Bodhi means “awakening”, “enlightenment”, or a “deep compassionate heart”. Citta means “attitude”, or “mindset”. Hence, bodhicitta means the attitude of great compassion. Love, compassion, forgiveness and gratitude are the four pillars of Bodhicitta mindset. Here, Sri Amit Ray discussed the five essential techniques of developing Bodhicitta mindset.
The Essence of Bodhicitta Mindset
In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, there is a verse which says, “yogas citta vritti nirodha“, which refers to stilling the mind in order to experience the Ultimate Reality. Now, how to still the mind? There are external tornadoes and internal volcanos – physical and mental. How to bring sweetness in life? There is a pain body and a bliss body. How to drop the pain body and access the bliss body? To build effective Bodhicitta mindset, you need to cultivate and access the eternal bliss body, which is changeless, and from that foundation you can spared the light of compassion.
You can access the Cosmic bliss body through love, compassion, forgiveness and gratitude. When you can access the Cosmic bliss body, you can drop the pain body and cultivate the Bodhicitta. The selfish attitude gives power to the pain body but an expanded loving attitude gives power to the bliss body. Hence, compassion is the essence of the Bodhicitta mindset.
Five Attitudes of Bodhicitta
There are five attitudes of life to cultivate Bodhicitta. They are called maitri, karuna, mudita, upeksha, and citta prasadanam. There are four types of people. They are happy people, unhappy people, virtuous people, and the wicked people. At any given time, you can classify any person into one of these four categories. When you cultivate the attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and equanimity toward the wicked, the mind retains its undisturbed calmness. Citta prasadanam, means a serene and peaceful mind. Imagine
Cultivating a Witnessing Presence
When you identify yourself with the fluctuations of the mind, you can feel like a roller coaster ride of madness and the pain body gradually appears out of these identifications. When you identify deeply with your mind states, you can end up acting out of these thoughts through your daily behaviors. By cultivating the witnessing presence, you are less likely to affect by your thoughts and more likely to see them as ever-changing, flowing, and transient things.
Cultivating a Compassionate Interconnected Mindset
Interconnectedness is a fundamental principle of life. Everything needs something else, often a complex array of other things, to survive and thrive. Recent neuro-scientific evidence shows that our thoughts, movements and speech have a direct impact on those around us, consciously or not. With the discovery of mirror-neurons science can demonstrate how we are connected to the world and more importantly to each other. Bodhicitta understand the dynamics of the whole and the parts at the same time.
Bodhicitta and the 72000 Nadis in the Body
There are 72000 nadis or energy channels in the body. You need to clean and remove the blockages of these 72000 nadis in the body so that the energy can flow smoothly and perfectly. When the nadis are obstacle free, bliss body arises, and the healing energy starts working. There are six key nadis, energy channels in the body, which can activate, and cultivate the Bodhicitta mindset.
The three of them Karuna Nadi, PeedanTaka Nadi and the Vayapini Nadi. When these six key nadis or energy channels in the body are activated they generate and spread spontaneous bliss and healing energy to the body and the world and then cultivation of Bodhicitta or compassionate mindset become easy, otherwise they will always drag you down.
Cultivate Your Uniqueness and Be Respectful to the World
World is your partner, not your punch line. Bodhicitta is the path of enlightenment through compassion and gratitude. Be respectful and think about what the world want you to share with others. Your uniqueness is your true magic for the world. You can serve the world only through your uniqueness.
The primary objective of Bodhicitta is developing a compassionate interconnected mindsets at all levels. The 72000 nadis or energy channels in the body are needed to be purified and harmonized to activate the Bodhicitta consciousness. Moreover, it is also the art generating and spreading the spontaneous bliss and healing energy to the world. You can develop that by cultivating love, compassion, forgiveness and gratitude. Bodhicitta is the interconnected witnessing presence. By practicing attitudes of friendliness towards the world, you can learn to expand your heart and reach Bodhicitta mindset.