Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda

Insights and Inspirations (Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 2) - The Mystery Of Consciousness

February 23, 2021

The Mystery Of Consciousness

     One of the participants in the discussion became interested in ’akashic records’. It seems to be the nature of the mind to probe these phenomena, often at the sacrifice of probing into itself. Yet sometimes speculation has led to a greater understanding.

     The radio has considerably facilitated the explanation of akashic records. The music broadcast from all the stations of the world are literally within your grasp (in the space within your fist); the fist is not a proper receiver. Similarly, it is possible that all the music and the utterances of prophets and divinities exist now but we do not have the proper receiver. All this exists in the infinite intelligence as infinite consciousness in which everywhere is here and every-when is now.

     Attention skims over this consciousness; knowledge, experience and awareness arise. But what limits them to the concepts, “This is my field of awareness. This I know. This experience."? Is this 'I' born with every such experience, or is there a permanent 'I' which identifies now with this and now with the other? A Vasistha (a sage like Vasistha) or a Ramana (Ramana Maharshi) might point to the answer. A Buddha or a Sivananda might caution: “Do not talk about this but look for the mind and its manifestations, the ego and its tricks, and thus you will discover the truth." When the attention is utterly purified of its habits and its concepts, the truth reveals itself.

     The discussion led to psychic powers, especially healing powers. Psychic powers are inherent in all and surely most of us have our premonitions, our hunches, our intuitions and our inspirations. Mostly such powers manifest when there is a temporary 'loss of self' for they lie beyond the little ego. In pure love or total self surrender and devotion, the healing grace flows. If the self had only remained suspended - but it wakes up and regards itself as the source and owner of the grace, and thereby loses it. Our master lived in the awareness of the expressions, “Oh adorable Lord of mercy and love, thou art omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent," and numerous healing miracles experienced by his devotees failed to rouse the ego-sense in him.

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     Change the flow of the mind and the senses and we achieve that God within us. That is one of the purposes of meditation.


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