As we try hard to be pure, ie as we try hard to practice behaviours we consider pure., and as we attain this ‘pure state’ or vis’uddha cakra., we understand so much, our minds are so clear and people who listen can understand what we say. We communicate so well. To understand and communicate clearly is a blessing. It is in a sense, a beautiful place to be.
When I read of this boon that kRSNa gave bhISma on his bed of arrows, this is what I wanted for myself.
“Discomfort and stupefaction and burning and pain and hunger and thirst shall not, O son of Ganga, overcome thee, O thou of unfading glory! Thy perceptions and memory, O sinless one, shall be unclouded. The understanding shall not fail thee. The mind, O Bhishma, freed from the qualities of passion and darkness, will always be subject to the quality of goodness, like the moon emerged from the clouds. Thy understanding will penetrate whatever subject connected with duty, morality, or profit, thou wilt think upon. O tiger among kings, obtaining celestial vision, thou wilt, O thou of immeasurable prowess, succeed in beholding the four orders of created things. Endued with the eye of knowledge, thou wilt, O Bhishma, behold, like fishes in a limpid stream, all created things that thou mayst endeavour to recollect!’” (Source : Bhishma’s final prayer to Krishna and Krishna’s wonderful boon to Bhishma!)
So why would anyone want to leave such a beautiful, wonderful state and move forward?
The problem in 5th cakra, is you get a headache of someone speaks nonsense (many, many people do) and feel nauseated if someone exhibits impure intentions. This we call ”the poison of impurity and inaccuracy”. (Generally this means you want to interact with fewer, cultured, sane, kind, pure and illumined people. ie you begin to desire solitude). It also a demonstrates an attachment to ideas, to purity and to humanity in general.
People who are
- curious about what lies ahead,
- thoroughly sick of humanity
- very interested in divinity
- very interested in knowledge
- after advaita
- want to be RSis
may want to move past the 5th cakra.
According to Harish Johari, the move past the fifth cakra involves a kind of death.
We lost interest in dharma, when we realised that dharma to one is adharma to another, and thus moved past the 4th cakra. dharma is said to be that which uplifts us, but mahAbhArata is the story of how dharmAs can conflict, how everyone can be right from some perspective and yet have a terrible consequence to humanity.
But the appeal of purity and truth are still hard to overcome.
Perhaps, these things take their time. Perhaps over time our love for divinity will overcome our fascination with humanity, with people. Perhaps we will move only when we are truly good and ready. Perhaps we are already moving from the pure to the divine like the flow of a river.
We love purity. And what is amala, nirmala, s’uddha? The divine Self.
We love truth. And what is satya, nitya, gnyaana? The divine Self.
So our very attachment for what is good and true and pure will attract us to divinity. It will replace our fascination/pre-occupation with humanity with a fascination and pre-occupation with divinity.
So relax, don’t be in a hurry. The sArathi of pArtha, will be your sArathi too.
Jai s’rI kRSNa.