Nithyananda's Take On Mind
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[Ed.note: It's come to our attention that Swami's quote was taken out of context. Please see this post's comments for an expansion on the Swami's meaning.]
Today we came across this quote from Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda, a fairly young Indian guru now based in LA:
Your entire belief in rationality and logic is based on the premise that your thinking is sequential and it follows a pattern. This is a lie.While we see where Nithyananda is trying to go with this, we think it's still just a little bit off, probably due to language issues. Dr. Dan Berkow offers a similar, yet significantly different explanation:
The buddhists say that the mind is a monkey. That’s very true. Your thoughts are not sequential. Your thoughts are independent of each other. They are not connected. They are illogical and irrational. They are like the bubbles in a fish tank which appear connected; but there is no connection between one bubble and another. They are all independent.
It's like a movie, where there are still picture frames, but because one is rapidly juxtaposed upon another, it creates the impression of people moving in space, etc.Movies are individual frames in sequence. This suggests a sequential aspect to the generation of the idea of "me", as Ramakrishna used to call it. We find this to be self-evident from the regard of the individual point of view.
As long as enough emotional and psychological attachment, response, preoccupation is generated, the impression of a "self" is maintained "as if."
Despite this small flubble, we're coming to regard Nithyananda as a welcome addition in an arena full of Sri Sris and Krackis, as the radical re-editing of this entry has demonstrated.