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Listen to this spontaneous discourse by His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda that elucidates how our heartfelt expressions are conditioned by the latent impressions.
This spiritual discourse is an exposition of the Sankhya philosophy tenets on the triad that defines the internal instruments of knowledge, namely, intellect, ego, and mind. His Holiness explains how the intellect is cognitive, ego is mutative, and mind is retentive of impressions.
His Holiness points out the location of the subtle heart where the mind-stuff (citta) encapsulates the intellect, ego and mind. This citta is the seat of our latent impressions which essentially defines our personality. He affirms that this subtle heart makes us feel the heartspace and verily provides the subtle energy or lifeforce to the sinoatrial node – the pacemaker of the heart. This subtle heart is situated in the base of the heart along the sagittal-midline and is the size of the tip of the thumb. It is behind the subtle feeling of sentience in the centre of the chest felt on the sternum.
Every effort resulting in action or knowledge produces an imprint in the heart. This imprint is twofold: impressions that get stored which then become latent and the mould that is the subconscious latency of subtle desires (vāsanā). His Holiness explains how the expressions of a heart poured out is based on the latent impressions stored in the subtle heart. In essence, all of our heartfelt expressions are based on recanting the related latent impressions of similar previous experiences.
This discourse points to how overcoming egoism is a path to experiencing tranquility. In the mindfulness paradigm, the seeker serves or participates with joy, thereby embracing the tenet that - there is no way to happiness, but happiness is the way. In the higher contemplative paradigm, the seeker is deeply yearning to experience tranquility, and aims to be reposing in unperturbed inner peace. To attain lasting inner peace, one must overcome the grip of fear and general dread.
Barriers of egoism and egotism, attachment that leads to jealousy, aversion that leads to hatred and general dread that is related to fear of death must be overcome to feel inner peace and experience a deep sense of freedom. He presents an example of how intellectual repose is the clarity of perception, and is ultimately a way of understanding the source of affliction. Unless suffering is mitigated in the heart by understanding the source of suffering, inner peace is but a momentary experience. Sankhya tenets show us a way to make peace.
The discourse highlights a foundational Sankhya philosophical approach to explain the source of our reliance on deeper long-term memory which resides in the subtle-heart. His Holiness makes the presentation very relatable even though the Sankhya tenets are known to be intellectually challenging to grasp. Reflection after intent listening will aid in understanding.
This audio was recorded at a Community Fellowship in Roswell, Georgia on 18th June 2010.