The 9 states of the mind or processes of the Shine are usually shown in this well-known thangka.
These are the stages that the evolving mind is going through. A development that is achieved through the practice of the shine.
In the beginning the mind, represented by the elephant, can be wild and dangerous, and after a good development will become a necessary tool for awakening.
Elephant: it represents the mind. At the beginning black and full of disturbances and as we move more white, representing the open-mindedness.
These two colors are also pointed out in the practice of the shine, when there is much agetreo and tension we can visualize a black sphere in our central channel as it descends to below our feet, and on the contrary, when we work the shine from the Visualization, we imagine a bright white sphere in the
Mono: Represents the distractions of the mind.
Rabbit: It’s mental passivity, lethargy.
Rope: It represents the memory and focus of attention and is necessary to hold the elephant.
Hook: Alert Status
Fire: It is the energy and the effort necessary in practice that as we move it is lower.
Food, fabrics, musical instruments, perfumes and mirrors: These are the elements that we perceive through the five senses and the desires of the senses.
We develop the concentration for which we need a great effort because our mind is totally savage.
In these first steps what goes ahead is the mental agitation (the monkey) then the wild and unconscious mind (black elephant) and finally we (the monk) sign that it is the mental agitation that really leads us everywhere. Maybe we already have the capacity of concentration (rope) and the alert status (Hook) we still do not know how to use them.
At this stage we have almost reached the mind, we begin to fix the attention in the breath although the five senses continually distract us.
A lot of energy and perseverance is needed in these stages.
In this phase we manage to control the mind with our attention. It is the moment when we reach with the rope
Here appears lethargy and mental passivity in a very subtle but obvious way so that we can recognize it. Is
It’s about something we should be alert to. And although the monkey, with all the distractions, follows the head, all the elements: Monkey, Elephant and rabbit, are attentive to our journey.
In this stage the mind, the mental agitation and the lethargy, are elements that follow us. We have managed to improve the
Attention and concentration.
Here the distractions have almost completely disappeared. Subtler distractions appear and therefore the meditator does not finish releasing the rope and the hook. When we get to this stage the mind stops wandering and the concentration is possible without distractions for half an hour.
In this phase of the road the Elephant and the monkey continue to meekly the meditator who is aware of this and no longer
He needs to keep an eye on them.
The rabbit has completely disappeared and the mind is becoming clearer and cleaner.
Here we find a complete peace of mind. There are almost no disturbances so that the meditative can leave the mind free (without lasso or hook), although it still does not lose sight of the mind for a moment.
At this time a person could be a few hours with a full concentration.
At this moment the mind became completely clean, similar to the elegant white. It is not necessary to watch it or be attentive, because the mind is obedient and useful.
Mental agitation and lethargy have completely disappeared and the concentration is possible for one or two days without rest.
In the ninth stage the road is over.
It is represented when the elegant sleeps at the feet of the meditator. It is the stage of the total absorption of the mind where there is perfect equanimity and there is no dependence of the senses.