So now, I’ll put my commentary, whatever you call it.
So there’s a difference between “recognizing” it and “noticing” it, in the subtleness of the mind. So “recognizing” it, is little bit like, you look at the Sukhasiddhi, right? You “look” at Sukhasiddhi and then you looking at the Sukhasiddhi and you are “recognizing” the shape and the color and the image and the size and everything. You’re “recognizing” it. There’s a form of rigid, rigid mind towards it.
When you’re “noticing” it, it is much more subtle than “recognizing” it. So if you are, if you are perceiving the idea of the nature of the mind, like the idea where you recognize the human face and objects, if you have that kind of attitude to recognize the nature of the mind, it is absolutely impossible. You understand what I’m saying? right?
So in order to recognize the nature of the mind, we need to reach to a more subtle state of mind, first. Let alone, before you even “recognize” the nature of the mind. In order to reach to the subtle state of mind, that’s how the Niguma Yogas, and the Heat generating practice, the Dream Yoga practice come in hand. And that’s how you, and that’s how it becomes more handy. Let’s put it, more useful.
Because many people, when they think about the Toumo practice, they think “it is a Heat generating practice! and you can stay in the mountain! with the keeping the temperature in your body!” and they think that is a Toumo practice. But the reality, that’s not a Toumo practice. That is the, just the reaction from what you’re doing. The purpose of the Toumo practice is to, how can I put it more nicely and simple, the purpose of the Toumo practice is to reduce, reduce all the attachment of the sensorial world. Right? You understand? The sensorial world like “I like to hear good, I like to smell good, I like to see good.” right?
So the Toumo practice, the purpose of the Toumo practice is to bring all this sensorial, instead of your mind engaging into the direction of the sensorial importance, you bring it into, you bring it into your mind and the air combined together. You understand?
And then at the same time, there is 21,000, 22,000 to 21,000 breaths that we take in day basis as a human being, scientifically. And then, within the 21,000 to 22,000 breaths that we take in the daily basis, as we breathe every single day, then there’s a few thousand of breaths that we take, that is seen as a positive air.
Positive air has nothing to do with seeing miracles. Okay? Positive air simply means a possibility, that you have a higher possibility, that your mind is more likely to be calm, likely to be more positive, likely to be more, good mood. Right?
There’s nobody who has a “bad mood” every day, you know? Like the whole day. That’s impossible to have a bad mood, whole day. Even in the most miserable circumstance, there’s always some sort of positivity, not necessarily excitement or happiness but some sort of absent of rigid suffering. So when you have that, so that’s the normal condition, that’s the normal ordinary human condition. Whether you’re a Buddhist or non-Buddhist, we all have that.
The yoga, what the Yoga does is that you purify the negative air into a positive air. So you have the minority that is a positive air, you have the majority that is the negative air. You purify the negative air; and you take all the negative air into positive air; and then you intensify; and then you untie all the channels within your body.
With the movement, keeping the air and instead of giving the importance of the sensorial world, you bring all the importance and the dedication to your practice. And then you are able to, once you have that, and then you are able to recognize the, and experience the bliss, by generating physically. you know, not wishful thinking, but actually generating that. And I experienced that, many, many, many times. So it’s possible. It is not impossible.
So that’s one thing. So when you’re able to experience a pure bliss and some sort of a stability in your mind by the result of that, like, that is the concrete foundation. And then you practice the Lucid Body practice, the Niguma. And then you practice a Dream Yoga.
You know, the Dream Yoga has nothing to do with being playful within the dream. The Dream Yoga is more to do with a continuation of awareness during the day during the sleep, without leading to exhaustion. Remember, if you have a concentration that lead to exhaustion, even you do a practice for hour, you know? So if you have a continuous awareness then the day and night has more or less the same effect in your mind. There’s no distinction, and there’s no exhaustion. You know? So that’s that.
Why I’m saying this? It’s because, it’s because, so once you reach to that, that sort of Dream Yoga practice, and then when you’re introduced to the nature of the mind, you already have a subtleness; what does it even mean, you can understand what it means to have a subtleness of the mind. You understand?
Before that you don’t understand what is meaning of subtleness, so therefore you don’t even understand what is meaning of being in a state of mind with absolutely no desire and of altering anything whatsoever and simply being in this natural state.
And then if you try too hard, then it’s not a natural state of mind because then it’s duality. Right? You are trying to project, you are to create, that does not exist in the front of you. You know? So if you’re trying so hard then it’s not a meditation, then it’s not a nature of the mind, it’s, you’re projecting. You’re projecting your own ideas in the front and then saying that is the nature of the mind.
So therefore in order to recognize the nature of the mind: either you meet great master like Tilopa and Naropa who can pick up the slipper and then slap on your face and then you somehow recognize the nature of the mind by accident; or you have like a Sukhasiddhi and Niguma who is very kind and compassionate to Kyungpo Naljor and giving teachings and empowerments and instructions, you have like that. You know?
So, these are like a jackpot. But that’s quite far away from us at the moment. You know? So that’s that.
So the reason why I’m saying this is because: Don’t be arrogant. Don’t be. Be arrogant in your normal life! Absolutely! Have your arrogance as a size of the mountain, go ahead, do it, whatever it is. I have no judgment over that. But when it comes to a meditation, you cannot recognize the nature of the mind based upon arrogance. You know? So that’s that.
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