The means here is the ability to get things done effectively. The ability to solve problems and fulfill desires. While we all have levels of skills and abilities, if we don’t have support from the environment to get things done, we’ll struggle and thrash.
For example, no matter how great a runner you are, if nature turns the track into mud you won’t do well.
We also see this when people move into positions of influence, like being promoted or elected. Then they come under greater influence of the group consciousness. This may support them or dissipate their efforts depending on how synced they are with the collective. Also, what aspects of the collective are they in tune with? The deeper flows and higher nature? Or the baser nature?
The part we have to discriminate is what aspects of nature seems to support compromised or shadowed directions. Even if poor choices are supported, we’ll enjoy the consequences that flow from those actions. If the crowd turns into a mob and smashes windows, do you go with it or get out of there?
Nature can call others to embody issues so they become more conscious in the collective. Some people are born to stir things up. But that doesn’t make what they’re doing right for you. Creating issues that need resolution cause difficult consequences for you. Is the action resolving or contracting? If you have learned those lessons, you won’t get drawn into it. If you are being drawn in, can you see what in you is driving that?
This isn’t a call to over-think what is happening around us. Just to be more conscious when we reach points of decision.
As I explored over on The Means, our experiences take place through what “remains to be united,” those aspects of wholeness that are being purified and raised up. What we have resolved no longer creates karma.
Acting in life post-enlightenment becomes the means itself. When we’re acting in harmony, the very act of fulfilling desires and solving problems is the means to destroy ignorance. Karma, action, is driven to complete rather than continuously circling back on itself.
Coming back to the opening quote, sattva is purity or clarity. But how does clarity support means?
Sattva is a guna or quality, not a function. It doesn’t create or destroy but rather it allows the smooth flow of creation and destruction as they move through our life. It offers clarity for nature to flow through unimpeded. We become vessels for our higher nature.
Even though the causal field is where we see the play of the gunas clearly, they turn out not to be the drivers. I’ve called the gunas “forces” in the past as they can seem that way in the causal field. But when you see the deeper flows, you realize this is inaccurate. The gunas are the filters, the lens though which we experience and process the world. The qualities we give to flows as they move into expression.
By logical contrast, tamas guna is inertia. Inertia tries to keep things the same. Because it is stiff, it can impede smooth flow. Without flow, the ordering power of intelligence is reduced, entropy increases, and form disintegrates. Thus inertia by itself does not lead to stability.
The key is balance. We need tamas to give the world a stable platform to experience life. But we need enough clarity to sustain it in a healthier way. Rajas guna brings in the energy to support flow in form.
It is the flow of consciousness and the Divine that drives the world. Becoming a clear filter brings us the means to accomplish on a cosmic scale.