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Thinker13
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Posted 01/17/12 - 1:20 AM:
Subject: Yogic Practices And Sensitivity
Yogic practices not only require a certain discipline and training but also a subtle sensitivity towards everything. This sensitivity might be innate (owing to the samskaras* from previous birth) or might be cultivated with diligent practices. It’s however important to note that yogic practices do enhance your sensitivity gradually and it’s not mandatory to have a certain degree of sensitivity before you begin to practice, except in certain rare cases where your Guru needs you to realize something within a very short period of time. How do you define sensitivity? It’s responsiveness or awareness of changes in your surroundings or inside body. Even more technically speaking, it’s the change in your output as soon as the input is changed, which is to say that your senses are very yielding to the input. But in spiritual sense sensitivity is more about being able to understand subtle thoughts and feelings and being intuitive.

The greater the ripening of your sensitivity, better the chances of your making a great progress in Yogic practices. Buddha the Gautama was the heir to a kingdom, had a beautiful wife and a comely baby and no diseases; but he got detached from the world and went to the jungle in search of truth and started meditation. It was his greater sensitivity compared to everyone else which made him get detachment just because of some really ordinary triggers. If you have ever questioned yourself: “Why do yogis need seclusion?”-you might have realized that it’s not just to concentrate. It’s also to shield the organism which has become hyper-sensitive because of the practice of Yoga. It’s not exclusively yogis who have this sensitivity in excess in their system, virtually every artist gets (or, is born with) this thinning of boundaries between subconscious and conscious. Artists too, therefore need a certain isolation to avoid breaking down from exposure to environment, in order to remain creative and productivity.

What is even more dramatic—such sensitivity grows more and more as artists or yogis practice more and more. They are not, therefore, left with a choice to expose themselves to society as normal people do. In case of yogic practices ( especially), exposure to social pressures, after a certain degree of growth in sensitivity, might cause a shattering of organism which would hinder any further spiritual progress and would definitely make the practitioner unable to function normally in society. Some breathing practices make your energy centers called ‘Chakras’ activated and thereafter you start listening subtle sounds inside your body and then you find that your organism has become hypersensitive. You would definitely be on verge of enlightenment, but, don’t expect a great functioning in the material world for a while, because, if you do so, you might end up doing irreparable damage to your mind and body. You would find yourself in a womb like protective warmth and you need to use that for further progress for a while.

From the viewpoint of Astrology, certain major and sub periods are most suitable for Yogic practices, for example, the periods of Kethu. In the major and sub periods of Kethu, even without any Yogic practices you are very likely to feel vulnerable and sensitive. It’s great to initiate Yogic practices in such periods or to intensify them if you’re already a practitioner because yield gets amplified many times over, because of the heightened sensitivity.

Samskaras: Are subtle impressions on your psyche from previous karmic accumulations which act in the capacity of triggers for almost all your intentions by reacting with the external stimuli from your environment.
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Posted 01/19/12 - 12:30 PM:

since you mention previous birth, can we take this to mean that you believe there must be a death which precedes re-birth?
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Posted 01/19/12 - 12:43 PM:

libertygrl wrote:
since you mention previous birth, can we take this to mean that you believe there must be a death which precedes re-birth?



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By this, if you would suggest that I am contradicting my opinion in other threads ( That "there is no death for me"), then, no. This death is indeed an experience of leaving a gross body and getting a new one dictated essentially by Karmic store. The self preceding the re-birth and death remains very much with itself, removing any possibility of a subjective experience of death. You can never leave yourself. If 'You Are', then you will always be, because you can leave anything and everything but yourself.
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Posted 01/19/12 - 12:46 PM:

i see... i think i'm finally getting a better understanding of this "no death for me" matter. perhaps. you do believe your physical body will experience death?
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Posted 01/19/12 - 12:58 PM:

libertygrl wrote:
i see... i think i'm finally getting a better understanding of this "no death for me" matter. perhaps. you do believe your physical body will experience death?



This is again becoming intriguing. smiling face


What is the agency which 'experiences'?


If you say, "Thinker, it's my body which has experiences." then yes, your body experiences death.


But, if I say, "It is 'me', who is subject to experiences."

I am the agency. Experiences do happen via body but they happen to me.

Then: Death of body happens to me. Birth of body too happens to me.

Is that my death? No, that is not my death.
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