Zen Living

“Less thoughts and more action”, he said, if we want to taste the fruits of enlightenment.

In Sanskrit, the word for less thoughts is tamas, translated as inertness

In the Vedic teachings, more thoughts and more actions, being restless is rajas.

When we are in balance with less thoughts and more action, when we are in a state of balance between tamas and rajas, we are in a state of sattva, living enlightenment.

In the state of sattva, also regarded as the state of Jivan Mukti, which is restful awareness, we find the direct way towards enlightenment

Observe restful awareness when you walk and feel who is perceiving the earth, who is seeing the scenes around you and who is smelling the air inside of you. And notice how your mouth feels when you are seeing, smelling and feeling life around you. Observe how all the sense are reacting to life, as you observe the experience of the moment, you will begin to open and awaken the mind.

The moment that one brings this restful awareness into their reality, two significant things happen:

1) Slowing down
2) Immediate shift in consciousness

As Swamiji explains, in the same way that an auto car’s gear box shifts from one gear to another, the being shifts from matter to energy. This is the purpose of “unclutching”, for this reason only, so that one can shift from one plane of reality to the next higher plane.

He also encourages us to infuse awareness into all our action, all our movement and even the thoughts we entertain throughout the day. By infusing awareness into all our action in every moment, we automatically create “unclutching” and the shift in how we perceive.

We are reminded that perceiving is different than knowing versus watching and observing what one perceives, is the act of awareness.

Just walking is one thing; being aware that you are walking, is another thing. The same with talking. Just talking is different than knowing that you are talking. This is where we can see the distinction of awareness in our everyday reality, noticing and observing the moment versus concern for tomorrow or regret of the past; those places where the mind entertains and entwines the reality that one lives within.

In the video that accompanies this article, Swamiji shares a delightful story about a visit in Malaysia. A student asked kindly that Swamiji share his wisdom of enlightenment into one single word in his native language that is spoken in Malaysia.

The word that came to Swamiji (two words): “Slow Down”.

He goes on to share, “If you want to be late – hurry up, If you want to be there early, slow down. The essence of life is slowing down.”

He states that this type of Zen living immediately causes yoga body and vedic mind. Learning to embrace all of life with absolute consciousness, even to the point of feeling the entire sensation of scratching the top of one’s head, is the absolute way to enlightenment.

Notice how the mind will often move between the past and worry for the future. This is how we stay disconnected, clutched and in bondage to the human condition. When we bring our mind into the present, we bring balance into our life. This state of balance that we find beyond all other sense perceptions is the sixth sense, that which cannot be described.

Feel the expansion of awareness in slowing down and truly noticing life happening in the moment.