Sages say our mind is a restless monkey|
with endless thoughts like machine gun bullets
if you wish to be enlightened, catch the gap
between thoughts when one ends and the next
Monkey mind from Chinese xinyuan and Sino-Japanese shin'en ["heart-/mind-monkey"],
is a Buddhist term meaning "unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable".
"Monkey King" Sun Wukong in the classical Chinese epic novel
Journey to the West (1590) personifies the mind-monkey.
He is a monkey born from a stone who acquires supernatural powers through Taoist practices. Later, Monkey King accompanies monk Xuanzang on a journey
to retrieve Buddhist sutras from India. In Raja Yoga,
Vivekananda writes "the human mind
is like a restless monkey." The image of thoughts as machine gun bullets is from Paul Brunton's Wisdom of the Overself (1943) "Thoughts,
whether they be abstract ones or pictorial images, are emitted from the deeper layer of mind not like a flowing stream of continuous water
from a tap but like a steady series of separate bullets from a machine gun." (p. 39).
Swami Chinmayananda advised students who wish
to be enlightened to catch the gap between thoughts to see the underlying consciousness. Just as the screen is the substratum
of the movie, so Consciousness is the background of our thoughts. (Say Cheese, p. 122).|
[Photo source: Using Photoshop &
Monkey Swinging (picable.com) to create Monkey Mind, WisdomPortal.com]
begins, or be attentive while falling asleep|
between the waking and sleep state witness
the twilight zone and see that silence does not
begin when the music stops but is always there.
Photo Sources: Illuminated Mind, WisdomPortal.com)
In Day by Day with Bhagavan (11-21-1945), pp. 45-6, 48-49
Dr. Srinivasa Rao asked Bhagavan, "What is the meaning of being in sleepless sleep?"
Ramana: "It is the jnani's state. In sleep our ego is submerged and the sense organs are
not active. The jnani's ego has been killed and he does not indulge in any sense activities
of his own accord or with the notion that he is the doer. So he is in sleep. At the same time he is
not unconscious as in sleep, but fully awake in the Self; so his state is sleepless. This sleepless sleep,
wakeful sleep, or whatever it may be called, is the turiya state of the
Self, on which as the screen
all the three avasthas, the waking, dream and sleep, pass, leaving the screen unaffected." Ramana
said that instead of holding on to that which exists, we are looking for that which does not. We bother
about the past and the future, not realizing the truth of the present... "The jnani
sees he is the Self and it is on that Self as the screen that the various cinema pictures of what is called
the world pass. He remains unaffected by the shadows which play on the surface of that screen. See with
the physical eye, and you see the world. See with the eye of realization, everything appears as the Self...
To see the sun, there is no need of any other light... Our intellect or
buddhi is of no use to realize the Self...
To see the Self, the mind has simply to be turned inside and there is no need of the reflected light."
In Wisdom of the Overself,
Paul Brunton tells the student to be extremely vigilant when going to sleep
"this pause between the two states [waking & sleep] technically termed 'the neutral point' is as brief as a flash
of lightning. If he succeed in seizing and keeping hold of it, he may pass from this stage into the pure Mind
the background of all his conscious thought-moments and retain it as a mere glimmer of utter emptiness throughout
the night. If by self-training and the force of his resolve he can fix and prolong this instant when he is still neither
asleep nor yet awake, he will pass into a kind of complete self-absorption. The fourth state [turiya]
will come upon him unawares, that is he will not be conscious of his actual entry into it. One moment and he will be in the
ordinary wakeful state and the next moment he will be in the transcendental one."
Silence is not the absence of noise and sound|
but the essence of waking, dream & deep sleep
more luminous than a thousand suns silence
is golden because pure consciousness is gold.
"1000 Suns" (Bhagavad Gita, XI.7-13)
Pure Consciousness is golden
Photo Sources: Waking-Dream-Deep Sleep (sunthosh-formlesspath.blogspot.com);
1000 Suns (daniamiamdan.deviantart.com);
Pure Consciousness (gingerchai.com);
Paul Brunton (Paul Brunton Philosophical Foundation); Wei Wu Wei (wisdomportal.com)
Paul Brunton (1898-1981)
|Writings on silence from two sages Paul Brunton,
Wisdom of the Overself (1943)
"Silence is the finest method of mystical perceptive worship. What the student has to grasp is that where there is seemingly nothing
at all but a static Silence, the Real abides; where his individual perception fails to register either form or entity, there the
Overself IS. When he can put the littleness of self aside for a moment and think of that Infinite Element within which he dwells,
he will be overwhelmed with a sense of the wonder and mystery that surround the daily movements of mortal men. He can then neither
sing its praises aloud with those who believe nor argue about its existence with those who disbelieve. He must remain as the
thought finds him, with dumb lips and reverent heart, with quieted body and subdued emotion, silent indeed. This is his loftiest
mood, this contented contemplation wherein the struggling I rests at last in the ever-peaceful I AM." (p. 247). Wei Wu Wei,
Ask the Awakened (1963)
Wei Wu Wei
|"When the Maharshi tells us that silence is a more potent medium than speech we tend to be
incredulous, for to us silence is merely the negation of noise. When he states that 'stillness is the sole requisite for the
realization of the Self as God', we know that he refers to stillness of the mind. So silence also means silence from thoughts,
or, as we might prefer to say, absence of cerebration. The negation of noise as an aid to thought could never be in question,
for thought must be a barrier to spiritual understanding. The potency of silence, of which he sometimes speaks, as indeed do
others, is to be sought in the interval between thoughts, of infinitesimal duration to split-mind but without, or of infinite,
duration, in itself, since it is intemporal. To him who experiences it, it might have any conceivable duration, though to an
observer it can have none. In itself it is never a momentary thing, for it is the permanent background of what we experience
as time, the reality rather than the background, and in a feeble image, the screen on to which the ever-moving pictures of
conceptual life are projected. Its incalculable potency then becomes apparent, of it is no other than whole-mind."
(p. 15 and pp. 21-22).
Silence is the essence, the precious presence, the absolute absence, the Pure Consciousness.
Peter Y. Chou
Mountain View, 11-21-2012
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