witness or observer to witness or observe the modification of the mind or all the thoughts activities in the mind.

Then the mind will start to be able to learn, study, and analyze what is going on in the mind under the purified intellect, being free from egoistic likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements under the influence of any particular worldly social/cultural/religious/spiritual thinking, belief, values and practice to judge anything, to know Thyself, as it is, and realizing the truth of all and everything, as they are, which is selflessness, or ‘I’lessness, or egolessness, where there isn’t an individual being of ‘I’ existing in all kinds of names and forms, in all living and non-living objects, including the function and modification of the mind.

Upon seeing the truth of impermanence and selflessness within the modification of the mind, as well as in all the names and forms that the mind perceives through the senses, of all kinds of pleasant and unpleasant, agreeable and disagreeable, desirable and undesirable life experiences, the mind is no longer being determined or disturbed by the modification of the mind, or what it used to think is what it is, or itself, or ‘I’. The mind is at peace, unconditionally.

Upon the complete annihilation of the thought current or the modification of the mind, or the annihilation of the thinking mind, there’s only Silence, or Samadhi, the original state of selfless birthless deathless timeless consciousness. It’s not even “My original self of who I really am,” but it’s merely the selfless essence of all and everything beyond all the names and forms. It is undetermined, undisturbed, uninfluenced, unchanged and uncontaminated by all the impermanent manifestation of dualities, qualities, names and forms, good and evil, enjoyment and suffering, born out of Maya.

As long as there’s traces of ignorant egoistic desire of craving, grasping, clinging and longing, the activated consciousness keeps looping in ceaseless births and deaths manifesting in various impermanent and selfless thought currents, forms and identities, that give rise to the suffering of restlessness under the veil of ignorance, where all kinds of names and forms of living or non-living objects exist, change and cease existing under the law of nature, cause and effect.

If there’s an identification of ‘I’, or an idea of ‘I’, or ‘the ego’ in the thinking mind identifying as an individual being, existing and identifying with the function or the modification of the mind perceiving all kinds of pleasant and unpleasant experiences of desirable and undesirable names and forms through the senses, attaching onto the mortal physical body, the impermanent life existence of this physical body, all the relationships with all and everything, all kinds of worldly possessions, and all kinds of social/cultural/religious/spiritual thinking, belief, values and practice that born out of ignorance and egoism, then it’s impossible for this mind to perform self-inquiry to inquire towards the truth of the mind and everything.

The delusive existence of the identity of ‘an individual being’ in the thinking mind, is due to ignorance.

The delusive existence of an individual being of ‘I’ in the mind is nothing but a false identity made out of attachment and identification towards the collection of memory deriving from the function of memory remembering bits of the continuous stream of the ceaseless thoughts current (the modification of the mind.)

The mind purification process to remove impurities, the practice of self-restriction or self-control, the quiet/calm state of the mind, and the elimination of egoism of passion, attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment and expectation, is the prerequisite that allows self-inquiry to proceed.

Replacing the ‘I’ with ‘The thinking faculty’, or ‘The thinking mind’.

It’s not “I am inquiring towards the teachings of the truth of selflessness, where ‘I’ doesn’t exist,” because the mind will be stuck with “Who is this ‘I’ that is existing here inquiring about something? How can I say I don’t exist?”

It’s just ‘The selfless thinking faculty of the mind’ (the selfless projector and the projector screen itself) selflessly reflecting ‘The impermanent restless modification of the mind’ (the projected impermanent names and forms), and both ‘The selfless thinking faculty of the mind’ and ‘The impermanent restless modification of the mind’ are just part of the impermanent manifestation of ‘The ignorant impure perceptive assertive egoistic and intellectual thinking mind’ that is powered and influenced by the energy field, and all are impermanent and selfless. There’s no ‘I’ in all these impermanent and selfless names and forms.

Inquire the truth of everything, and be free.

The minds that hold on strongly onto their existing thinking and belief, may find that this teaching is ‘disagreeable’ and ‘wrong’, as it contradicts with the thinking and belief in their minds, that is their freedom of thinking, belief, reaction and judgment.

The minds that are confused, but are aware of ignorance in the mind, and are interested in self-inquiry, can take a look at these blog posts, and see if it can provide some reflection for the mind to reflect upon –

https://mydailyyogapractice.wordpress.com/2020/12/05/be-open-to-inquire-the-truth-of-worldly-thinking-and-belief-and-behavior/

https://mydailyyogapractice.wordpress.com/2020/07/12/self-inquiry-try-contemplate-upon-what-is-this-i-instead-of-who-am-i/

https://mydailyyogapractice.wordpress.com/2019/05/13/selflessness-2/

https://mydailyyogapractice.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/the-function-of-memory-and-the-existence-of-i/

When doubt, confusion, discomfort, disappointment or suffering arise on the path of yoga

Minds that are interested in practicing and realizing yoga, might experience certain discomfort or suffering, disappointment, confusion and doubt from time to time.

There’s nothing wrong when the mind experiences great physical/mental/emotional discomfort or suffering, disappointment, or doubt and confusion from time to time due to the intense gross and subtle mind purification process. It doesn’t mean that one has not practicing correctly, or one is not heading towards the right direction towards the realization of yoga.

It’s whether the minds are endowed with the basic correct understanding towards the modification of the mind, and whether the minds have developed certain degrees of dispassion, non-attachment, non-identification, non-craving, non-aversion, non-judgment, non-comparison and non-expectation, or not, that influencing whether the minds will keep going, or give up, or take a break. There’s neither right nor wrong in any approach.

The paths are many, not just the different path of different lineage, but everyone is actually walking their very own path, alone by themselves, as they follow the path of any particular lineage.

All are heading towards yoga, unless the path is not about realizing universal non-discriminative unconditional birthless deathless infinite peace of selflessness, oneness, attributelessness, namelessness and formlessness.

May it be it’s a rather smooth path or a challenging path, a shorter path or a longer path, or even a seemingly infinite restless path that never come to an end, or keep looping on and on, but even so, any path will come to an end, or vanish, upon the annihilation of the mind born out of ignorance, as the Gurus and Buddhas in the past had claimed that anyone can attain liberation, and be free from restlessness, or the loop of restless births and deaths born out of ignorance, as taught in the Scriptures, and hence, the practice is there to lead the aspirants reaching the Self-realization of selflessness, oneness, non-separateness, attributelessness, namelessness and formlessness, upon the annihilation of ignorance.

The smoothness and the length of the path, is very much influenced by the degrees of ignorance, and the process that it takes towards the complete annihilation of ignorance.

Everyone is walking on their own path, alone, as they start walking.

Everyone might or might not cross path with the others at some stage.

Even when one thinks that it is walking on one particular path together with a partner or with a group of many others following the similar path, everyone evolves at their own pace and cause. Some move faster, some move slower, some stop, some take another path, and so on. Even when one thinks that it is carrying another one walking on the path, in one’s pace, each will also evolve at their own cause.

Not every disciple of the same Guru of the same lineage will be successfully attain the same realization as the Guru did, or attain the same realization at the same pace and same cause as the Guru did.

No matter how much obstacle, difficulties and challenges that one encounters along the path, and how long the path will take to reach the destination, or how much goodness, joyfulness, thankfulness and meaningfulness that one experiences along the path, whatever happens along the path, it’s all subject to impermanence. Everything is still the manifestation of Maya, or ignorance.

If there’s passion, attachment, identification, craving, aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation, then the path would appear to be infinite and never reaching the destination.

The higher of the degrees of passion, attachment, identification, craving, aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation, the further the destination appears to be.

The lower of the degrees of passion, attachment, identification, craving, aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation, the closer the destination appears to be.

And the degrees of those defilement might change from time to time, until all are eliminated and the path comes to an end as one arrives at the destination upon the complete annihilation of ignorance.

The path of yoga is not like a road in this world that has a particular shape and length of fixed mileage or km from where one begins moving towards the destination. This path of yoga is always here, as it is, in the present moment where the mind is and how the state of the mind is. One just keeps walking (practicing) until the destination appears as it is (The realization of the truth of selflessness, oneness, non-separateness, attributelessness, namelessness, formlessness, birthlessness, deathlessness.) There isn’t a path of any particular shape and length in front of where one is, and there isn’t a path of a particular shape and length from where one had started until where one is. It is always in the present where one is and how one is.

There’s no specific ‘direction’ of a specific ‘place’ to reach yoga. One is not going anywhere of any particular direction to find yoga at any particular place somewhere else on the path of yoga. Yoga is always right here, right now, where the mind is. It’s just whether the veil of ignorance is present or absent, that determines whether the mind realizes or doesn’t realize. How long one has been walking on the path, and whatever one experiences along the path, doesn’t determine the realization or non-realization of yoga, but the moment the veil of ignorance vanishes, yoga appears as it is, and it’s never separated from all and everything.

The path manifests as it is as one starts walking (as one starts practicing), the path vanishes as the destination appears (as one attains Self-realization). All kinds of practice vanishes upon the attainment of Self-realization. There is no path being manifested if one doesn’t practice or stops practice. The path manifests as it is as one begins practice, or resumes practice.

Inquire the truth of everything, and be free.

Keep practicing.

Alone you have to fly to the Alone. You are born alone. You will go alone. You will take nothing from this world. O man! your social relationships are only temporary. They are only aids in exhausting certain Karmas, nothing but these.

你必须独自飞往单独。你独自而来。也将会是独自而去。你并不会从这个世界上带走些什么。人啊!你所有的社会关系都只不过是暂时性而已。它们只是在帮助我们消耗某些因果业报,只不过是这些而已。” 

– Swami Sivananda, Essence of Vedanta

Everyone evolves and understands at their own pace

There’s nothing to be arguing about towards the different understanding from different minds towards life existence and all the teachings and practices that we could be learning from reading, hearing and experiencing. As even what our own mind understands would be changing or evolving from time to time. It’s a continuous learning and evolving process until the mind realizes the truth of impermanence and selflessness.

Everyone takes their own time to evolve and understand everything differently through different stages of practice and purification process.

It doesn’t mean that we understood wrongly, even though what we understood differently on different stages wasn’t completely the truth as it is before we attain the complete realization.

For the minds that have intense yearning to be free from ignorance, to realize the truth of names and forms, it might understand something differently on different stages, as one practice persistently without judgment or expectation as layer and layer of the veil of ignorance and impurities is being removed through the purification process.

It’s like the eye sight. When the vision are extremely weak, the eyes are almost blind, the eyes couldn’t see anything at all regardless of near and far. 

If we never initiate to improve the vision by getting certain treatment or correction, then we will never see anything at all.

If we are being initiative to improve the vision by getting certain treatment or correction, then the vision can have the opportunity to become stronger after receiving certain treatment or correction. The eyes might start to see certain shape and colour of the object in front of it that are close enough and not too far, although it might not see exactly the shape and colour of the object as it is yet, but at least it sees there’s something in front of it with certain shape and colour rather blurry. If one is being contented at this stage, and doesn’t continue to receive further treatment or correction to improve the vision further, then it will never see the exact shape and colour of any object, and it doesn’t see what is beyond what the limited vision can reach.

If the vision gets to be receiving continuous treatment or correction until the eyesight reaches perfect clear vision, then the eyes might get to see things as clear as it can see, near and far.

During the different stages of treatment and correction, the eyes see the same object differently under different degrees of vision on the different stages, and start to see objects further and further away, until the moment it starts to see the exact shape and colour of the object as it is and can see as far as the vision can reach, upon the vision is being corrected to as perfect as it can be.

We might not see the complete truth in the beginning, but as we practice, we could attain partial understanding towards the modification of the mind, or getting a glimpse of the outline of the function of the mind, through the process of removing the different layers of impurities and calming the thought current, even though it might not be as clear as what we should be seeing when the mind is completely cleared from the veil of ignorance and impurities and restlessness, but that persistent practice, purification and inquiry, allows the mind to keep inquiring towards the truth until the veil of ignorance and impurities and restlessness is completely annihilated.

And hence, there’s nothing wrong with all the different understanding throughout the entire prolong process of self-transformation or mind evolution, but at least, there’s persistent practice to keep purifying, disciplining and quieting the mind, to free the mind from ignorance, egoism and impurities, until it attains Self-realization, knowing Thyself.

And hence, writing a ‘Sadhana‘ diary can also help the yoga practitioners to learn about the modification and evolution of one’s mind as they practice. It’s not about attaching towards the past or towards one’s practice and the fruit of practice, but, it allows the mind to learn from itself by observing and studying the conditioned behavior pattern of the impure egoistic modification of the mind and through attaining all kinds of partial incomplete understanding from different stages.

The mind would see that all the partial incomplete understanding in the past is actually building up the path and leading the mind towards complete realization. There isn’t anything bad or wrong in those partial incomplete understanding at all. More importantly, the continuous practice of non-attachment, non-identification, non-craving, non-aversion, non-judgment, non-comparison and non-expectation will free the mind from the great obstacle of pride and false contentment that hinders most minds from continuing evolve towards the realization of selflessness, oneness, non-separateness, attributelessness, namelessness and formlessness.

It’s like seeing just the shadow of an object allows the mind to be aware of the presence of an object that is unknown to it, as it couldn’t see the object directly yet due to some obstacle, but the mind will continue to strive to remove or go beyond the obstacle to see the object as it is, and not just seeing the shadow of the object. Most minds can’t see anything due to the huge obstacle of deep ignorance, and are not initiated to make an effort to find out what is behind the obstacle, or to know the unknown, and even being fearful towards what is behind the obstacle, or knowing the unknown.

Without blind-believing, blind-following, blind-practicing, or blind-propagating any teachings and practice, but attaining direct experience and realization through inquiry towards the truth of everything, including all the teachings and practice of Yoga or Buddhism.

Be free.

Disciplining the mind is stern stuff

“One must try to get more insults. Even if people think that he is a good man, he should try to make them feel that he is a rogue and thus get rid of their love for him. The whole world should oppose him. Then only he will prosper. The whole world should desert him and kick him aside. No earthly happiness can bring true realization. All should hate him. Then only his soul will be disciplined. There should be no help from the world of the mortals.”

“我们必须尝试获取更多的侮辱。即使是所有的人都认为他是一个好人,然而,他应该尽量让他们觉得他是一个流氓。那么,就可以摆脱他们,把他们对他的爱赶走。全世界的人都应该反对他。只有那样,他才会持续蓬勃发展。全世界的人都应该抛弃他,并把他踢到一旁。人世间任何的快乐并不可以带来真正的醒悟。所有的人应该讨厌他。只有那样,他的意识将会受到严肃的训练。他不应该从人世间得到任何的帮助。”

– Swami Sivananda, Essence of Vedanta

Nowadays, many people think and believe that they love yoga and are practicing and teaching yoga doing many different styles of yoga and attained many different types of yoga certificates affiliated to certain yoga alliance, yoga organization and yoga association, and call themselves ‘yogi’. Some even ‘invent’ their own brand of ‘xxx’ yoga, and trademark that as their new invention of ‘yoga’.

But when come to the practice of dispassion and renunciation, seclusion and solitude, most of the ‘yoga enthusiasts’ will shake their head, “Nope, that is not the yoga that I know or want to practice. I don’t need to renounce the world. I love life. I love people. I love being passionate. I want to be connected with as many people as possible and I am passionate towards creating a loving community in the world that care for one another passionately. To me, the saddest thing in the world is there’s not enough love and connection between people in the world. Many people are suffering because they are not getting enough love through connection with other people. People need love. I want to give love to the people and connecting everyone with love. I feel happy when I can make other people happy. That is the most meaningful thing to me and in my life. For me, this is the love sharing yoga that I know that I want to practice and teach.”

That’s their freedom.

For those who truly want to practice yoga for disciplining the mind, they need to be endowed with at least certain degrees of wisdom to be aware of ignorance and egoism even before performing any so called ‘yoga practice’ that serves as a tool to purify and quiet the mind to prepare the mind for self-inquiry and meditation, to attain self-realization, to be free from ignorance and the suffering deriving from ignorance.

Self-esteem that doesn’t need to be there at all

Regardless of the many different geographical, nationality, ancestry, ethnical, cultural, religious and social backgrounds in the world, most people have one thing in common, that is about developing and empowering self-esteem, or in other terms, self-worth, or confidence, or pride.

Self-esteem is nothing but the by-products of ignorance and egoism, and is being empowered by ignorant egoistic attachment and identification towards the quality of names and forms that is subject to impermanence and selflessness.

Similarly, the existence of all kinds of nationality, culture, religion and social class in the world are also the by-products of ignorance and egoism, and are being empowered by egoistic attachment and identification towards certain qualities of name and form, that generate separateness and discrimination which directly lead to so much unnecessary humanity problems, that also directly and indirectly relate to various degrees of psychological mental and emotional suffering in many people.

Almost everyone are being brought up in their family, their schools, their work place and the society in the way of developing and empowering the sense of self-esteem, self-worth, confidence or pride that built on certain quality of names and forms that is being recognized by their particular thinking, belief, values and practice about what is existence deserving, love deserving, acceptance deserving, success deserving, happiness deserving, praise deserving, respect deserving and pride deserving. If people don’t attain or possess those quality of names and forms, then they think and believe that they or other people are not good enough for being what they are, as they are.

Many people are more or less being determined and affected by the sense of self-esteem. Or, many people are suffering from self-esteem problem that affecting themselves and their life, behavior, study, work and relationship with everyone and everything. Some people even hurt themselves due to being disturbed by the sense of self-esteem that they were told to develop in certain way, but didn’t turn out to be the way that they would like it to be.

People think and believe that in order to help those who would hurt themselves due to being disturbed by the sense of self-esteem is by empowering their self-esteem by helping them to build up a stronger self and group identity attaching and identifying with certain qualities of names and forms, by helping them to be equipped with certain ‘good’ quality and the ability to achieve certain achievement in order to allow them to see or realize something in them that are worthy for them to feel good, meaningful and proud of. But that doesn’t really help, as it not just doesn’t remove the root cause of such ‘disturbs’ which is ignorance and egoism, but it empowers the ignorance and egoism.

Self-esteem doesn’t need to be existing at all in anyone for being existing and living in the world as a person in one’s life existence or being part of the diverse community in the world globally.

Many personal psychological mental or emotional problems deriving from self-esteem are directly and indirectly contributing to the many unnecessary family, relationship and social problems in the world.

Everyone’s life and well-being and the world is much better off without the need of the presence of self-esteem influencing everyone individually and socially.

Both low self-esteem and high self-esteem (pride) that built on certain quality of names and forms contribute equally to the many unnecessary problems in one’s life and relationship with everyone.

Those who are free from being determined by the sense of self-esteem, self-worth, confidence and pride, being free from either low or high self-esteem, self-worth, confidence and pride, they are not being determined by any quality of names and forms to be who they are, to be peaceful and happy, or not. They are not being influenced, or manipulated, or ‘controlled’ by any particular political, national, ethnical, cultural, religious, or social thinking, belief, values and practice in the world. They are free from separateness and discrimination towards all and everything. They are peaceful as they are. They don’t generate actions and reactions that hurt oneself and/or others in their personal life and in the world that derived from psychological mental and emotional problems.

Unfortunately, ‘control freak’ exists in the family (especially in parenting), in human relationships, in the schools, in the work place, in the society, and more importantly under any religion and country, to ‘mould’ and ‘herd’ people to be and not to be in certain ways, in order to gratify their personal or group ambition/desire/self-interest as well as to ‘protect’, ’empower’ and ‘sustain’ their particular thinking, belief, values and practice.

Human beings are being told to inherit, adopt, nurture, empower, protect and sustain their personal and group identity of a particular family, ancestry, culture, ethnicity, birth place, community, society, social class, nationality and religious or spiritual belief and practice, and be prideful and protective towards their particular identity and their family, ancestry, culture, ethnicity, birth place, community, society, social class, nationality and religion or spirituality. That’s where all kinds of separateness, discrimination, offensiveness, dissatisfaction, fear, anger, hatred, oppression, prejudice, unjust and violence in the world come from.

There are quite many people, especially those who think and believe that they are good, righteous, moral and superior people, who are being proud of themselves for discriminating against someone or something they dislike and disagree with, while there are also ‘really good and kind’ people who want to protest against all kinds of discrimination in the world, but they might not be aware of the root cause of ‘discrimination’. Unwittingly, they are supporting and empowering the root cause of discrimination all the time in themselves, their family, their school, their work place and in their society and country, while actively protesting against discrimination of any kind.

To stop all kinds of discrimination in the world efficiently can only be achieved by removing the root cause of discrimination, that is ignorance and egoism, and all the by-products of ignorance and egoism, such like self-esteem, self-worth, confidence, pride, nationalism, patriotism, authoritarianism, ethicalism, religionism, and etc. While the empowerment of these names and forms is nothing but fueling discrimination in the world.

People don’t just discriminate all the others, but they also discriminate themselves due to the presence and absence of certain qualities in themselves that they like and dislike, agree and disagree with, desire and don’t desire. People were being brought up and empowered in the way to have high expectation towards themselves, which also leads towards having certain expectation towards other people in their family, relationship, community and the world to be or not to be in certain way. Most people think and believe that that is the right way to be successful, happy and meaningful. That’s their freedom of thinking and belief. And the world is under the influence of such thinking and belief, and being what it is.

The teachings and practice of yoga and Buddhism is mainly to free one’s mind from such ignorance and egoism by letting go or abandoning all kinds of personal and group identity and attachment, for realizing unconditional non-discriminative compassion which leads to individual peace that contributes to universal world peace.

If the human or non-human beings in the world are suffering and living in fear under the presence of discrimination, anger, hatred and violence under the intention of ‘protecting’ and ‘upholding’ any particular teachings and belief with certain names and forms that different people attaching onto and identifying with as who they are, where their self-esteem, self-worth, confidence and pride built from, that supposedly ‘preached’ about peace and harmony and loving kindness, but then the human leaders of that particular teachings and belief encourage the believers, or followers, or practitioners to be violent and hurtful against anything and anyone that they recognized as ‘intimidation’, ‘insult’, ‘belittling’, ‘offensiveness’, or ‘disrespectfulness’ towards their particular teachings and belief, then it doesn’t really serve any purpose of promoting and upholding universal peace and harmony and loving kindness in the world at all.

Everyone claim that their religion and culture is the religion and culture of love, peace and kindness. How true is that, when there are constant egoistic violent and hurtful actions and reactions towards what they dislike, disagree with and don’t want.

Unfortunately, deep ignorance and egoism hinder the minds from reasoning and inquiring towards the truth of everything.

Such violent and hurtful actions and reactions also exist in those who think and believe that they are the practitioners of yoga or Buddhism. That is the power of ignorance.

Ignorance exists in all and everyone, unless someone starts to be aware of it and do something about it.

It’s not the fault of any religion or culture or belief and practice, if human beings are behaving ignorantly out of ignorance and egoism. But, it shows that whether human beings have a religion, culture, belief and practice, or not, or what type of religion, culture, belief and practice people have, it’s not important at all. It’s about whether human minds are free or not free from ignorance and egoism. That is a universal teaching that applies to all and everyone, regardless of all the different qualities of names and forms that everyone attaching onto and identifying with.

Inquire the truth of everything.