Every day as we go about our lives we rely on (and trust) our sense organs of smell, sight, touch, taste and hearing. These we take for granted and do not even give it a second thought. There is however within our brains a 6th organ of sense which we have completed abandoned (and eventually learned to distrust) through basic lack of use.
The Buddhist teaching on Prajna is quite an interesting one. It is understood to be the natural state of all things animate and inanimate. Basically it is the source of all manifestation.
The more we let go of our beliefs, needs and ideas the more we fall into this natural state. It’s first felt a s a dim glimmer and, in the beginning, when we’re not too familiar with it, we all too readily dismiss its solutions in favour of our intellect (which are intimately tied to the 5 senses) because we have been conditioned to do that. If it’s not logical dismiss it !
But as you progress in your practice, in your meditation, you begin to recognise it more and more, its light grows stronger, illuminating your mind and thoughts until you begin to trust its judgment just as much as you trust the judgment of your sight or other sense organs, or even more as there will be a growing sense and realisation in you that this is actually your true self, your only self, the only self that can possibly be.
So how do you recognise it in practice, what’s its footprint ? It’s a feeling of certainty, of joy and of happiness beyond external circumstances. You will begin to feel that this is not of time, but that of which is beyond time. And its manifestation ? A much happier, fulfilled and successful life.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23 – New International Version (NIV) – with thanks to biblegateway.com
Let’s end with the Buddha’s last words :
So long as the monks shall live among the worthy, cherishing, both in public and private, that infallible intuition that results in the cessation of sorrow of him who acts according to it – so long may you be expected not to decline but to prosper. – The Wisdom of Buddhism, Christmas Humphreys