The Conscious Mind, Part 1


Description: The ancient path to enlightenment has five sequential steps: attention, concentration, meditation, contemplation and God Realization. Become consciously conscious. Expand your concept of the mind to include the entire Universe, from atom to galaxy. When awareness is caught in conscious-mind concerns our superconscious mind faculties are temporarily cut off. Single out the deep-rooted seed of desire and destroy it. The spiritual path leads us out of the morass of the darkness of the conscious mind a real barrier, into the light of superconsciousness.


Text of talk:


Good morning everyone.  We are continuing “Merging with Siva” Chapter 25 “Conscious Mind” drawn from “The Master Course” 1967 as well as from 1970 audio cassette editions.  


Lesson 169: “Not Getting Bogged Down,” (seems good advice).


“Concentrate on the following aphorism and try to ferret out its deepest meaning. Begin by breathing diaphragmatically for a few minutes until you feel relaxed and at ease. ‘There is but one mind. The consciousness, or ego, functions within the mind’s various phases. The one-tenth of the mind of the conscious plane, in ramification, is carried on by its own novelty. The object is to control the conscious mind and become consciously conscious.’ After looking deeply into this aphorism from within yourself, write out your own explanation of it on a piece of paper and keep it for future reference. When we are functioning in the conscious mind, we must not totally identify with it, but hold on to our individual awareness as the watcher and the controller. Think deeply on this as you concentrate on the aphorism and realize that in our study of the one mind we are moving along an ancient path to enlightenment which has five sequential steps: attention, concentration, meditation, contemplation and God Realization. (Those are the five terms in “Cognizantability”. Gurudeva didn’t use any Sanskrit back then).


“Mind is vast, and from a mystical point of view it includes everything, even encompassing the elements of the physical plane. Mind and matter are not two different things. Matter is simply one phase of the mind, and it is in the conscious mind that material existence has its existence. Expand your concept of the mind to include the entire universe, from atom to galaxy. Then realize you are that mind, and that its outer manifestation is but one-tenth of the totality of the mind.


“When we live in the conscious mind, we are aware of other people’s ideas. We listen with our ears, we see with our eyes, we feel with our fingers. We are involved in our physical senses, functioning instinctively as far as the physical body goes. We are functioning intellectually as far as our education goes, and we are dealing and working vibrantly and vitally in the world of external form. We can live in the conscious mind and be aware of that area of consciousness life after life after life after life, because the conscious mind is ever changing, perpetuated by its own novelty. One thing or idea leads us to another, and then on to another and another and another. We listen to people talk, and we want to know what they will say next.


“The conscious mind is very curious. We taste something and we want to taste something else. We see something and we want to see something else. We feel something and we want to feel something else, we go on and on, completely dominated by our five senses. This domination by the senses makes up the totality of the conscious mind. These five senses are constantly active, as energy continually flows out into the external world through them. The conscious mind makes up what is called the external world, and the external world is the conscious mind. We are all participating in making our own conscious mind as we go along through life.


“Though the conscious mind is only seeming, it is very real while we are in it, as it glorifies in adding to itself. This process is called the intellect. As concepts and partial concepts are added one after another, the average person develops his or her intellect, and if it is not balanced by inner knowing, it holds the person firmly in the external realms of consciousness. Many people are trained to think, having had their conscious mind programmed in such a way, that the superconscious mind is nothing but a farce, that it doesn’t exist at all, that the only reality is the external world, and pleasing the external senses is what life is all about. They are coached to believe that anything of an inner life or an inner nature is just pure fantasy, imagination, which only weak-minded people believe in. Many people live this way, with their awareness bogged down in the conscious mind—believing reality to be outside their physical body. The object of spiritual unfoldment is to transcend the conscious mind into superconsciousness and beyond.”


Then we have my commentary. A story from “The Guru Chronicles” is the beginning of the commentary.


“An early monthly sadhana Gurudeva created for his devotees was that on the first Sunday of each month, and on other auspicious occasions, his devotees met at the temple for a pre-dawn blessing, the lighting of 108 candles. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge and driving part way up the mountain in a convoy of cars, Gurudeva led the forty-minute hike to the summit for a sunrise sermon and meditation. He continued this monthly tirthayatra personally, rain or shine, for a dozen years, unless he was out of the country—a total of 154 pilgrimages in all.”


So my comment:


From that lofty perspective his devotees would look down on the cities below. It helped them have a mountaintop perspective on their own lives. In other words, when caught in the conscious mind an individual may lack an overview of his experiences. He just sees himself moving from one experience to the next. No overview is present. When an overview is present, then the patterns of experience can be seen. The positive patterns can be kept and the negative ones can be eliminated.


And then we have the Shum word for mountain-top perspective, which we know:


Kamsatyeni:  Mountain-top perspective; looking from the top of the mountain instead of from the side, a very necessary state to attain in order to proceed further within while still able to live positively in the consciouss mind. Looking down from a lofty consciousness; subsuperconsciousness.


And we get Lesson 170:


“The Donkey and the Carrot  (That’s a great image.  Always trying to get the carrot but never succeeding.)


“When we are in the conscious mind, we are like a donkey with a carrot in front of our nose. We are always walking to try to get that carrot. We are never satisfied, and we are never happy. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. No matter how much money we have, we want more. No matter how many clothes we have, we need more. No matter how many television programs we watch, there is always a better one coming up. No matter how many sights we have seen, the next one may surpass them all. No matter how much food we eat, there is always the next big wonderful meal to enjoy. No matter how many emotions we experience, the next set of those emotional experiences will be the high point of our entire life, and we are sure of it. That is the conscious mind.


“When we live in the conscious mind, we only surmise. We make guesses. We are never quite sure if we are right. Therefore, we are insecure, because the conscious mind only knows what has gone before it. It is certain only about the past. If it has been provided with a good memory, then it knows the past very well. But without a good memory, the conscious mind doesn’t know the past well at all. So, when we are in the conscious mind, we have one predominant and solid quality that we really can be sure of, and that is fear. We are afraid! We’re afraid of the future. And many of the things in the past petrify us, for we don’t want them to happen to us again. We don’t know quite how to avoid them, because with awareness caught in conscious-mind concerns, our superconscious faculties are temporarily cut off. The superconscious mind is seen as a figment of imagination, a product of superstition.


“The conscious mind is the real enemy, the real barrier, the real distractor to someone on the path of enlightenment. It is intriguing. It is the temptress. It leads us on and on and on, life after life after life after life after life after life after life. (That’s a lot of after lives.) It is a wonderful state of mind, however, as long as our superconscious faculties are also available for awareness to flow into once in a while to become refreshed and renewed by a change of perspective and influx of energy. Otherwise, the conscious mind is a difficult and onerous state of mind in which to live, day after day after day. The spiritual path leads us out of the morass of the darkness of the conscious mind into the mind of light, which we call superconsciousness.”


And my commentary:


In “Cognizantability” Gurudeva gives one key to freeing oneself from the never ending search for happiness in the conscious mind.


“Aphorism Twenty: ‘The seed of desire is a false concept in relation to corresponding objects. The conscious mind throws into its subconscious a series of erroneous thoughts based upon a false concept. This creates a deep-rooted desire or complex. Single out the seed of desire by disregarding all other corresponding erroneous thoughts. Then destroy that seed through understanding its relation in itself and to all other corresponding thoughts. The deep-rooted desire or complex will then vanish.'”


So a simple example: A man in his thirties sees the same commercial of a successful happy professional driving a Cadillac three or four times and impresses his subconscious that he can be happy and successful if he himself drives Cadillacs. Madison Avenue has succeeded. Placed a seed of desire in the mind. A false concept of course. Having an insight to the the origin or seed of this concept, seeing the commercials, eliminates it. So it just has to trace back where does this silly concept come from?  And it came from seeing the same commercial a number of times.


Have a wonderful day.  


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Author: Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
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