I was sitting down to do mirror gazing meditation this morning along with my wife, Radha. On top of my mind was her remarks. She told me that she respects my sharp, acute, penetrative, discerning, and keen insights. I started my meditation.
As I was doing my mirror gazing meditation, a word popped up in my mind, ‘Perspicacity.’
Definition of Perspicacity
My guru, Yogiraj Sri Vethathiri Maharishi, told us that Simplified Kundalini Yogis develop a keen vision of the future connecting the past and the present. Perhaps, it is the Trikala Gnana that rishis are often blessed to be with.
Origin of Perspicacity
Perspicacity comes from the Latin word perspicere meaning “to see through.” If you’re perspicacious, you’re able to discern what’s really happening from what people say they’re doing. Perspicacity is a quality that everyone requires, including teachers, mothers, executives, detectives, physicians, and therapists. If someone is perspicacious, we might also say he has a shrewd mind, or a keen intelligence.
Is perspicacity a good thing?
It has helped me in many ways. Perspicacity has given me:
- the capacity to assess difficult circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions
- intelligence manifested by being astute in my business dealings
- the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from my experience
- the development of my own understanding and knowledge of human nature
- authenticity and acuity that helps me to see through the games played by people
- a clear insight into the future
- the ability to see the unseen and unknown
- the strength to withstand the present storm knowing it’s source and a clear sense of direction to move forward without an oscillating mind
- a never say die attitude no matter how hard life’s challenges are at times
- an acumen to make sound life decisions
- discrimination skill using foresight of results to choose good actions over evil ones
- a consistent discernment and discretion in decision making
- an alertness and penetrative thinking at all times
- extrasensory perception or mind reading
- practical shrewdness and sagacity – sage like thinking
What it meant to have the opposite of perspicacity?
I was gullible, not so long ago. It meant believing something because others have said so. Gullible people believe everything they hear, even if it’s not true. They don’t think for themselves. They just accept whatever anyone else says as truth.
Gullibility can lead to poor judgment. For example, when I was gullible, I ended up getting into stock market to try day trading and lost a few lakhs rupees in 2000 during the dot com era.
How can you be perspicacious?
You need to be observant. You must notice things before they happen. You must
- pay attention to your surroundings
- listen carefully to what other people are saying
- observe yourself
- watch your thoughts
- learn to control your emotions
- be aware of your body language
- be aware about your breathing pattern
- be aware what you eat
- be aware whenever you speak
- be aware how you feel
In short, you must develop consciousness. My Kundalini meditation is the secret of developing consciousness.
I have been practicing SKY yoga for 38 years now. My long years of practice has helped me to go away from my emotional Beta level of frequency and reach Alpha state of consciousness. This has enabled me to observe myself more clearly.
When I am in Alpha state, I am conscious of my feelings and emotions. When I’m in Beta state, I am unconscious of my feelings and emotions and live in the world of illusion.
The Alpha state of consciousness is the first step towards enlightenment. The more you meditate, the higher you will reach this state of consciousness.
The Alpha state of consciousness is also called the “waking dream” state. In this state, you are fully awake but still dreaming. Your dreams are vivid and real.
This is the state where you are most creative. You are able to do anything. You can create anything. Anything is possible.
It is the state of pure awareness. There is nothing else. You are completely free. You are totally detached. You are not attached to any thing. You are not attached with time. You are not attached on space. You are not attached.
You are only aware. You are not doing anything. You are simply being aware.
There is no thought process going on. No emotion. Nothing. Just pure awareness.
It is the state of bliss. Bliss is the highest state of consciousness.
If you want to achieve enlightenment, you must learn to attain this state of consciousness. Once you get there, you will never return back to the world of illusion. You will always remain in the state of bliss forever.
So, how did I develop perspicacity?
My journey started when I was in my college when my Kundalini was awakened. I had an experience that changed my life.
My SKY Yoga teacher in Coimbatore touched my mooladhara chakra and awakened my Kundalini shakthi to the Ajna chakra in 1984. He told me that I should start observing my life-force pulsating gently in between my eyebrows. I was very young then. I didn’t know much about spirituality or philosophy. But I knew one thing: I wanted to become enlightened.
So, I decided to observe the vibrations. I meditated regularly. My concentration powers increased. I was able to pass my exams. I was able to stop smoking and occasional drinking.
After some weeks, I learned Sahasrara meditation. I was able watch my thoughts. I watched my emotions. I watched my actions. I watched my reactions. I observed everything.
As I started staying in Alpha level of frequency with my Thuriyam meditation, I was able to observe my thoughts and find its root cause. It helped me to identify negative thoughts and emotions.
I realized that it was necessary to change my thinking pattern. So, I started changing my thinking patterns. I became a positive thinker. I stopped:
- blaming others
- feeling sorry for myself
- feeling guilty
- feeling angry
- feeling jealous
- feeling sad
- feeling depressed
- feeling frustrated
- feeling helpless
I must confess that these changes took years to accomplish. Most of these changes came within the first couple of years. But, I would occasionally fall pray to my negative thinking. Meditation and introspection practices of my Guru changed my life forever.
Nowadays, as soon as I get up from bed, I think positively. I meditate for a few minutes while sitting up on my bed and bless everyone before getting out of bed.
I used to sleep till late at night. Then, I started waking up early in the morning. I started exercising regularly. I started eating healthy food. I started taking care of my health.
I became a master in SKY Yoga system in 1987. Since then, I have started teaching meditation and awakened the Kundalini of aspiring students. My teaching duties helped me go to even subtler levels of frequency as I meditated at Thuriyatheetham more regularly. My connection with the divine force and my guru strengthened over the years. My mind began to function at Theta and Delta frequencies.
It is no wonder then that my wife told me I am ‘perspicacious.’ I am grateful for my wife’s remarks. It inspires me to meditate and go deeper into the world of almighty consciousness.
Perspicacity is a sign of awakened consciousness.
What is your experience? Share it in the comments below.
Be Blessed by the Divine!
Krish Murali Eswar.