Similar to the deity practice, isn’t it? Like an example, when we think about the deity practice, it is not simply “chanting mantra”, the mantra is not the priority, isn’t it? The mantra is just part of it so that your speech is not distracted. Visually – you are visualising the deity, mind – you are focusing, you know, visually and your mind focusing on the deity, physical aspect – you are in a meditation posture, when your three synchronise together, then you experience the subtle state of mind. And then when you reach to the subtle state of mind, then you say “my guru and the deity, and myself, we are inseparably one” you think, you reflect, you meditate. And if you have a little bit of Mahamudra experience or some form of teachings that in front of you, you reflect little bit to your mind, and then you recognise little bit, you maintain a little bit, and so on.
So the yoga is exactly, different tool, same element.
Q: Different tool?
Kalu Rinpoche: Different tool. Yes, yes. So one is like doing lot of physical movement, but at the same time, you are not, you are not thinking of something else, right? So even you’re, physically you are moving, your mind is very much calm, you are focusing on the breath, you are focusing on the, each and every movement. You’re not engaging in unnecessary activity or unnecessary speech. You have the, all the principal as a chanting the mantra, as a practicing a deity, right?
So, but then if you never introduced to the nature of the mind, then it’s little bit difficult to detect and say “I recognise the nature of the mind with that experience that I had” you see? So it’s good to have a little bit of nature of mind teaching, not too much, just a little bit prior. And then when you are able to, you know, transcend yourself into that state of the subtle body, subtle mind experience, then you can enter into the non-duality state, relatively there.
But, but like previous Kalu Rinpoche have mentioned, “the nature of the mind, the recognising is one thing, maintain is, maintaining is another, fully realisation is another” you know?
So recognising – all the sentient beings, we can recognise it, when, when we go, when we climbing on the mountain, and then we inhale and exhale in that very instant moment, we recognise it, and then every sentient being when we die, when we dissolve all our element into a nothingness, into a blackout, and then we reemerge into a, the experience clear light, which we call it “Mother Clear Light” correct? So that time we can also experience, but when you don’t notice it, and then the cycle of life begins again. As you’re already in the cycle of life anyway.
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To be continued …