The Law of the Chain of Twelve Relations

The Process towards the World of Sufferings

Now let us think about "the Laws of the Chain of Twelve Relations'" about which I told you (the AUM members attending this lecture) last year. This is a little bit difficult. It explains the process through and the rea-son for which we were born in this Kukai (the world of sufferings). The world of sufferings refers to the three worlds: Yokukai Shikikai, and MuShikikai The human world we live in belongs to Yokukai which is part of Kukai.
According to the Law of the Chain of Twelve relations, the process through which we entered into the world of sufferings is as follows. I'll explain it briefly. Gyo (Three Actions) stems from Mumyo (Darkness and Ignorance), and Shiki (Astral Impressions) from Gyo: Myoshiki (Five Gatherings) from Shiki', Rikusho (Five Senses and Consciousness) from MyoShiki', Soku (Contact) from Rikusho, Ju (Perception and Boundness) from Soku: Ai (Attachment) from ]u; Shujaku (Inseparability) from Ai', U (Existence) from Shujaku: Sei (Birth) from U, Ku (Suffer-ings) from Sei. Shakyamuni Buddha said that this was how we were given a life of delusion. I think the today's lecture is rather difficult. You don't need to com-pletely understand this yet. I'm going to explain this in detail, including precise meanings of each stage.
(Here Master Asahara asks questions of AUM members attending his lecture)
-"Tell me the meaning of 'Gyo (Three Actions) stems from Mumyo (Darkness and ignorance).' Yes, member. What does it mean?"
A member:
- "Gyo (Three Actions) stems from Mumyo (Darkness and Ignorance)?" Master: "Yes."
< A member:
- "Mumyo (Darkness and Ignorance) means fool-ishness."
- "That's ]ust a play on words. Even if Mumyo is replaced with foolishness, there is no substantial difference. It does not mean that you made out the meaning of the passage. I'm asking you what situation the term of Mumyo refers to?"
A member:
-"H means knowing little about the truth."
- "Knowing little about the truth. Good. Then, what does the truth mean?"
A member:
- "Absolute freedom."
- "Absolute freedom. And?"
A member:
- "Absolute happiness."
- "Good."
The truth means that our True Selves are in the state of independent existence (existing independently from everything in the world of sufferings) At this lime we are in the state of absolute freedom, absolute happiness and absolute pleasure; it is ever-lasting. This is the truth. Our True Selves used to be in this state originally.
However, a True Self, having been in the state of independent existence, was interfered with by the three Gunas, three fundamental energies making up the universe. As a result a True Self had the illusion that the Gunas were more beautiful than itself. This is Mumyo (Darkness and Ignorance). At this point began our history towards sufferings. (See p. 15 for the three Gunas.)

Next, a deluded True Self entered a seemingly beautiful, joyful and free world. It is called the Causal World. At this point a True Self gets into the stage of Gyo (Three Actions). Gyo means to move. There are three kinds of Gyo, namely Shin (Body), Kuh (Speech) and Ee (Thought). Shin means being able to move, and Kuh means being able to speak; Ee means being able to think. It means that a True Self can originally move, speak and think freely.
In the stage of Gyo (Three Actions) a True Self begins to experience through Shin, Kuh, and Ee. The place for this experience is the Causal World, which consists of only spirits and concepts.
After experiencing all in the Causal World, a True Self goes into the Astral World. Here again, a True Self has the illusion that the Astral World which it didn't know is more attractive than the Causal World it experienced a lot of. The Astral World is the world of im-ages, the subtle world in higher dimension. Shiki (Astral Impressions) is the stage where a True Self is gaining experiences in the Astral World in this way.
Other scriptures do not use the word of Shiki but -Roku Shikito express this stage. What does Roku Shikirefer to? They are visions to see, sounds to hear, the sense of smell, the sense of taste, the sense of touch, and thoughts in the Astral World. To sum up, Gyo (Three Actions) is the process you experience in the Causal World, and Shiki (Astral Impressions) is one in the Astral World.
Then a True Self goes down to this world, when. it experienced all in the Astral World. It uses Five Elements in the Gross Dimension to incarnate itself in this world. This stage is Myoshiki (Five Gatherings).
What is MyoShiki? It refers to Goun, five gatherings. What are the five gatherings? In difficult words of Buddhism. they are Shiki, }u, So Gyo. and Shiki. Shiki is Five Elements in the Gross Dimension: Ju is five senses:
So is the surface consciousness; Gyo is the depth consciousness (or the subconscious): and Shiki is judgement (or will). In this stage of Myo Shiki. a True Self inter-fered with Goun. That is, it begins to manipulate Goun as it wishes, seeking for a better life.
Then, Rikusho (Five Senses and Consciousness) exists because Myoshiki (Five Gatherings) exists. Rikusho is what embodies Myoshiki (Five Gatherings), so you may regard the two as substantially same. Concretely Rikusho includes eyes, ears, nose, mouth, the sense of touch, and the consciousness. They (Rikusho) contact the outside world. When they do so, various feelings come up. This is the process from Rikusho (Five Senses and Conscious-ness), to Soku (Contact), to Ju (Perception and Bound-ness), and to Ai (Attachment). First, Rikusho contacts the outside world. This is Soku (Contact). It makes sense organs work and various kinds of information comes into a mind from the outside world. This is Ju (Perception and Boundness). Here arises attachment (to something in the outside world). This is called Ai (Attachment).
We cannot get away from this attachment, in other words, adherence. The practice is the only way to get away from it, as I told you again and again. Thus, attachment stems from. experience of a True Self. Then you understand why we have attachments and adherence. We have accumulated attachments since the beginless past when a True Self began to have experiences.
Suppose that there are ten women in front of us. If we did not have any experience accumulated in countless past lives, we would not think any of them beautiful, ugly or average. However, you get different impressions from different women, don't you? Moreover, experiences of one True Self are different from those of another. People make a judgement on the basis of experiences, so different men like different types of women. For instance, it can happen that Mr. A says. "Ms. B is beauti-ful, isn't she?" and Mr. C responds "What? Such an ugly cow. You have bad taste."
This is called Ai, which means attachment or adherence.
Shakyamuni Buddha said, 'The root of attachment comes in from six entrances." The six entrances are, as I mentioned, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, the sense of touch and the consciousness.
Now, when you are attached to something, you are bound by it.
This is Shujaku (Inseparability).
For instance, suppose that there is a man who has read many books on religion, but does not understand them. If he gets the idea into his head that he can go to Heaven or can attain enlightenment in this way or that, he will be bound by that idea. This is Shujaku (In-separability) by the consciousness.
If all the beautiful women you have ever met are kind to you, you might take it for granted that a beautiful woman is kind. You get bound by this idea. This is also an example of Shujaku.
Suppose that you happened to eat a banana and had diarrhea, and it happened three times. Then you think that if you eat a banana, you will have diarrhea. This idea also binds you. Every fixed idea begins with attachment or antiattachment. This is how Shujaku is.
If a man has Shujaku or is bound by the idea that something is pleasurable, he desires it. He wants more, and he wants to make it more pleasurable: he wants to satisfy himself more. Then, his desires motivate his True Self to create things. This work is going on in our world of Yokukai, too. Desire for conquest invented nuclear weapons, and desire for a comfortable life invented a microwave oven. a washing machine, gas and water service: a radio, T.V., a car and an airplane were produced in the same way. All of them are what desires of our True Selves produced. This stage is U (Existence) in which True Selves create various things to made their world satisfactory. U (Existence) grows more and more, because one desire draws another. Even after we die, the cause of U, namely attachment and adherence, does not disappear, but remains in our souls. It remains as karma. This karma reincarnates ourselves in this world. This is Sei (Birth).
In this way we are born and feel Ku (Sufferings). Thus, Ku (Sufferings) exists because Sei (Birth) exists. I think I need to explain why we come to feel sufferings. Just remember the process through which we have come to sufferings. The reason that you were reincarnated is that you were bound by some ideas. If bound by something, you cannot see things correctly. So, there is no way that you can be happy.
Because there're sufferings, ordinary people get more attached to something in order to get more pleasure. So they get more bound by it and come to feel more sufferings. We have repeated this process in countless lives.
Since we were born in this world, we have to suffer. For instance, we get sick, and we get old; we have worries. Thus Ku (Sufferings) is the end of the whole process from Mumyo.
So, you need to get away from the cycle which brings you sufferings. If you realize this, then you should get into the process I wrote in "Beyond Life and Death." Since T wrote this in my books, I briefly mention it here.

From Ku (Sufferings) to Six Yogas

As you (the AUM members attending - this lecture) see, your souls have gathered at AUM. Your souls have thought of getting out of sufferings. ''There exists Ku (Sufferings), therefore there exists Shin (Faith)." You gathered at AUM, believing that the teachings of Asahara is true, and arc making training very hard. Thus you start to go on the path of enlightenment and emancipation.
Through the training based on faith, Kundalini rises and makes you feel Etsu (Ecstacy). As Etsu takes place.
Kundalini energy clears up the three subtle channels I mentioned before, namely Sushumna, Ida, and Pingala. Then it breaks the three Knots.
First, the Brahma Knot at the back of the Manipura Chakra is broken. Second, the Vishnu Knot at the back of the Anahata Chakra. Third, the Rudra Knot at the back of the head. Finally the Sahasrara Chakra is broken down. Then Chundali takes place.
Chundali purifies impurities (karma) accumulated since our past lives. This is the stage of Ki (Satisfaction). If you pass it, you get to the stage of Kyoan (Perfect Relaxation) and Raku (Perfect Ease and Comfort). Well, Raku is the condition in which you can sit in meditation for a long time. At this point you can get into Sanmai (Supreme Supermeditation). When you are in the state of Sanmai, your heart works so little that a stethoscope can not detect its movement. This is Sanmai.
If one enters into Sanmai, his soul leaves his body through one of his Chakras according to the level of his spirituality. Then, Six Yogas take place. Six Yogas are described in details in "Beyond Life and Death." They are Bardo, Dream, Phantom Body, Light, and Poa. Well, I mentioned only five. I missed one.
(Master Asahara asks a question of one of his disciples)
- "Sugimoto, What is missing?"
-"Heat." Master: 'That's right.)
The reason T did not mention Heat is that Yoga of Heat is in the process of raising Kundalini. It is the basis of Six Yogas.
Now, we can know everything through Six Yogas. This is the stage of Nyoitsuchiken (Omniscience). Then we can make out very well the process through which we are reincarnated in this world, beginning with Mumyo.

Similarities Between the Practice of Yoga and the The Six Extreme Disciplines of Mahayana Buddhism


The Six Extreme Disciplines The Practice of Yoga
Dnaciones Yama
Mandamientos Niyama
Tolerancia Asanas
Esfuerso tesonero Pranayama e Pratyahara
Samadhi Dharana e Dhyana
Sabiduria Super.....

Note: 1. See Chapter Two for the details of the Six Extreme Disciplines 2.
The practice of Yoga is taken from "Yoga Sutras" of Patanjali

As a result we come to feel strongly, "Ah, I hate this world of sufferings. I want to get away from this." The next stage is Onri (Retreat), and then Riton (Leaving Desires). When you complete them. you attain emancipa-tion, as I did.
This is "the Law of the Chain of Twelve Relations" preached by Shakyamuni Buddha. It is easy, isn't it? In addition, it doesn't contradict what I usually tell you. Originally, it is wrong that one teaching of the truth contradicts another. Whether it might be Tibetan Bud-dhism, Primitive Buddhism or Yoga, it pursues the same goal: the truth.

The Truth Is One

Some of you might not notice that the Buddhistic process of enlightenment is essentially same as the yogic. Then, let's look at "Yoga Sutras" of Patanjali in brief. "Yoga Sutras" which is classified as Raja Yoga teaches eight-step practice for enlightenment. The first of the eight is to try best not to do bad things. Second, to try best to do good things. Third, to acquire stable sitting posture for meditation. Fourth, to control the mind through breathing technique. Fifth, to withdraw all senses from the outside world. Then, concentration, medi-tation, and samadhi. Thus you go through eight practices.
It is very similar to the Six Extreme Disciplines that I always tell you to do, isn't it? (Similarities between these two are shown in Diagram) "Yoga Sutras" of Patanjali advocates much the same process of enlightenment as the Six Extreme Disciplines of Mahayana Buddhism. They also overlap with the Law of Twelve Origins I told you before. No teachings of the truth contradict each other.


1. Law of the Chain of Twelve Relations: the teachings of the Buddha in Agama-sutra
2. Yokukai: the Cross World.
3. Shikikai: the Higher Astral World.
4. Mushikikai: the Highest Causal World.
5. The state of independent existence: of one's True Self: the state of final emancipation. The soul possesses absolute freedom, happiness and joy.
6. Five Elements in the Gross Dimension: five energies that make up this world: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Space Elements.

Home Page