Chapter 14: To Fly Is Your Birthright
Knowing oneself as unattached and indifferent as the sky, a yogi is not attached at all after that to any future actions.
Just as the sky present in a pot full of liquor is not affected by the smell of the liquor, the soul remains untouched by all happenings in spite of being present during all of them.
Just as an arrow released will not stop before piercing the aimed-at object, the actions done before the happening of enlightenment will not cease to yield fruits after enlightenment happens.
An arrow released taking an animal to be a tiger, cannot be stopped midway if later on the understanding dawns that the animal was instead a cow. The arrow will hit the target with its full strength. Similarly, action already done comes to fruition even after enlightenment has happened.
One who understands that he is deathless and ever young remains one with the soul and has no relationship with the fruits of his past actions.
In this sutra some deep hints are given regarding the nature of consciousness. Only a jivanamukta, a person liberated while living, passes through such experiences. Only a jivanamukta comes to experience these sutras. We do not have any direct experience of consciousness; whatsoever we know about consciousness is from its reflections in the mind. First let this be properly understood, then we shall go into the sutras.
Mind is a wonderful mechanism. Now it has also been confirmed by science that mind is nothing more than a mechanism. A computer works even more efficiently than mind. It is not necessary to send a human being to the moon, computers can be sent instead. Russia has already sent such computers to the moon and they collect data and transmit it to Russian ground stations. They are machines, but receptive and subtle like our minds, and whatsoever is happening around them is accumulated and transmitted.
I said to you earlier that when a jivanamukta returns from samadhi, the happening of enlightenment..
A friend has asked me that since when consciousness enters the experience of samadhi mind is left far behind - and since it is only mind that can remember - who recalls the experiences that have happened to the consciousness? It was consciousness that had entered the experience, but consciousness neither keeps any memory nor does it allow any trace of memory to be left over it; and the mind did not enter into the experience, it was left behind. Who then is remembering? Then who is looking at the experience in retrospect?
Yes, though the mind had not entered into the experience and was left just standing at the door, it is still able to catch glimpses from a doorway. It catches glimpses of events happening in the outer world as well as in the inner world. It observes on both sides whatever is within its periphery. It is not necessary for the mind to enter into the experience itself. If a camera is kept at a distance over there, it will go on catching all that is happening here. Or if a tape recorder is kept at a distance over there, it will go on recording all that I am saying - the song of the birds, the rustle of the wind passing through the trees, the sound of the dry falling leaves.
Understand it well that mind is only a machine; it has no soul to it, it is only a biological machine developed by nature. Mind is something in between our soul and the world outside. Mind records all that happens in the world. For that it has five senses as its doors.