Four Modes of Consiousness

Posted on: Sunday, July 5, 2015 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe


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It is one consciousness which functions in four different ways:
  1. The mind which performs the perceiving function of the consciousness.
  2. Judging, discriminating, enquiring, agreeing, disagreeing, etc., which is called the intellect is the second mode of consciousness.
  3. Memory which is involved with storing that which has been perceived.
  4. Identifying with what has been perceived is the fourth mode of consciousness which is called the ego.
Therefore manah (mind), buddhi (intellect), chitta (memory) and ahankar (ego) are the four different functions of consciousness.

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Surrender the Problems

Posted on: Saturday, July 4, 2015 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe


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Just look back in your life. You had problems in the past and you also got solutions to those problems, right? So it will come. You are in the right place and are doing the right thing. Leave your problems behind here in the Ashram and go back happily.

When there are problems in life, then one is not able to grasp the knowledge. Problems act like a veil over the mind. This is why there is a need to surrender; this is why you need a Guru, or anyone else you love. Then you have this deep faith that no matter what happens in life, they are with me and will support me through everything that happens. When you have this strong faith from within, then problems no longer appear as problems.

When you know that there is someone who will cook food in the house, you never bother to think about your meals. You simply go and sit for having food when it is time. But imagine if there is no one else in the house except you. Then you sit and think, “Oh! There is no one at home. I will have to cook food for myself. What do I do? What vegetables do I buy and from where? Are there enough vegetables at home?” You start thinking about so many things. Who would think about so many things? A person who thinks like this is not aware that there is someone who is taking care of cooking the food and feeding everyone in the house.

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Difference Between Valor and Ego

Posted on: Friday, July 3, 2015 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe


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There can be valor even when you are simple and free from arrogance, but not cowardice. There is ego and misery in cowardice. When you are natural and free from arrogance, then there is only joy and valor.

Valor is merely a display or projection of one’s strength. Do you get what I’m saying? You may call it as sattvik ego, but you cannot call it as durahamkara (arrogance or ego that brings one’s downfall).

Ego is present in everyone. To exist means to have ego (here meaning as a layer of one’s existence or being). “I am” – this is ego.

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