Synopsis: The graded order of superiority or subtlety is given here. Grossest is the body, subtlest is the Consciousness pervading it. How does one cast off desires?
Having homed in on Desire as the fundamental destroyer of man, Bhagavan the true manager, tells us how to return to the right address.
To capture the enemy, we need to know its composition, or its weaknesses or its make up, so that we can plan our moves. So far we have identified where desire resides. The location of the enemy has been spotted. [This is a lot like how a certain unfortunate terrorist was captured in our neighbourhood – for years they hunted and sought him everywhere…he remained elusive and also had the upper hand on our lives, as he terrorised our existence. Then they found out which country he was hiding in, within that country which region, within that region which direction,…and finally the place where he was revelling.]
So too desire. We have been shown how to locate where it resides. And now we know. That it sits enveloping our wisdom. When we go to meet wisdom, we are instead faced by desire! But now we know where it resides.
Its residence is so well chosen that it impacts/influences through and through all subsequent layers. Having dulled thee wisdom with its grip, it in turn controls the mind, and its subordinate the sense organs. With all 3 doors fully in its control, desire reigns free.
Controlling wisdom too, desire makes intelligence work for it. I love saris. So I go to the shop across the street every time fresh supplies arrive and I buy. Then one day I think where are other shops? So I Google and find online shops that don’t even need leaving my home (fresh knowledge to feed desire). This shows us that our intellect is even subtler than our mind. If the intellect could refuse, then the mind cannot be fed. But enveloped as it is by desire, the intellect, excited by serving its kidnapper, starts searching for more shops. Then various funding methods, then more techniques to cut other costs to pay for more saris….this is called obsession.
This is the state where we justify with emphatic vehemence that “I buy the best saris because I find the best shops with so much effort….” And in the process I have made a holy monument out of my obsession.
But enabling all this activity is the life force. The Consciousness. So at one extreme of the spectrum is Consciousness and at the other is Desire. And man is being tossed about at the hands of desire and he foolishly is gurgling with joy thinking ‘This is the life!’ Until one day he realises that this is the disease that he is in the grip of.
Now how does he travel back to Consciousness? To do that man has to dis-identify one by one with all the doors that he had entered, doors that had said ‘Enter’. So he is being told, look for the only door that says Consciousness, that is the address we want to reach. Don’t enter any other door….so from the hand that reaches for the chocolate, to the mind that urges the feeling for it, to the intellect that enabled this choice,…he has to exit all these doors and come to Consciousness.
This is what Gurudev and Krishna are teaching as the art of meditation, which is the art of removing the meditation from chocolate (sense object), from eyes (sense organ), from hand (organ of action), from mind (emotion), from intellect (that is now guiding the emotion too, justifying the chocolate), turning away from all these doors one by one, and be guided by the call of the flute…..to the door of Consciousness which is simply without any object of any kind. Where desire cannot even enter, let alone reign.
Synopsis: In this manner, having found that which is superior even to the intellect – (we won’t give it any name now) -- we can conquer the little instruments of this individuality (sense organs, mind, intellect). That is how touch desire is to eradicate.
The beauty of this lesson is in being able to accept its prescription: that, our problem is desire.
If we do not recognise this home truth, then we are sucked deep and hard into the pits of delusion and the worst of that is where the highest power in us, the intellect too convinces us that we are so noble. And our life force (Consciousness) is willy nilly channelled into serving (illumining) such an intellect.
But once we recognise this as the original sin, then a tougher task awaits us, eradicating it.
[Here I am painfully reminded of a parallel in my life – a young friend who had been unwell for sometime; all kinds of tests and checks went on and on wondering what is ailing him… frustrating number of tests…and finally he was diagnosed with cancer of the blood. The worst is now – when knowing what ails him, we are unable to find the money to treat him, Rs 20 lakhs!)
Likewise, the means to scrape off a virus called desire from our identification is simple, but the skill required to accomplish it is very hard to develop.
Naturally, since a life time has gone into building that desire-led living!
Yet all is not lost. Just the acceptance (knowledge) that desire is the root of all this, is the end of avidya. But that alone will not let in Knowledge. One has to learn to live without desire, that is all. The demand is the simplest of any demand, But one will need to equip this very BMI with the power of the Conscious Higher Self, the power of Will, to dis-identify with all this, so that one may attain back to That.
Even so, it is not as if desire goes away. But the power to shoo it away gets stronger. And the moment we discover that That Brahman is Me after all, this ignorance that nurses on desire, will also end.
The essence of this is negating these upadhis and their compulsions. Negating the limiting small self that we believe we are and having to the courage to say ‘No’ to all that we see, for what we see and are able to see, smell, hear, taste and touch are all mithya, unreal, delusion.
As long as there is identification with sense organs, there will be identification with the BMI and its obsessions.
Say no to this, and say Yes to That.
So the idea is not to ‘not enjoy the things of the world’, but to develop the inner means to enjoy them without being enslaved.
Where enjoying is not impulsive but a choice that is made in control.