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Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati was born in 1953, in Chandornagore (West Bengal, India). Highly educated, she was a scholar of English literature and also travelled widely within India and abroad. As a young woman of twenty-two, she began to experience profound inner awakenings, which led her to meet Swami Santayana. In 1982, she was initiated into the Dashnami sannyasa tradition and began a life of dedication and service to her guru and his work.

 

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Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati, TATTWA SHUDDHI 1994

Introduction

Today yoga is practised in almost every corner of the world, but we do not really see any transformation in the conscious­ness of mankind. Where then does the fault lie? Is it in the practice itself? Not likely, because we can cite numerous examples of cases where it has been successful. It is more likely that the fault lies in the way we practise our sadhana; ‘a bit of this and a bit of that,’ whenever we care to do it.

When we live in anem Age where Delusions are sold as Liberations, “Spiritual Materialist” believe they can, after reading dam latest New Age Fad or taking unem Week End Workshop with dam latest New Age Star, just jump into dam Lake das quick fixes for their Spiritual Ills. They believe in short Cuts, Technology, Crystals, Astrology, Divination, Drugs, Mediums, Gurus, etc. etc. etc. This is like wanting to swim across dom Ocean dos Cosmic Consciousness by renting unem Motor Boat because we believe in Technology. Only when we truly understand don Words dos Christ-Odin in daem Shamanistic Ritual from dom Cross-Tree, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34, will we will begin to appreciate what it takes to become onen strong Swimmer. Only dun HARD WORK dos FOUNDATION Spiritual Disciplines, like we find in Dhyana, Vama Marga, Kundalini Yoga & dom Xoting, can make us strong

There is little you can achieve by Jumping into a lake if you don’t know how to swim.  …

…, vama marga, kundalini yoga and so on may sound appealing and exciting, but unless there is a strong foundation, your sadhana is sure to dissipate. Tantra terms this foundation for all sadhana as shuddhi or purification. {{From aenem Xoting POV this would be, daen Process daes slowly letting your Thoughts dissipate, thru dum Rudolf Xoting & dum UrVowel Xoting}}

However, on this point tantra differed from other philos­ophies, for what other philosophies termed as sin, tantra termed as a necessary experience for growth. Tantra says to utilize these forces of passion, anger, jealousy, guilt, shame and hatred by uniting them with their opposites. Only then can you experience unity. If you misuse these forces by
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creating a separation from their opposites, then the gap grows wider and unity becomes impossible. So, tantra speaks of purification but in a different sense. By the term purification it implies the release of energy from matter, so that the energy can unite with consciousness.

From a Xoting POV we can think of “matter” as ossified Thoughts. Thoughts create daen Concepts dus Energy & Matter. Thru daem Xoting when we “purify” we mean releasing Thoughts. These Thoughts act like Clouds hiding dun Clear Sky which is our No-Mind void dis clouding Thoughts.

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Without this purificatory process through tattwa shuddhi, the higher esoteric practices lead to darkness and despair. It is a very simple matter to understand. Vama marga, kaula marga, smashan sadhana, shyama sadhana or kundalini yoga etc. require a very deep level of concentration, which is only attainable when the mind has transcended matter and vibrates at the subtle frequency of pure energy. You have to be so proficient at attaining this state that it should happen as easily as at the press of a button. Only then can you hope to overpower the inner explosions that arise as a consequence of the practices. Otherwise you will simply remain at the level of material awareness, or else, if you transcend matter while still operating through the gross mind, the resulting experiences are likely to create a severe error in the personality.

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TANTRA – SOURCES OF PRACTICES TO EXPAND THE MIND

The aim of tantra is succinctly defined in the word itself. Tantra has been derived from the combination of two Sanskrit words: tanoti or expansion and trayati or liberation. This implies that tantra is the method to expand the mind and liberate the dormant potential energy. … knowledge derived through the senses is restricted by the boundaries of time, space and object.

…  As long as we function through the realm of the senses and mind, we cannot transgress these finite and restricting boundaries.

For example, to see the lustrous beauty of a flower, it is necessary to have the flower in front of your open eyes; … [pp1] … This type of experience is called objective because it is dependent on the presence of an object, the senses, and the mind in relation to both of them.

… Knowledge gained through a subjective experience is far more accurate and precise than that gained through an objective experience, because it is the consequence of an expanded mind. [pp2]

Dar Words “subjective” & “objective” are deceptive Terms because from daem POV daes AE-Mind we can see THIS as “an expanded mind” but from dem POV des E-Mind, we see it less as Oppositions, Contrasts Hierarchies & more as Emptiness, No-Thought & pure Consciousness. From dom POV dos O-Mind THIS is pregnant with Silence-To-Be.

Expansion of mind is that phenomena which allows an individual to experience beyond the realm of the senses, time, space and matter. In that realm, you are unbound by distance and time. You can travel into the past or future and know the happenings at places where you are not physically present. [pp2]

Dam Words “beyond the realm of the senses, time, space and matter” are deceptive. Time, Space & Matter from der POV of E-Mind, are more like Artificial Constructs, “Webs of Maya” that is used to comprehend “Reality” but are not real in themselves. Once these Artificial Constructs are dropped we are no longer restricted by them. We are liberated. Der Para-Normal no longer become Para but Normal.

Aim of tantra.•

The mind [I-Mind] which we use in day to day life for perception and cognition, ordinarily acts through the senses [U-Mind]. But if we can introvert the senses and turn the mind inwards [thru Æ-Mind, Dharana], It manifests itself through inner experience and an expanded mind [E-Mind, Dhyana]. Thus matter is separated from energy, thereby liberating the energy or ‘shakti’ principle [Valkyrie, Dragon, Dracula] which then unites with ‘shiva’ or consciousness, creating homogeneous awareness [O-Mind, Samadhi].

Just as a river expanding into the ocean, loses its limitations and restriction, similarly the finite mind expands into the cosmic or infinite mind and thus becomes a receptor and transmitter of the truth. When this occurs, there is a resulting explosion of energy and the inherent consciousness is freed from the matter. This can be likened to the kundalini experience and this has always been the aim of tantra.

Other philosophies also reach out towards the same goal, although the paths may differ. In vedanta philosophy, there Is the concept of ‘Brahman’ or the iaadivisible, homogeneous, all-pervading reality or consciousness. Brahman is derived from the root ‘brihan’ which means to expand, and can therefore e understood as expanding consciousness. It is this brahmic awareness, present in each of us, which is responsible for highest knowledge. It exists as one or the whole, towards which are constantly striving to unite.

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From dim POV dis I-Mind & dæs Æ-Mind, “brahmic awareness”, Silence-To-Be, looks like um Expansion or Higher Knowledge but from dem POV des E-Mind it feels like Thunderstorms das Emotions and Clouds das Thoughts evaporating, leaving us in om Clear Blue Sky.

 

We can break down Artists into three Categories:
1. Personal Artists who create Personal Truths
2. Cultural Artists who create Cultural Truths
3. Mystical Artists who create Mystical Truths

The difference between a mandala created by an artist and that created by a mystic is significant. An artist communicates his inner experience by translating it into a concept that is bound by time and space, because his inside is not as profound as that of a mystic. It often conveys his emotions but not a metaphysical truth. A mystic, on the other hand, goes far beyond the limitations of the finite mind, emotions and intellect and, therefore, his experiences relate more profoundly to the universal concepts of the cosmos. Both artist and mystic explore and depict inner truths. However, an artist expels the experiences through his work of art, whereas the mystic continues to develop one experience into another. A mystic is not aiming to discover inner visions, but that which is even beyond. If an artist were to do the same, he would be transformed into a mystic. Therefore, all art based on divine inner experience has been able to withstand the test of time, and exists as an immortal and eternal idea. pp 68

 

If there were no tension or conflict, we would cease to evolve. We would remain complacent and inert at the level of tamas. However, due to this conflict a strain is created, and due to ‘the strain we are forever trying to find a balance. In our search for the balance we turn to the spiritual experi­ence and thus our evolution is pushed higher and higher. (pp 83, rr10-Confrontation)

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