385Bindu: The Final Convergence Point of Yoga, Vedanta and Tantra
- Sep 7, 2005Excerpted from the approximately 40-page article:
Bindu: The Final Convergence Point
of Yoga, Vedanta and Tantra
(Includes 6 Exercises and several graphics)
UNDERSTANDING THE END OF THE JOURNEY: Bindu means Point or Dot, and
is often related to the principle of a Seed. This is not just a
poetic choice of words or philosophy. There literally is a stage of
meditation in which all experiences collapse, so to speak, into a
point from which all experiences arose in the first place. The Bindu
is near the end of the subtlest aspect of mind itself, after which
one travels beyond or transcends the mind and its contents. It is
near the end of time, space, and causation, and is the doorway to the
Absolute. To understand this principle is extremely useful, if not
essential to Advanced meditation.
CONVERGENCE OF PRACTICES: Awareness of the nature of Bindu helps
tremendously in seeing how all of the various practices are
complementary, not contradictory, with each, in its own way, leading
in the direction of the Bindu. The Bindu is the convergence point of
Meditation, Contemplation, Prayer, and Mantra, and is part of the
mystical, esoteric aspect of many, if not most religions and
meditative traditions. The experience of Bindu is an actual,
internally experienced reality, which is the convergence point of the
highest principles and practices of Yoga, Vedanta, and Tantra.
Seeking to experience and then transcend the Bindu serves as an
organizing principle and focal point for all of those spiritual or
yogic practices that are intended to lead one to direct experience.
OTHER PRACTICES ARE SUPPORT FOR THIS CONVERGENCE: By understanding
the convergence point (Bindu) of these practices (Yoga, Vedanta,
Tantra), all of the other practices of Yoga and Meditation (Karma,
Hatha, Bhakti, Jnana, Kundalini, Laya and Kriya Yogas) can be done in
the context of their being support structures or preparation for the
higher practices, experiences, and revelations.
THIS SIMPLIFIES THE OTHER ARTICLES ON SWAMIJ.COM: By keeping in mind
this highest perspective on the Bindu (the convergence point), all of
the other articles on SwamiJ.com (as well as many other writings) can
be understood more clearly. Each of those articles, in its own way,
points in the direction of the Bindu. Otherwise, it can seem rather
confusing at times. By remembering the focal point of Bindu, it is
easier to explore the depth of all of the practices, while not
getting lost along the way.
THE GURU OR TEACHER WITHIN: This point of convergence works in
conjunction with Guru Chakra (Jnana Chakra), which is the center for
the shakti diksha (initiation) that opens the conduit to the teacher
or guru within. While this is a universal process, it is also the
channel used for the direct, internal transmissions of wisdom and
experience given by the tradition of the Himalayan masters. Guru
Chakra is also explained further below in this article.
READING THE LAST PAGE FIRST: These teachings and trainings on this
highest perspective are for those people who insist on reading the
last page of a book first. Such people are not satisfied with
incomplete representations of Yoga and Meditation, such as those
limited to physical fitness, stress management, or medical treatment.
They want to see the big picture of Beginning, Intermediate, and
Advanced meditation with a clear vision of the path and the means of
attaining the final goal. While delving into explanations of the
depth of Advanced Yoga Meditation, the focus of this article is on
the very practical and down to earth.
SYMBOLS OF THE BINDU: The point of divergence and convergence is
called Bindu, which means Point or Dot, and is also related to a
Seed. The Sanskrit root of Bindu is to break through or to burst
through. The symbol has been used in a variety of ways, including the
DOT AS A SYMBOL: The Point or Dot has been widely used as a symbol
for the way in which the unity or unmanifest coexists at all times
and places with gross, external, or manifest world.
CROSS: The Point or Dot has also been used as a symbol of unity
emerging through four lines to form the appearance of two lines
crossing. The journey inward is merging back into the point.
YIN-YANG: The Dot shows two fundamental forces of static and active,
with the seed of one permeating the other, manifesting as the
symbolic 10,000 things, while ever remaining one.
DOT AND CRESCENT: The Point and the Crescent is an ancient symbol of
the unmanifest point and the manifest reality, later seen as a five
pointed star and crescent.
LIGHT AND A TUNNEL: People having near-death experiences may report
seeing light at the end of a Tunnel. The Tunnel is the subtle channel
called Brahma Nadi and the light emerges from Bindu.
HUB OF A WHEEL: The ever still Hub of the Wheel symbolizes the Self
(Atman) and the spokes are the Four Functions of Mind (Manas, Chitta,
Ahamkara, Buddhi) engaging the outer world.
OM MANTRA: The dot at the top of the OM symbolizes Turiya, the
Absolute Reality, or Pure Consciousness. OM is suggested in both the
Yoga Sutras and Vedanta.
SRI YANTRA: The highest, most advanced symbol of Tantra has a Dot or
Bindu in the center, which also symbolizes this point of divergence
MUSTARD SEED: The mustard seed has been widely used as a symbol of
the smallest point, out of which the largest emerges, and to which
that largest returns.
BINDU AND THE MUSTARD SEED: Here are a few interesting examples of
the mustard seed being used as a symbol of seeking experience of the
smallest point, out of which the largest emerges, and to which that
"Atman [Self], residing in the lotus of the heart--is smaller than a
grain of paddy, than a barley corn, than a mustard seed, than a grain
of millet or than the kernel of a grain of millet. This, my Atman
residing in the lotus of the heart is greater than the earth, greater
than the sky, greater than heaven, greater than all these worlds.
"The one I call holy does not cling to pleasures, like water on a
lotus leaf or a mustard seed on the point of a needle. (Dhammapada)
"Seek first the kingdom..." (Matthew) "The kingdom of heaven is like
a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it
is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the
"The gate of liberation is narrow, less than one-tenth of a mustard
seed. The mind has become as big as an elephant; how can it pass
through this gate? If one meets such a True Guru, by His Pleasure, He
shows His Mercy. Then, the gate of liberation becomes wide open, and
the soul easily passes through." (Guru Granth Sahib)
THREE STREAMS: YOGA, VEDANTA, TANTRA:
BINDU IS THE CONVERGENCE: While the Bindu, Mustard Seed, Dot or Point
are widely used symbols, the focus here is on the convergence of
Bindu in the three streams of Yoga, Vedanta, and Tantra. In
particular, it focuses on the convergence point of the highest
principles and practices of Raja Yoga as codified in the Yoga Sutras,
Advaita Vedanta as summarized in the Mandukya Upanishad, and the
highest Tantra, which is Samaya (Internal) Tantra and Sri Vidya.
These are briefly outlined below, and then further described in the
remainder of the article:
YOGA: Meditation on OM Mantra is recommended in the Yoga Sutras (1.23-
1.29) as a direct means of removing the obstacles to Self-Realization
and to that Realization itself. As noted above, the Bindu at the top
of the OM symbolizes Turiya, the Absolute Reality, Purusha or Pure
Consciousness that is to be realized.
VEDANTA: Contemplation on the four levels symbolized by OM Mantra is
at the very heart of Vedanta practice leading to Self-Realization,
the pinnacle of which is outlined in the Mandukya Upanishad. Here
again, the Bindu at the top of the OM symbolizes Turiya, the Absolute
Reality, Purusha or Pure Consciousness that is to be realized.
TANTRA: Meditation in Tantra is on the convergence of all energies,
with the highest of those inner practices being in Samaya Tantra and
Sri Vidya, which is represented by the Sri Yantra. The Bindu at the
center of the Sri Yantra symbolizes the final union of Shiva and
Shakti (the static and active), the Absolute Reality that is to be
EACH STREAM LEADS TO THE CONVERGENCE CALLED BINDU: Each of these
three streams of Yoga, Vedanta, and Tantra leads to the convergence
point called Bindu. To the sages of the Himalayan tradition, these
three streams converge to form the most direct route back to the
Reality from which all of the streams have first emerged.
CONSCIOUSLY, INTENTIONALLY REMEMBER THE BINDU: One of the most
beautiful aspects of this focus on Bindu is that all people can do
this, whether or not you have absolutely or finally decided on your
own conceptions of the nature of yourself, your Self, the universe,
God, Absolute or Truth, etc. If you already have your own concepts,
you can use your awareness of the existence of Bindu as a guiding
light. Or, if not, you can focus on the practices and processes that
are leading towards the Bindu, and then allow your own direct
experience of whatever is discovered beyond the Bindu to speak for
itself. Both ways work quite well when remembering that the practices
along the way all converge on the point called Bindu, which leads to