108 Inspirational Lectures by Charles F. Lutes
Lectures 13 to 18Editor's Notes:
The book, "Charlie F. Lutes 108 Inspirational Lectures" was originally published as a limited edition and printed in memory of Charlie Lutes. Edited and compiled by Mr. Vincent J. Daczynski directly from Charlie's own original lecture notes, it was published, printed and distributed by Friends of Charlie Lutes and Mr. Daczynski for free distribution to those who loved him.
These 108 lectures are presented here to serve as both a reservoir of knowledge and a source of continual inspiration from our teacher, mentor and friend Charlie Lutes.
This web edition is presented in 18 sections of 6 lectures each and has been specifically formatted and edited for ISS and is re-published here by permission of the author. ~RJR
108 Inspirational Lectures by Charles F. LutesLectures 13 to 18
13. The Meaning of Yoga
14. The Rebirth of the Senses
18. The Battlefield within the Mind
The Meaning of Yoga
The path of yoga develops the mind and controls our emotions by the infusion of God into ourselves.
Yoga means to yoke up, union, union with God or union with your Self. The way out of unconsciousness into divine consciousness is yoga.
At the upper end is God and at the lower end is man. It is man's consciousness that has to climb up the ladder of relative life and into perfect divine consciousness. We can only find true life within ourselves, through our own life and not through the life of another. The one divine Self shines through every individual consciousness. Our minds are lighted by the brilliance of the one Self. The purpose of the ladder of human life is to allow one to raise personal consciousness up to the divine Self, through knowledge and experience.
The word Christ comes from Krishna as does Caesar and Czar. The Western Christian feels toward Christ the same way the Indian feels toward Krishna. In both cases this stands for samadhi, for one in union with the Self experiences Christ. Also, it was Jesus Christ who said, “The Father and I are one.”
The secret truth of the human soul and its infinite possibilities hidden in the human self has down through the ages been known in every part of the world, in the cultures of the Mayans, the Incas, the ancient Egyptians, and the yogis in India for at least six thousand years. Now the main source of truth and spiritual input is from India.
Once one becomes an initiate and starts the meditation process one must be very careful about the rate one increases his consciousness. It cannot be in a great rush. It must be carefully modulated so that the nervous system will have some time to build up its strength to be able to carry new currents of higher vibration. If one forces the nervous system one can have a nervous breakdown or suffer mental derangement. One cannot disregard the body. One must bring it up to a cosmic attunement. However, this cannot be forced. Karma has to be dealt with during the process of creating a more tenuous body.
The path of the Orient is the individual path. The path of the West is the path of cooperation, that is, religion. The East and the West will never come together through trade relations or political relations. They will only come together through spiritual ties which have now to a degree been advanced. Spirituality knows no boundaries or barriers, race, creed or color.
One stepping onto the path of spirituality leaves the path of organized companionship and follows the individual path to Self realization. India could never accept Christianity because they felt that the missionary preached one thing and practiced another; preaching Christ and not even following his teachings.
Western religion starts one out with a large dose of faith and the Indian Master starts one out with a direct experience of God.
The path of yoga develops the mind and controls our emotions by the infusion of God into ourselves. It develops the nervous system and makes the body well and strong. It also makes the mind happy, and a balanced mind fills the body with life-giving currents.
The Transcendental Meditation practice develops will power. The practice also expands one’s consciousness.
In the West we call love Christ and the absence of love antichrist. Collectivism is the kingdom of the antichrist and when love is missing, hell prevails. Heaven on Earth is when life is founded on love – “Christ.” (Let us be aware of the cross others are carrying and when possible help them lift their cross).
There is such a thing as the black magicians who are called Brothers of the Shadows. They are yogis who are proficient in the technique of the lower powers. They are, however, confined within the realm of the intellect and they remain ignorant of the higher truths of existence. Their selfish outlook and evil ways bar them from entering into the deeper and spiritual realms of consciousness, and thus they never acquire true wisdom and spiritual illumination.
When one reaches the level of buddhi or intuition, one comes into the light of buddhi which is the source of wisdom. In this illumination or light which is the source of wisdom, spirituality begins to shed its radiance on the intellect. Illuminated in this manner, the intellect ceases to be a slave of the lower self and becomes a willing instrument of the higher Self. Now, the distortions and illusions associated with the intellect are gone.
The Rebirth of the Senses
As a result of Transcendental Meditation the senses become more sensuous and they respond to finer and subtler vibrations emanating from the objects of life.
In yoga there is an abstract process called pratyahara where one is enabled to move from the outer to the inner. Pratyahara is actually where the ascending and descending streams or forces meet. This is a point of convergence of the outer and inner disciplines of life, also known as a process of withdrawal from the outer to the inner.
One on the spiritual path, in order to be successful, must travel lightly on this path. One is leaving a dense atmosphere of life and moving into a very rarefied atmosphere, and unless one divests himself of excess baggage one’s consciousness cannot become air worthy.
Yama, niyama, asana and pranayama are the outer instruments of our desire for union or yoga. Yama and niyama are patterns of behavior and asana and pranayama are bodily postures and movements. It is from these points that one departs from one’s mundane way of life into a new way of spiritual life. So pratyahara is the common gate where the arrival and departure take place. Thus pratyahara is the culminating point of yama, niyama, asana and pranayama, as well as the starting point of dharana, dhyana and samadhi. The four outer must lead up to pratyahara and the three inner instruments must emanate from the self-same pratyahara; the meeting place of the inner and the outer, the converging of the ascending and descending streams.
When the senses imitate the mind in its act of withdrawal then it is called pratyahara or abstraction. This means to render the senses unresponsive to the outer aspects of life, which is to say that when one is established in the inner, or pratyahara, the eyes, the ears, touch, smell and taste will no longer register any response and the outer world is completely shut off. So what must happen is for the senses to move away from their sensual to a sensuous base.
Pratyahara serves to re-educate the senses so that they may function with a full, unfettered receptivity. The important thing is the gaining of clear perception. In the gaining, three factors are involved, the senses, the brain and the mind. A sensation has no form. The senses are the conveyers of sensations to the brain where they are processed and changed into perceptions. All sensations are transformed into perceptions by the brain.
So, to process the sensations and synthesize them into a form is the function of the brain. So, perceptions depend upon what sensations are supplied to the brain by the senses. If the senses are faulty so are the perceptions. What is transmitted by the senses produces certain chemical and structural changes in the brain. Out of those changes the brain constructs an image and this image constitutes the perception.
Arriving at a perception does not constitute knowledge of the subject. Knowledge comes as a result of having been taught something or having experienced something, and the experience is far more reliable because when we experience something it becomes a fact to us. Out of the myriads of sensations the brain forms perceptions and out of myriads of perceptions the mind forms conceptions. So, our knowledge of the external world is conceptual knowledge.
The real problem lies in impaired senses, or an interrupted flow of sensations to the brain, causing faulty perceptions by the brain. And if this occurs, then the conceptual knowledge has no factual validity. Along with this comes a conditioned mind. What is necessary is a clear perception and also an absolutely unconditioned interpretation for correct orientation to reality. To gain this, one must re-educate the senses so that they become much more sensitive, supplying the brain with innumerable sensations heretofore unknown to the individual.
It is a known fact that we only use one tenth of our brain potential. Therefore, we operate with a brain that is passive, dull and unable to absorb the sensations that come from the senses and transform them into clear perceptions. The brain is like a computer in that the feeding of the sense data into the brain must be uninterrupted; otherwise the perception will be incomplete and therefore faulty. A computer will give a correct answer as long as correct information is fed into it. So, likewise it is with the brain. Correct feeding of information into the brain-computer is necessary for perceiving things as they really are which alone is the true basis for right action or right relationship with life.
In order for the brain to function to its full potential it is very important that the senses be re-educated so that the brain is fed with right data. The re-education of the senses is not the shutting off of the senses to the stimuli of the outer world. It is gaining greater receptivity of the senses so that they consistently feed the brain with sense data that is uninterrupted and no longer faulty.
The meaning, again, of pratyahara is withdrawal of the senses. However, complete withdrawal occurs when the senses imitate the mind in its act of withdrawal. Then one is established in pratyahara. The mind must first withdraw and then the senses follow.
Again, the problem lies in the fact that the mind interferes with sensorial communication to the brain by various sense organs. In this intervention of the mind the sense responses are intercepted and the brain is unable to function at its full potential. In time the brain becomes too passive and the senses become too lethargic in their responses. However, the main reason the mind intervenes is to create this condition for its own purposes. It seeks continuity and security and this can only be realized if the senses and the brain do not present it with new information. When new material is presented the mind’s security is threatened, for under a new impact the mind is forced to revise its own conclusions and it does not wish to do this. It feels safer locked into its own conclusions and judgments. This is why one is locked in a certain level of consciousness. As this condition goes on, the senses in turn depend upon the mind for direction and intimations. As a result, vast areas of the universe remain shut off from us as we see and accept only what the mind wishes us to see and know, and in so doing the mind feels safe.
As a result of this, our perception is defective and if we wish to gain right perception the senses must reclaim the initiative and the brain must gain its right to function at its full potential. To do this the senses must function independently of the mind. Meditation accomplishes this and imparts an initiative to the senses and it also effects a re-education of the senses so that they cease to depend upon the mind for their functioning; they function freely without the mind interfering. The mind, in its search for pleasure, very often transforms facts into fiction. This is done by a process of association and identification, which means that it projects its own associations on the facts of life. There are objects of life and objects of the mind. The first are facts and the second are projections of the mind. It is by the process of withdrawal of the mind, by the mind being charmed as a result of coming into contact with bliss in meditation, that the senses become independent.
However, the senses having been under control of the mind for so long feel lost and for a time attempt to bring the mind back, demanding its intervention. So, the senses are, so to speak, reborn; they are re-educated to function in the objects of life and not in the objects of the mind. This re-education cannot be forced; it has to be natural and spontaneous, and in Transcendental Meditation so it is. This is what Maharishi means when he says Transcendental Meditation is a natural process leading to enlightenment. The mind is always seeking a greater field of enjoyment and happiness. As a result of Transcendental Meditation the senses become more sensuous and they respond to finer and subtler vibrations emanating from the objects of life; their range and intensity of response increases greatly. Hence, they are able to communicate to the brain greatly increased data of sensations.
Now, two things are occurring, the senses are being re-educated and the brain is being activated so it begins to function toward its full potential. The brain then functions with tremendous vitality allowing it to remain fresh and energetic and ever ready to learn. So there is a greater resilience of the senses and increased vitality of the brain happening at the same time. The dullness and rigidity of the senses are now gone and the senses are now intensely pliable as they now function in freedom. The mind no longer intervenes and uses the senses as an instrument for its own gratification. Now, however, the senses are no longer sensual as they are now sensuous. They are no longer responding to the mind’s indulgences but rather they are now functioning with no intervention by the mind. This is the re-education of the senses.
Some people place all their faith in material wealth and then when it is carried away by one misfortune or another they are devastated and have nothing to fall back on, while others having their faith anchored in God find this is a rock that can withstand any storm of life.
Faith is one thing that is most needed in life and something that so many have so little of. It generally follows that persons who have a strong character have strong faith and those of a weak character have very little faith in anything. In the Scriptures it is said, “Ye of little faith.” Faith is a strong conviction in something when little proof is readily available. As little children we are filled with faith. But, as we grow older we lose much of this due to experiences that have destroyed our faith in anything we cannot cognize with our physical senses. It is a sad situation that we are not able to sustain our faith as we go along in life. If we are faithful or filled with faith most of those we gravitate to are also filled with faith and if we are of little faith most of our associates will be of the same nature and they will strengthen our conviction that all people are faithless.
As adults faith is something we should acquire and more so as we grow older in life. We should have an unshakeable faith in God, as an example, and if we do we will gain strength as we go along. If we have no faith we will grow weaker as we go along life’s path. Faith in God will impart the strength and energy of God to us and we will continue to grow in strength and in character. Religion for many ages has become a path of faith because the keys to most religions have become lost and we have not understood the word that has been imparted to us. Faith should become the living word. If we can acquire the experience of God in our daily life it will become the living word. Very little faith is needed if we are able to experience God because fact replaces faith. We can then speak from our experience and no longer have to muster up faith in order to maintain a firm conviction of God.
However, for at least two thousand years faith and the mystery schools have been the only light humanity in the West has had to carry them along on a very dark path. Faith is the one thing, when it is lacking, that leaves humanity with a hopeless outlook on almost everything. Yet on the other hand it is the one thing that has inspired those who have it to rise to the heights. Faith is the one thing that is capable of moving mountains. Also where one has a strong faith in God he also has a strong faith in himself. In order to accomplish almost anything in life we must have the faith of our own convictions.
Often we place our faith in the wrong person or the wrong thing and we become very disillusioned, yet this is the part of life where we learn from our experiences and each time we place our faith in the wrong thing we learn a valuable lesson and this is good. It was a lesson we needed to learn. Some people place all their faith in material wealth and then when it is carried away by one misfortune or another they are devastated and have nothing to fall back on, while others having their faith anchored in God find this is a rock that can withstand any storm of life.
As Transcendental Meditators we are rapidly exchanging faith for experience. We are gaining wisdom. We are beginning to know ourselves and what we know about ourselves is wisdom. When we know about ourselves we also know about God. What it really means is that we experience ourselves and in so doing we experience God. Therefore, we are in touch with total reality and very little faith is required. However, for the masses that have no awareness of the facts of life and their own destiny, faith becomes a necessity for them. People without faith will perish.
Today the curtain is being lifted and many are coming to the West from the East and they are giving out wisdom that the whole world can benefit from. Slowly the experience of God is replacing faith in God. What is now needed is the faith to continue to follow the path of wisdom one has been placed on, even when the lower self tries to get one to forsake the path so it will not have to surrender to the higher Self.
The mind is so constructed that when you show it a way to greater happiness and one begins to experience bliss not much faith is needed. However, faith can still move the mountains. And continued faith, when it is required by one on the path of liberation, will still be the means to carry that one to eternal liberation.
Faith is always that something that will carry us forward in the face of darkness and doubt. If a mustard seed has faith, a human should be the embodiment of faith. God has always had loving faith in us. So in turn, we should also have total faith in Him. And when we do, we will have faith in our own destiny. Faith is the light in this dark world and we are the ones in these dark days on earth that have been chosen to keep the light burning and cause it to shine brighter until no shadow remains and everyone clearly sees and again walks and talks with God. Then, faith will have at long last served its noble purpose; for humanity will have returned home cloaked in the radiant garments woven by faith.
No matter what we say we are, our actions clearly define what we are.
Thoughts do not originate in the brain, thoughts are a vibration and the brain is the receiver. If we are too gross we do not intercept higher or subtle thoughts. Thoughts travel through mental matter. We catch moods as well as ideas from thoughts of others and when groups of people are caused to think along one line it is called mass psychology.
Our mental selves get into habits as do our physical selves. When a train of thought becomes habitual it then becomes a trait of character and that sets a destiny. The thing that matters most in life is character, more than capabilities or environment. If one has character one can overcome an unfortunate environment, and even so one who has great capabilities will make nothing of himself if he is lacking in character.
Character is not a gift from God. Character building is evolved the same as everything else by our past and our present actions. Character grows by brave and honest facing up to our responsibilities. We are here to learn the lessons of life and if we shirk facing and learning the lessons our character suffers. Sometimes by sheer force we evolve a strong character, but often it becomes cruel and intolerant, then we are taught mercy and compassion through pain in life.
A soul going through life needs both sunshine and rain otherwise life would be too one-sided and no balance would be established. In the sunshine the soul expands, gains power, enjoys happiness, and so forth. Whereas a rain of tears purifies the soul; it develops compassion, greater understanding and less selfishness. So, both are necessary for full soul development just as for a flower to grow and blossom it needs both the sunshine and the rain. The purpose of life is to forge fully developed humans and not to let us remain as children. The purpose is to shape and evolve a godlike being of great power, peace and bliss. Ignorance and selfishness ends when the pain ends.
It is the human, through free will and by divine guidance, who can do anything he wishes. We can, whenever we wish to, alter our character with imagination and determination and control of our thoughts. On whatever our thoughts dwell we slowly become that. Nobody on this earth is perfect; otherwise we wouldn't be here in the school of life. We are on the road to perfection and as meditators we are in the process of perfecting much faster than most of humanity. However, everyone is in various degrees of perfection. Another way of perfecting our character is through our actions. Our actions are constantly affecting us and others as well. Either we are helping others, or we are hindering them. If we help others then in turn we will be helped when we most need it. If, however, we have not been helpful and our actions have been destructive to others then others, as the unconscious agents of the law of retribution, will in turn bring us pain and cruelty. This is justice. This is our karma coming back. We should understand this and if we do then our soul and our character will be greatly strengthened in the fire of life, the same as gold is purified in the furnace.
Much is said about right actions, but we should also remember that right thinking establishes right action. It is also said that actions speak much louder than words. So no matter what we say we are, our actions clearly define what we are. We are never punished for our mistakes. We are punished by our mistakes. It is only in the Western world, where we believe in a one life only, that we believe in an eternal heaven or hell. This came to be because the truth of reincarnation was lost. So, preachers promoted a concept of an eternal, unending result for fleeting and finite causes. The only hell one must endure is the unhappy psychological state one creates around himself while he is here on earth and which he simply takes with him when he leaves.
There will come a time when life on this side or on the other side has no more to teach us. Then we can be considered to be reaching a new state of perfection. This is what Transcendental Meditation is about. However, in the meantime we need to help ourselves along in life as best we know how; we should strengthen our character and all other facets of our lives so that we may grow that much faster and make the way to the goal that much easier.
No one who understands reincarnation would help to wreck the world, because he would be helping to destroy his own future home.
The average person is led to the belief in reincarnation because of some pressure of necessity within himself. When he reaches that degree in the unfoldment of his life where he needs a better and more complete explanation of his own existence, he will then in all probability be drawn toward the belief in reincarnation.
The human has been taught to believe in a miraculous universe where the ways of God were never to be questioned by man, because these were beyond human understanding. Therefore, the human felt that God favored some and did not favor others. Belief in reincarnation, however, allows us to justify a belief in an equitable world of cause and effect, and not a world purely of chance. Belief in reincarnation affirms that we unfold our various destinies, coming in the end to such conclusions as we have earned by our own individual conduct during our prior and present life spans here on earth. According to the doctrine of reincarnation all things are equal and have within themselves the means of growth and progress. The purpose of each life is for us to grow as much as possible. This is a lesson world and we are here to learn the lessons of human life; to continue to live in life until we outgrow human life.
There are no favorite groups or special classes in nature; the differences in social status are solely the result of causes and effect set in motion by the individual. When we understand rebirth, we then understand that neither man nor God sits in judgment over human conduct, but that each human is a self-regulating, self-punishing and self-rewarding being. Everywhere in nature, effects follow their causes. According to a one-life theory a human living in one age would be excluded from living in a better age of higher lessons. No one in one lifetime can begin to learn what he needs to know, to say nothing of putting what he has learned into practice.
By what reasoning would the unborn innocent inherit a world of trouble and strife unless they helped to create just such a world in a former life? We are only born when the field is fertile for us to be born. No one who understands reincarnation would help to wreck the world, because he would be helping to destroy his own future home, and that would not make sense, no matter how you looked at it.
Laws of humans are only shadows of divine laws. If reincarnation was widely taught as a scriptural truth and so accepted, we would then know that whatever we do to anyone, we will have automatically set up the same situation to happen to ourselves. The acceptance of that one truth alone would change the whole world. There would be much less crime, poverty, misery and suffering in the world. We would also realize that a child, after only one year in school, is never graduated from the school. He returns again and again until he has mastered all that the school has to teach. Then he is given a diploma and moves on to a higher school, and finally goes out into daily life in whatever field he has chosen. And that is how life works.
The Battlefield within the Mind
We now find that by going within ourselves there is a well of inner strength we never dreamed we possessed.
The greatest of all battles is the battle of the mind. This is the battle fought by all humans, that is, humans that have reached the stage of development where they are making a conscious effort to live a good life.
Of all manifestations of the universe the human is the highest expression; he is not a God, but he is developing his God nature. He is the perfect instrument for the revelation of the absolute through his consciousness, and the fulfillment of nature's aspirations through his actions. As long as we are locked into the relative we are by no means absolute.
The human mind is the battlefield where untutored impulsive and conscious forces are warring against altruistic forces. Sometimes good dominates and then vice versa. We go from good to bad and bad to good in a constant and unending struggle. We constantly move from one opposite to the other, from hate to love, from truth to untruth, and so forth. When the lower forces in the mind dominate, the higher or divine forces become subordinate to the lower forces.
Nobody is totally good or totally bad. We are a composite of good and bad; some things good and some things not so good. As we strive to improve ourselves temptations are continually placed before us. Often we fail the tests and we create misery for ourselves, but slowly we learn as we go from test to test and lesson to lesson. Sometimes along the path of life we begin to realize that there must be some way to find true guidance and support in our long and weary battle for happiness and peace of mind. We realize that the flesh is weak and that by ourselves we are not strong enough to overcome. We seem to be constantly pulled down by irresistible forces arrayed against us. It is then that we ask for divine guidance, and if we are sincere it is given to us.
We find that by going within ourselves through our meditation practice there is a well of inner strength we never dreamed we possessed. We begin to turn the tide of the battle and commence at long last to win the age old war that has raged within ourselves. Slowly the darkness of the mind starts to lift and we see the light of peace and happiness beginning to shine forth. The lower forces at this point realize they are faced with total defeat and they fight with renewed vigor to again gain supremacy of the mind and control of the individual. This is where we unveil our greatest weapon, faith; the white light of humanity.
As we continue on the inner path of Transcendental Meditation we more and more become the observer. We observe life dispassionately, as a witness and not as a contestant. This is the secret weapon in the battle of life. Through our continued practice of Transcendental Meditation the Being increasingly pervades the mind and overshadows the desires for worldly or destructive things. No longer are we caught up in emotions and passions beyond our physical control. Now we have developed an inner strength that cannot be overcome by various impulses of the mind. Little by little we lose our personal desires, cravings and passions because we now gain an inner sufficiency.
We continue through life engaged in activity, yet we are no longer swept away by the activity. It is not so much the nature of the activity that counts; it is what we identify with. Our body, mind and senses are now devoted to the service of the Supreme. We exist in time, space, cause and effect, yet we are moving beyond them for we are now becoming more and more absorbed in transcendental consciousness. We work with multiplicity, but we are moving toward unity. Slowly we are destroying the individual ego that has imprisoned us for so many ages. We now are learning that to serve one’s own self is selfishness, but to use our individuality to serve others and the Supreme is the unselfish purpose of life.
One who seeks happiness finds it by making others happy and not through selfish motivation. We now like for others what we like for ourselves, and we no longer like anything done to others that we would not like done to ourselves. We are becoming established in the inner and natural perfection of the Self, which is the cosmic unity. The ego, that has kept us an individual of materiality, is now vanishing and we are now realizing ourselves as being universal, or the true Self shining through. When we have conquered the ego we would have also conquered the whole universe, for the universe is also a projection of the mind. Truly blessed are they who have worked for spiritual unity for theirs is the kingdom of eternal life divine.
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