(Translation of a lecture conducted in Chennai, India by Maharishi on Mar 12, 1983. Copy taken by AN. Shakunthala in Tamil)
When we see any object it will have a shadow. When light and shadow comes into play physical appearances form. When we see a physical appearance it is just a difference of light and shadow.
If light and shadow are not there then there is no physical appearance. In truth when we touch and feel then only it can be called creation. Otherwise other things are not appearances.
We see a person in a photograph or in a motion picture. Is there a real person there? It is just a scene based on light and shadow which appears as an appearance.
In our body 5 types of events happen. When bio-magnetic energy circulates through the body to operate the body it transforms into pressure, sound, light, taste, smell and on top of that also operates as mind which can perceive all these events.
The divine is the primordial state or absolute infinite space that the universe is part of. Whatever is created from this absolute space and functioning in the Universe are groupings of energy particles (aka atoms). We call this as energy. The absolute space operates as self- compressive force (aka gravity) and the energy created from it operates as repulsive force. The combination of both these forces is magnetism. From magnetism depending on proportions of the grouping of energy particles 5 elemental states (energy, heat, air, liquid, solid) form; as well as 6 events (pressure -> smell & mind) happen.
For all this the root cause is magnetism. Even when we are idle the bio-magnetism that is in excess of what is needed for the normal operation of our body constantly leaves our body as the 6 events.
The waste in our body fills its appropriate bag and when the bag is full leaves the body. Similarly pressure, sound, light, taste, smell and mind automatically leaves our body like an act of waste elimination. Like this a low emission of bio-magnetism is constantly going on. For example our normal emission level of light might be 1 unit and when see an external object the emission or conversion has to rise to the level of light in that object and the shadow reflects in you as perception. That is when the energy is blocked and returns that obstruction is what we call as sensing. If it is complete light then we will not see anything. Only when there is an obstruction then the energy is obstructed and returns and we see the object that obstructs.
Like this in life whichever object we see we take the shape of its dimensions and shadow. Every objects shape will be different. Even when we see our own self we take that shape which is stored in us. During this process if we lock on an object and focus then concentration of your mind / energy will happen; your life energy will be projected and leave. During this kind of conversion up to 5% of life energy only will be projected. Like this wherever your mind focuses your life / astral energy will be projected and spent. This process can be understood by the following example: When it rains the water forms a stream and flows. When the flow increases along with the water heavier particles such as pebbles and rocks also flow along. They will not flow at the same speed but will rather be slower.
Similarly when our mind projects the bio-magnetic energy flows fast along with that the life energy that produces that bio-magnetism also flows out. This is called Astral projection.
For everyone based on their efforts and state of consciousness energy may increase or decrease. When energy is lost below a certain level a trance state happens. This is similar to the state that happens when mind comes from normal state of intensity down to a state of peace during meditation. In this state, a state of sensory detachment happens.
Sometimes when you do mirror gazing instead of your reflection you might see my image. The reason is before that during meditation if you had thought of me repeatedly and acquired an intensity to the imprint of my image in your mind. So you see your Guru’s image. Similarly whichever imprint has high intensity in your mind might reflect in the mirror. In those situations you can immediately say blessings and complete the mirror gazing practice. When this happens we can consider it a success of our practice rather than fear that state.
When this kind of practice is repeated and your life energy intensity increases you will get those states immediately when you see the mirror. To renew the energy that energy that leaves the body to fill the void left by the spent energy, Universal magnetism immediately flows in. When enough energy fills the body then we complete the practice.
When our bio-magnetism is spent and when we take back the spent energy and the Universal energy together it is surplus.
After that even when energy is automatically spent as days go by energy will automatically increase. Life energy’s intensity will increase. In this state let’s say we see someone, that person will not even have their own thoughts. Their emotion thought process will disappear and their mind will reflect the quality and respect that our mind & energy carries. Not just that when someone thinks about you from anywhere you don’t even need to reply in your mind. Our life energy’s projection will expand to whoever thinks about us and automatically will be a beneficial force to them. Based on your mental assessment of him immediately your energy will become a benefit based on that.
When this state of Astral Projection becomes natural you will think that only life energy is important and consider body as just a vehicle. This mental state is called Trance State.
The thought that you are your body will disappear and the thought that you are your Life Energy will come. Like this if you think about the benefits of practicing Mirror Gazing every day – the life energy will increase as much as you practice. Due to that whoever comes to you will feel pleasantness. When someone comes near us they will want to stay close to us and speak to us. This is a state of “Personal Attractiveness’ where you attract friendship and help as needed.
You might be somewhere and might need something. Somebody known to you might have what you need and may not be using it. They will automatically feel like giving that to you since they are not using it. Like this by some way needs and desires will be matched with help from others and fulfilled. This is a state of ‘Universal Attractiveness’ where you attract the providence and also act as providence. Whichever resources you do not need you will automatically provide us charity to those who need it.
When you practice Mirror Gazing ‘Personal Attractiveness’ and ‘Universal Attractiveness’ will blossom. When you increase your energy through Mirror Gazing you should be careful not to spend it in emotional activities.
You will want to increase your life energy and spiritual energy but Immoral Desires, Anger and Worries will quickly waste your energy.
So when you do these spiritual practices you should carefully reduce your emotional states of mind constantly.
In addition when you see when this soul energy will increase: When we use our energy to help others. As much as we help others we will get it back and multiply it. When you keep your energy for yourselves selfishly energy will never multiply due to the stress in your mind. So we need to be charitable as much as possible. We need to be ready to do all possible help to anyone at any time. But we don’t need to help others due to pride or in a state of emotional urge. When you have excess energy we can use it for others. That is your plan for helping others should be based on what your excess is. Also as much as we reduce the expectation from others as much your self-confidence will increase. Whenever that happens you will get the feeling of ‘I can do it’ and naturally enjoy total awareness and creativity.