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What Constitutes This [Subtle] Body? 

A morning meditation/interpretation of Subtle+Material by Anuva Kalawar. I'll be posting the second half soon. 

This is the 3rd Installation of the article series on "What are you really acting out?" -- Chapter 2 of the Advaita Life Practice, by Jayant Kalawar. Follow the links for the first and second installments. 

In the previous article, Jayant Kalawar discusses our capacity to understand the world through Buddhi (the function of subtle perception), which becomes Chitta and Manas. Chitta is our collection of physical memory: histories, legacies; traumas, milestones, imprints that inform identities. It is how we sensually understand the world, and how the world understands our bodies at this moment in space-time. Manas is the lake of thought, which is informed by both our Chitta as well as our subtle body awareness and navigation -- called Buddhi

The practice of becoming an observer through developing our Buddhi capacity--of becoming Sakshi -- one who watches and takes note as the physical Self consumes: dinners, drinks, sandalwood paste, honey, twangtwang tunes, conversations, even relationships. Sakshi is always present within us as we perform our days. She is the bird who observers the actor-action self relish thick fruit on the tree of experience, but does not partake in the experience itself.

An ancient story from the Mundaka Upanishad. This morning 2014, Copyright Anuva Kalawar

In our material space-time present -- using two physical eyes -- we recognize the theater of life, Leela, in three dimensions. As Samsarikas -- purely material experiencers -- we so often skid, name those three dimensions “Reality” and accept certain truths (success and pride as much as self-pity and inferiority; pleasure as much as sorrow) -- heavy and holding boundaries and limits. 

We are intoxicated by poisons and joys, moments embodied in material and perpetuated by wheels of thought. We internalize limits and even replay them in our minds, a lake of language calm or hot, projected time and again to become the physical world. 

How do we overcome the limits in our mind? How do we come to understand ourselves, our senses, intentions, capacities for healing and repair?

Can we be free in the 21st Century? Can we soften this Place?

As we develop our Buddhi (capacity for self-awareness in the material world)  through guided meditation and continuous practices, and become the compassionate Observer (Sakshi), we remember that we are made of infinite subtle vibrations. A dynamic collage as multidimensional manifestation. We meet ourselves as conductors with endless creative potentials. We remember vast and limitless beings. We recall strengths and gifts, red roots with Mother Earth, ready to navigate the labryinths of daily living. 

So now we have our Mind (Manas), Physical Experiences (Chitta),  our Self-Awareness (Buddhi). 

"Floating Faces on Vellum" 2010, Copyright Anuva Kalawar.

Who or what is digesting these experiences? My next post will include a small ALC guided observation exercise to uplift our subtle body awareness. 

Understanding our subtle nature, our subtle body, is a liberating and empowering exercise. Peace settles  when Buddhi (self-awareness) is activated and observation is at the forefront of every one of our actions small and large. Ripe and Present, we become effective in each and every one of our tasks. Passion grows positive action. Intention is fresh ice clear. Abundance manifests. Creation flows and Sacred becomes even in dust and puss. Subtle shifts impart actual changes in our worlds -- within our hearts, friendships, families, communities, classrooms, movements, canvasses, compositions. 

The Advaita Life Coaching process is an ongoing guide and modality for navigation and discovery within our various identities--at our work in this lifetime, relationships, in our communities--as well as our histories of identities repeated, regurgitated, remixed in as collective memory. We can bring the subtle world into the material plane, and honor all parts and moments of ourselves. We can achieve our endless and shining creative potentials. We will work to replenish and rejuvenate this spirit. 

The next article on Chapter 2 will ask --Now that I am aware of my subtle body, how do I become a subtle striver (Sadhaka)


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