Q & A
Sandhya: How do we need to understand experience and truth?
Dr.Yugandhar: Every experience that happens on the path of inner voyage has a value… has a meaning… has a depth. And it has to be translated into 'understanding'.
And because every experience has a value… the experience should not be turned into an opinion or a judgment or a conclusion or an inference...however exciting and euphoric it can be!
All these things like opinions, judgments, inferences, conclusions… put together are called as 'the personal truths' or 'my truth' or 'my belief' or 'my spirituality'. So this has to be turned or transformed into 'Truth'.
So 'my truth' has to be turned into 'Truth'.
When 'my spirituality' turns into 'Spirituality'… then we get connected to our centre.
So every experience finally has to be converted into understanding.
And 'Understanding' has a depth; it is open ended.
So the only truth in the world is to be in the open endedness, to be on the path, just witnessing!
As and when we form conclusions and inferences...we feel that we have arrived to the ultimate. We have to understand that 'Truth' is a continuous process… never a product to be achieved.
To be in the open ended channel of incessant exploration is what is called Truth for me.
Floyd: Could you please throw some light on devotion of Bhakti Yoga ?
Dr.Yugandhar: Yes… 'Devotion' is a wonderful tool or a very powerful tool for those people who can be called as feelers.
Like there are thinkers in the world, there is a category of people in the world who can be called as 'feelers'. They can feel things; they can feel the nature; they can feel the existence; they can feel the surroundings; they can sniff the aroma of Truth. So these people are the people who are best suitable for devotion.
Like 'thinking' is the objective of the head…devotion is something which comes from ones heart.
So the major question here is how this devotion has to be understood properly. 'Devotion to whom' has to be turned into 'Devotion to 'what'.
When I say 'devotion to whom', it is all about the rituals, the cultural activities, the religious things that are surrounding the innumerable number of deities. So all these things put together can be called as 'devotion to whom'.
Slowly over a period of time very few of these devotees who have experienced their peak bliss in the devotion have turned into 'devotion to what'.
So… devotion to ones consciousness makes them totally godly. They don't see God outside … they become Gods.
Like you know,I remember still a doha of kabir ji which I read in my 6th class I think. He said
lali mere lalki, jit dekho tith lal;
lali dekhan mai gayi, mai bhi ho gai lal.
Here Lal means the God. I went to see the God… I became God.
This type of Devotion is what is required.
And this type of devotion happens only when you get centred at your consciousness.
Thank you !
Floyd: Do the Zen masters pay passive conscious attention to hara, or does it happen naturally for them since they used hara for various movements?
Dr.Y: For many people, hara is a place, but it is not a place at all. It is basically 'space' because it is a non-physical entity and moreover the zen masters, neither do passive attention nor allow the awakening process to happen, what really happens is they allow their own attention passively directed towards one's hara and everything blossoms by itself. Thank You Very Much!
Floyd: Why is there so much emphasis on awakening kundalini in Indian Spiritual Circles?
Dr. Yugandhar : Yes Floyd, there has been so much of emphasis on the kundalini energy today. let us throw some light on this. The word 'kundalini' in Sanskrit means 'female snake', kundala means male snake. Because the flow of energy from the mooladhara to the sahasrara via the sushumna nadi resembles the serpentine fire because it moves like a snake aggresively, it is called as kundalini - the female snake and the awakening of kundalini energy depends upon the converegence of one's consciousness. There are two schools of thought as far as energy and consciousness is concerned, the energy based practises, grossly speaking turn out into a discipline. where the key word is practise or sadhana, another school of thought which emphasize on consciousness, the main keyword is 'letting-go' - if you observe great spiritual masters of the world, none of the spiritual masters like Gautama Buddha, Mahavir, Lao Tzu and Confucius, Socrates, Plato, Ramana Mahrshi and many others never talked about kundalini, they always emphasized on 'letting-go'. Does this mean that these spiritual masters don't know anything about kundalini? They all know. Based upon this, there are 2 types of experiences - Energy Based and Consciousness based, Energy based experiences include experiences like out of body travel, third eye visions, past life visions and many experiences related to extra sensory perception like telepathy, primordition etc. When it comes to Consciousness based experiences, it is the insight - the satori, opening of a petal which matters most, which leads to transformation of an individual, which leads to movement towards one's center. Both are very important but the consicousness based experiences are most vital because it creates transformation, while the energy based experiences are very exciting and sensational, they attract and excite you. many people get stuck up with this excitement. Many people identify their milestones of transformation in terms of such experiences, that is a big blunder. One should go beyond and get rooted to the center of one's consciousness, that is very important. So 'lettin-go' is the keyword in the consciousness based practises, so when you let go of yourself, you find yourself at your center. Thank You very much!
Floyd : What is you view about positive affirmations?
Dr. Yugandhar: If you slice these 2 words - positive and affirmations, for me positive is a word which we are commonly assuming as something which is fruitful and rewarding. Something which is unrewarding and not frutiful, we call it as negative. So, the mind is something which always creates or invites conflict between these two poles - postive or negative, good or bad, right or wrong, dark and light etc. It is a game attracted by the mind. For me the so-called positive is also some form of negative wrapped up in something which is appearing as something rewarding. Both are negatives, truth is and always is in the third dimension, which is the meridian between these 2 poles, when these two merge i.e the positive and the so-called negative, something in the third dimension emerges. That third dimension is the real truth and affirmations need to be something which should not work on positive but on this third dimension. How can it work? If you take the entire philosophy or science of zen, the science of zen is divided into 2 divisions, not exactly divisions, but two premises - first is zazen, which is related to silencing of the mind, which happens at the level of Hara.
The second is Schikantazu- contemplating the issue at hand, so Schikantazu is something that has to be taken up in the state of zazen, which is the state of absolute silence or the state of no-mind. The word 'Dhyan' equivalent to to Chinese 'Chen' or Japanese 'Zen' or Arabic 'Din' or Korean 'son' are one and the same. The word Dhyan came from sanskrit which can be sliced up into Dhi and Ana, Dhi means Buddhi and Ana means to ponder upon or contemplate upon. So, when you can take up an issue to contemplate upon , one must be in no-mind, and no-mind is the basic eligibility to practise the so-called affirmation. Affirmation cannot be taken up in the mind stage- when you take up affirmation in the mind stage, it is basically about suppressing the so-called negative and losing the insight of another side of your mind. So, over a period of time, the repressed things or the supressed things of so-called negatives will boil up and turn into an outburst and this can be prevented. To start with, the zazen or silencing of the mind is required followed by Schikantazu or the contemplation or affirmation later. And, the entire noumenon ( a phenomenon) happening beyond one's senses) happens at the level of Centre of one's Condciousness otherwise known as the Hara - Best Wishes !!!