This course examines what it really means to Be Present; what takes us away from the Present; learning, through the continuing practice of Mindfulness, to observe what distracts us and let it pass.
No events to show
Presence of mind - importance & effects
Learning from the present
Stillness & unity power of an unmoving mind
NECTAR FROM POISON
Teachings of adversity - using wisdom to extract nectar from poison.
Discrimination: ring & gold, substance & form, transient & eternal
The moving mind: circling thought, dream & procrastination
Absolute existence as unlimited, infinite and complete.
Relative existence as changing, transient and dependent.
Thought - As a Man Thinketh, James Allen
ALLEGORY OF PLATO’S CAVE #1
What in reality actually is present?
Power of illusion
Coming out of the dark
PLATO’S CAVE #2
Shadow & substance
The present & absolute existence
Playing one’s part - when one is in touch with absolute existence there is a connection with the natural rhythm.
THE POWER OF THOUGHT
MANAS and the power of thought
Thought under the influence of sattwa, rajas & tamas
The importance of what the mind thinks upon awakening.
THE POWER OF DECISION
BUDDHI and the power of decision
Basis for decision making - reason, love, virtue, duty and fear
Decision under the influence of sattwa, rajas & tamas
THE POWER OF LOVE
CHITTA and the power of love
Levels of love
Love under the influence of sattwa, rajas & tamas
THE POWER OF WILL
AHANKARA and the power of will
Will under the influence of sattwa, rajas & tamas
Importance of will being based on reason
Step by step - padam padam
THE SOVEREIGN SELF
Powers of thought, decision, love and will as universal powers
The self or tman as the owner of these powers
Mantra Meditation & tradition
GIVE WHAT YOU LACK
How to make latent virtues or qualities manifest
Enrolment in this course requires completion of Practical Philosophy and Mindfulness (MNDPP) beforehand.