DEATH OF OLD WEBS
RELEASES SOULS’ GLORY
The illusion of the beings
An individual soul is subject to the illusion only so long as it is caught up in the material things. But the truth dawns and the soul remembers its true and essential nature, when the mind and the senses are withdrawn and the ego is subdued.
The ego and the bonds formed by our desires form a veil of ignorance around the soul and keep the soul in bondage to the Nature. When these are removed through the practice of yoga, the soul is freed from the hold of Nature and become self-absorbed.
This happens usually when an individual is shaken out of his mindsets and undergoes a paradigm shift in his awareness and thinking. The yogis call such experiences as samvegana, which is actually an intense churning of the mind when our worldviews and beliefs are shattered and we stand before the elemental forces of brute nature in a totally vulnerable and helpless condition.
The Buddha underwent a similar experience when he saw death and sickness in the streets of Kapilavastu. Jesus had a similar experience when he went out into the desert.
Something similar to that happens to many at the time of their spiritual awakening.
They shed their old beliefs and ways of living and awake into a new world of awareness and thinking in which they see things differently as the play of consciousness.
We mistake our egos as the souls and our minds as the consciousness, seeking fulfillment through
self promotion and self-preservation,
and competing for attention and recognition
even when such goals tend to destabilize
our minds and inner peace.
We seek things in order to fulfill ourselves
and alleviate our fears and anxieties.
We indulge in selfish actions out of desires and habits.
As we indulge in selfish actions with a desire to get things and reach our goals, we reap the fruits of our own actions and become subject to bondage, births and rebirths.
Maya cannot be overcome without a fundamental shift in our awareness and inner conditioning. Where there is duality, the sense of separation, there is maya. When our minds and senses are active, we remain under the influence of Maya. When we perceive things in a state of duality, we remain in the domain of Maya. Maya disappears only when our minds and senses are fully stabilized and we are able to experience things without the division of the seer and the seen. Even the gods are not free from the influence of Maya because they also experience duality and plurality. Truly no one is ever free from maya, till one has lost all sense of duality forever.
The only way to steer clear from maya
is to be able to see the truth as it is,
which is possible only
when our egos yield place
to our real selves.
The smoke in the sky,
The lucid ones experience everything
Yet remain unmoved.