13490Re: Two Types of Meditation: A Yantra story
- Dec 16, 2004Thanks, Bob -
When I first came across the "Yantra" meditation,
I had just opened an office, as part of an holistic
health center (way back in 1981). My focus was
on stress, weight control, smoking cessation,
and sports improvement - using meditation/hypnosis/
While waiting for a client one afternoon, I opened
the Yantra book and spent about 20 minutes looking
at a geometric design of yellow and purple with
a red center. When the client came in I closed the book.
On a guided meditation, the client was asked
to see herself walking along a path in a field
and finding a tree stump to sit on. Then she
told that she would see a flower right across
from where she sat down, and she was
asked to focus on the flower while I continued
to talk to her achieving her specific goal.
Near the close of the session, I asked her
to describe the flower she had seen. She
precisely described the colors and arrangement
of the Yantra I had meditated upon while
waiting for her. I was a little startled.
The following day, again while waiting for
a client, I did different Yantra meditation.
Hoping to dismiss the "coincidence" of
the day before, I asked this clilent, who
wanted to quit smoking, to also see a
flower as part of his guided meditation.
You guessed it....he also described the
same colors and pattern of the Yantra I
had seen earlier. This time it kind of
freaked me out.
I've never tried it again. But it gives me
pause before blithely denying the
possibility of "transmission" in the guru/
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org,
medit8ionsociety <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> From the Concepts of Meditation section of our web site,
> Station http://www.meditationsociety.comOne is
> Two Types of Meditation: Stabilizing and Analytical
> Tibetan Buddhism speaks of two different types of meditation.
> Stabilizing and could be characterized by a type of "mindless"an
> repetition of a word or phrase (mantra/japa) or by simply doing
> action over and over like yantra (the continual gazing at anobject,
> ie: a picture or statue of a deity, the symbol for OM, a flame,at a
> etc.). The other type of meditation is Analytical. In this form, the
> practitioner doesn't simply repeat a word over and over or look
> picture repeatedly. The meditator would try to understandeverything
> they know or everything that can be known about the object oftheir
> attention. As an example of the difference between a stabilizingand
> an analytical meditation, let's use the word peace. You couldrepeat
> peace, peace, peace, ad infinitum and eventually go deeperand deeper
> into a state of quietude that could be described as Peace. Thisis
> very nice but perhaps might not be fulfilling relative to anincrease
> in understanding about peace. This is where analyticalmeditation
> might bring a benefit. The meditator who is trained in analyticalonce
> methodology might also start by repeating the word peace, but
> firmly concentrated on it would then proceed to analyzingeverything
> they knew about peace. They might think about the things thatbring
> them peace like swimming, or eating, or maybe holding ababy. They
> may also think about the things that make them lose theirpeace like
> their boss, or unfulfilled desires, or driving in heavy traffic. Ineverything
> theory, eventually, if they kept at it, they would connect
> in the universe, because everything is in some way connectedwith
> peace (Einstein's' theory of relativity - all things are relative toback
> everything else). But what actually happens is that the object of
> your meditation starts to present itself to you and you can sit
> in your minds-eye and simply witness your Higher Mind revealevery
> aspect of peace to you. Your inner Witness, who is your RealSelf, is
> always receiving, knowing, and at one with everything and oncewe
> remove the false concept that we are different (a body, a mind,an
> emotion, even a separate soul) from it, we will know and be atone
> with everything. Our consciousness awakens to its real naturalof
> infinite, eternal Peace, Love, Knowledge, and Bliss, and we liveSo, to
> happily ever after. This is the state known as Contemplation.
> summarize, you start by Concentrating, then Meditate by theis
> analytical method, and then this segues into Contemplation. It
> then when all the ???'s turn into !!!.The Tibetans Buddhistsconsider
> analytical meditation techniques to be superior to thestabilizing.
> For you, now, it may be possible that this may bring about theresult
> you seek.
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