September. 1986, Ukraine, Kharkov, Skrypnyk Street, Culture Center
– Angel, and how to develop “Spiritual Vision”?
– Mathara, you know the answer.
“Spiritual vision” develops by “concentrating on an object”.
You know this from Patanjali’s “Yoga-Sutra”.
What the First chapter of “Yoga-Sutra” is about?
– The First chapter of the “Yoga-Sutra” is called “Concentration”.
And the First chapter begins with the definition of Yoga.
“Yoga is the practice of holding the matter of thought from the transformation of thought into various images”.
– Great, Mathara. You can start with this practice.
– How? Angel, how to start?
(an excerpt from the astral dialogue of 1990)
It was late. I walked in the night city towards the subway. Frequently stopped. I looked at the moon. Tried to train. Sometimes it worked, sometimes not at all. The nearest subway station was about 15 minutes on foot, but I was not in a hurry. I walked and thought, periodically contemplated the Moon. Short meetings with the Teacher were excited and filled with happiness. Stirred my imagination. And of course, overwhelmed with energy. I did not want to sleep. I walked and thought. In myself.
“With the development of vision, it’s understandable. We must train regularly. But mentioning of the Mission. What is it about? It is clear that the Teacher will not say anything just like that. He gives us the speed of development. For some, it’s too fast. For others, it’s too slow. But what is “Mission on Earth”? If I had to choose for myself, what would that be? Probably the search for the meaning of life. This is the most interesting thing. And what if the Mission is not chosen? If it is impossible to choose? And from what to choose? I don’t have a list. And probably will never have one”.
It would probably be more pleasant to discuss this question with someone: about the Mission and about the Development of the Vision. But nobody was nearby, and I’ve put forward my “working hypotheses”, trying to build different conclusions around them:
– So, most people live without the Third eye. But then appears some kind of hazy book, which says that (first) the third eye exists. That (second) this third eye does not have the form and anatomy of an ordinary eye, and the Third eye is a certain mystical center of energy, which, in the language of ancient India sanskrit, is called Ajna Chakra. And there are many of these energy centers, which are called chakras. There are seven main chakras. But each acupuncture point can be a chakra. And further (third), returning to the Third eye, with this invisible and non-anatomical organ you can see energies. But the qualities of the Third eye are not limited to seeing only energies. With the help of the Ajna chakra one can read minds, see through walls and for very long distances, draw knowledge from other people’s brains and from the cosmic intellect, know the past and the future. Against the background of this list, the ability to see some kind of energy seemed like a kindergarten program vs Harvard University curriculum. But it begins with the vision of such energies. And the foggy and tangled book reports the presence of such energy around each person, and this energy is called Aura. That is, Aura is a picture of energies that a person radiates. And only a few can see such a picture, those who have this mystical Third eye “open”. This is what we have at the beginning of our reasoning.
– And then, some conclusions suggest themselves immediately. For example, if this chakra, the Third eye, is closed for everyone, but very few have it open. And the Third eye is a chakra, and it can be opened or closed. It can be assumed that the rest of the chakras can be opened or closed. And further, by analogy – if the chakra of the Third eye is open only for very few, then the rest of the chakras are totally closed for the majority of the population. It is not written in a clever and confusing book, but thinking logically… And then?
– Of course the classical science about a man rejects the phenomenon of the third eye. It rejects at the current moment of science development. Or does not explain. But ancient Eastern mythology has many legends and myths about the Third eye chakra. So, what is next?
– And then, since the chakra of the Third eye can be opened, then other chakras can also be opened. Interestingly, do all chakras open in the same pattern? Or does each chakra have its own sequence of actions for opening? OK, for now let’s forget about other chakras. Cognition is endless. We will focus on one specific issue. Opening of the Ajna chakra? How to learn to see the invisible?
– Teacher showed the background, field, halo, aura around the Moon. But not everyone who was there could see. Teacher said “relax your eyesight”. I relaxed and saw. Why haven’t others seen? Maybe they couldn’t relax? When I relaxed my eyesight too much, the Moon split into two in my eyes. True, these two Moons have lost clarity and contrast. That is, when relaxing the muscles of the eyes, we can see two phantoms of the subject, but we do understand that we have only one subject. That is, we see an illusion. Why do we need illusions? We need the truth. Illusions are needed only for the creators of illusions. To deceive those who can not tell the truth from the illusion. And in order to distinguish the Truth from Illusion, we apply the Practice of Recognition. Again a dead end. Let’s return to the technique of the opening of the Ajna chakra – the mysterious and enigmatic Third eye.
– Our two ordinary eyes see the colors of wavelengths from red to purple. And with the Third eye you can see something else… And in what range? Clearly it is not in the visible part of the light spectrum. We have two ordinary eyes for the visible part of the spectrum. This means that the chakra of the Third eye sees in the invisible range. Here it is more interesting: to see the invisible. That is, for example, in the range below red or above purple. Yes… Nothing else comes to mind except the infrared or ultraviolet ranges.
– But the background of the blue color around the Moon I have seen since childhood. But I saw a lot in my childhood, for example, that some people are not at all people. That is, externally, some people looked like people, but sometimes in the place of their human faces I saw faces of animals. Not all people of course. Only some. Once I saw a man-tiger. One time a man-bull. There were people-snakes and people-lizards in my childhood visions. But most often there were people-wolves. People-wolves regularly acted in my childhood dreams. That is, if we talk about the “see the invisible” skill, then in my childhood I saw something invisible. Was this vision true? And what can be considered the Truth? And what can be considered the Norm? Okay – in thinking about the chakra of the Third eye, I have so far deadlocked.
With the right thinking, any long road will become short.
At home I fell asleep instantly, in complete deep sleep without any dreams.
In the morning, after a contrast shower and a short yoga complex, I hurried on the second day of the meeting with Teacher.
Teacher continued our meeting with answers to questions. Notes with questions lay in a dense pile on a hefty tray that the organizers of such meetings brought to each “arrival” of our Guru.
Teacher sorted questions and began to answer.
Question: Yesterday you gave us an exam. How many people passed your test? If someone did not pass, then why?
Answer: Yesterday all 24 people passed the exam. But this does not mean that the rest will pass as successfully.
Question: You mentioned the phrase “see the invisible” yesterday. It was in context with the Third eye chakra – Ajna. You said that many people have already achieved this. Do you mean yogis? Or someone from ordinary people were able to open the Third eye?
Answer: Not only yogis can see the invisible. For example, in the novel about Sherlock Holmes, he saw what escaped the attention of others. Take another example, the game of chess. You play at the level of the 2nd category and you do not see the clever moves that the grandmaster sees. Take the third example, politics. Any experienced politician sees in the political game a lot more options than any novice politician. The same is true in jurisprudence: one experienced lawyer can cost more than a dozen beginners. The fifth example is math. Have you heard of such mathematician as Evariste Galois? He died in 1832, and many of his tasks have not been solved yet. “To see the invisible” refers not only to the function of the Third eye. You can “see” through other chakras as well.
Question: Yesterday you mentioned about the Mission of a man on Earth. Can we get some definition of this term? Does everyone have this Mission?
Answer: Everyone has their own Mission on Earth. But many people do not even know about it. Mission on Earth is a matter of your whole life. It may be one big mission. Or lots of small missions. Small missions can line up like a ladder to one big mission. When you begin to advance along the Path, you will choose your Mission. If there will be from what to choose. And someone will be looking for his Mission, and maybe he will find it at the end of his life. It all depends on you. Let’s look at the question of the Mission on various examples:
– There is a World of Plants on Earth. Each plant stretches to the Light and (with a few exceptions) is rooted to the ground.
– There is an Animal World on Earth. For example, Herbivorous. Herbivorous animals feed on plants. And Predators feed on herbivores. Animals are not rooted to the ground like plants. But Predators are fighting for their habitat. This is not a lecture about the animal and plant world. But among people there are such couch potatoes who, apart from their village, have not seen anything. Of course, one cannot say that these are people-plants, but there are some similarities. It is also impossible to compare man with herbivores, but some people live in slavery without noticing it. There are people like predators. You only need to see them. According to this, all people on our planet are different. Every person on Earth has his own Status. Someone has the status of a plant, someone has the status of a herbivore, someone is a predator. Where do people-predators come from? Take a look at the pyramid of power in any country. In order to take the place of your boss, you need to eat him (relatively speaking), and then you can take his place.
– Many thinkers, psychologists, philosophers thought about the Status of a man. For example, Maslow’s “Pyramid of Needs”. Or “The Hierarchy of Needs”. Maslow created the “The Hierarchy theory” of human needs in 1943 and described it in his book “Motivation and Personality” in 1954. At the heart of this pyramid are the physiological needs of a man: hunger, thirst, sexual desire. These needs are in the Animal World. At the second level, Maslow set “The need for security”: a sense of safety, a life without fear and failure. The third level of Maslow’s pyramid is “The need for attachment and love”. The fourth level is “The need for respect”. The fifth level is “Cognitive needs”. The sixth level is “Aesthetic needs”. The seventh level is “The need for self-actualization”: the realization of goals, abilities, the development of own personality. Maslow called the physiological needs “the lowest priority”. The need for self-actualization Maslow called “the highest priority.” But all the “lower priorities” of a man also exist in the animal world: hunger, sexual desire, the need for security.
Finding your Mission on Earth is unlikely to interest people with “the lowest priorities”. A Mission on Earth will be sought by people who want to develop. That is, people with “the highest priorities”.
L.V. Gumilyov proposed his theory of classification for the so-called “characteristic of a drive”. Gumilyov proposed ten levels, but we will selectively consider only four levels from his theory. The lowest status (according to Gumilyov’s theory) is “a common man”. A common man, according to Gumilyov, is a quiet person, not seeking to change anything in his life. On a few levels above is the “seeker of happiness”. He is also: a fortune hunter, a colonial soldier, a card player, a desperate treasure hunter – his sense of life is associated with risk for good luck. Several levels higher, according to Gumilyov, are occupied by individuals striving for the ideals of freedom, victory, success, beauty. The highest level, according to Gumilyov, is a person ready to sacrifice himself for the sake of his country, his people, for the sake of truth and justice.
In India, 1500 BC, that is, 3,500 years ago, there was already a division of society into castes. Casta – means origin.
Sometimes castes are called varnas. Varna, translated from Sanskrit, means color.
The lowest caste — the Sudras — are servants and laborers.
The second caste is Vaishyas or Vaishans – merchants, artisans, farmers, moneylenders, financiers.
The third caste is the Kshatriyas – warriors of different directions. Kshatriy – authoritative, noble. Kings were usually chosen from this varna in ancient India. Kshatriya is not only the status of origin. Kshatriya is a set of certain qualities: ambition, strength, endurance…
The fourth caste – Brahmans – clergy. Brahmans – the highest caste in India. (An analogue of the European priesthood. Representatives of this caste are spiritual mentors in families of higher and middle status). Historically, Brahmans were priests, teachers, monks, scientists.
There are lots of castes In modern Indian society. Each caste is divided into many sub-castes. But that’s not the point. Each caste looks in its own way on the Path of spiritual development.
Sudras are blaming Fate for everything. Sudra does not believe that success in life is the result of work. Sudra does not think that something can be achieved by doing work. Sudra believes that only Destiny determines the place of a person in life. As you understand, the mission of such a group of individuals is to improve their living conditions. This social group always works for a minimum salary or for a seasonal salary, which is even lower. In this social group it is useless to talk about spiritual development. This group has long forgotten the taste of Freedom. These people can not do business and can not work “for themselves”. Sudras are an example of voluntary slavery, although no one calls them slaves.
The Vaishyev caste are entrepreneurs. They must see the results of their labor. The mission of Vaishya is the accumulation and increase of family capital in the form of gold, money, real estate, patents, diplomas of education. Vaishya’s mission is to sell yourself as profitable as possible. From the point of view of this social group, the Path of spiritual development can become a hobby or a profitable business. Wisdom to Vaishya comes through financial losses.
The Kshatriyev caste are warriors, police officers, guards, athletes, scouts, and hunters. The Mission of a Kshatriya is in building up his strength, dexterity, endurance, command and control skills, manipulating his body and mind. But any Kshatriya is accustomed from childhood to discipline, sports, body and spirit training. From early childhood, a Ksatriya learns the taste of victory and the bitterness of defeat. Since childhood, a Ksatriya knows the price of “victory over oneself”. In the Destiny of Kshatriya, several Missions usually take turns before he finds his Mission on Earth. A Ksatriya in any situation trains his body, mind, spirit. Wisdom comes to Kshatriya through the right of choice and the consequences of this choice.
The Brahmins caste are priests, monks, scholars, teachers. Brahmins are seekers of truth and knowledge. A Brahman is a poet, writer, composer, creator. Creativity and Teaching are the basis of life and the main Mission. Specifically this caste is interested in the Path of spiritual growth. Brahmins are not carried away by the perfection of the body, but if “spiritual growth” begins with the training of the body, then a brahman will practice it. The path of a Brahman – creativity, apprenticeship, teaching. A Brahman is not the servant of the “mighty of this world”. A Brahman can be an adviser, but not a servant. There are Brahmins without money, but this means that a Brahman has not found his place in society. It happens that various diseases prevail over a Brahman, but this means that this Brahman stopped working with his body and forgot that “the body is the temple of the soul”. A Brahman should be rich, but can live ascetic. A Brahman can rule people, but should not degrade their dignity. Of course, in modern India, the real situation is very different from that described above, but even the seas dry up over time. Everything changes in this world.
(The hall became very noisy. It seemed that everyone did not agree with Teacher’s opinion. Hands began to rise with questions and notes flowed into the stage like a river)
Question: I am a doctor of science. I work as an archaeologist in a Scientific Research Institute. What could be my mission?
Answer: The mission of an archeologist is to dig and to publish science papers. To participate in an excavation work during summer. Write science articles and conduct research during winter. This is the shortest answer. But your professional Mission is one thing – and your personal Mission can be completely different. You decide.
Question: Is it possible to compare the Sudras caste with people-plants? The Vaishyas caste with people-herbivores? The Kshatriyas caste with people-predators? The Brahmins caste with people?
Answer: It is better not to make such comparisons, but in fact you are almost right with some reservations and restrictions.
Question: What is the status of a Man in Your understanding?
Answer: This question was answered very well by Kipling in the poem “If…”. I will give you a quote of just several lines. The poem is four times longer in the full version.
“If you can keep your head when all about you,
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise”
All students of our school should memorize this poem in full version. From my point of view, a person is different from an animal by LEVEL OF DEVELOPMENT OF CONSCIOUSNESS. According to Pavlov, only one “alarm system” works in animals: an irritant — a reaction. Man has a “second signal system”, which operates with abstract concepts. But this is not the main thing. Much more important is that:
- A person can self-develop;
- A person can create and produce;
- A person can dream and make his dreams come true;
- A person can change his social and spiritual status.
Question: Is yogi also a status? What is the difference between a yogi and a person other than a remarkably stretched body?
Answer: About stretching the body – this is a question of the first year of study. It is a pity that in the third year of the School you have such an opinion about yogis. Status cannot be defined by the word “yogi” or “not yogi”. Yes, yogi is a status. But this status is very easy to lose and very hard to earn. If you study at the School of yoga for two years, this does not mean that you all became yogis. You are trying to become yogis. But it could take many years from trying to real status. A yogi differs from a person, again, by a different level of development of consciousness, and not, as you put it, by a “stretched body”. Any gymnast, dancer, ballerina will perform any yoga stretching. The point is not in stretching. A yogi removes “attachments” from his life. Yogi reduces the influence of natural instincts on his behavioral responses. For example, breathing exercises (Pranayama) lead to control of the instinct of breathing. Exercise “belly dance” (Nauli) leads to control over the instinct of sexual reproduction, to control over ejaculation. The practice of fasting leads to control of the instinct of nutrition. Instinct is a complex automatic behavior. Read what George Gurdjieff writes about automatic behavior. Yoga replaces automatic behavior with conscious behavior. In other words: yoga controls instincts. But it’s too early to talk about it.
There are people who sit in their swamp and do not want to change anything in their lives. They expect that everything will change without their participation. A new president will come and their life will immediately improve. Or aliens will arrive and life will change. It will not happen. Everyone must change his life himself. This is the law of Karma. For this you need your Mission on Earth.