The Mind our greatest journey, Satsang by Swami Amar Jyoti

THERE ARE MANY TENDENCIES and beliefs stored in our subconscious—our individual tendencies and beliefs as well as the Totality, all of which are presently unknown to us. Yet there is a thrust from within our psychological complex that drives us to act because of them. This emerges as a blind belief, an emotional outburst or sometimes even a fanatic outrage. At other times it is simply a determination to do or not do. Somewhere from within us a force or voice is creating these tendencies.
      Very few of us want to know what these tendencies are, to culture this knowledge of ourselves. The majority are simply victims or slaves of their tendencies, not knowing or reflecting why and where they come from or what purpose they serve. The Sanskrit term for them is uppadhi—the pre-recorded impressions or modifications of the mind, as explained in Raja Yoga.1 Unless we understand these tendencies, probe into them, analyze, auto-reflect and so on, we do many things ignorantly or unconsciously. The main purpose of Raja Yoga is how to culture the raw material of the human mind, how to bring out its hidden tendencies, how to purify and free the subconscious mind. In order to know the Ultimate—God, Light, Bliss—we have to know all the compartments of our own mind. True knowledge is in Superconsciousness. Unless we know our conscious and subconscious mind we cannot really fly or reach the joy of abandonment—Superconsciousness.

1 Raja Yoga, the “Royal Path,” is one of the four primary paths of yoga as outlined by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras.
Photograph: Prabhushri Swamiji at Countryside Ashram, 1979.


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