14732Could this be called a practice?
- Apr 4, 2006In my view, all the practices can be reduced to one single practice.
At the end, all of them lead to it, if so. Purifications, letting
go´s, observation, discrimination, repetitions, being still, intents of
mindfullness, meditation, being in the now, focussing, and whatever,
can be reduced into simple self enquiry, which does not need of much
training. It is one step practice. If we can call it so. In any case,
there is no guarantee of it 'functioning', for the needed
concetration for this depends on how able one is to be still, let go,
observe, discriminate, concentrate..........:-) or just how tired,
exhausted, one is of being the one, one is supposed to be. But let´s
Thoughts are impermanent for they arise and disappear. The first or
most recurrent thought tends to be the thought 'I'. To follow the
trade of this thought until reaching the source from where it takes
rise would make evident that this thought appears as if from nothing,
to then disappear into the same place.
The biggest cloud in this respect is that we believe that thoughts
occur to us. MY thoughts, taking this thinker as "I", which in
reality is the root thought. "I" is a thought. First premise, yes,
but nobody is ever convinced of this, so that is why it is suggested
to investigate the 'place' from where this "I", as a thought,
appears. And that´s all that can be done. Only when there is the
eagerness to do this investigation, I mean, when one is really tired
of being this "I", (of the seeking I) is when self enquiry is in
Realization of the reality of what we are is so simple, so near, so
obvious and immediate, but at the same time, we are so used (immersed
in the tendency) to follow the thoughts and their continuity which
generates stories, that it seems rare and difficult to recognize that
This, (which seems as if no-where, no-place, as if nothing, from
which the thought 'I' or any other thought arises), Is what we are.
Even to mention this would make a lot of people run away, for almost
nobody wants to buy this scary proposition.
Now, following the thread
(of thoughts :-))
being this a tendency (to follow the thoughts), the practice of self
enquiry (to follow the trade of the thought 'I') is a direct and
efficient way to cut such tendency from its root. Which, as well as I
can try to express, does not mean that no more thoughts will ever
appear, but that their appearances will be known or recognized as
what they are: just appearances in that (which I really am) , this no
name something or nothing which some call present awareness, others
name it nothingness and some others call it consciousness or void (a
non fashionable way would be God) and the way I use to express it is
'existence from ever and for ever'.
(I seem to be mentioning a 'way' here, which also seems to be out of
fashion, but I will dare to continue with this.)
If we can call this a practice, between the so called purifying
practices for a 'mind to be ready for enlightenment' or to 'deserve
the Grace', as some seekers use to place, this would be an effective
one. Ramana Maharshi said about self enquiry that it was the practice
and the goal. But then again, everybody wants something better than
what they have (are) now, so there is always something missing, grace
is missing, the right moment has not come yet, and so on.
The purification that so many practices called 'spiritual' seek, is
in reality, as I have understood, the cutting of the road we are used
to follow, this means, to make a very strong STOP in the current of
thoughts that tend to arise, and to pay attention to that or this,
which is as if from no where, as if from nothing, that from where
this same attention arise and disappears. Not being attention
directed to any other thought in this instant, attention disappears
in its own source. (Well, at least I am trying to explain how I think
it may happen, though it may not happen this way) All there is, then,
is what always is in this very instant from ever and for ever. Any
other instant (before or after) is just another thought happening in
These are my ideas about the 'way'. But trully, trully, what I am
sure is that there is no way, only what happens in this instant which
(for me) could be expressed as 'existence from ever and for ever'.
So, a way to get where? Nowhere, only the possible recognition of the
nature of this ever present reality is what may happen in this instant.
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