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Causal Body Recycles States of Mind
Jason: Dear James, I’ve recently experienced a very busy time, selling a property I was holding for about five years, a lot of agitation raising teenagers who like to talk back, and before you know it I’m feeling very rajasic and my negative vasanas are making a comeback. Add to that some physical body pain from over-exertion at work, and inquiry seems only a distant knowledge that is basically only serving to keep me from engaging in any new bullshit desires, which I suppose is good, long-term. But feeling busy and rajasic is really lame compared to the serenity of sattva. I feel like a drug addict who has been on binge. ☺
Question: Do vasanas store up some kind of potential energy in the causal body and wait till you’re at some kind of weak point to spring out? It sure kind of seems that way.
James: Well, look on the bright side, Jason: at least the knowledge is keeping you from engaging in bullshit desires, as you so delicately put it. It is good, long-term, as you say. But the karmic chickens from previous bullshit desires seem to be coming home to roost. Unless you simplify your life, the rajas and tamas is going to keep bedeviling you. You live in a major metropolitan area, have two smart-ass teenagers, a wife and business interests, not to mention your tribal stuff. So Isvara will continue to make your life miserable from time to time until your lifestyle is simplified. Yes, vasanas are potential energy. When there is stress in the subtle body, the negative vasanas use the opportunity to strike. This is why lifestyle is so important. So man up and face the music!
One more thing: what applies to negative vasanas applies to positive vasanas as well.The causal body just recycles states of mind. So, even though a lot of worldly things are grabbing your attention, be sure to meditate, do small rituals and read twenty minutes of scripture every day.
~ Love, James