Sep 26 2010
Vitarka badhane, pratipaksha bhavanam
Our scripturesprovide three main philosophies:
After that we haveYoga.
Nyaay: What we learn, we understand andanalyze how correct it is - Analyzing the difference between what we hear and whatwe infer. This way of finding out the truth is Nyaay.
In the Vaisheshika method, the object and itscharacteristics are analyzed. If sugar is not sweet, would you still call itsugar? Objects have characteristics. In this way, place and time are alsoconsidered as objects because of their characteristics. Time affects the mindand intellect. Our mind feels and perceives differently in the morning than itdoes in the evening.
The placement ofplanets also affects the mind. Sometimes faith arises in the mind, sometimeshatred envelopes the mind. It is natural for different waves of emotions torise in the mind.
I am separate fromall this, I am Atma. Contemplating onthis is the sign of intelligence.
Once you haveconsidered the changing objects, rest your mind in that which never changes.This is Sankhya Yoga. What is Bhakti? Resting your mind and intellectin Divine energy. This is all that you need to do.
When your faith isshaky, cure it by taking blessings from elders. Do yoga.
Friendliness,compassion and ignoring. To calm the mind, be friendly and compassionate, andfinally ignore if needed. Ignore the imperfection and keep your mind calm.Hating somebody is like drinking poison. And more so, never hate wise people!Patanjali says, “Awaken the opposite emotion.” This is sadhana. If anger arises, awaken compassion, and a new chemicalprocess will be initiated. ‘Vitarka badhane, pratipaksha bhavanam.’
This is why we remember the Guru - the chemical process changes immediately,and enthusiasm, joy and non-attachment arises naturally.