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Andrew: James, I have been kept awake with great agitation and suicidal thoughts several times over the last few weeks. I’m clear that these are not my thoughts, they have been brought on by a Scientology technique I’ve started practising. I don’t think these will cease if I just stop the technique (I’ve tried). These certainly seem to be troubled (and sometimes malicious) spirits. This has taken me way too close to my limit for comfort. Is there any Vedanta wisdom on how to deal with this situation?
James: Yes, there is Vedanta wisdom on this topic but it is so simple that you might not appreciate it: they are just thoughts brought on by a tamasic state of mind. They are objects known to you and therefore have nothing to do with you at all. So just ignore them and turn your attention to the self – the knower of the thoughts – when they arise. Tell Andrew that they are not real. All they mean is that your mind is dull. There is nothing wrong with you nor are they portentous. I am forwarding this email with your email address to my wife, and she will send you an article that ties negative thoughts about one’s self to tamoguna. The solution is to transform the gunas using the knowledge of Vedanta.
~ Love, James