Written by Steve Beckow, The Golden Age of Gaia.
What is it about our vasanas (persistent reaction patterns born of ancient trauma) that organize our life away from spiritual pursuits and have the goal of enlightenment elude us lifetime after lifetime? Sri Ramana says:
“All the age long vasanas (impressions) carry the mind outwards and turn it to external objects. All such thoughts have to be given up and the mind turned inward. For that effort is necessary, for most people.” (1)
The basic spiritual movement is to turn from the outer world to God or the inner world. But that is made difficult by the tug and pull of the samskaras (latent impressions) and vasanas (reaction patterns).
We created our vasanas to have us automatically respond to situations to avoid shock, loss and pain.
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