Saturday, December 6, 2014

Pleasure, enjoyment and happiness by Atman Nityananda

Pleasure, enjoyment and happiness

I would like here to analyze the nature of our experiences and differentiate pleasure from enjoyment and happiness.


Enjoyment is a natural vital-emotional experience that happens when the mind is in contact with the object through the senses, without any projection on it and without any interference of memory, passion or imagination.
In a deeper level of view even enjoyment is also illusory because is created by the mind under certain conditions. If the pleasant sensation exists in the object then the same object should give us always the same pleasant experience. This is not our experience. The same object when is experienced under different conditions can be pleasant, unpleasant or indifferent. Similarly the same object can be pleasant, unpleasant or indifferent to different kind of persons. This applies to all sense objects.


The pleasure we experience when we are in actual contact with a sense object or when we imagine it, is only our lust and passion (which are accumulated pleasure energy in the astral-body) projected on them. Pleasure is projected by the mind on the objects creating the illusion that pleasure derive from them.

Sex scenes are a very good example to understand this projection. The images of the movie-players are only light or pixels in certain formation. The lusty-ego projects and superimpose its own pleasure on the screen-players (usually to the opposite sex) and thus experiences its own pleasure! There is not even a iota of pleasure on the movie images because they are only light and colors. The movie players do not entertain sensations, emotions, pleasures or pains.
But when we see sexual scenes the mind is stimulated by the light-formations of these sexual scenes and the lust or memorized pleasure emerges from the subconscious and is projected on the images. This projection creates the illusion that the illusory screen-images enjoy some kind of sexual-pleasure (is this possible? Of course not, they are only light). The ego makes us perceive the images as to have real pleasure, while the screen-images entertain nothing at all. With this projection the ego excites the prana, the sensual mind and the sexual energy intensifying the experience of pleasure. 
Similar is the process of projection on the foods and other sense objects. Of course ego likes also by watching movies  to experience  all negative emotions such as fear, horror, violence, pity etc.

By this process of projection and identification the ego deludes the intellect and uses the body, senses and mind to experience this illusory ego-made pleasure.


Happiness is an attribute of our true Self or consciousness or more precisely our true Self is happiness itself. We do not need anything from the external world to experience happiness. When our mind is pure, calm and focused in our heart we experience unmixed, unconditional happiness or bliss. Even the happiness we experience when we get the object we wanted so much does not depents on the object, but on our true Self. When we get the object the mind becomes calm and thus reflects the happiness of the Self.

Objects do not contain neither pleasure nor happiness. But since the hypnotized intellect cannot discern this, we run after sense objects convinced that the pleasure and happiness comes from them.Thus we create our bondage and suffering.

Both pleasure and happiness do not belong to the objects. They arise from within; pleasure as a form or an expression of lust-made ego itself, while happiness is our true nature, a quality of our essence.

Peace, Love, Harmony

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

THE NATURE OF TRUE SELF or ATMAN por Swami Sivananda


That "essence" which is described in the Upanishads is Brahman, Atman or the Absolute. It is the source of all knowledge of the scriptures. It is the origin or the womb of everything. It is Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute and Bliss Absolute. It is indivisible, all-pervading, independent, eternal and immortal. It is beyond time, space and causality. It has no beginning or end. It is the indweller of all beings. It is the witness of the activities of all minds.

 Atman is Satchidananda (Existence-Consciousness-Bliss).

Atman is Sat (eternal Existence). That which exists in the past, present and future, which has no beginning, middle and end, which is unchanging, which is not conditioned in time, space and causation, which exists during Jagrat, Svapna and Sushupti, which is of the nature of one homogeneous essence (Sada Ekarasa, Sada Ekarupa) is Sat. This is found in Atman. Srutis emphatically declare: Sat only was prior to the evolution of this universe. 

Atman is Chit (Consciousness). Atman is Chit for it shines by itself unaided by any other light and illumines the whole universe by its own light.

Atman is Ananda. Ananda is that bliss which is eternal, uncaused and unexcelled. It is the real nature of Atman. We experience the bliss of Atman every day in deep sleep. It is not mere absence of pain that we experience there. It is undoubtedly positive happiness, for we remember on waking up that we slept happily. This indicates the fact of the existence of bliss to Atman in that state.

Sat, Chit and Ananda are not three distinct entities
Satchidananda (Existence-Consciousness-Bliss) is only a provisional definition of Atman. Sat, Chit and Ananda are one. Atman is partless and homogeneous. The three characteristics Sat-Existence, Chit-Consciousness and Ananda-Bliss are not distinct from one another. They are coeval and coexistent with Atman. Just as water, Jal, Pani signify one and the same thing, so also Sat-Chit-Ananda signify the one Atman. Sat is Chit. Sat is Ananda. Chit is Sat. Chit is Ananda. Ananda is Sat. Ananda is Chit. You cannot split up Sat-Chit-Ananda into three separate entities, just as you cannot separate light, heat and luminosity from fire. 

Atman is distinct from the five Koshas or sheaths. The five sheaths are Annamaya Kosha (food-sheath), Pranamaya Kosha (vital sheath), Manomaya Kosha (mental sheath), Vijnanamaya Kosha (intellect-sheath) and Anandamaya Kosha (blissful sheath). 

The Annamaya Kosha forms the gross body. The Pranamaya, Manomaya, Vijnanamaya Koshas go to constitute the subtle or astral body or Linga Sarira. The Anandamaya Kosha forms the causal body or Karana Sarira. The five Karma Indriyas are contained in the Pranamaya Kosha. The five Jnana Indriyas are contained in the Manomaya Kosha. 

Atman or consciousness is beyond the body, mind, senses, prana or energy, emotions and thoughts. Consciousness is unattached, self-existent, self-luminous, ever present, ever free and blissful. (Atman Nityananda)

He who has realised this Sat-Chit-Ananda Atman is a liberated sage. He has nothing more to learn, has nothing more to do, has nothing more to gain. All his desires are gratified. He has obtained all worlds. He is freed from the jaws of death. He attains immortality.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014



First. We cannot speak about free will in general. Each individual is in a different level of consciousness. What is valid for one person it is not for another. For example a liberated one (such as Buddha) and a deluded one have an altogether different state of consciousness and a different ability to exercise their free will. 

Second. We must have a clear view about free will, what is free will. In my view, free will is the ability to decide in harmony with our soul which in its turn is in harmony with the universal Soul. Free will is also the ability to decide to act according to our understanding, discernment and conscience or our heart and not to act according to the mechanical compulsive egoic patterns, conditioning, egoic thoughts, desires or emotions. 

Third. The fact that thoughts arise in our mind spontaneously (without our volition) and without to know which will be the next thought that will arise in our mind, it is not a proof that we have not free will. 

We as intelligence  (buddhi), we have the ability to decide if the thoughts that manifest spontaneously, will remain or not in our mind.  Of course this capacity depends on the purity of our buddhi and chitta (subconscious mind) and the capacities of dispassion, detachment, discernment, concentration and Self-awareness.

Ιn addition we can (if we want so and if we train our mind)  feed our mind with impressions and thoughts of our conscious choice and not let the mind wander aimlessly or be drawn towards the objects of sensory desires. We can reprogram our mind by feeding it with certain ideas, impressions and sense inputs In order to compel  the mind ponder on issues that we decide (as intelligence) and not on those issues or objects that the vital ego (with its mechanical impulses, habits and patterns) wants to. It is up to us to decide what subjects we want our mind to reflect on. This ability increases by practice and discipline. 

To go a step further, we can even to decide to keep the mind still (not to think at all) if we are capable to do so. Of course this requires long time practice and steady determination. 

Fourth. When someone is identified with the vital or lower ego and its manifestations, he is a slave and a puppet of it. In this state of identification there is not talk about free will. The stronger the identification the stronger the inability to exercise our free will. 

On the other hand, when we are detached from the body, mind and emotions  and the ego itself and we are identified with our essence (Soul, Consciousness), we can exercise our free will. That means we can choose or decide to act according our deeper intelligence and in harmony with our Soul. 

Finally I want to make it clear one more time that free will doesn't mean that we have an absolute free will to do anything we want independently of our Soul and Universal Soul or God. 

The fact that the ordinary people do whatever arise in their minds considering this as free will is just ignorance. They are almost always slaves of the compulsive egoic tendencies that occupy their conscious mind and they do what the egoic impulses want; certainly this is not free will or choice. 
Deluded by the hypnotic power of the vital ego they may think (imagine) that have free choice, that they have the freedom to decide what they want to do, but this is only a delusion. The notion that they are free to decide between two desires or impulses is also false, because in this case it is the stronger desire or emotion the factor that determines what they will do. And these impulses or desires are unconscious tendencies that want to express themselves through the body mind entity.

The free will can be exercised only when we are detached from the egoic mind, when in our intelligence predominates the sattva guna and we are aligned with our Soul. 

In order to avoid be deluded by the lower ego and its innumerable identifications, tendencies, impulses, conditioning and mechanisms and exercise our free will, it is needed a great degree of purity, a high ability of Self-awareness, detachment and dispassion from the mind, thoughts emotions and impulses and a great ability of discernment to discern between the true and the false as well as strong will power . And this a matter of many years of practice and discipline.
         Peace, love and light

Thursday, November 6, 2014


I am neither Hindu nor Christian,
Neither Jew nor Hebrew,
Neither Mussalman nor Parsee,
Niether Aiyer nor Ayengar.
I am not of the East,
Iam not of the West.
I am all-pervading Immortal Soul,
I am Satchidananda Brahman,
Existence, Consciousness, Bliss Absolute. 
  -- Sri Swami Sivananda

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bhakti is the same as vichara (Self-enquiry).’

~ Sri Ramana Maharshi

Really there are only two methods, Enquiry and devotion. One leads to the other. A devotee concentrates on God.
A seeker, follower of the Jnana-marga seeks the Self. The practice is equally difficult for both.

Since God is verily the Self, love of the Self is love of the God and that is bhakti. Jnana and Bhakti are thus one and the same.

Service, like prayers, japa and even businesss done in God’s name, lead to the highest Goal; Self-realization.

Complete effacement of the ego is necessary to conquer destiny, whether you achieve this effacement through Self enquiry or through bhakti-marga.
Self-enquiry is possible for mature minds, not for immature ones.

For the immature ones, japa nama, worship of images, pranayama, visualizing a pillar of light and similar yogic and spiritual and religious practices have been prescribed.

~ Sri Ramana Maharshi

Wednesday, October 15, 2014



The word ‘Satsanga’ is the combination of the two words ‘Sat’ and ‘Sanga.’

Sat’ means existence absolute, which is Brahman (Truth).

Sat’ is the essential nature of Brahman which is permanent in things that change, which is the only reality that upholds the world of appearance.
The same ‘Sat,’ with the accidental attributes of omnipresence, omniscience and
omnipotence is called Isvara or Paramatman. In brief, ‘Sat’ refers to Isvara (God) as well as Brahman, both ultimately being the one and the same reality.

Sanga’ literally means company or union.

 To be always in the company of the Lord, or to be established in Brahman, is the literal meaning of the word ‘Satsanga.’

 But, as long as ignorance or Avidya remains, the direct realization of Brahman is impossible.

 Because the company of the wise leads to the realization of Brahman (with attributes or without attributes), it is also termed as Satsanga. 

When ignorance is destroyed by wisdom, the real nature reveals itself. This is the highest Satsanga.