There are ten distinct benchmarks that point out our progress, or lack of progress in our apply. These benchmarks additionally level towards our future within the subsequent world.
The primary benchmark is figuring out for sure that this fabricated persona of ours won’t survive loss of life. This we come to know after we can see the persona for what it’s, an invention based mostly merely on thought and reminiscence, a purely materials entity that may’t survive bodily loss of life.
The second is recognizing the futility of counting on non secular rituals, beliefs, or dogma to extricate us from our predicament right here on earth, as a substitute of laborious work of self inquiry.
The third benchmark is after we now not have any doubt by any means that meditation and self inquiry can free us, not solely from bodily existence, however from existence itself.
When these three crucial benchmarks are reached, and we won’t attain them by pondering that we now have reached them however somewhat after a particular shift in consciousness happens the place we in some ways grow to be a special individual and see issues in a totally totally different gentle, then we shall be reborn again into bodily existence a most of solely seven instances.
The fourth and fifth benchmarks are a bit uncommon in that merely weakening them propels us into a special future than conquering them utterly. If we weaken them, we solely should be reborn into bodily existence and all its problems yet another time. Once we conquer these two benchmarks utterly, then we are going to now not be reborn into bodily existence in any respect.
The fourth and fifth benchmarks are anger…and sensory wishes, which should be first weakened. That is the place we nonetheless retain some sense of aggravation and annoyance, and in addition gentle wishes for pleasurable issues showing in existence. Then, after they’re weakened significantly, and with a deepening self inquiry, they’re deserted utterly. Now we now have no underlying worry that’s the root of anger, and no wishes for sensual pleasures, We merely eat when it’s time to eat, sleep when it’s time to sleep, and work when we have to work.
By conquering these first 5 benchmarks, we grow to be a sage within the eyes of the world, nonetheless, so as to grow to be that which no man or girl can comprehend, and go the place no man or girl can think about — past existence each on the planet of type and the world of none-form, we should conquer the 5 remaining bench marks.
These 5 that stay are the residual wishes left over after we consider that we now have conquered all of our materials wishes, and they’re fairly insidious. The 5 ultimate benchmarks are; eager to be reborn into the world of type, eager to be reborn into the formless realm, non secular restlessness (nonetheless looking out), pleasure or self-righteousness (I do know), and at last a permanent perception in an everlasting self.
These final 5 are most troublesome to overcome as a result of the one struggling to realize them should disappear utterly but in some way stay and performance on the planet – that is the one manner that they are often overcome.
And to ensure that this to happen, one should be utterly enlightened.