And from the absolute point of view, these concepts are very conditional. What in one situation is poison to one person is medicine to another, and Vice versa. And the concepts of good and evil, right and wrong often turn into dogmas that cause no less harm than the absence of any principles and rules at all. In his philosophical treatise on yoga, Patanjali described such a phenomenon as “Viveka”. And this is the key to understanding how to distinguish black from white. Moreover, it is the key to understanding that life is not a black-and-white film and in addition to these two colors there is a whole range of colors.
In Sanskrit, Viveka means ‘discrimination’. This concept is revealed in Sutra 24, Chapter 4. One of the most curious translations of this Sutra is that of falkow, and His version of the Sutra reads as follows:”for one who has attained mastery of discernment, the contradictions of the nature of the soul are mitigated.” The point is that all contradictions exist only at the level of the mind. Continue reading
The phrase “singing mantras” usually causes an uninitiated or (uninitiated) person to give a wry smile and distrust + resistance: “no, no, I’m not some kind of fanatic, I won’t sway and sing gibberish like these strange people.” To get rid of any fear, Knowledge helps best. For it is Strength. Knowledge is also light, because it dispels the darkness of ignorance. Why are many frightened and embarrassed by mantras? – because it is “something alien”, and most importantly – incomprehensible. So let’s try to figure it out.
First, a dry reference. The word “Mantra” from Sanskrit is translated as “a tool for the implementation of a mental act.” These are sacred hymns written in the ancient sacred language of Sanskrit. Continue reading