Valid knowledge arises out of perception, inference, knowledge, and testimony which forms the saṃskāras-sanskaras in a person
“Do not be led by others,
awaken your own mind and its skies,
amass your own experience,
and decide for yourself your own path.”
Everything about us, in this material universe has its origin,in our thoughts. The thought takes its form. Every castle, every statue, every painting, every piece of mechanism-in short, everything-has its birth in someone’s mind and thoughts.
If you closely study the action of mind, upon mind, of mind, over matter of mind, embedded in the human body, you will find that each man is a power in himself. You will have to develop yourself by self-restraint and mastery over the passions. When your mind becomes powerful, it can speak anything, about the glory of Atman,a storehouse of everything,an infinite, inexhaustible central magazine of powers, knowledge and bliss from where the little mind borrows its light and power.
ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE POWER OF MIND
The yogic tradition has described three aspects of awareness through meditation:
Yoga is a science and pranayama is an application of this science.Subtle breath alone, as a purely mechanical operation,can create an appropriate effect on our body, mind and spirit. However, it has been observed that the effect of these techniques can be greatly amplified when they are applied with sensitivity and awareness of their subtle influences, and with a deeper understanding of the relationship between the body, energy and mind.
Miscellaneous talking is a very bad habit. It distracts the mind. It keeps the mind in a Bahirmukha (outgoing) state and makes a man non-spiritual. A vow of silence or mouna must be practiced once a week. A lot of energy is wasted in talking.
Concentration is focus of the mind, the ability to hold the awareness of your mind on one point, one place, without wavering. The perfection of concentration leads to meditation. In the state of concentration, your mind is not aware of the external environment or of other peripheral things that surround the object of concentration ie. the object you are focusing on.
Trataka is one of the most direct, simple and effective techniques for attaining concentration of mind. It can be practiced by everyone and its benefits are enormous. The word trataka means ‘steady gazing’. The practice of trataka involves gazing at a point or object without winking or blinking the eyes. It is a method of focusing the eyes, and in turn the mind, on one point and forgetting everything else. The object can be either external, in which case the practice is called bahir trataka (outer gazing) or internal, in which case the practice is called antar trataka (inner gazing).
One of the major causes of the rapid progress of a tantric aspirant is due to inner visualization, which has been outlined in all tantric sadhana books and scriptures. This imaginative and creative inner visualization which tantra emphasizes is not chosen at random but is deeply related to, and based on, the world of the psyche, which is the world of symbolism. As the mind explores the symbolism,ideas that lie beyond the grasp of reason are discovered.These ideas have an indefinable link with one’s structural past.
Tantra has been derived from the combination of two Sanskrit words: tanoti or expansion and trayatz’ or liberation. This implies that tantra is the method to expand our mind and liberate the dormant potential energy present in us. In order to understand tantra we have to comprehend exactly what is meant by expansion of mind and liberation of energy.Shiva and Shakti play a major part in tantra.
Desire is an emotive personality. It has the force of externalizing our mind. Desire is the fuel; thought is the flame. The flame is kept alive by putting in the desiring fuel. In case you pull back the supply of fuel, The flame will be diminished back into its womb. If you think of cutting off your longings and desires, the mind will be pulled back into the self divine Brahma.
Ignoring all this historical background we will teach you certain sure methods and practices in gazing and thereby gaining mesmeric and other uncanny powers. You should please note that these psychic powers cannot be acquired by practicing pranayam or gazing for a couple of weeks. To achieve this divine power they will have to practice these practices for years together with great perseverance and tenacity. There are seven types of gazing practices. They are as follows: