The Superconscious Mind Part 4

Description: The five steps to enlightenment are attention, concentration, meditation, contemplation and Self-realization. Attention is awareness poised like a hummingbird over a flower. It doesn’t move; poised over the flower, held at attention, looks at the flower, concentrates on it. Meditation is simply a more intense state of concentration. Meditation is possible once the subconscious mind has been cleared or quieted. Use your willpower to command access to the cosmic energies that exist deep inside of you. Break through the barriers of inner darkness into the clear white light of subsuperconsciousness.  “Master Course Trilogy, Merging with Siva”, Lessons 200,201.

Text of talk:


Good morning everyone.  


I can look around to see what we were doing; I think it was about four weeks ago we had our last “Merging with Siva” session.  So we are still in Chapter 29, “The Subsuperconscious Mind” drawn from the 1967 “Master Course” as well as the 1970 audio cassette edition and subsequent upadeshas. 


Lesson 200: 


“Security in the Superconscious 


“When the superconscious forces diminish, the subsuperconscious mind, in effect, recedes from the actual consciousness of the devotee, and he becomes simply conscious of his subconscious mind. In the very same way, from time to time, the conscious mind overshadows the subconscious mind, and the devotee becomes conscious fully in the external world, the subconscious mind receding from his conscious awareness of it. Therefore, the object of the devotee is to control the materialistic forces and the impressions that they create in his mind, so that he can become consciously conscious in the state of mind he chooses. (Interesting point too, want to be able to choose the state of mind we are experiencing.)


“The greatest sense of security is the feeling: ‘I am all right, right now.’ Simply believing this temporarily quiets not only the conscious but also the subconscious instinctive fears and brings forth an immediate influx of intuitive, superconscious awareness through the subconscious, giving security and solidarity to the entirety of the mind by expanding consciousness through actinic energy. As we expand our consciousness through the conscious control of actinic energy, we become aware of new attributes and possibilities within our nature. Also, we become aware of the realms of knowledge within us that can be tapped through our continued sâdhana.


“Meditation is conscious use of the subsuperconscious mind to solve problems that confront us in our daily activity and derive creative solutions from the inner recesses of our own mind.”


So, that is an important statement and deserves a commentary. 


As we know the word the word meditation has many meanings. Have a whole talk on that. What does it mean to say: “Let’s meditate?” The different teachers of meditation have quite a diversity of approaches. Even Gurudeva uses the word meditation with different meanings.  So, every time Gurudeva uses the word meditation it doesn’t mean the same thing.  He uses it to mean a number of different things. The meaning just given is as the third step in the five steps to enlightenment which as you will recall are: attention, concentration, meditation, contemplation and Self-realization. 


These are Gurudeva’s oldest terms, terms, terms of “The Master Course” for describing these practices and in the beginning he didn’t use any Sanskrit and in the end all he used was Sanskrit.  


In Chapter Thirteen of “Merging with Siva, Gurudeva explains the differences between attention, concentration and meditation by the example of a flower.  So we’re just going to look at the first three, we’re not trying to go into contemplation and Self-Realization.  We want to see how attention leads to concentration and leads to meditation in this use of the word meditation.  So we’re looking at the example of a flower.  


Attention is the first of the five steps on the path, that is, holding awareness steady, centralized in only one area of the mind, and the area that we choose it to be in, not the area that someone else has chosen it to be in. How does attention work? Attention is awareness poised like a hummingbird over a flower. It doesn’t move. The flower doesn’t move, and awareness becomes aware of the flower—poised.


Then we automatically move into the next step, concentration. The hummingbird, poised over the flower, held at attention, begins to look at the flower, to concentrate on it, to study it, to muse about it, not to be distracted by another flower—that is then awareness moving.


This then leads us then into our very next step, meditation. Meditation and concentration are practically the same thing, though meditation is simply a more intense state of concentration. The state of meditation is careful, close scrutiny of the individual elements and energies which make up that flower. You are scrutinizing the inner layers of the mind, of how a flower grows, how the seed is formed. You are observing it so keenly that you have forgotten that you are a physical body, that you are an emotional unit, that you are breathing. You are in the area of mind where that flower exists, and the bush that it came from, and the roots and the seed and all phases of manifestation, all at the same time. And you are seeing it as it actually is in that area of the mind, where the flower is that you first put your awareness at attention upon, then began to concentrate upon. Then you are meditating on the actual inner area of the mind where, in all stages of manifestation, that particular species actually is within the mind.


So that’s our first look at how attention, concentration and meditation relate to one another.  


Then a second look we’re providing is from our “Himalayan Academy Lexicon” definitions:


“Attention: Focusing of the mental powers upon an objector a particular subject.


“Dharana: ‘Concentration.’ Focusing the mind on a single object or line of thought, not allowing it to wander. The guiding of the flow of consciousness. When concentration is sustained long and deeply enough, meditation naturally follows. 


“Dhyana: ‘Meditation.’ A quiet, alert, powerfully concentrated state wherein new knowledge (Underline, very important, we’re bringing forth new knowledge.) and insight pour into the field of consciousness. This state is possible once the subconscious mind has been cleared or quieted,”

Because we can’t get through the subconscious to the superconsciousness if it’s not cleared or quieted we’ll get stuck in it.


And our third look.  We have a few words from Shum.  




Attention, come to attention or pay attention; concentrate, think, acquire a poised, quiet mind that is under control; pulling oneself together so that the area of the mind that governs the third dimension of one’s life is functioning.


(Then we get a series here for concentration):


quarehm  (So that’s a second dimensional word.)


Rope, such as for securing pallets.  (Okay, very practical).




Holding emotions in control despite distractions.




Concentration; holding on to the thread of consciousness during distractions.


(And then the last Shum word is):




The philosophy of the inner path of enlightenment found within the vocabulary and structure of the Shum language; Shum and Tyeif delineate the inner path to the Absolute Reality, Parasiva; the collage makayf opens the area of the mind that makes the Shum language easy to learn by drawing forth insights from the superconscious.


That’s the end of our commentary and we’re back to our text here: 


Lesson 201: 


“The Flow of Creativity


“A devotee who can command his mind to be instantly creative, and be consistently successful, has acquired a conscious control of the use of the subsuperconscious state of mind…


(If we say that backwards it also helps understand it. When we acquire a conscious control of the use of the subsuperconscious state of mind then we are instantly creative and consistently successful. Sounds pretty good.)


“…This is because the subconscious mind—made of odic force, a sticky-like substance that absorbs impressions, holds impressions and files them (not always, however, in an organized way)—has been understood, dissolved and brought in line with the cosmic forces through living a religious life. In this pure condition, the devotee’s attempts to direct his own mental forces are quite naturally successful. Unobstructed, the superconscious forces flow into the life of the devotee, and creativity is in abundance. Once the first breakthrough has been made, we find that these brilliant rays from the cosmic mind—which we also call Satchidânanda, the mind of God Śiva, the Gods and your immortal soul—penetrate the sticky-like substance of the subconscious, reorganizing and purifying it. 


“The next time you feel physically, mentally or emotionally fatigued, use your willpower to command access to the cosmic energies that exist deep inside of you. Do not allow the body or mind to fall into lethargic, depressed states. Feel the life forces stirring, flowing out to invigorate every cell of your being. 

“When you can see a white light aglow in your head in a darkened room, or even see a flash of it, or hear the inner, high-pitched sound, ‘eee,’ humming in your inner ear, then you know that you are consciously functioning in the subsuperconscious state of mind. Devotees who have had their first flash of white light in their head or heard the constant high-pitched ‘eee’ in their inner ear have awakened the process of the subsuperconscious state of mind, and it works quite automatically after that. All they have to do is to learn how to consciously use their subsuperconscious transcendental powers. All this will naturally occur through their continued sâdhana.


“The first breakthrough of the clear white light is subsuperconsciousness. The odic force fields of darkness which are seen within oneself are created by beliefs that conflict with the Sanâtana Dharma, resentment and past conflicting karma. These are built up through the centuries of man’s intermingling within his own species. This inner darkness or odic force has created man’s subconscious mind, and conscious mind, the way he knows it today. Every devotee is inwardly desirous of breaking through the barriers of this inner darkness, realizing the discontent caused by the influx and outflow of connecting odic forces, not only between himself and family, friends and relations, but also in his association with the world at large.”


So lots of wonderful knowledge in that lesson. 


Wonderful day. 

[End of transcript.]


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Author: Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
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