The purpose of this meditation is to generate the understanding that all living beings are my mothers.
I began with the appropriate preparations for meditation and then started thinking about my mind. I cannot see my mind – I cannot take photos of it or touch it with my hands. On the other hand, I can see my brain, take photos of it and touch it with my hand (if my skull was removed that is!).
My mind and my brain are not the same thing at all. Some neuroscientists claim that the ‘mind is what the brain does’, and that as science progresses, it will be proved that the brain creates the mind. I on the other hand I am equally confident that as science progresses it will prove that the mind creates the brain and all other phenomena. It also experiences feelings. How could a brain experience feelings? Brain is the same material as nerve. Can our nerves experience pain? No – we experience pain, not our nerves, or our brain. Our minds impute all phenomena, including our bodies, brains, surroundings, births and deaths.
I thought about this and it seemed to me that just as I have an experience of one day at a time, I have an experience of one life at a time. Just as I have had many days in this life, I have had countless past lives. I got an almost vertigo like sensation as I contemplated how many past lives I must have had. And in each of these lives I have had a mother. Where are all these mothers now? They are all the living beings around me.
When I see a living being, I can recognise them as my mother of a past life. Just as there are countless living beings, this is an indication of my countless past lives.
I thought about this and I came to the conclusion that when I see a living being I can think: one person, one mother, one life. I focused on this feeling of one person, one mother, one life, and settled on it as my object of meditation.
May all living beings come to see the relationship between mind and brain, and understand the implications.
Practice in the Meditation Break
I will try to see each person I meet as my mother, and a sign of a past life.