|Enlightenment 2012: Kalki and the Golden Age – Chapter 3: Basic Teaching
By Kiara Windrider
In the courses offered at Kalki 's ashram, the first few days are about becoming aware of the prison of our mind. It isn't about trying to change any of it, because you cannot. You are simply witnessing the reality of your mind as it is, the emotional charge, the habit patterns, the assumptions, the traumas, the conditioning, and the masks that we build up in order to survive. You begin to strip down the social and spiritual personas, and you begin to understand the nature of mind. You become aware that enlightenment is simply about ‘de-clutching' from the mind.
We need to be clear that enlightenment does not mean getting rid of the mind. Rather, it is about dissolving the sense of ‘self' as a separate, continuous entity which we refer to as ‘I'. It is not about becoming mindless, but rather about becoming what the Buddhists call ‘mindful', being present with reality as it is!
Kalki teaches that there is no such thing as a personal mind. Yes, we have individual thoughts, but they have their origin in what he calls the Ancient Mind, a collective ‘thoughtsphere' of humanity that has existed from the beginnings of our current civilization, perhaps 11 or 12 thousand years ago. All our fears, inadequacies, turmoil and pain, all our lusts, addictions, insecurities and greed, all our hatred, rage, jealousies and judgments, belong to this thoughtsphere. Additionally, many of our impulses for kindness, beauty, happiness and courage also exist within this thoughtsphere.
Our brain can be visualized as a radio receiving station that picks up these frequencies at random, depending on our state of mind or health, physical environment, or various astrological factors. Our own individual traumas or conditioning from the past also contribute to the band of frequencies that we select.
However, our thoughts are not our own thoughts. Because our brain is programmed for separation, we receive these thoughts, feelings, impressions, and emotions as if they were our own, thereby separating us even more effectively from the rest of humanity, which we perceive to be better than, less than, or somehow different from us.
Most of us feel identified with the mind, but the mind and the self are not one and the same. The mind can be a very useful tool. Enlightenment isn't about escaping from the mind, as many people believe, but simply ‘de-clutching' from it. After enlightenment , you find that you are no longer controlled by the mind, and can de-clutch from it when it is not needed. When the mind is needed, however, consciousness comes through and uses the mind with a sharpness, clarity, and versatility not possible before.
To be de-clutched from the mind is to lose the sense of a separate self. Enlightenment is the realization that there is no self to get enlightened. We cannot change the nature of the mind. The mind is simply the mind, but after enlightenment , our relationship with the mind changes. We no longer become enslaved by the content and conditioning of the mind. Thoughts may still come and go, but we recognize that they are not ‘our' thoughts, simply emanations from the thoughtsphere of the One Mind. In this recognition we experience freedom.
We watch a movie on the screen and very quickly get lost in the illusion that it is real. However, if we slow it down so that we can see it frame by frame, we realize that it is only a movie. In exactly the same manner, we are conditioned by the self to perceive our own life as a living movie. Enlightenment is the slowing down of the senses where we realize that this sense of a fixed continuous self is an illusion generated by the neurological circuitry of our brain. There is a continual dance of personalities, but no fixed or continuous self that somehow remains the same from birth to death.
When there is no self, there is no craving or attachment. Cravings and attachments are based on a sense of separate existence, or self-importance, where you continually desire things you do not have, or have what you do not desire. When there is no separate self, attachments and cravings cease. When cravings and attachments cease, there is no suffering. Suffering is simply the desire to be experiencing something other than what is. Enlightenment means to experience the reality of each moment as it comes your way, without needing to resist it or change it. You are no longer separate from reality.
You still have mental pathways of memory and personality, but it is no longer a solid thing. The self becomes porous, and the winds of eternity become capable of blowing through freshly in every moment. You are no longer a fixed ‘person' but a dance of ‘personalities' blowing in and out of awareness. You are not even a witness separate from yourself, watching things blowing in the wind. You are the wind.
You may still have likes and dislikes, emotions may still come up, but there is no charge left, and as soon as they come up they will likewise go away, just like an infant throwing a tantrum one moment, and staring in wonderment at a little tiny caterpillar the next. There may still be emotional habit patterns imprinted in the body, but these too subside over time.
Another realization that comes after enlightenment is that your body is not your body. Most of the functions of the body are involuntary, but you realize that even the functions that you think were voluntary are not really yours to control. During an enlightenment experience, many people report that their body goes through all sorts of involuntary postures and movements, tears and laughter, completely independent of personal will. It may also become totally immobile, and you realize that there is nothing you can do to make it move, unless it chooses to.
Your relationship with your body changes. You no longer identify with it as yours; rather it simply becomes a beautiful vehicle for consciousness to use. You understand how privileged you are to have this lovely, living body as a means to express the Divine in the world. Each taste, each smell, each sound, each vision, each touch is exquisite, and is as if you are experiencing it for the first time. Each thought, likewise, comes with its own living freshness directly from the consciousness of each moment, an experience that the Zen Buddhists refer to as ‘beginner's mind'!
In a nutshell, Kalki teaches that:
- There is only one Mind – the Ancient Mind. It is conditioned by separation and duality.
- Your mind is not your mind, but an extension of this Ancient Mind.
- Your thoughts, likewise, are not your own thoughts, but downloaded from the ‘thoughtsphere' associated with this Ancient Mind.
- The sense of a separate self is generated by the neurological structure of the human brain
- This ‘self', in experiencing itself as separate, generates cravings, aversions, comparisons and judgments, which are the core of suffering.
- When the self disappears, suffering ends. When cravings drop away, including the craving for enlightenment , you are enlightened.
- When the ‘diksha' is given, the sense of self disappears.
- When the fixed self disappears, you experience yourself as simply a dance of personalities continually arising and passing away.
- Your body is not your body. When the self disappears, your sense of ownership of the body disappears, and you experience it as a vehicle for the divine dance of consciousness .
- The mind, based in duality, cannot be enlightened.
- The self, which is an illusion, cannot be enlightened.
- Enlightenment is the realization that there is no self to become enlightened.
Kiara Windrider , MA, is a psychotherapist, and author of “Doorway to Eternity: A Guide to Planetary Ascension ”. Along with his wife, Grace, he is dedicated to sharing the endless possibilities for personal and planetary enlightenment . To respond, please mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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