The Mind Factory

Up until this point we have established that we are vortices of electricity that are constantly spinning and vibrating, each one radiating its own unique energy signature. The superiority, or inferiority of the energy within the atom depends on the degree of love inherent in the information within these energy patterns. The degree of love comes from the thoughts and feelings we entertain. Therefore, if we really want to change the world, or our reality in any way, we need to observe the quality of our thoughts. To understand and change the thoughts, we need to look at the factory that creates them. Sutras 5 to 11 introduces us to the sources through which thoughts infiltrate our consciousness and become The Mind. Since Yoga is about changing the vibrational frequency of an energy pattern, it is imperative that we understand the mechanism behind the sources that stimulate our senses and produce a particular thought.

Enter the Klishta (Sympathetic Nervous System) and Aklishta (Parasympathetic Nervous System)

Sutra 1:5 - The gross and subtle thought patterns enter the psycho-somatic system(body and mind as a single unit) through 5 different channels(pancatayah), which can be categorized into 2 divisions. The two divisions are painful, or Sympathetic(klishta), and not painful, or Parasympathetic(aklishta) Nervous System.

Adi Shankara introduces sutra 1:5 to his students in just a few words, "The thought-streams are five-fold, painful and not painful." The rest of the theoretical concepts were explained to the students during the period of their entire life - since students remained under one Guru for the span of their life - through word of mouth. The technique of imparting Yogic knowledge through speech was used because each word of the Guru had a powerful creative vibration inherent in them. This vibration stimulated the consciousness of the Sadhak (adept) in such a way, that even the most immature of intellects - or young soul for lack of a better word - would be brought to the required level of intellectual competency as was needed by the course content at that juncture of study. IN this day and age, we do not have the opportunity to spend extended periods of time with a real Guru. As a result, I have designed a software that will act as a Guru, giving you unbiased reports on your progress through reports and a sound knowledge base. These 5 channels will be discussed extensively in sutra 1:6 but to begin, we will need to first understand the autonomic nervous system.

The Human Autonomous System

  • The human autonomous system, or the factory of perception and thought, has 2 divisions. The Sympathetic, and the Parasympathetic Nervous System:
  • 1   Sympathetic Nervous System, manufactures, sustains, and preserves painful(klishta) thoughts and intentions. Unfortunately, a person is conditioned from birth to spend all their time in the Sympathetic Nervous System. This system consists of Fight or Flight Reactions, and the Human Drive for Survival and Affiliation. This faculty is responsible for creating what we know as the mind and Ego, which then becomes the womb of all suffering.

    In Yoga, the Fight or Flight Reactions are a collection of attributes that are known as Tamasic guna (darkness, destruction, chaos), and the Human Drive for Survival and Affiliation are a collection of attributes that are known as Rajasic guna (passion, continuous mental and physical activity, frustration, greed, envy, addiction, resentment, maliciousness, stress, confusion etc).

  • 2   Parasympathetic Nervous System(aklishta), is the faculty that empowers the cultivation of life-giving thoughts and intentions. The practice of Yoga is nothing more than a lifelong endeavour to move from the sympathetic nervous system of stress and suffering to the parasympathetic nervous system of love and beauty. The attributes of the Parasympathetic Nervous System is known as Sattvic gunas (love, life, compassion, righteousness, gratitude, learning, beauty, skill, fortitude in the face of setbacks, and the courage to remedy one's own failings).

    As we move away from the Sympathetic to the Parasympathetic, we gradually restore the Consciousness lost to the Mind by revitalizing the Parasympathetic nervous system which consists of Altruism Non-harming, Fearlessness, Fortitude, Gratitude, and Devotion.

    To understand the difference between consciousness and mind refer to Communication of Consciousness in Yoga 102.

Take heed that the sympathetic(catabolic), and parasympathetic(anabolic), systems work in opposition to each other. Either one or the other is activated all the time. For example, sympathetic nervous stimulation increases the heart rate, while parasympathetic stimulation slows the heart rate. Sadly, the mind associated with the one that creates suffering for ourselves and others (sympathetic nervous system), always takes precedence, because it is concerned with base level egotistical demands and desires related to envy, greed, insecurity, shame, and fear. All its time and energy is spent fighting to promote and preserve the Ego. I want to become rich, famous, powerful, and the apple of everyone's eye; are its values.
Question: What is the difference between our gross, and subtle thoughts?

Let us take the example of an older person who has dyed her white hair black, and is driving to her plastic surgeon for a facelift so she can impress people with a newly constructed face. The immediate gross thought in her case will be elation and delight at the thought of being accepted due to a revitalized younger look. This is arising from the hormones doing a dopamine and serotonin dance at the beat of the deluded ego, who is reassuring her that this proactive move of painting and plastering of the decaying flesh will ensure that she is once again the magnet of attention, larger than life, more colorful and popular than the rest of the world. This is what transpires when someone makes a purchase or is complemented. Gross thoughts are those that hide the subtle issues and concerns from becoming conscious.

In the case of a person who is seeking cosmetic overhaul, the subtle thought patterns are the vibrating pulses of shame related feelings of inadequacy, insecurity, and a deep sense of emptiness littering the sub-conscious. The subtle thoughts are the motivator of the gross level thoughts and feelings. The subtle thoughts are parasites which live vicariously off the individual by making them imagine they are well and happy while internally gnawing at their life force.

The greater one’s efforts of self-preservation and promotion, the greater the subtle thought patterns related to fear of abandonment, humiliation, and scorn. Ego perpetuates this insanity by telling you that if you do not maintain your image, you will be ridiculed, lost, forgotten, or buried in oblivion which is death to the Ego. These gross and subtle thought patterns of fear infuse a lack of order within the atom's energy. An entire life is spent impressing and pleasing others without creating anything of real value that would contribute towards personal and universal evolution of consciousness.

Do not die without sharing your potential for love with this world people. The key to freedom from this painful insanity lies in becoming mindful of your thought patterns and intentions. We need to diligently examine and re-examine our beliefs, values, and goals. To experience a different reality, we need to experience a different consciousness, replace the wrong knowledge with right knowledge. Examine your thoughts a million times more diligently than your most valued purchase.

Be aware, the process cultivating extrasensory perceptions and super natural powers will require persistent effort on your part to move from suffering, towards compassion. The goal is to keep your sympathetic nervous system turned off as much as possible by choosing to spend as much time as possible in the parasympathetic nervous system, where tranquility reigns supreme. Let us now examine the 5 thought patterns in Sutra 1:6.

  • 1.5 vrittayah pancatayah klishta aklishta
  • vrittayah - our thought patterns

  • pancatayah - fall in two different categories, and are of five types

  • klishta - painful, those that cause suffering (Sympathetic Nervous System)

  • aklishta - not painful, those that manifest beauty and tranquility (Parasympathetic)