Sun 6 Nov, 2011 07:52 pm
I have spent the past couple of years collecting and devising ways to maintain peace of mind under adversity. According to several ancient Greek and Eastern philosophical traditions, the sage is able to maintain peace of mind while being physically tortured. However, I am unaware of any specific methods by which this can be accomplished. Are any of you aware of any such methods? Thank you for your time.
Peace of Mind comes when you no longer identify with the body, ie as a personal self. To gain this you really need to have had at least a fleeting enlightenment experience.
What is happiness? Suffering is a consequence of life just accept it.
Maybe the people you've mentioned managed to defeat the sense of pain by inducing a chemical change in their brains, similar to a self-induced dose of a sedative like those that promote calm, and the numbing of nerve cells that carry the electrical impulses that signal pain. They have taped into a potential that we all have, and they've somehow mastered it.
I think that it partly depends on the nature of the torture being experienced. Torture can be inflicted to mind, body, and/or Spirit.
Regarding the Spirit, you must know that your spirit is absolutely invincible unless you open it to damage. Know this. No matter what else is done to you, if you do not give up your spirit, you win.
Also, pull 'Goodness' to you. Look for it in simple things, like the way sunlight falls on a leaf or in the laughter of a small child. Pull healing energy towards you. Avoid, if possible, things that are potential vexations. Walk in Beauty. Walk through life doing as little harm and as much good as possible.
Regarding the mind, know your own mind. Feed your strengths, your virtues.
To more fully comment, I would need to know more about the nature of the 'torture'.