What is Meditation?
It is a process of bringing body, mind, soul and consciousness to most natural form. It is achieved by practice. It cannot be learnt by reading, listening and understanding concepts. It involves body, mind and soul. It should be learnt from a practitioner. In my view, one who really knows meditation and has bio-energy (prana) to give experience of meditation to others is only eligible for teaching meditation.
It is a different dimension!
It is a different dimension of consciousness. Where there is a thought, there is a mind. Where there is no thought, there is no mind. Meditation is beyond mind. It is thoughtlessness. It is witnessing of mind and body. It is a natural state. You feel effortless, what ever you do in this state.
Dhyana – 7th of Patanjali yoga
The Patanjali Yogasutra gave eight-fold path. I divide it in pravruti (activeness – yam, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana) and nivruti (inactiveness- dhyana, samadhi). Samadhi is 8th -union with God -highest dimension of consciousness. Normal social life after samadhi is the aim. The new dimension of yoga transforms your life. And you can contribute best to your life as well as to society.
Beyond Mind State: the discovery of meditation
We already defined “beyond mind” state is absence of thoughts. We you sit in meditation lots of thoughts come to mind. But they do not come simultaneously. The chain of thoughts sequentially. One thought comes, followed by thoughtless gap, again another thought, followed by thoughtless gap, and goes on… This thoughtless gap is important. All saints have achieved self-realization within this thoughtless gap. In begin this gap is narrow in layman’s mind. But as a sadhaka practice sakshibhava regularly, the useless thoughts are deleted from subconscious mind. So less thoughts come to mind. And this thoughtless gap increases. In other way we can say if you observe one thought with sakshibhava, such thought is deleted from subconscious mind. The space occupied by this thought becomes blank. This is called thoughtless state or no-mind state or beyond mind state. The dhyana -meditation happens naturally in this state. That is why repeatedly say, “meditation means ” doing nothing at all”. This thoughtless gap occurs naturally to every one. You will also experience that after a month of regular meditation, this thoughtless gap becomes noticeable. Do not try to increase the gap. Do not try to decrease or increase thoughts coming to mind. What ever comes to mind, let it come. What ever goes, let it go. You should not do anything. This is very easy process. If some guru tries to glorify or project this thoughtless state as difficult, beware of such guru. He may not know this process practically. By reading books, this technique is not mastered. One should have patience and perseverance to practice sakshibhava. This state is also beyond logic. We cannot convince you logically. Beware of logical gurus also. They may convince lots intelligent persons. Even highly qualified persons also waste their life after non-realized gurus.
Our point is to stress that you should discover the truth. You cannot assume or imagine or believe anything about truth. Someone asked sage Ramkrishna Parmahansa, “Did you really see God?” He replied, “Yes”. The person asked again, ” Can I also see God?”. He replied, “You can see God as you can see me or any other things”. Meditation, samadhi, astral vision, etc are natural processes. So you have to discover them by yogic practice. “Non-occurring of thoughts” is meditation.
Sakshibhava- witnessing is the essence of meditation
If you know how to witness, you know neutral approach to your mental processes. This is an essence of every thing. If you are neutral, your viewpoint, your approach, your attitude becomes balanced, becomes unbiased. When you are given case studies in study of management, you can think of best solutions. Because you are not attached to it. In third person’s role you can perform best. If you try to find faults of others, you will do it best! But you cannot observe your own faults and improve them. If two persons have a dispute for some issue, if you are outsider, a third person, you can have non-biased and neutral solution for their problem. These skills do not come from outside. They are within you only. When you are able to watch yourself, your thoughts by witnessing, you become different person like a third person. In this situation your ego, your personal attitude becomes subsidiary. You can also cultivate sakshibhava – witnessing by understanding and implementing it practically. You will observe that whenever you are witness of your thoughts, your mind, your ego becomes zero. A new dimension in your life starts. Scriptures tells there is no difference between you and god while you are witness. Your ego becomes naturally zero. So union with God is achieved. Yoga is done. “Khud” merges into “Khuda”. “Mahobbat itni badh jaye ki mein tujamen, tu mujamen sama jaye. You can feel “Kingdom of God”, “existence of Khuda”, “union with God”, “Vaikuntha”, “Go Loka”, “meditation – samadhi”, etc. This seems to be highly spiritual. But it is very simple and easy to practice and achieve. If you do not experience such, believe me, then either your witnessing is “wrong or imposed one” or you are really having an experience but not willing to appreciate. As for example, a cub-lion’s baby is mixed with crowd of sheep. And it forgets identity; it believes that it is also a sheep. But really if you become neutral – witnessing to yourself, your ego goes away. Now you are not an individual person. You are now united with god the universal consciousness. You are connected with the ultimate almighty power. You feel yourself part and parcel of God. You become the hands of God. When true mystery of witnessing unfolds you, whether you accept or not, these has to be happened.
Caution about witnessing
You will think if witnessing is such an easily achievable state, then why every body is not doing it. Why such great confusions in spirituality are there? Why are the differences between the philosophies of several religions? Answer follows in next paragraph.
You should be cautious while practicing “witnessing”. Because I am teaching you to clear your concepts. In begin you will try to cultivate sakshibhava. Your subconscious mind will start becoming free from useless thoughts. Then “witnessing comes naturally. “Witnessing” is natural and automatic. You do not have to care for it for whole day. Of course, if natural witnessing is disturbed, then you should try again to cultivate it. Your efforts should be effortless efforts. Now I will answer about differences among several religions. Their founder heads had similar experience. So if you listen to any real saint, they never oppose any religion. There are 300 religion and 3000 sects. The same experience was the cause of foundation of all. But successors could not continue true practice as well as true understanding. They did not practice nor they understood. So they made the easier things difficult. They stuck to their theory, scriptures, rules-regulations, rituals, etc. instead of real practice and real understanding. They gave more importance to other things (rules-regulation) rather than God.
At this moment, you are not blank. You have already flooded with lots of wrong concepts of spirituality. So you have to be cautious. You should put your concepts to practice. I also wasted much time before I understood the concept and got real practice.
So what to do actually? If you believe in God or any super power and if you believe that you want to find out reality, then the answer is simple. “Exclude yourself from experiments. Put your thoughts, your knowledge aside for a moment. Be inactive totally for a moment. Do nothing at all is meditation. Meditation is being-ness, it is happening, it is not doing anything. If your wish permits, you will also not permit your sleep happen without your permission. But God did not provide you control over sleep. But with more and more developments, we will succeed in loosing our sleep even! Meditation is just like a sleep. Every body can naturally go into it. There is very less difference between sleep and meditation. All physical and mental processes in sleep and in meditation are similar. Only difference is while in meditation you are awaken, you can watch and witness your thoughts and thereby you can delete useless thoughts. The key to control conscious mind and subconscious mind comes to you. But during sleep also mind commits “likes-dislikes” during dreams. Either you like dream or you do not like. So such useless dreams also enters your subconscious mind. Yoga – meditation are a system to improve functioning of body and mind. So it does not have any concern with any religion. All person of all religion can practice it and can get same results.
How bio-energy, purity of body-mind, activating charkas, and kundalini help to operate on subconscious mind?
There are some logical gurus, who tell you to practice witnessing directly. But witnessing should become natural. But without increased bio-energy level, without purifying body-mind, without activating charkas and kundalini, the “witnessing” is difficult to practice. Even it is impractical for most of the persons. There is a difference between logical explanation and real practice. Theoretical explanation should be taken for understanding concepts. But when the meditation showers its grace on you, then only you really are able to appreciate these theories. The persons having attitude to treat every thing logically should avoid reading my notes. Because we explain some thing after years of practical experience, those concepts cannot be realized without real practice. The real intelligent persons do not argue without practicing meditation. After practicing meditation even, there is a possibility that you may evaluate your experience. But that if based on real practice, will lead to real knowledge.
|We-sadhakas practically learn meditation from first day, have quantum jump in meditation with shaktipat from guruji, lead happy life using spiritual powers, get guidance of guruji on all aspects of life and there by pave our way to ultimate experience of self-realization.|
Brahmlin Siddhyogi Shri Vibhakar R. Pandya