Jnana/Knowledge of the Self evokes bhakti/devotion towards the Self. It is this bhakti that acts as anchor for the mind. Yoga means union or integration. Normally mind is divided in many parallel activities consciously, subconsciously and unconsciously jointly. Most of the times inner-chatter/verbalisation goes on in the mind in the background while we perform some act. It is bhakti that integrates the divided mind and union/yoga happens.
There is Cosmic Mind with static (memory container) & dynamic (creativity/imagination/memory content) nature causing the creation and the dissolution cyclically. The static nature of the mind acts as the knower/seer and the dynamic nature acts as creator projecting the ever changing world of forms. Creation is with respect to a reference object and this reference object is the window through which cosmic mind experiences its own creation. This reference object itself is present in the creation just like a dreamer may be present in his own dream. Experiencing the creation through a particular form leads to the identification of knower with that specific form. Identification with a form is due to ignorance as knower does not understand about the world being mere projection of imagination and erroneously takes the world to be real. Since knower is identified with form, now it has ego-sense or “I-Sense”. The most important but unfortunate aspect of this ego-sense is the deepening of impressions in the memory. This ego-sense claims the ownership of actions though the dynamic nature of the mind as a whole is the owner of all actions. Due to “I-Sense” being associated with identification with a form, the Cosmic Mind appears to be marginalised and now it can be called just the
Cosmic Mmind. The process of identification with different objects/bodies continues and the mind enjoys/suffers due to attachment/identification or “I-Sense”. With more and more experiences, memory keeps on learning and finally figures out the nature of reality that everything including itself eventually is, “Impersonal Awareness” and the ownership of actions by the “I-Sense” is false. Now, new deep binding impressions are not created in the memory and old ones are erased. The “I-Sense” associated with a form fades away. Eventually, “I-Sense” is erased from the memory and now the world of forms is ineffective in creating “I-Sense” due to the presence of firm knowledge of the reality and the memory becomes pure having no binding impressions.
Due to the laws of nature, it is impossible to remain inactive. Therefore, it is necessary to do the right thing. Doing right thing means (1) doing things according to swabhava/nature (2) not doing something against your conscience. An empty mind can become devil’s workshop by doing wrong work. Or, an empty mind can be consumed by random thoughts draining vital energy compromising health. An attitude of doing natural work considering it as your need to do so is Karma-Yoga.
Let us analyse the statement, “The moon is out there in front of me whethere I look at it or not.”
The light from the moon reaches eyes, and the signal from the eyes goes to the brain and mind interprets the signal as moon. It is just the signal that is reaching the brain that the mind reads as moon. Even if the moon is not out there but the signal is there, mind still labels it as moon. In dream for example there is no moon out there but it still appears to be moon. So, actually what is interpreted depends solely on the signal. If moon is experienced, we cannot infer that physical moon is necessarily out there. Hence, the statement is not necessarily correct. Moon may appear to be out there, but what appears need not necessarily be real.
If we go a step ahead then where is the moon for the inert stone. It is only due to the body instruments (senses, brain etc.) does the moon exist for us. An ammeter shows the current, the brain shows the moon. There is no experience in the absence of a suitable measuring instrument or signal.
Since one can see the moon even by closing eyes, it is clear that it is mind that takes the shape of the moon. The logic that is applied to sight can be applied to sound, taste, smell, touch as well. Since it is mind that takes various forms, all we can say with certainty is that everything is mind only. Consciousness and still mind are synonemous. We Are THAT.