Philosophy Works (Class Eight)

A Remedy for negative feelings

Class Notes:

ME is an imposter. He assumes any guise to suit any situation. He can be heroic or timid, assertful or bashful, triumphant or defeated. ME doesn’t mind what he is so long as he holds the center of attention. If he cannot be praised, then he will be blamed. He would rather be beaten than be ignored. ME is a false image of ourselves. He claims everything. ME is a creature of imaginings, false, fickle and inconstant. He is a denial of our true self.

Only the desire of truth, the love of truth that lies at the core of each of us can free us from the selfish ego’s falsity and lies. Remember, in order to tell a lie, you have to know one thing: the Truth. Wouldn’t we rather have people tell us the truth? After all, even thieves have a code of honor!

All negative feelings are the result of our habitual response to events and people who are not the way we want them to be.

Patanjali offers a whole new way of working. When we acknowledge and speak the truth about negative feelings, we simply let the truth work. In this way, we learn to trust the truth and the Truth will set us free.

Principles and Practices:

In order to discover the truth about ourselves, we must give up what is false. In order to be what we are, we must come out of what we are not.

Watch for antics of ME. When does ME appear? What banishes him?

The fruit of negative feelings is endless ignorance and suffering. To remember this is to cultivate the opposite.

Take note of the effect of your words and actions on others.

Negative feelings…are damaging to life, whether we act upon them ourselves, or cause or condone them in others. They are born of greed, anger or delusion, and may be slight, moderate or intense. Their fruit is endless ignorance and suffering.

Patanjali, Yoga Sutras II.34

Empty yourself of everything.

Let the mind become still.

The ten thousand things rise and fall

While the self watches their return.

They grow and flourish and then return to the source.

Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.

Lao Tze, Tao Te Ching

Negative thoughts happen when you leave present moment. If you don’t feed your thoughts, they disappear, their life time span is short. Pure consciousness is self-knowledge. Hell is pride and ego, and paradise is contentment and happiness.

Memory is the best attribute of a philosopher. We take for granted our power. The thing that you seek is what is looking.

You will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free.

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