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Kindle Life 21 The Path of Divinity

Kindle Life 21 The Path of Divinity

Published on 7 February 2021

What is the goal of human life? What obstructs our experience of divinity? What are different conditions under which thoughts function? How many kinds of thoughts are there? What kind of mind is required to discover our true nature? What is 'sattva',

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Transcript
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Hari Om!
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Kindle Life Chapter 21
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THE PATH OF DIVINITY
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Essentially man is divine. This divinity is covered by the continuous desires and thoughts that rise in the heart. The desires are of various kinds and different intensities. To remove these desires and thoughts, and discover the ever present divinity in man is the final goal advised by the scriptures.
00:30
An analysis of the psychological person in man, reveals three conditions of the thoughts, under which the mind functions. Vedanta, call them 'sattva', the pure and noble, the 'rajas', the passionate and agitated, and the 'tamas' the dull and the inactive condition or state. These three are present in different permutations and combinations and determine the individual personalities.
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The presence of these three aspects, in the character and conduct of persons are controlled by the proportion in which they are mixed. The state of mind is 'Tamas', when it is in complete inertia, indolence and heedlessness. There is no consistency of purpose, softness of emotion or nobility in action.
01:35
The state of mind is ,'Rajas', when it is agitated and stormy, passionate and ambitious and continuously agitated with desires, emotions and activities.
01:48
The state of mind is in 'Sattva', when there is balanced joy, serenity and creativity. In this state human contemplation is available, in its entirety.
02:03
These three types of thoughts are the material with which the human mind and intellect are composed. The difference in the functions of the thoughts determine the differences in mind and intellect. The mind is a seat of and feelings and emotions and the intellect is the one which discriminates and judges.
02:29
The human discrimination can be divided into clear but distinct categories depending upon the field in which they operate.
02:40
'Gross intellect, is the first category when discrimination is directed towards the world of objects. This is field of objective sciences. 'Subtle' intellect, is the other category when discrimination is subjectively applied to discriminate between the spirit and matter, or the transcendental and terrestrial.
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Swami Chinmayananda says, " This explains why a person, brilliant in his application in the material and the secular world fails to understand, much less appreciate, the subtler import of the scriptures. However sharp the gross intellect may be, it cannot penetrate and understand the Truth beyond the realms of matter. It is like attempting to use a sharp axe to shave one's beard ".
03:46
Animals and even plants posses an untrained intellect to discriminate and understand the external world, but they totally lack the capacity to discriminate between the real and unreal.
04:04
Man alone is qualified to dive deep under the layers of matter and discover the divinity within. The divinity is covered by the presence of the different kinds of thoughts. Thoughts are the manifestations of our desires. So, when the thoughts of desires are removed divinity reveals itself.
04:33
The Bhagwat Geeta, nicely explains the three types of veilings over the self by these desires. The veiling by sattvic desires are like smoke covering fire. The smoke can be blown away by a little breeze, so too a lttle prayer or meditation can blow away the subtle desires.
04:59
The veiling of the rajasic desires are like dust on the mirror. In this case an effort is required to remove the dust off, so too, individual effort, as directed by religion is necessary to remove these desires.
05:20
The veiling by Tamasic desires, are obstinate, arrogant egoistic. The divinity lies covered in them, like a fetus in a womb. These desires cannot be removed by mere effort. A lot of patience and time are required, like a fetus to grow and emerge from the womb.
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Swami Chinmayananda says, " Religion helps us to chasten our desires and thoughts, so as to ultimately end them, and as we rise from the tamas to the rajas, divinity gradually unfolds itself and when, the last traces of the sattvic desires are also eliminated, man becomes God".
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Hari Om!