All sadhana is preparation, That is, it is the work towards creating the conditions, For the opening to happen, And for the bounty of life to be received. In my understanding, Karma = Work/Effort/Sadhana that leads you towards or further into bondage/illusion. Kriya = Work/Effort/Sadhana that leads you towards liberation/freedom.
This is my own intuitive understanding, Of the 4 personalities types as they correlate to the 4 elements.
The 4 personalities: # The Rigid personality = Earth element Quality: Strength The driving belief: The harder you are, the better it is. The ideal: The hardest metal (like tungsten)
# The Flow personality = Water element Quality: Malleability The driving belief: The more flexible you are, the better it is. Ideal: The thinnest liquid (lower viscosity like alcohol)
# The Power personality = Fire element Quality: Transformation The driving belief: The more fire-power you have, the better it is. Ideal: Hottest fire (Blue flames), Highest transformative power.
# The Freedom personality = Air element Quality: Limitless Expansion The driving belief: The more freedom you have, the better it is. Ideal: Lowest air density (like the top of snowy mountains)
The animated series ‘Avatar – The Last Airbender’, Does a brilliant job in representing the myriad dynamics between the different elements. There are many fascinating interrelationships between these elements.
Here are some: Water dissolves solids = Lots of emotions, can loosen your rigidity. Like how after you see a movie with a roller coaster of emotions, you feel more light. Air can put out fires = Lots of deep thought, can put out passions/desires.
Fire = Passion, Air = Thinking. A lot of deep and varied thinking could you make you appear a bit stoic, sort of.
Water = Emotions, Earth = Structure/stable. So very emotional people may appear to be quite unstable. Because there is no structure to hold the water in any configuration.
While earth dominant people may appear be stable/solid. Their emotions are directed, controlled, predictable, and stable. Their water is passed through a specific structure with only specific outlets.
Suppose you were totally alien, The 4 stances people might take towards you are: 1. Dominate 2. Oppose/Fight or Avoid 3. Live and Let Live 4. Explore I’ll describe each of the aspects: Domination is like the way we deal with children and education. The stance that, “They don’t know anything and we have to shape them”. This is also the stance held by all conquerors.
If we feel threatened by them, Then we actively oppose or fight them, Or passively avoid them, Depending upon what we believe is the better way to protect ourselves.
The 3rd option of live and let live, Comes when we no longer feel threatened by them, And we are strong enough to be equals with them and let them be. We then live with mutual understanding while keeping our boundaries with them.
The 4th option happens when we perceive them to be higher than us. Then we pursue/explore and attempt to know more and more of them, So as to transform our selves and our own lives through that knowledge.
Every aspect of existence that we see outside, Has a corresponding component of that within ourselves too. Perception is from resonance/recognition/alignment. That is why it is said “You only experience the self, not the world”, OR “You experience the world only as reflected in your self”.
All perception is a kind of resonance between the outer and the inner. It is not that the outer and inner are separated in time by a linear process. They simultaneous spawn, Like how the dreamer character and the dream environment spawn together simultaneously. Like for example, if you start to hate some aspect of yourself, At that very instant, you also simultaneously prime yourself into hating all other potential reminders/representations/symbols/patterns of that aspect from the outside.
This is because, reality is ‘experience’, And experience is fractal in nature. What you hold in mind, you see outside. And what you see outside, you hold in mind. You see similar motifs/patterns/symbols/representations, i.e. all that reflect the idea that you are holding. The outer-inner appear to be in a constant state of transaction. Sometimes an inner change alters the outer perception. Sometimes an outer change alters the perception of the inner.
So from this level of perspective, There is not even a you vs an other or inner vs outer. It is a single swath that instantly manifests together. The attitudes I hold towards every aspect of existence, Multiply themselves infinitely and instantly throughout the entire scape of existence.
When saying ‘The attitudes I hold…’, I was implying that I am the determiner. But actually, when delving deeper, I see that even these attitudes, Also seem to be ‘appearances’. Rather then being something I determine, They seem to be flowing through and expressing through me. My ability to alter them or control them, Seems to be determined by how much energy/power I have, And my level of perception and dis-identification i.e. whether I can even perceive those attitudes as objects in my awareness. This energy level is again conditional of sort, again the effect of many other cyclic processes.
To dis-identify from anything, you must first have the power/energy to separate yourself from it and see it as an object. When enmeshed and identified into something, Even if you can see this enmeshment, You need enough power/freq/energy to extricate yourself out of that. It is similar to how we need enough external force to overcome newton’s first law of inertia.
Generally, you function from a certain station of freq, While accessing all kinds of states from there. This I call the LOC (level of consciousness) of the subtle body. I could say, ‘What you are is where you are seeing from’. What you do not see, will be something you are subject to, and it will rule you from within. What you do see, is something subject to you, and can be ruled.
For many people, what I see is that, their life-fires/soul are enmeshed and identified with their genetics (to varying degrees/levels). It is like they are embedded inside those grids, and therefore all of their life fires only serve the demands of those structures. They are completely unaware of this, because they identify totally with the feelings/perceptions arising from these grids. It reminds me of animals, how they function only within 2 lines, only within a certain set pattern. For human beings, it seems, The bottom line is similar to reptiles/mammals, But the top line is super high. The spectrum is vast and there is enormous potential to rise up in awareness.
What I have observed is that, There are 2 factors that determine a person’s actions: # The situations/circumstance/surroundings/cultural-setups/environments (their adaption, fitting-in strategies, accommodation to all of that etc.) # Their own interests/desires (which they pursue)
Generally, in the transmission from say parents to children (in the flow of genetic lineage), Only the real essential desire of the parent is transferred to the child. And whatever the parent did as adaptation, accommodation, and adjustment based on family/cultural/socio-political pressures of those times, does not pass over to the children. This is because the children were brought up at a different world-time/age, with different family/socio-cultural/political/situational variables. The world itself is at a different generation when the children are born, And therefore the children adapt to those conditions, And only the essential desires of the lineage continue through them.
For instance, Say a father worked loyally in a single company all his life as a duty, While the son decides to not work at all, and only work on his private passions. On the surface, this looks like the father and son are entirely different. But a more in-depth examination might reveal, The father never had any real heart vested in the company affairs. He may have done all of it from familial/moral/socio-cultural pressures, While his real heart desire was in his personal interests. So it is only the real heart desire that passes on to the son. This can be taken much deeper than this, But even now, with only this much penetration into the matter, The son’s decisions do not look so outlandish in the light of this understanding, right?
Another instance would be, If the mother dutifully married, had children, spent her whole life mixed up with them etc., Her daughter might take up a completely different meaning in life and become ultra career focused. Again, on the surface, both look completely different. But on deeper examination, Maybe the mother, as an adaptation to her circumstances, went along with that wave, But her real desire was to fuse her identity into something larger. Her situation might have been such that the role of caretaker was what allowed her this larger experience and expansion. So the daughter in alternate times, may seek to fulfill this same desire by absorbing herself into the corporate world and its goals (career). It is the same desire expressing itself in 2 different situations and times. This is actually still just slightly under the surface, but even this level of understanding reveals the continuity and similarity of desires passing through.
I feel like every person finds their niche, Where they seek their freedom from.
Some like the freedom of having plenty of money, And all of the potential/possibility that brings.
Some like the freedom of enrolling into the institution of marriage. This frees them from the prior insecurity of relationship, And now they have a safe space to build a bond with the other person. Then once you have a stable bond, you can have the additional joy of having children, And having the joy of sharing a profound relationship with a few beings/souls. Then there is also the social dimension which approves of this and gives you the freedom of social connection (camaraderie/rapport) with all of the others who are similarly married and having children. And so on.
Some like the freedom of being a nomad and traveling and exploring different parts of the world.
Some like the freedom that the latest technology brings. Like having the most powerful computer or smartphone or camera etc. These uber level tools help them access many kinds of potential experiences.
Some like the freedom of buying their own land and house, And making whatever they want and however they want in that space.
Some like the freedom they get when working for a stable job in an MNC. Because this frees them from job and social insecurity. It provides a common frame (a shared environ) for many people to collude with and connect to. Now they have a safe container to thrive in and explore all its possibilities. Every company premise nowadays is like a small township right? (before 2020)
Some like the freedom of sexual conquest. That is, working to making themselves as desirable as possible, So that they can have the greatest freedom to choose mates and explore that aspect of human nature.
Some like the freedom of the internet in terms of acquiring all kinds of knowledge they are interested in. The internet is like an unlimited library of knowledge giving immense possibilities for learning any kind of thing.
The list is endless. As of me, where I find my freedom from, is in the niche of creative self expression. I get it from expressing/translating/conceptualizing/depicting/articulating/symbolizing and sharing the flow of visions/insights/ideas appearing in my inner space.
Is desire/interest because of perception? Or Does perception itself come because there is desire/interest? Or Do they both go together (arise together and pass together)?
In other words, Do you see because you want to see? Or Do you want because you see? Or Do the seeing and the wanting go together?
Is desire the cause of perception? Or perception the cause of desire?
For instance, for a child who has never tasted sugar, There is no perception (of that thing) yet, therefore no desire. But once there is perception of sugar (the thing), the desire for it is awakened. This would be the case of ‘perception causing desire for that thing’. It is the case of: “I never knew I wanted this, but now that I see it, I want it more than ever”.
‘Desire causing perception’ is “You see what you want to see (those things)”. For instance, you are walking on the road and you want to catch a cab. What do you see, just cabs and cabs right.
Generally causation implies separation in time. But here, I would say both are simultaneous. Like the burning fire being desire, And the light emanating from it being perception. The burning fire and the light emitted from it are simultaneous.
However, in my examples, those were cases of: Desire for specific things and perception of those specific things. Now this is what happens/plays out in time. And you could find the causal relations between the 2.
Another related aspect to this is ‘desire and memory’. Memory creates desire (for that memory) Desire (for that memory) then seeks for more such memories. Which came first? The memory or desire? There is a kind of cycling between the 2. Like hunger/desire and food/memories to satiate it.
I’ve seen 2 kinds of relationships in my life: # Connections through resonance # Connections through projection/role-play
Connecting through resonance: Two minds understand each other when they are attuned/honed to each other, That is, when both the minds are operating at a similar frequency, they see similar views.
For instance, say you are floating on a hot air balloon. If you spoke to someone on the ground, his view would be entirely different from yours. You may be able to talk a little about his surroundings, because you know where he is standing, Similarly, he might see your balloon and ask you a few questions about that. But overall, there would not be much to share or connect about. But suppose you spoke to another person in another hot air balloon at the same height, Then so much of the view is shared, and thereby you both can easily connect, right?
Two minds can connect if they share the same level of subtleness of perception. I call this the “LOC” – The level of consciousness of the subtle body. Generally, things like world view, concerns, ideas, perceptions, thoughts, feelings can be easily shared with another being at the same LOC level.
There is ‘what you are seeing’, and ‘from where you are seeing’. The LOC is about ‘from where you are seeing’. If the ‘from where you are seeing’ is common, Then understanding each other would be very effortless.
Connecting to another being who shares your LOC level, I call ‘connecting via. resonance’. Whatever you say to them will be understood fairly easily. Actually you both already see from the same place. The talking is more a celebration of the connection already active. It is a sort of mutual enrichment. Often there is instant recognition here. This kind of relationship does not need much time, And feels comfortable and deep at the start itself.
The other kind of relationship I have had is via. projection/role-play. These kinds of relationships are mostly from external situations (sharing the same environment, context etc.)
What are called ‘situational relationships’ would come under this. # Like the roles of being a colleague/coworker/college lab partner/project partner/college friend in the same class, neighbor next door etc.
# I would also include specific interest group connections under here. Because interest group connections are also somewhat goal based – Check this out, What do you think of this? etc. They are fairly circumscribed and specific to a certain frame and scope.
# Also, any work related relationships would come in this category. Like even the relationship you may have with people standing in the same queue as you to buy movie tickets.
# Even healing group members are not necessarily at the same LOC level. For instance, Two people might connect with each other from their unresolved anger issues, or through their common addiction to something, but their LOCs could be vastly different.
# Even relations with family members, relatives etc. could fall here. Because they too are certain frames of role-play.
# Even romantic relations are often projection/fantasy/role-play based. If it does not have enough of resonance elements, then the relationship would fizzle out quickly, i.e. after the ‘enjoyment of the novelty/projection/role-play/fantasy/specific-quality-admiration based interaction’ is completed.