Lesson 2 – Overcoming dazzle with one’s own light

Yantra, drawing by Marina Sukhanova

Yantra, drawing by Marina Sukhanova

In the first lesson about the Yantra we have considered how to calm your mind reacting to external pathogens.
The latter was presented as the roar and dust of passing the king’s chariots in the story about the contemplative calm.

The second lesson – Overcoming dazzle with one’s own light is a practice that develops inner Sabbath.
A calm, uninvolved reaction to external stimuli allows the yogi to retain the vitality that is usually wasted to the involvement.

However, in process of “releasing” external irritants, the internal “rattling chariot” of our troubled mind becomes
more audible – a stream of desires and passions.  While the mind was captured by external impressions,
he did not notice the internal one.

Have been developed insensitivity to external stimuli, the mind should develop a correct attitude towards internal incitement.  The inner chariot is difficult to notice when our mind is absorbed by external impressions, so assignment with external impressions always goes in the beginning, assignment with internal – follows to the first.

Being  that the mind is our own royal chariot  on which the reigning person of the vague sense of ” me” travels,
it does not bother us, but likes it.  Worldly desires: success, wealth, attention, fame,
ambition to achieve superiority in anything, as well as fears associated with loss, poverty,
limitation and lack of freedom, prompt us to satisfy their received magic.

Our new magic is based on the released strength of concentration on yantra (or on another yogic practice).

So, with a surge of energy from concentration, all human hopes for worldly achievements,
for success and success in everyday, and often completely vicious  initiatives.
The Mind turns into a Demon, serving the vague sense of ” me”.

This approach is erroneous and is the Deception in which the forces are drowning like in a swamp.
It is at this stage that ephemeral religious concepts are often born,  they promise wordly blessings
with the help of the Celestial Powers.  Beware of this delusion, in the second lesson we are studying how
to develop liberation from the inner roar of our own chariot.

The path of liberation from the inner roar, from the dazzlement of the light of our own passions,
we  will illustrate the history  of the practice of the famous Buddhist Swami Nagarjuna,
who lived at the beginning of the first millennium of a new era.

Nagarjuna had a disciple who wanted to cleanse his mind very much ,
but it was not possible for him doing this for a long time.  And then Nagarjuna gave him the task:
“Sit in the cave and reflect on your desires  like the horns growing on your head.”

With each emerging desire  the yogi felt   through visualization  how his horns grow.
So he directed all the energy of his desire into this growth.

After  a while  Nagarjuna came for him and said that it was time to leave the cave,
but the disciple told him that he could not leave the cave !  
Horns hinder him!

Smiling, Nagarjuna told the disciple to meditate on how these horns fall off as his desires abnegations’.
The disciple did this: He meditated on the dropping of the horns, and finally,
he felt the horns fall from his head with a roar.  
After that  he left the cave unhindered.

The first one that a yogi must assimilate from the second lesson is to recognize  the roar of his inner chariots.
He must understand that that particular this thunder, which he creates by himself, with his desires,
prevents him to attain Samadhi.

When  Nagarjuna’ disciple meditated on his desires both on the process of growth of horns and their disappearance,
he thereby traced the chain of origin, growth, formation  and disappearance of mundane
dhammas with the help of a strong image of horns.  This practice allowed him to get free himself
from the thunder of inner chariots and acquire Samadhi.

This Yantra is designed to  mindfulness and recognizing.  This Yantra is emblematized the cave for meditation
and the “vajra horns” that interfere with the exit from it.

Realizing that desires turn the cave for meditation into a Deception, the yogi ceases to treat yantra as a talisman
for the fulfillment of desires.  This allows  him  to drop the horns, and the yogi gets the opportunity to see
and perceive the Sabbath of the inner man’s mental world.

Surprisingly, genuine inner Sabbath does not require a constant “in it” as in a cave,
but allows the mind to see and reasonably treat both the inner man’s mental world and the outer man’s mental world.

Suddenly, the feelings and happiness of other people become important and dear to those
who cease to be blinded by the light of their desires, ceases to be deafened by the rumble of their thoughts.

Marina Sukhanova and Vladimir Pyatsky
Translation: Helga Von Krauzinsh