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All Thoughts Are Vasanas
Makesh: Dear Sundariji/Ramji, on observing mind for some period it appears that the inner chat that often takes place in the mind is not necessarily triggered by a particular vasana all the time. Often it is seemingly innocent inner voice. Mind is doing it probably as a habit or unconscious entertainment.
Sundari: All thoughts are vasana-generated, and none of them belong to you; all thoughts arise from the unconscious, the causal body, or Isvara. When we identify with a thought (or a vasana) it becomes “ours” and seems to belong to, or originate from, us.
Makesh: Sometimes the seer gets attached to this conversation, providing the fuel of energy to this inner activity.
Sundari: Who is the seer that gets attached? The self is the non-experiencing witness and cannot ever get attached. The only one who gets “attached” (read: identified) is the ego, the doer.
Makesh: My guess is that this habit restricts the flow of prana to the whole body, as prana is too much consumed by the brain, compromising the production of “feel-good” hormones, health, etc. Do you suggest any particular practice to purify this?
~ Kind regards, Makesh
Sundari: What I suggest is self-inquiry into the nature of the one who sees the thoughts. Is it (1) the jiva under the spell of ignorance, (2) the jiva who knows about awareness or (3) is it awareness? It sounds to me by the way you write that it is the jiva that knows about awareness, imposing satya onto mithya. Ignorance, identification with the body-mind, is what causes all suffering, restricting the “feel-good hormones.” The ability to discriminate between satya (what belongs to you, awareness) and mithya (what belongs to Isvara/jiva) is the essence of enlightenment. Discrimination is a vasana you definitely need to work on.
~ Namaste, Sundari