Meditation Methods Foundations of Reality
There is a difference and a sameness between 2
of the forms of Yoga that deal with meditation.
Most meditators use Raja Yoga Methods, and what
is said to be 1 in 1,000 use Jnana Yoga. In Raja
Yoga we often see an evolution methodology described
and prescribed, and in Jnana Yoga a dissolution.
In one, Raja Yoga, which is often called the
Yoga of Meditation, the first step is Concentration.
You first concentrate on "something" with so much
focus that your attention flows into the second phase
called Meditation without any effort. The meditation
then gets deeper and the "something" reveals It-Self
to you and then you flow into the final stage called
Contemplation. Here you have identified your Self
so much with the "something" that you recognize It
as Your Self. One leaves the dualistic concept of
"I'm here and apart from the rest of the universe"
and brings one to recognition of what can be said to
be a view that knows "I'm a part of and at one with
the universe".And eventually or suddenly the meditator
lives identified with this perception, knowledge and
experience as the foundation of their life ever after.
Another form of meditation is called Jnana Yoga.
This is often called the Yoga of Wisdom. Here the idea
is to have the mind put aside all thoughts, emotions,
and physical impressions that bring a deluded
misidentification with who they really are when
they say "I am", and remain focused in what is
Reality. As this is ultimately infinite and unchangeable
and our mind, emotions, and bodies are finite and
ever-changing, only our consistent awareness (sometimes
called our Pure Consciousness) can be the vehicle
we focus with and place our attention on. One
meditation method of Jnana Yoga is called "Neti-neti",
which means "not this, not this." Here whenever
a thought, feeling, or sensation that doesn't focus
on the eternal and unchangeable floats by the inner
screen of the mind, the meditator says "neti-neti",
considers it as only a distraction, and lets it float
away with no further attachment. Being persistent and
un-distractible in this practice more and more firmly
establishes the meditator in the light of their Real
Self/Reality. And eventually or suddenly the meditator
lives identified with this perception, knowledge
and experience as the foundation of their life ever after.