A Reminder Of The 5 Mental Distortions That Get In The Way Of True Enlightenment

Always ensure that you are looking at things clearly as you go about your life/day.

Only affirm that which you know absolutely from direct experience (meaning from your own direct perception in/about your own body, mind, and being), and seek to connect to correct knowledge that is undistorted by ego-colorings.

Gossip/rumors, false-information, delusionary perceptions, unjustified fears, and other damaging Karmas (actions that have a cause and effect in the world that arise from ignorance, egoism, attachments, hatred, and clinging to bodily life) are the only things that comes from carelessness in thinking, perceiving, speaking, and behaving, and these are all obstacles on your path to Self-Realization and enlightenment.

To give you an example: I once sat through a conversation with a person who I shared a hot chocolate recipe and an update about my walk that week with.

That person then proceeded to tell me all about my life and how, compared to her life, I had no worries in the world. She then went on to list a number of different things that I had in my life that she did not have (all false), how I felt in life (all false) as if she had gotten any insight into my personal experience from observing me generally and only superficially, and so forth.

Everything that she stated in her rant was absolutely incorrect, and so, I simply listened silently to her discordant discourse before proceeding to never communicate with her again due to her relationship being an unnecessary/unsafe connection for me.

As an example of the types of assumptions that she made: at the time when she proceeded to tell me about myself and my life, I was a Permanent Resident of the United States.

Because she was experiencing issues with her temporary status in the USA at the time, however, and I had studied in the United States, she assumed a number of different things about my life as a result of this, she even assumes many incorrect things about my family, and then jumped to conclusions about my citizenship status thereafter (a status that only changed several years after that conversation when I officially took my oath for US citizenship).

This person was not the first, or the last, person who I have seen engage in this type of behavior directly to me or to others.

Each of these incidents, however, provided vital learning opportunities for what/how not to do/be when engaging with others in the world.

Human minds are prone to error, mistakes, and ignorance.

Higher perception and intelligence, however, is always available to us at all times if we are able to clear the internal obstacles within our minds and bodies that will allow us to see and act purely (meaning without distortion) in the world.

Having pure awareness (meaning undistorted), and before that, True (meaning direct) Knowledge, is one of the most effective ways to ensure that you stay out of ignorance as an obstacle on your path to Self-Realization.

So, today, I want to take the time to remind you of the 5 Mental Distortions that get in the way of True enlightenment in your lifetime. I want to take the time to point toward this issue in order to guide you back to purer awareness.

5 Mental Distortions To Remain Aware Of In life

  • Pramana [Sutra 7] | Pratyaksanumanagamah pramanani/Pratyakda-direct perception; Anumana-inference; Agamah-scriptural testimony (correct or right knowledge): This is the knowledge that you know is true and verifiable either through direct experience, inference through direct observation and study of natural laws and factual understandings, and also knowledge that has been passed down as verified from thousands of years of being tested by numerous teachers and sages/practitioners throughout history. Always remember, however, not to fall for the trap of being exploited by those who will use your belief systems and the foundations of your ideologies, biases, predispositions, and so forth to spread misinformation, hateful perspectives, and outright lies (which has been common throughout human history and led to both murders and sexual abuses). Remember that all True knowledge passed on by others is unchanging and based on Love not based on opinions of pride, vanity, hatred, ego-gratification and so forth.
  • Viparyaya [Sutra 8] | Viparyayo Mithyajnanam Atrafrupa Pratistham/Viparyayah-misconception; Mithya-false, mistaken; Jnanam-knowledge; Atad-not on that; Rupa-form; Pratistham-based (misconception, incorrect knowledge): These are thoughts that are simply just false or wrong and have no basis in factual/actual Reality.
  • Vikalpa [Sutra 9] | Sabdajnananupati Vastu Sunyo Vikalpah/Sadba-word/sound; Jnana-knowledge; Anupati-arises; Vastu-reality; Sunyah-without any; Vikalpah-verbal delusion (verbal delusion, imagination): This is a thought or story that one imagines from hearing only words or sounds (through a wall for example), and these thoughts are therefore considered to be verbal delusions. It is when one has a reaction to, or forms an opinion about, something or someone based on only what they heard about the thing or person, not based on truth, facts, or direct experience/understanding (for example rumors and gossip).
  • Nidra [Sutra 10] | Abhava Pratyayalambana Vrttir Nidra/Abhava-nothingness; Pratyaya-cognition; Alambana-support; Vrttih-modification of the mind; Nidra-sleep (sleep): This is the thought/illusion upon awakening from physical sleep that there was an experience of emptiness, or that thoughts were suspended during sleep.
  • Smrtayah [Sutra 11] | Anubhuta Visayasampramososah Smrtih/Anubhata-experienced; Visaya-objects; Asampramosah-not forgotten (memory-grouping all 5): This is when an impression is created in the mind and one pulls it back into consciousness at a later date, either by choice or by mental intrusion, for one reason or another. In this Sutra, memories are said to come back in the form of dreams during sleep or during the day in the form of daydreams.
  • With this understanding, be sure to keep seeing clearly, and keep moving forward. The world is filled with enough illusions and distortions to fill an entire existence (literally); there is no need to create more distortions in the world due to the perpetuation of ignorance that you yourself have control over. Always strive to become knowledgeable and not simply opinionated, or, worst, unable to see or recognize Truth altogether as a result of your clinging to mental distortions.

    Remember that even True knowledge (which is the least destructive of all the other distortions), knowledge that you gain about your Self through direct experience, is a distortion and an obstacle to the direct experience of being that is marked by enlightenment.

    Thank you for reading.

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