posted on Oct, 7 2018 @ 02:16 AM
Consciousness there are several and yet all need to be made void this occurs all at once or an experience called Nibbana/Nirvana...
Eye consciousness... when seeing what does seeing trigger? Meditate by just looking around.
Notice what the eye consciousness grasps hold of; like the old instruction of breathing... knowing which breath is short/long etc. notice how long the
eye grasps, how short the eye grasps.
If "thoughts arise" while seeing? The eye consciousness is full of poison. Clear seeing means to function as simply seeing as seeing in and of itself?
Nothing else should arise when seeing, or else there is a break or gap that is arising in sight consciousness.
The same goes for the ear; it too has a consciousness... taking a vow of silence helps meditation of the ear faculty; of course communication when it
is required or obligatory in a modern day world with family etc. practice of such a vow is difficult; so please use that part with discretion; so that
it not be the cause of conflict(s).
One will notice though through meditation with the ear consciousness and the vow of silence? That everything speaks and I do mean everything... this
is considered an enlightening experience in Chan/Zen it is from the link of contact in the Bhava Cakra interacting with the link of the senses; ear
and of course then first link is then broken the one of ignorance. Hence the enlightening experience.
Such of course; is not a good place for a dwelling as a peaceful consciousness goes... since everything known and unknown use contact to speak or
Some communicate to the eye as contact and not just the ear as an example; very subtle in some cases and not so subtle in others.
The nose Consciousness; the nose seems easy to void whenever it is not in use or comes across a strong smell... however linked to the tongue? There is
memory of the five flavors.
Meditating on the nose and tongue consciousnesses as phenomenon of various fragrances and tastes can arise; such as flowers or a festering maggoty
smell. Of course to void those the nose and tongue one does not mentally label flowers or maggoty nor react to it at all in practice same with the
taste from flea powder to a flavor one might really enjoy out of no where, non reaction just the same(see the peacock sutta to understand the
meditation on these two consciousnesses better).
Tactile sensation consciousness or touch of various sorts... this can take many forms; from the feelings of knives and swords to getting shot over and
over to sexual intercourse or rapture/bliss. Void them just the same as awareness of the tactile sensation arising and passing but not reacting to
So each one of those consciousnesses can be voided and must be voided for the "mind" consciousness to become free in equanimity.
Many times such consciousnesses are "mixed up" such a thing is called in scientific terms: Synesthesia where one tastes colors when seen etc. the
spiritual explanation; is various beings known and unknown, eat, live or thrive on various things... for instance some beings eat light; some subsist
primarily on sound.
So in the larger "sense" of things? Our ignorant selves is the best conglomerate in waking up to such as listed above and freeing oneself from it
entirely. Because it is a cycle the heavens/hells, and other realms of being...
Of course the meditations above are meant to be able to go through all hells and all heavens all forms of life known and unknown in equanimity by non
reaction non grasping or attachment nor desire for any of it over one or the other no matter how large or how small.
Why? Heaven and hells longer than a human life span in those but they are just the same as several words ago... impermanent. Due to that impermanence?
Sure you say; but just sitting there feeling like one is being shot stabbed and hacked to death does not feel all that great... well it does not feel
all that great in anything else getting the same in that moment; so when that pain spreads out? Those aware help absorb it, bring peace to it, ease to
it in a sympathetic/empathetic way of that interconnectedness of all consciousnesses.
What is seen as selfish? All of those life forms or cells beings known and unknown flocking to what they like to see, want to see, the same with
hearing etc. to avoid the so called hot potato no one wants to catch... so one catches it and bears the sensation and simply lets go.
The more one practices this; all of the senses exist; and yet do not... the best example? The eye; should function exactly like a camera... it simply
sees in a moment one instance that can never be the same instance ever again. It does not judge what passes through it for the photo etc. no matter
what any may see and judge that have been taken by the camera? The camera just sees... allowing judgment to come before the eyes? Means one will learn
to look away, seek what they want to see and then ignore what needs to be seen. Meaning from one extreme to the other... but the balance is the camera
sort of seeing with the eye.
The same goes for the other consciousnesses.
The easiest link that combines all of the senses? Contact
Some sort of contact is always occurring even in unconsciousness/death in that unconsciousness or death there is awareness in eyes, ears, noses,
tongues, tactile sensations and how many mind consciousness attached to those at various levels of being and awareness? Innumerable.
The various levels or understanding of those beings vary as well; however suttas go into that sort of thing, so there is no reason for me to rehash
old territory; if interested one will seek them out. But there are four types of birth; moisture, egg, womb, and spontaneous. The last I have to
personally admit; is the worst as far as those attached to oneself for various reasons. Of course; kamma being what it is? The less one does in
reaction or grasps to that which arises no matter what it is? One reaps none of the negative kamma real or imagined that others spontaneously use to
"birth" you with in abuse of that link in the chain of causation.
This is why the historical Buddha is said to have said Nibbana is not suffering and is not bliss... it is ease. Meaning when all is bound up via
attachment by self or others? There is no freedom so when that moment occurs? Unbinding or ease is the result.
Parinibbana; one must consider what "Reversing the Wheel" means at such a point.