Three process (karana), and
Thirty Rules of Conduct.
The man who wishes to attain to the right attitude of
mind towards life, truth, and the universe, must pass through three
processes. When the work to be done in these three processes has been
accomplished, then the "knot": spoken of in the scale of living being just
given is cut. There is then the control of the first three sub-divisions
of class, four of the first three sub-divisions of class, four of energies
(mentioned in earlier chapter) and control of the life-long intensity of
anger, pride, deceitfulness, and greed; and then the lowest degree of the
right attitude is attained and the signs mentioned above will manifest
The work done in the first process is an enormous
reduction of the length of time that any particular foreign energy that we
may generate may stay with us before it is naturally worked out. And when
the living being experiences the feeling that this whole embodied life is
misery it shows that this work of reduction has been done.
The work done in the second process is a still further
reduction even if it be only a reduction of 48 minutes. And when the
living being experiences for the first time a desire to remove the worst
degree of anger, etc., above referred to, it shows that this further
reduction has been effected.
The third process is the actual control of the worst
degree of anger, etc., so that it does not arise, it is checked by the
mind directly it is felt to be rising.
The "knot" spoken of above is the attack on us of our
inborn likes and dislikes, especially as to convictions regarding conduct,
that it is right (or wrong) to kill, hunt, fish, etc.
With regard to the first process, it is possible only
for a being with the five senses and a mind to pass through this
experience. But this experience that embodies life is a misery may be felt
an infinite number of times and still the living being may not pass into
the second process. Animals, birds, and fish are being who have the five
senses and a mind, and a fish may experience this first process.