Chapter 7: The Mental Body and the Bodies of Awareness and Bliss
Remember two things. Firstly, I told you that the physical body is a gross body; behind it exists the energy body, and behind that exists the mental body. The energy body is the bridge between the physical and the mental body. Prana, the breath, is the connecting link between the two. That is why when breathing stops the physical body is left here and the mental body starts on a new journey. In death only the physical body disintegrates, not the mental body. Only when a person is enlightened is the mental body dissolved. When a man dies only his physical body dies, not his mental body; and that mental body starts on a new journey with all its old patterns. The mind searches for a new body and again finds a womb, and it receives the new body in the same way and creates almost the same old structure.
The connecting link between the two is the vital breath. Hence when a man becomes unconscious, we don’t pronounce him dead - even if he remains in a coma for months we don’t say that he is dead. But if the breathing stops we immediately regard him as dead because the connection between the body and the mind is broken.
And remember, with breathing the relationship between mind and the body changes every moment. When you are angry the rhythm of your breathing changes immediately; when you have a sexual desire the rhythm of your breathing changes; when you are relaxed the rhythm of your breathing changes. If your mind is disturbed, then too the rhythm of your breathing changes; if your body is disturbed, then too the rhythm of your breathing changes. The rhythm of your breathing is changing continuously with changes in the body or mind. That is why those who can truly master the rhythm of breathing achieve a profound mastery over mind and body.
In Japan, small babies are taught to relax their breathing whenever anger arises, because anger cannot be relaxed directly. You can suppress it but you cannot relax it, and the anger which is suppressed will again erupt some day, today or tomorrow, and perhaps with more venom in it. In Japan, children are told to relax their breathing if they feel angry, because when the breathing becomes relaxed the anger that has arisen in the mind does not reach to the physical body; without the bridge of the breathing that is impossible. And if it does not reach the physical body, then neither suppression nor expression is needed. If it remains in the mind it will slowly dissipate, if it reaches the physical body it is beyond your control. There are ways to dissipate it in the mind. But the physical body is a very gross thing. If it catches something, then it can only be either suppressed or expressed. If you express it that creates a problem, if you suppress it then it creates complexes within the body.
A great American psychologist named Wilhelm Reich died some time ago. After lifelong experiments on his patients, he found that when one attempts to suppress anger, the anger settles in the physical body in the form of knots. And strangely enough he discovered that he could make someone angry just by pressing those knots. After a lifelong study of patients’ bodies, if he felt that the disease they had was due to suppressed anger, he would press those parts in the body where he thought the anger might have accumulated and the person would become immediately enraged. Someone else might never become angry if these same places were pressed, but that particular patient would burn with anger for no reason; there was no provocation from outside, and no apparent reason.