torsdag 30 april 2009
tisdag 28 april 2009
lördag 25 april 2009
fredag 24 april 2009
onsdag 22 april 2009
There are two kinds of meditation, meditation with an object and non-objective (or non-dual) meditation. The first kind of meditation may be useful as a preparation. It requires focusing the attention onto a specific object, gross or subtle, such as a statue or a mental image of the divine (path of devotion), various bodily sensations (Hatha Yoga), a series of sacred sounds (Mantra Yoga), a Koan, and so on. In this process, an effort, sometimes very subtle, is necessary in order to remove one's attention from the usual objects of desire and the ego is weakened.
When the goal of this path is achieved, the mind remains quietly focused onto the object without any effort. The mind experiences a stillness, an absence of thoughts and emotions other than the ones that refer to the object of meditation, even in the presence of the King who is not noticed by the arrow maker. However, the samadhi which is arrived at is a mind-created state which has a beginning and an end. Sooner or later, the yogin must come out of his samadhi. Unfortunately, the ego is still present, along with its cortege of fears, desires and pains.
A peculiar form of meditation with an object is one in which the object is a void or blank. In this process, an effort is made to keep the mind free from thoughts or sensations. Sometimes, a tool such as a mantra or some form of pranayama is used to achieve this end. As in any kind of meditation with an object, a weakening of the ego ensues, and the mind experiences for some time a blank state, an absence of thoughts and sensations, or simply an absence of thoughts, depending on the depth and of the nature of the samadhi. However, the samadhi which is arrived at is again a mind-created state which has a beginning and an end.
This form of meditation is often mistakenly believed to be non-objective meditation. This is not the case because the absence of objects (sensations and thoughts) is still a very subtle projected object. Although this state may temporarily bring some satisfaction and even unleash some mind powers (siddhis), it soon turns out to be a barren one; the meditator remains within the jail of the mind, the fullness of the heart remains unknown to him; this state is devoid of the absolute freedom, of the creative joyfulness and of the wonderful immortality of the natural non-dual state (nirvikalpa sahaja samadhi).
In non-objective meditation, our attention is drawn towards the non-objective, the ultimate subject, consciousness. This is accomplished as a result of understanding. At the first stage, the truth-seeker is asked to notice that the happiness he is really looking for is non-objective, which means "not contained in any object, gross or subtle". When this is understood, he is then asked to realize that the mind, which can only grasp mentations (thoughts and sense-perceptions), cannot have access to the non-objective realm. It follows that any attempt to secure the happiness he is looking for through the mind is bound to failure. When this is understood, the mind soon finds itself in a NATURAL state of stillness.
In this natural form of meditation, sensations or thoughts are neither sought nor avoided; they are simply welcomed and seen off. It could be described as a total openness, in which we are totally open to our sense perceptions, our bodily sensations, our emotions, our feelings and our thoughts. We could compare these mentations with the various characters of a play. As long as we find the play interesting, our attention is completely drawn by the actors on the foreground, but, if there is a weak moment, our attention progressively relaxes until we become suddenly aware of the background, of the stage. In the same way, as our attention becomes global, unfocused, open, disinterested, (and this detachment follows from our understanding that these mentations have really nothing to offer in terms of real happiness), our attention relaxes, until we become suddenly aware of the background, consciousness, which reveals itself as the ultimate immortality, splendor and happiness we were looking for.
It is not necessary for the actors to leave the stage in order for us to be aware of the background of the stage; similarly, the absence of mentations is not a prerequisite for awareness of the Self. However, in the same way as, when the actors leave and our attention relaxes, we have an opportunity to become aware of the background, there is an opportunity to "visualize" our real nature when a mentation merges into consciousness.
The inner attitude of welcoming which is the essence of non-objective meditation is also easily and naturally conveyed by "induction", in the presence of someone who has merged with the background, to a truth-seeker who has a genuine desire for it.
tisdag 21 april 2009
-How can thoughts wich rise and set in Me, be other than Myself?
-When there is thought, I am seeing Myself; when there is no thought, I am remaining in My own glory.
-That which shines just before and after every thought and feeling is the "I". That is objectless consciousness; that is Atma.
-The world shines because of My light: without Me, nothing is. I am the light in the perception of the world.
-Unless there is seeing, there is no form. Form has no independent existence and is therefore the seeing itself.
-If form is itself seeing, how can one see a form? Therefore what is seen is not form but something different.
-Because hearing is itself sound, no one hears a sound. This truth applies generally to all sense-objects.
-A sage knows well that consciousness is self-luminous and that it is consciousness that illumines the entireworld. He knows also that his real nature is consciousness and experience and cannot as such be known or experienced.Hence he does not desire or make any attempt to know or experience it. When the mind is directed to it, it changes into that, losing the characteristics of mind. This is called samadhi. Whether there is thought or not, to be always self-centred is called the natural state or sahaja-samadhi.
A man believes he is bound, becomes miserable, seeks liberation and for that purpose approaches a Guru and listens to his teachings. But all this time he was unknowlingly standing in pure consciousness alone which is itself the truth he was seeking. When once he becomes fully aware of this stand he is freed and thenceforward, all thoughts, feelings and objects of perception will be pointing to himself. Knowledge has nothing to know. The insentient can never know, being insentient. Therefor no-one knows anything. All beings stand established as pure consciousness.
Shri Krishna Menon
måndag 20 april 2009
The biggest fear is your own death. But when you know your true nature, that of impersonal consciousness, then there is no fear of death, for you were never born and will never die, you are eternal, where is there for you to go, you are beyond space and time, in fact, they exist within you, not you within them.
lördag 18 april 2009
fredag 17 april 2009
tisdag 14 april 2009
söndag 12 april 2009
Osho about meditation;
"Meditation is a single lesson of awareness, of no-thought, of spontaneity, of being total in your action, alert, aware. It is not a technique, it is a knack. Either you get it or you don't."
There is a very beautiful dialoug about meditation by Osho;
Why did this idea arise in people's minds? that meditation brings happiness. In fact, wherever they found a happy person they always found a meditative mind -- both things got associated. Whenever they found the beautiful, meditative milieu surrounding a man, they always found he was tremendously happy -- vibrant with bliss, radiant. They became associated. They thought: Happiness comes when you are meditative. It was just the other way round: meditation comes when you are happy. But to be happy is difficult and to learn meditation is easy. To be happy means a drastic change in your way of life, an abrupt change -- because there is no time to lose. A sudden change -- a sudden clash of thunder -- a discontinuity.
Meditation is in the present, pure present. Meditation is immediacy. You cannot meditate, you can be in meditation.
It was just the other way round: meditation comes when you are happy.
Sitting silently doing nothing, the spring comes and the grass grows by itself.
Meditation is a state of attentiv perciving where everything is percived undivided. No-one can learn you to "be" attention. If any system teaches you to be attention your attention is on the system, that is not attention itself. Meditation is maybe the greatest art of life - and it's not possible to learn it from anyone, that's the beauty of it. It is not a technique and has no authority.
Sayed all that, there is no condemnation of anything, practices, exercises, meditation, no meditation, you do what you do. You do it anyway. My experience is that when the inner pull arises, the sitting, being quite, is natural. No big deal. Whatever is, is anyway.
fredag 10 april 2009
onsdag 8 april 2009
-Life is a divine expression without any reason.
-Awareness makes the vastness possible.
-The raw naked simplicity of what is, ends the mind game. The mind is there but it has lost it's power.
-You cannot talk, reason, explain, grasp or think about it and yet it is all there is, smiling at your face.
-The content changes but this cannot, this is the paradixal aliveness.
This post ends with a very direct and provocing ( for the mind) clip about John Sherman who says that; "Truth is easy".
måndag 6 april 2009
söndag 5 april 2009
The triangel is not there. It appears between this not complet blue circles and the blue lines against the white background. It is a mirage, illusion that appears. The same with the idea of a "me". The body and the world creats an illusion of a real person.
onsdag 1 april 2009
Some quotes from UG....
"Your constant utilization of thought to give continuity to your separate self is 'you'. There is nothing there inside you other than that."
"When the movement in the direction of becoming something other than what you are isn't there any more, you are not in conflict with yourself."