Conflicting interests


Karunesh reflects on how part of our mind listens to the basic human needs at the cost of the Soul’s needs.

Blue Buddha by Padma

The greatest need of the soul is to return home to The Source. The soul will insist that this is its highest interest. It will insist it wants to live in the undiluted Presence of the Divine, liberated from all limitations and illusions.

Rightfully so.

The challenge that we then face is to recognize that we are multi-dimensional beings, capable of switching from one dimension to the other in the blink of an eye.

As human beings we have a body and the body will present its needs.

If you haven’t eaten for 30 days, the only thing you will feel is hunger for food and the soul’s need for Union with God will suddenly appear not that important because another need has moved into the foreground and signals urgency.

So, as human beings we have basic needs such as survival, which means we would like to be comfortable, have food, a nice home, family and a feeling that we belong.

The body also needs sex and wants to be touched.

We also desire a certain amount of power so that we can control life to run the way we want it to run.

Those are human interests and they are very capable of overriding the interests of the Soul and it is incredibly important to understand that.

In esoteric lore we have the first 3 chakras that represent survival, sex and power. They represent the human domain. They represent the totality of human interests.

The yogis understood that very well and they knew that because of those basic human interests, the focus on the Awakening of the Soul seemed constantly bombarded and it was apparently difficult to maintain the Soul Focus.

They understood the Soul Focus arose with chakras 4, 5, 6 and 7.

To maintain the Highest Soul Focus required an enormous clarity and one-pointedness, which Patanjali called Ekagrata.

A great constant remembering was needed.

The Buddha also understood that. In his story we find that he was in a battle with Mara, who essentially approached him suggesting that he, Gautama, had needs and that he, Mara, was capable of fulfilling his needs if only he, Gautama, would… well… come to his side.

Which meant… certainly to stop all this nonsense with meditating and Soul Awakening.

The story goes that the Buddha could not be tempted and continued his meditations until they flowered in his Enlightenment.

A truly important story.

And it is also interesting that we have a similar story with Christ fasting in the desert for 40 days where, as the story goes, he was approached, also similarly, by a voice that tempted him to stop his efforts.

In Buddhism this voice was called Mara. In Christianity it was called the Devil.

In both cases we find a kind of externalization.

Just all of sudden Darth Vader shows up and makes a business proposition.

It is my observation however, that this voice is really the part of our mind which does not want to follow the intention of the Soul, it is the voice of our mind representing our basic human needs at the cost of the Soul’s needs.

Hence, over time there arose the expression to ‘sell one’s soul’.

This process of selling your soul is really incredibly subtle and it always moves along the lines of our human needs.

Buddha and Christ and the Great Masters… chose to not allow that voice to override the Whispers of their Souls and they only could do that because they understood this mechanism and therefore remained firm, flamingly clear and incorruptible in their focus.

Emaho! (How wonderful!)

Buddham Sharanam Gachchhami
Sangham Sharanam Gachchhami
Dhammam Sharanam Gachchhami

Osho Sharanam Gachchhami… as I sing it often…


Anand Karunesh (Andreas Mamet) is a broadcaster and meditation facilitator –
Artwork by Padma –

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