All the thoughts we have collected and nourished during our lives (and those passed lives, who believes in them) have set the way for our secular wishes that have accumulated in the form of very strong tendencies (vasanas). They are in the form of liking and ignorance and will only be destroyed to the extent that we are firmly bound to the Self, the true Self. – p. 64, Path of Sri Ramana (part three)
Thoughts come as soon as the idea / feeling of ‘me’ comes from sleepless dream. Dreams are made of our thoughts; Dreams are our mental creations … While we are dreaming, we are aligned with our subtle body. When we physically awaken, we identify with our physical / coarse body. Automatically captured in the identity of ‘I am the body’ we are limited to a tiny part of our existence. Consequently, our life is limited to bodily experiences. Through our feelings, thoughts and emotions we experience ourselves and the world around us.
How close, how far?
In each of us lies universal intuitive power. It is our fuel and the greatest life motivation. It is inseparable from ourselves and we all felt it intensely as children while we were careless. With our age, problems linger and slowly most of us are inevitably turning away from that source so it seems that life has lost the sweetness, the brightness and the courage that we have had in childhood.
What is actually happening?
As we grow, we face with various situations that we have to overcome. During our life we have learned to play various roles to adapt to every new situation.
Today we are witnessing a growing number of different spiritual techniques that combine traditional knowledge with the new age approach. Doing so, true knowledge sometimes gets easily degradated. There are many workshops which offer easy solutions that will transform our lives and solve our problems in just a few days. We must be aware that there are no magical solutions. But if you look from a different point of view, they are all having one thing in common and that is a development of consciousness. Even hatha yoga, combining a certain physical poses called asanas and breathing, can increase our body-soul consciousness.
As the need for self-empowerment today is growing, it is inevitable to search for the old traditional knowledge that has survived the test of time and which still lives today in its own way in the modern age.