In­ner di­men­sion

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MOST peo­ple do not re­al­ize to what ex­tent their lives moulded by mem­ory. What a hu­man be­ing con­sid­ers to be ‘ me’ is es­sen­tially a prod­uct of the past. Your body and your mind have been en­tirely fash­ioned by an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of mem­ory. It is past in­for­ma­tion that has de­ter­mined your form, shape and bi­ol­ogy, for in­stance. Con­sider that if a man eats a slice of bread, that bread turns, over time, into a man. If a woman eats the same bread, it is trans­formed into a woman. If a dog eats it, it is mor­phed into a dog. That’s one smart slice of bread, isn’t it? Of course, as we all know, the trans­for­ma­tion has noth­ing to do with the bread, but with the mem­ory en­coded within the sys­tem that trans­forms the bread into a man, woman or dog. Your very ex­is­tence is an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of mem­ory. If we erase the mem­ory, you will cease to ex­ist! This is what this tra­di­tion meant when it spoke of karma nashana. If you de­stroy all mem­ory, the very be­ing ceases to be. That is a state of mukti be­cause you are free from ex­is­tence. Once mem­ory, which is the ba­sis of ex­is­tence, is de­stroyed, you don’t have to ex­ist any­more. This is the state of un­bounded free­dom ex­tolled by seers and sages down the ages. Even now, how­ever, there is a di­men­sion of in­tel­li­gence within you that is free and un­sul­lied by mem­ory. In yoga, we call this chitta. If you touch this di­men­sion of in­tel­li­gence, you can live within this body and mind – this en­tire ed­i­fice of past mem­ory – but you can be ut­terly un­touched by it. You can re­main in such a way that this mem­ory, which gives you a cer­tain phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal struc­ture, has no in­flu­ence what­so­ever upon you. If hu­man be­ings do not learn how to ac­cess this in­ner di­men­sion of chitta, they will nat­u­rally seek other means of stim­u­la­tion or ex­cite­ment. In the age of the in­tel­lect, faith or or­ga­nized re­li­gion is no longer suf­fi­cient. If peo­ple are not of­fered a way to en­gi­neer them­selves the way they want to be – joy­ful and bliss­ful – drink and drugs will be­come the great­est driv­ing forces on the planet. This is al­ready the case. Al­co­hol and drugs are widely preva­lent in the West, and they are be­com­ing dom­i­nant in ur­ban In­dia too. In an­other sev­enty to eighty years’ time, if we do not sweep the world with a log­i­cally cor­rect, sci­en­tif­i­cally ver­i­fi­able spir­i­tual process, I be­lieve ninety per­cent of hu­man be­ings will turn to chem­i­cal so­lu­tions to keep them­selves pleas­ant. The rea­son for this is sim­ple. Ev­ery hu­man be­ing is look­ing for a larger slice of life. Whether some­one goes to the tem­ple or the bar, whether some­one gets doped out or med­i­tates, all he or she is es­sen­tially look­ing for is a larger slice of life. The ques­tion is sustainability. Drink and drugs can be dam­ag­ing. The hu­man sys­tem can­not sus­tain them over a long pe­riod with­out de­stroy­ing it­self. If you want hu­man be­ings to have a phe­nom­e­nal ex­pe­ri­ence, but with­out caus­ing dam­age to them­selves, you have to them turn in­ward. What does ‘turn­ing in­ward’ mean? One sim­ple way of un­der­stand­ing it is that you touch chitta – that di­men­sion of in­tel­li­gence which is the very ba­sis of your mak­ing. There is no such thing as ‘ your chitta’ and ‘ my chitta’. There is only one chitta. Chitta is cos­mic in­tel­li­gence – the source of cre­ation. The ques­tion is only whether you as an in­di­vid­ual have ac­cess to it. It is chitta that keeps you alive. It is chitta that is mak­ing life hap­pen. If you ac­cess this di­men­sion that is the link to your con­scious­ness, you don’t even have to wish or dream for any­thing. The best pos­si­ble thing that can hap­pen to you will any­way hap­pen. The yo­gic tra­di­tion has an amus­ing way to de­scribe those who have touched this di­men­sion. It is said that even God will be­come your slave! He works for you from now on. This is not mere rhetoric. It is true. You do not even have to wish for what you want in your life. Ev­ery­thing that is needed will sim­ply hap­pen in the best pos­si­ble way. Your life in the hands of an in­tel­li­gence be­yond you. You have en­slaved the di­vine. Sad­hguru, a yogi, is a vi­sion­ary, hu­man­i­tar­ian and a prom­i­nent spir­i­tual leader (www.ishafoun­da­tion.org)

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