Go beyond the mind perception of an impermanent and selfless worldly life existence

The life existence of the mind perception of a worldly life of names and forms is only existing in this present moment, where the past and the future doesn’t exist in this present moment, and it is impermanent and selfless.

‘The past’ is just some scattered fading memories of pleasant and unpleasant, desirable and undesirable, agreeable and disagreeable past experiences. It exists only as a form of memory.

‘The future’ is just some wild imagination, anticipation, speculation, projection and expectation. It only exists as a form of thought activity.

When the mind is under the influence of ignorance and egoism, it attached onto the past memories of pleasant/unpleasant, desirable/undesirable, agreeable/disagreeable experiences and the anticipation/projection into the future, and be affected, disturbed and determined by ‘the past’ and ‘the future’ that doesn’t exist in this present moment, which is unnecessary if the mind is free from ignorance and egoism.

The past and the future doesn’t exist in this present moment, but there is a connection between the past actions/reactions and the present moment now, and between the actions/reactions in this present moment now and the ceaseless impermanent changes, which is the consequences of actions (cause and effect.)

The entire life existence of this impermanent and selfless existence and function of a physical body with the restless egoistic thinking mind is being what it is due to the law of cause and effect. This ‘life’ doesn’t exist if the parents didn’t plant the ‘seed’. The present moment is nothing but the consequences of the past actions, which is the only element that relates the past actions with the present moment, and yet, the past doesn’t exist in this present moment. All the consequences are just what they are, in the present moment, as they are.

The only existence is this present moment now, as it is, not necessarily the way that the egoistic thinking minds would like it to be, as the result of the ripened consequences of actions plus all the egoistic actions and reactions in this present moment that give rise to further consequences of actions, ceaselessly and restlessly, and even so, the consequences of actions are not necessarily exactly the way that the minds think and believe what it should be. The consequences of actions are just what they are, as they are, and not being the way according to any wishful thinking and belief, that anyone would like it to be.

For example, whether intentionally or unintentionally, we planted an apple tree (the past actions) that gives the fruit of apples (the consequences of actions.) Even though after some time we realize that we don’t really like apples, we cannot change the apple tree to be orange tree or banana tree. We have to accept that this is an apple tree that gives the fruit of apples. Even though we don’t like apples, but the apple tree will still give the fruit of apples. We might prefer the fruit of oranges or bananas, and we can try to plant orange and banana trees, but we can’t make the apple tree to give the fruit of oranges or bananas. Sometimes the apples from this apple tree are more sweet, and sometimes are less sweet, while some other times are sour and bitter. Although we might not like the taste of apple as it is especially when they are sour and bitter, but since these are what available to us, we can make use of the sour/bitter apples to cook them into something that is more palatable, or give them to other people who would enjoy the apples as they are, or feed them to the animals. More importantly, we don’t turn the apples into a weapon to hurt other people. Sometimes, for some reasons, the trees don’t give any fruit at all, or the trees die before giving any fruit.

If the future exists, we can bring the future into this present moment and we would be able to control the future to be exactly the way that we would like it to be. There won’t be any uncertainty/anxiety/fear/worry/dissatisfaction/disappointment/regret/guilt/unhappiness/suffering, everything will turn out to be exactly the way that we desire it to be. We want forever youth, pleasant sensations, happy feelings, good health, good relationships, good and easy life condition free from difficulties and hardships, desirable life span with only pleasurable enjoyments and happy experiences, without any painful sickness/injury, suffering or unhappy experiences, without coming in contact with happenings, objects or beings that we don’t like and don’t agree with, without separation from the beings and things that we like and love. But we can’t, as the future doesn’t exist. Without intention to be controlling ‘the future’ to be the way that we like it to be, the consequences of actions derived from the actions and reactions in this present moment now, will be what they are, as they are.

If the past exists in this present moment, then we can bring the past into this present moment and undo any past actions/experiences that we don’t like and don’t want, to alter the consequences of actions to be something different. But, we can’t undo any past actions/experiences that we don’t like and don’t want. Without intention to be changing the consequences of past actions that channeling life in this present moment being what it is, but the realization of selflessness allows the mind to be undetermined by life being what it is, transcending all the pleasant and unpleasant, desirable and undesirable consequences of actions.

Those (the minds) who are not aware of this, they always hope or try to control life in this present moment and in the future to be in certain ways that they desire and not to be in certain ways that they don’t desire.

Those (the minds) who are aware of this, they deal with the consequences of actions of all kinds of pleasant or unpleasant, desirable or undesirable experiences, or what we identify as ‘life’, as it is, without craving or aversion, allowing life to be what it is, and make use of the present moment to silent the modification of the mind to transcend the mind perception of an impermanent and selfless life existence carved by cause and effect.

Life might not always being the way that we would like it to be, but we can accept life as it is, without clinging/craving/aversion towards something that is here (pleasantness and unpleasantness), without craving for something that the mind likes and desires but is not here, without aversion towards something that the mind dislikes and doesn’t desire that is here or not here. In the meantime we can make use of life as it is (regardless of easy or difficult condition/situation that exists in this present moment) to be doing something beneficial to ourselves and others in certain ways depending on how we look at it. Such as growing up without proper emotional, educational and financial support. Some people would see it as a harsh condition and use it as an excuse to do things that hurt themselves and others. While some others would turn it into great strength to overcome any difficulty or challenging condition and situation to be doing something great for themselves and others.

In the end when the mind realizes selflessness, life is undetermined by the separateness of ‘I’ and ‘my life’, or the quality of good and bad/meaningful and meaningless/positive and negative, and it doesn’t belong to ‘I’ or ‘God’. It’s just life as it is, as a product of cause and effect. There’s no ‘I’ and ‘my life’. There’s no ‘good, meaningful and positive life’ and ‘bad, meaningless and negative life’, or “I or ‘God’ want my life to be or not to be in certain ways.”

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Cause and effect – Consequences of actions

There’s neither right nor wrong, neither good nor bad, neither positive nor negative, it’s just the law of cause and effect – different consequences of different actions.

The consequences of actions might be pleasant/desirable/agreeable or unpleasant/undesirable/disagreeable.

The different actions and the different consequences of the different actions are just what they are, neither right nor wrong, neither good nor bad, neither positive nor negative.

Something that the mind likes and agrees with, are being judged/categorized as ‘right’, ‘good’ and ‘positive’, while something that the mind dislikes and disagrees with, are being judged/categorized as ‘wrong’, ‘bad’ and ‘negative’ by the mind under the influence of ignorance and egoism.

All these judgments are not the truth of things.

Free the mind from the influence of ignorance and egoism, to see the truth of things as it is, is the yoga and meditation practice. Upon seeing the truth, being free from ignorance and egoism, the mind is undisturbed by all the names and forms that the mind perceives through the senses. There’s no problems, dissatisfaction, hurts, unhappiness, sorrow, fear, or suffering.

All the other effects/benefits of the yoga practice are just the by-products which are also impermanent and selfless. By receiving all the impermanent effects/benefits of the yoga practice and coming in contact with/reading/hearing/studying/memorizing the teachings of yoga, or being highly intelligent/educated/accumulating vast knowledge of everything, doesn’t guarantee that the mind will be free, if the mind cannot go beyond the limited worldly thinking and belief in the mind that influence how the mind perceives/reacts/judges/expects towards all the names and forms that the mind perceives through the senses, where the mind is unwittingly drowning in the state of restlessness/greed/ambitiousness/dissatisfaction/disappointment/hurts/unhappiness/sorrow/hostility/fear/suffering.

There’s nothing wrong when the mind thinks and feels angry/hurt/sad/dissatisfied/unhappy when the mind perceives/experiences something that the mind thinks and believes as ‘wrong’, ‘bad’ and ‘negative’. Just that this mind is not free. There’s no peace.

The mind will not be free from being disturbed by the mind perception of names and forms/what the mind comes in contact with/experiences, until the mind is free from ignorance and egoism, and sees the truth as it is.

Want to practice yoga? (4)

All the yoga enthusiasts or practitioners are being taught that one shouldn’t follow or blind-believe in any teachings or philosophies from anybody and anywhere, including the teachings of yoga, but to perform self-inquiry to investigate into the truth of all the teachings of yoga. That action of self-inquiry is indeed the main yoga practice. All the other yoga practices are there to assist the mind to be able to be free from all kinds of restlessness and impurities, and allowing the mind to know the truth or seeing the truth as it is.

Contemplate on these teachings to attain self-realization of the teachings of yoga :-
– The body is not me, I am not the body. The mind is not me, I am not the mind.

– Selflessness or the annihilation of the egoism – There is no ‘I’. ‘I’ doesn’t exist.

– The root cause of suffering is ignorance – not knowing the truth of ‘I’ and all the perceptions of names and forms, the illusion of the existence of ‘I’ generates attachment, identification, desires, craving and aversion, reactions of likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements, pleasantness and unpleasantness where all kinds of impurities arise and influencing and determining the state of mind.

– Go beyond all the qualities of name and form, including the body and mind and worldly conditioned thinking and beliefs, realize the truth of non-duality or non-separateness or oneness.

– The truth of names and forms is just what they are. Everything is neither good nor bad, neither positive nor negative, neither right nor wrong, neither happiness nor unhappiness.

– Know thyself or knowing oneself as the highest duty above all. All kinds of duties exist to support the highest duty towards oneself.

– The law of impermanence – there’s no ‘I’ exists in all the impermanent changes or transitions, or forming and deforming.

– The observer is undetermined by the action of observing and the object of observation.

– Turning the outgoing mind inward, resting in silence – dispassion and disinterest in worldly objects and ideas.

– The conquest of one’s mind is the highest goal of life existence and to serve humanity.

– The ignorant ones take what is unreal to be real, and take what is real as unreal.

– Performing all duties and responsibilities while renouncing worldly objects and activities.

– The realization of selflessness and compassion will allow one to perform all actions while being undetermined by the fruit of actions, to be liberated from good and bad karma, the cycle of cause and effect, or the wheel of birth and death – Enter into Silence or Samadhi.

– Everything is Maya (illusion). The world is not real and doesn’t exist. Suffering doesn’t exist. Birth and death doesn’t exist. Due to ignorance, the illusory ‘I’ longs for existence to fulfill all its desires. And hence, all kinds of actions and fruit of actions sprung from desires and bring forth the wheel of birth and death, existence and non-existence, all kinds of names and forms are being projected as the worldly existence as the result of cause and effect. Yoga practice is to realize the truth and return to the state beyond names and forms, existence and non-existence, birth and death.

Happy practicing yoga contemplating upon the teachings of yoga.

Om shanti.

‘Good’ actions = Good in return?

There are different types of ‘good’ actions. And thus the fruit, or the result, or the consequences of these ‘good’ actions are different from one another, or are not necessarily what we think they should be.

Such like, if we planted apple tree, apples will be the fruit of this tree. But, the taste, the fragrance, the texture, the appearance,the size and the shape of the apples are not necessarily what we think or expect it should be. As well as the time for the tree to have fruit can also be very different from what we think it should be.

Ever wondered why after we have done some ‘good’ actions, but the consequences of these ‘good’ actions were not necessarily ‘good’, or ‘nice’, or ‘happy’, as what we expected them should be?

Sometimes when we thought and believed that we did something ‘good’, based on what our mind believes what ‘good’ is, but it’s not necessarily the truth of what things really are. And thus even though we think and believe that what we do is ‘good’, but the fruit, or the consequences of this ‘good’ action turns out to be ‘not so good’.

Then there is something truly ‘good’, it doesn’t matter if our mind is not aware of, or doesn’t think that it is something ‘good’, and thus even though we don’t expect anything ‘good’ in return through this action that we aren’t aware that it’s something good, or don’t think it’s good, but still the fruit of this action is something ‘good’.

And then, there is ‘pure good’ actions and ‘impure good’ actions.

When we perform some ‘good’ actions with the ‘good’ intention to be doing something ‘good’, or, there’s identification of ‘I’ am a ‘good’ person, and ‘I’ am doing something ‘good’, and we have expectation towards the result or the fruit of our ‘good’ actions should be something ‘good’ in return, or, there’s expectation towards those who will be benefited from our ‘good’ actions that they should be benefited by our ‘good’ actions, and there’s attachment towards the reactions from other people especially those who are benefited from the actions, expect that they should be showing some acknowledgment, gratitude or thankfulness to us, or, we have discrimination towards who we like to be ‘good’ to, or, there’s selfish motivation behind all these ‘good’ actions, such like to attain some good and happy feelings, or to be acknowledged as good people and to generate some good impressions to our self-image, or to gain some commercial benefits from performing all these ‘good’ actions, or, there is desire of “I want to do good”, then even though they are ‘good’ actions, but they are ‘impure good’ actions. And thus, the fruit, or the consequences of these ‘good’ actions are not purely good as what we think it should be.

If we have the desire of “I want to do good.” to motivate us to be performing good actions, then if out of certain circumstances that we might not be able to perform the ‘good’ actions that we wanted to do, we (the ego) will be very disappointed, dissatisfied, frustrated, or unhappy.

And so, the ‘pure good’ actions are actions that are free from the influence of the egoism. They are actions that are being performed without attachment towards the actions and the fruit of the actions, thinking that this is an ‘good’ action and the fruit of this ‘good’ action should be something ‘good’ in return, and without the identification as the doer of the actions, nor there is identification of the ‘enjoyer’ of the fruit of the actions. There is no discrimination of who should be benefited from the actions. There’s no attachment towards the reactions from anyone, especially those who are benefited from the actions. There’s no ‘good’ intention to be doing something ‘good’, nor expectation that somebody will be benefited from this ‘good’ action, nor expectation for some appreciation or gratefulness from anyone, nor expectation towards the fruit of the actions should be something ‘good’ in return. There’s no selfish motivations that motivate us to be performing some good actions.

‘Pure good’ actions are being performed not because of the ego’s desire of “I want to be good and do good”, or “I want to do good actions that I like to do”. Although there’s nothing wrong with the ego wants to be good and do good. It’s very good indeed. But there will be some unpleasant reactions from the ego when its desire of “wants to be good and do good” is not being gratified the way that it wants to be gratified.

All actions are being performed out of compassion, without expectation towards the result, but allowing the fruit, or the result, or the consequences of our actions to be what they are, as they are.

There’s no discrimination of good beings or bad beings. There’s no influence of likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements from the ego.

There’s no success or failure. There’s no good or bad. There’s no gain or loss. There’s no superiority or inferiority. There’s no pride and arrogance. There’s no disappointment and dissatisfaction. There’s no sense of achievement or accomplishment. There’s no fear and worry.

It is beyond meaningfulness and meaninglessness. We are not determined by whether we did some good actions, or whether how many good actions we can perform, to attain meaningfulness in life. Or else, if we are not able to perform some good actions (the way that we think it should be done), or we think we didn’t do any good actions or did very few good actions, we will be feeling meaningless in life. We judge ourselves as not good human beings, and feel bad, shameful and guilty about ourselves for being not good, or not good enough. This is not the teachings nor the practice of yoga and meditation.

In the teachings and practice of yoga and meditation, we just do our best without attachment, judgment, expectation and renounce the fruit of actions (whether there will be pleasant or unpleasant consequences that may or may not arise).

There’s no attachment towards the actions and the fruit of the actions. There’s no doer or enjoyer of the actions.

Sometimes even though the actions are ‘pure good’ actions, but the fruit of actions may be delayed to be ripened due to certain circumstances, it is not necessarily that it will bring immediate fruit of the actions. And even if we need to go through many unpleasant experiences, obstacles and difficulties before we see the fruit of ‘good’ actions, it doesn’t mean that we have done something ‘wrong’ or ‘bad’, or we didn’t do good, or we were not good enough.

Be free.

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If we are truly practicing yoga and meditation, if we are truly compassionate, we will wish all beings will have peace and happiness, even though when we think some people didn’t perform any ‘good’ actions that we think they should be doing, or we think some people have done some ‘bad’ actions that we think they shouldn’t be doing, we will only wish them peace and happiness, and not out of our own anger and hatred, we are hoping that they will be ‘punished’ one day, or hope that they will be ‘suffering’ from the consequences of their actions and inactions.

Have peace in ourselves, be free from ill-will and ill-thinking.

The consequences of other people’s actions and inactions will be there as they are. We don’t need to have ill-will and ill-thinking, wish that there will be punishment or suffering for other people for their actions and inactions that we think is not good or is bad.

If out of anger and hatred we have ill-will and ill-thinking, we wish that there will be punishment or suffering for other people for their actions and inactions that we think is not good or is bad, then we are not any different from these people whom we think that they are not good, or are bad… Why generate such ‘bad’ karma to ourselves for some other people doing something that we think is not good or is bad?

Be happy.

Om shanti.