The Universe of the Mind, Part 3


Description: Observing the great vastness of the mind we find that there are five states of mind: conscious, subconscious, subsubconscious, subsuperconscious and superconscious.  When one is superconsciously alive in the mind of bliss, he feels joyously alive throughout the totality of his being. The Maha Vasana Daha Trantra, a sadhana, within the cave of the subconscious mind, clears out the emotions of unresolved memories of the past. Daily sadhana quells the ordinary mind’s tumultuous turbulence.  Master Course, “Merging with Siva” Chapter 24, “The Universe of the Mind.”


Text of talk:


Good morning everyone.  Been quite a while since we’ve done our “Merging with Siva” lessons.  Going through Gurudeva’s book “Merging with Siva” in the order in which the talks were given which is not the order in which they’re numbered in the book.  And in that way we can see that way his teachings have changed over the years by reading the, all of them, right now we’re in 1967, so he’s focusing on states of mind.  


This is Chapter 24, “The Universe of the Mind” starting with Lesson 166:


“The Five States of Mind


“Observing the great vastness of the mind, we can draw another conclusion and say that there are five states of mind: conscious, subconscious, subsubconscious, subsuperconscious and superconscious. The first state is the conscious mind, in which we perform our daily routines. When awareness is in the conscious mind, we are externalized. This means we take our direction mainly from memory of past experiences, from other people, from newspapers, magazines, radio, television or our emotions. (And of course today, the internet.) The average man is aware in the conscious mind from the time he awakens in the morning until he falls asleep at night. That’s what makes him average. Only when he becomes mystically inclined does he become consciously aware of some of the other four states. The second state is the subconscious mind, the grand storehouse and computer of man. It faithfully registers all thoughts and feelings that pass through the conscious state, whether correct or incorrect, whether positive or negative. It registers them and acts or reacts accordingly.


“The subsubconscious, the third state of mind, is a conglomeration of various actions and reactions that we have experienced in daily life. It is a subtle state composed of two or more vibrations of experience which mingle and form a third vibration. We have an experience. We react to it. Later we have a similar experience. We react to that. These two reactions merge in the subsubconscious, causing a hybrid reaction that lives with us many, many years.


“The fourth state is the subsuperconscious mind. Deep, refined and powerful, it filters intuitive flashes from the superconscious mind through the subconscious gridwork. There are times when you want very much to find a clear answer from within yourself. However, being aware in the conscious mind predominantly, awareness is cut off from direct contact with the superconsciousness. So, you begin to ask questions of yourself. These questions are registered in the subconscious. The subconscious, like a well-programmed computer, begins to search for the right answer from the superconscious mind. Then, all of a sudden, you know the answer from the inside out. Finding solutions through insight or intuition is one of the functions of the subsuperconscious. It also is the source of all true creativity, inspiration, understanding and perfect timing in daily events.


“The superconscious is the fifth state of the mind. Within it is one world within another world and yet another. All mystical phenomena and deep religious experiences come from the superconscious. It is the mind of light, beautiful and vast. When one is superconsciously alive, he feels joyously alive throughout the totality of his being—physically, emotionally and mentally—for new energies are working through his nerve system. This state of the mind is available to everyone to be aware in. The superconscious is the mind of bliss. It is vast, pure intelligence. The subsuperconscious mind is that aspect of the superconscious functioning through established subconscious patterns.


“As we learn to identify these states, one from another, we also become more sensitive, like the artist who learns to observe depth, color and dimension within a beautiful painting. His sense of enjoyment is far superior to that of the average man who simply sees the painting as a nice picture, having no appreciation of the intricacies of color, depth, movement and technique.”


Then we have my comment here:


A way of thinking about the five states of mind is to visualize a cave into a mountain. Start by standing at the front of the cave and looking out into the physical world.  Okay so you’re in front of the cave, looking out. You are in the conscious mind. Turn around and look into the cave. What would you experience. You would experience your subconscious mind. Taking a few steps deeper into the cave you would experience the subsubconscious mind. Walking deeper yet is the subsuperconscious mind and finally quite a few steps into the cave you would experience is the superconscious mind.


When an individual starts to meditate it is like turning into the cave and of course experiencing, as we pointed out, the subconscious mind. If it is filled with unresolved issues about the past, the individual will get stuck in it, unable to reach the subsuperconscious mind. Therefore, after a while he or she will generally give up meditation, cause it’s not a pleasant experience, being in the subconscious full of reactions. The ability to get further into the cave than the subconscious mind requires resolving the many unresolved memories of the past. That is why Gurudeva stressed the importance of Maha Vasana Daha Tantra as a necessity early on in one’s practice of sadhanas.


So, Gurudeva developed that somewhere in the middle of his ministry.  It wasn’t back there in 1967.  But the idea that, whereas some teachers, right away they take you into meditation.  Gurudeva says, No, no lets clear out the subconscious mind first so when we go in we don’t just get stuck in the subconscious mind. And then develop this systematic way of doing it which is called the Va, Vasana Daha Tantra which just means writing down memories which upset you, which have emotion in them. Writing them down, trying to understand them, trying to resolve them, forgive people, and doing so until the memory still exists but the emotion is gone.  That’s the idea.  So we write it down then we burn it in an inauspicious fire.  Then we go through every year of our life and do that that’s called the Maha Vasana Daha Tantra. So, many of you have tried to do that, you know it’s quite an undertaking and that Gurudeva created this, I think, when he was in his 60’s somewhere so he had to write it down for sixty years.  Every morning he’d write something down and burn it up, trying to set the example for us, not that he had a lot of unresolved things, that setting the example for the monks to do it every day.


And Lesson 167:


“Unfolding the Superconscious


“The average man may have occasional subsuperconscious experiences and rare superconscious intuitive flashes. His awareness, however, is not attuned to know the intricacies of the working of his own mind. Therefore, he is not able to identify one from the other, making his sense of enjoyment less than that of the mature mystic. Because he is unaware of the higher states of mind, the average man may harbor his awareness deep in a subconscious state of suffering over the past for long periods of time, thereby completely ignoring his superconscious intuitive flashes when they come. As a result, his ability to bring awareness inward, out of the external, conscious and subconscious states of mind and into more blissful and refined areas, is lessened. Now sâdhana is necessary for him to unfold his inner depth. Although he is unaware of these superconscious happenings within himself and unable to astutely pinpoint and dramatically distinguish them from his turbulent subconscious, his superconscious breakthroughs do have an effect upon the totality of his being. But when man lives externalized in the conscious and subconscious states, all the inner enjoyment and conscious abilities of exercising perceptive faculties are completely lost. The ritual of daily sâdhana must be performed to quell the ordinary mind’s tumultuous turbulence.”


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Author: Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
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