Chapter 3: Returning to the Original Mind
6. Only the original mind which is born of meditation is free from desires.
7. The yogi’s karmas are neither pure nor impure, but all others are three-fold: pure, impure and mixed.
8. Desires arise from these three-fold karmas when circumstances are favorable for their fulfillment.
9. Because memories and impressions retain the same form, the relationship of cause and effect continues, even though separated by class, locality, and time.
10. And there is no beginning to this process, as the desire to live is eternal.
Tatra dhyanajam anasayam.
Only the original mind which is born of meditation is free from desires.
This is one of the most significant sutras.
First, what is the original mind? - because the original mind is the very goal of all yogas. The East has been searching continuously the path to the original mind. The original mind is that mind which you had before you were born, not in this life, but before you entered the world of desires; before you were confined to thoughts, desires, instincts, body, mind; that original space, uncontaminated by anything; that original sky, unclouded - that’s the original mind.
On that original mind, layers and layers of minds are there. A man is like an onion; you go on peeling it. You peel one layer, another layer is there; you peel that layer, another layer comes up. You don’t have one mind, you have layers and layers of many minds. Because in each life you have cultivated a certain mind, then in another life another mind, and so on and so forth. And the original mind is lost completely behind these minds, these layers upon layers. But if you go on peeling the onion, a moment comes when only emptiness is left in your hands. The onion has disappeared.