Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Bhootnaatha - Lord of the past
Boothnatha: LORD of the PAST
This blog has in the past argued, that memory(past) is only fundamental tense that makes up human experience. You cannot perceive without knowledge, which is nothing but a memory (or no knowledge which is in turn knowledge about no-knowledge)
The latent hardwired tendencies(memories) control the emotive response towards incidents/people/actions and also imagination.
All this buried baggage of knowledge, which is nothing but 'past', resurfaces again and again and we go through the same mental responses again and again. When you recognize how past has clutched you, how you go through in your mind same memories again and again compulsively. Memories about how you went through incidents. Memories about how you wanted them to happen and memories about how you would like to experience life which is yet to happen. Once this recognition happens it gives you the freedom to make the present free from past.
You become bhootnaatha by becoming Lord of the Past. When the repetitive tendencies of mind are controlled. When the same incidents which evoked panic/despair/irritation/restlessness earlier do not create them anymore, know that you are Bhootnatha. When memories of life that was, do not have an emotional pull left. When the imagined life which is yet to happen is no longer dwelled upon iteratively, know that you are Bhootnatha. You are liberated from the karmic chakra of thinking obsessively and going through the same "mental imagery route" over and over again.
Then bhootnatha sits in Shamsana(dead/inactive memories) without fear. The fear and burden of memories is no more. The decay of the lifeless past only adds to Bhootnaatha's splendor. It adorns him.
Then when you longer experience your mind the way you experienced in the past, in your action you open your self to the spontaneous, unplanned dimension of life. Time doesnt unsettle you and the fearless Bhootnatha now opens up to be Kala Bhairava, one that time cannot frighten.
A related post on Kali is here