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~Hidden In Plain Sight~

“The best way to hide a thing, is in plain sight.

I love examples of how something can be hidden in plain sight. A sleight of hand so obvious, you smile when you see it. Nowhere does this apply more than with spirituality.

When people first start to learn about spirituality they tend to fall into one of two traps:

~Spirituality is just a bunch of fairy tale wishful thinking
~Spirituality is some exotic set of otherworldly experiences

In both cases, nothing could be further from the case. Spirituality is about becoming conscious of reality exactly as it is, but at a deeper dimension. In Zen, they like to say: Nothing is hidden.

What rationalists and “skeptics” who poo-poo spirituality don’t understand is just how significant a simple shift in perspective can be. Nothing has to change about the facts on the ground, so to speak. All that needs to change is your perspective and your entire world flips upside down. But this is the pity of materialistic thinking. It’s mesmerized by the gross, superficial dimension of reality. People who are used to thinking in materialistic ways expect spirituality to be a gross, materialistic sort of thing. As though if the facts on the ground don’t change, it doesn’t matter. That’s the huge oversight! Spirituality is SUBTLE! It’s seamlessly interleaved into the gross. Like a beautiful chameleon in the rainforest, lost on the tourist.

To illustrate this point, take a look at these stereograms. Cross your eyes as you stare at them to spot the hidden object inside.

Did you see it?

Notice that none of the facts changed, but the shift in perspective you experienced was very significant and real. It’s like you discovered a new dimension to reality. And it was right there the whole time! Hidden, but not really hidden.

What if — right now — there was something equally obvious about your perception of reality that’s been hidden in plain sight your whole life? What if people have been pointing to it for 2,000 years, but you’ve kept saying, “You must be crazy! There’s nothing there to see.”

Enlightenment is like that. It’s a shift in perspective, not a change in personality or behavior, as people often confuse. The lesson here is never to underestimate just how significant a “mere” shift in perspective can be. Perspective is everything.”

Source ~ https://www.actualized.org/insights?p=55

~Unmani~

Unmani is Sanskrit word that means “no mind,” “beyond the mind” or “thoughtless.” In yogic philosophy, it describes a state of transition between two states of consciousness – waking and dreaming. In unmani, the yogi is neither fully awake nor asleep. It can also be thought of as the transition between conscious and unconscious thought patterns. Unmani is not a state of meditation, which requires an awakened state.

The word unmani is also sometimes used to mean samadhi or one of the levels of samadhi, or the final limb of Patanjali’s eightfold path of yoga.

~Guruji~

Guruji is a word made up of the Sanskrit word, guru, meaning “teacher,” “guide” or “master,” and the suffix -ji, which is commonly used in many South Asian language as a gender-neutral honorific. As such, the whole term guruji is a very respectful and affectionate term for one’s guru or spiritual teacher. It may be used especially used in Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism.

In some cases, specific spiritual teachers may be known to their students as “guruji” in place of their actual name.

~Prapti~

Prapti is a Sanskrit term that means “obtaining,” “acquisition,” and gain.” In yoga and Hindu philosophy, it is the power to enter or penetrate everywhere and is one of the main unusual abilities or skills known as siddhis.

A yogi attains these abilities, including prapti through years of practice and following the eight-limbed path of yoga as outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Prapti is sometimes referred to as the ability to obtain – that is, being able to travel anywhere to get anything.

~Vastiva~

Vastiva is a Sanskrit word that means “self-command,” “mastery of oneself,” “bewitching,” and “being one’s own master.” It is one of the ashta siddhis, or eight main special skills or unusual abilities that a yogi may attain through deep and prolonged meditation and other yoga practices. These siddhis are described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

More specifically, vastiva is the power to control living beings and objects (both organic and inorganic), as well as one’s own and other people’s minds.

~Tanmatras~

Tanmatras are the five objects of perception, made up of the five subtle elements. According to this principle, each of the five senses (sound, touch, sight, taste and smell) corresponds with one or more of the five elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth).

Tanmatras is an important concept in both Ayurveda and Hindu philosophy. The word itself stems from two Sanskrit roots; tan, meaning subtle, and matra meaning element. These subtle energies form the way in which the objective, material world is perceived.