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I acknowledge the graphic from the Net.

In this 91st dharana and 117th verse of the Vigyana Bhairava Tantra, Shiva says:

Whatever experienced through the senses

Experience in  full as universal Consciousness

And rise to Shiva state

Our senses are the windows of our perception. They perceive the external reality of our world and capture them as perceived for other parts of the mind to interpret and act upon. Often what is perceived by one person is not the same as what another does, and this differential perception leads to confusion ands conflict. Whether in religion or politics, work or life, conflict ensues when mind maps differ in content and context. The content changes with the context of who each one of us is, and how we are conditioned.

It is not what the senses perceive per se that is at fault. Yoga teaches us to control our senses and then focus on one or the other, in order that we lead from mindfulness to the no mind mindlessness. It is those parts of our mind that store our conditioned memories, values and beliefs, and then interpret the sensory data in line with the conditioned experience that lead to distortion between one mind map and another. Quite often. we are not even aware that there is a part of us that is independently interpreting what we sense based on our conditioned memories. When Freud made the unconscious conscious to us, and Jung expanded on the collective aspect of this unconsciousness as universal archetypes, they were guiding us to understand and become aware of our internal forces  that take over our external perceptions.

It is the ego, ahankara in Sanskrit, the mental conditioning that makes us believe that we are the center of the universe, which is at play when what we perceive through the senses is sculpted by the unconscious into conscious action. Ego is not all conscious as we may like to believe. Much of our identity lies within as a dark unknown space. In order that we make full sense of what we sense, we need to make this dark space open and transparent.

As long as ego rules, as long the mind rules, what we sense is fragmented and distorted by what we are conditioned by. We see only our truths, and not those of others. Me overrides We. Selfishness rules over the Self. The mind and its conditioned component of ego need to be disengaged from to raise our awareness from the trivial to the sublime, from the microcosm to the macrocosm, and from the distorted, self-centered, sensory perception to the pure, universal consciousness of the Brahman, the ultimate, universal truth.

Let go the mind, become mindless and experience Shiva. The Nataraja in the graphic, Shiva is his transcendental dance of universal consciousness embodies what he says here. It is a state of pure bliss, when whatever we experience through the senses is aligned with the unconditioned awareness of the no mind, with no identity inputs, nothing about what is in it for me, what will happen etc. It is pure bliss, in acceptance and surrender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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