their binding action. In annulling this binding action, the impressions can perform their true function of yielding their real meaning to the liberated consciousness. Thus, from this point of view, the impressions have been so altered they can contribute their quota to the plus-meaning of a free consciousness. The alteration of impressions is so drastic that it looks like annulment, because the readjustment ensures that the impressions will not be able to operate in their separateness in an exclusive or semi-mechanical manner, which inevitably leads to inertia or inner conflict. Freeing the intelligence of the mind-heart-consciousness from impressional maladjustments is an essential and indispensable requisite of releasing the dynamic harmony of the liberated consciousness.
Life is eternally scrawling its own meaning on the ego-mind-heart. But its script is not intelligible to the consciousness, entangled with it, because of the distorting sanskaric or impressional engravings left upon it by past experiences. The ego-mind-heart cannot freely and intelligently function in the present with the necessary alertness and alacrity, owing to the inherent inertia and resistances created by these past engravings. The inevitable result is that it partly misses the import of the revelation of Truth in the eternal present. Thus, psychic distortions are due to inertia and inertia is due to psychic distortions; and there is an unending vicious circle. Suppose that in the above example of the deflated balloon, the wisest Truth had been written on its wrinkled surface; no one would be able to read the script. But if the same toy balloon is now infused with air or gas, the wrinkles will all disappear and the script on the finely rounded surface can be deciphered with utmost ease, making it possible for any one to understand what the writer wanted to convey. In the same way, the meaning of what life has written on consciousness can be easily and unmistakably grasped only if the sanskaric distortions are mended and taken away by an act of the Master’s grace, infusing it with a new life-force and receptivity to Truth.
The vicious circle that needs to be broken through is that the distorted mind-heart of the limited ego cannot see the meaning of life, and therefore, it also cannot free itself from its own distortions and resistances. The vicious circle can be broken only if the distorted ego-mind-heart of the aspirant becomes submissive to the Master and allows itself to be illumined by the infusion of meaning imparted by the Master.
The infusion of meaning may, in the initial stages, appear to take upon itself the limitations to which the mind-heart is subject, just as the air which goes into the toy balloon will seem to get conditioned as it occupies the diverse hollows of the inner surface. But this is only a temporary phase. It ultimately culminates in the disappearance of all creases and wrinkles on the balloon, after inflating it to the full size. But this is the only way in which all creases and wrinkles could be removed. In the same way, the Master cannot infuse the meaning of life in the psyche of the aspirant except on the lines engraved upon it by his own past. He has to enlighten the aspirant by making use of the sanskaric or impressional dispositions previously acquired by the aspirant. He makes explicit the meaning which lies implicitly and inscrutably stored in the dispositions of his own ill-understood experiences by taking away their muteness, as it were, and giving them a voice.
Only after the mind-heart is fully infused with Truth, do all of its distortions disappear. But after that, in the place of the confusing and distorting inscriptions which yield no meaning, there appears in the unlimited mind-heart the lucid and unambiguous self-explanation of life, written by life itself. The Master does not graft on the disciple some alien Truth from outside. He enables the aspirant to decipher the code of life by restoring to his mind-heart the vitality that can heal all of its sanskaric distortions. This is the significance of the annul-