Seeing Thought-Mind Stage
After one has realizes Roop-Nahm Objects completely, one should keep on observing thoughts.
Speed up the rhythmic arm movement or walk faster.
Do not suppress thoughts. Practice with ease. Observe thoughts with ease.
Whenever thought arises, whether gladness or sorrows, be aware of the bodily movements, then thought will stop immediately.
Generally, when thought arises, the mind will be dragged along like a kitten trying to catch a big rat. The rat (thought) is bigger and stronger than the kitten (awareness). When the rat shows up, the kitten, by nature, will catch the rat. The rat is frightened and runs away with the kitten holding on. After a while the kitten becomes tired and let the rat go. Similarly, thoughts will arise endlessly and stop by themselves.
As we cultivate self-awareness more and more, it is like we keep feeding a kitten until it becomes a big, strong cat. When thought arises, the mind will not be dragged along and thought will stop immediately.
If thought arises powerfully, we have to clench our fist tightly, or do whatever actions that suit us. If it is strong enough, then thought will stop by itself.
Keep on practicing. Whenever thought arises, you will be aware of it immediately. As I have often told you, if there are two men and one chair, the man who is stronger and quicker will occupy the chair. When we cultivate self-awareness more and more, this self-awareness will replace the “unawareness”, so the “unawareness” will gradually decrease.
Let thoughts arise, the more thoughts arise the more we are aware. When self-awareness increases more and more, it will catch up with thoughts.
Suppose that 100 thoughts arise, we are aware of only 10 but we are not aware of the other 90. Next, thoughts are 100, we are aware of only 20 but not the other 80. We continue our practice until we are aware of 80 but not the other 20. Now, we are aware of 90 thoughts, then 95. When we are aware of 95 out of 100, we should practice earnestly. Do not be discouraged or slack or sleep during the daytime.
When thought arises, we are aware of it immediately again and again. Our mind will change at this point. The Path starts from here. It is the beginning of Nirvāna.
Formerly, the mind was in the dark and did not know the Path. When it can overtake thoughts, then the mind will be illuminated. This light is not the external light that can be viewed by the naked eye. The mind itself is free and illuminated. It is called “wisdom eye”, the arising of Pańńā Nāna of Vipassanā (Insight).
We should continue practicing rhythmic arm movement or walking back and forth. We can practice at any speed we like.
Keep on practicing. Let Pańńā (Insight) itself penetrate the Objects of Insight. There is no need to learn from any teacher or scripture.
When Pańńā penetrates the Objects of Insight, the mind will be free step by step. There are 5 steps: the first Jhāna (the stage of seeing, knowing and touching the Objects of Insight with the mind) the second Jhāna, the third Jhāna, the forth Jhāna, and the fifth Jhāna, respectively.
When we know, see and understand these Objects of Insight, thought will arise quicker.
When we reach the last step, Nāna will arise by itself. Once I attained this state, I understood the saying that “the Lord Buddha has his hair cut only once”.
Whenever you have attained “This”, you could understand it. You cannot know it before hand. If you know it before hand, that is knowledge of Jintańāna. It is not “Being”.
When I see, know, and understand “This”, I realized “Oh! the Lord Buddha has his hair cut only once”, that does not mean the real hair. It means “This” was cut off. As we fasten a rope tightly between two poles, when we cut it in the middle, each part will return to its pole and cannot be rejoined.
We will know and see the “Change”. It is absolutely light as if it is weightless. It is the end. When it ends, Nāna will arise and one will realize the End of Suffering.