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17050Re: [Meditation Society of America] Becoming Well Balanced

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  • WestWind
    Mar 10, 2010
      Very, Very, True!
      When a person has not yet experienced their own enlightenment, they must depend on the guidance of a teacher who understands their propensities. After enlightenment "when we truly become the devotee of the almighty Lord" the guidance comes directly from the Lord to the devotee. At that point the duties of the teacher shift to assuring the devotee that the almighty experience is as it should be and to keep it up. However; before making the shift, the teacher here has to carefully quiz the devotee to determine that in fact the devotee has experienced what Buddhists say is beginners mind, or enlightenment.

      --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, suman sk <sumansk@...> wrote:
      > Very true!
      > But I feel when we truly become the devotee of the almightly Lord, by the chants or being always an oberver, everything else starts to fall in place.The balance, peace, love, gratitude and life starts to get sorrounded by these things.The reactivity converts to observation, the truth starts to get instilled that I am a pure awareness and not this body.The pure awareness is always blissful and nothing material ever can touch it.
      > so just awnted to share my experiences !!
      > Surendra
      > --- On Sat, 3/6/10, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
      > From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com>
      > Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Becoming Well Balanced
      > To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Saturday, March 6, 2010, 6:57 AM
      > We all have a predisposition to react either
      > physically, emotionally, or intellectually.
      > This makes us unbalanced, habitual, compulsive,
      > and slave-like in our reactivity. A good
      > Meditation teacher will be able to advise
      > us how to recognize which of these characteristics
      > is our most predominate and suggest ("prescribe" )
      > meditation techniques that help us gain control
      > over our primary reactivity, and others that
      > strengthen the other 2 aspects of our nature.
      > The end result is being well balanced with Self
      > knowledge and Self control. As an example, let's
      > say that we are primarily reactive emotionally.
      > Our meditative task would be to gain control
      > over our emotional reactivity, and to strengthen
      > our physical and intellectual awareness and
      > reactions to the strength level of our emotions.
      > This will leave us well balanced. So, for example,
      > the emotionally reactive person, who is trying
      > to get this reactivity under control, may do well
      > to do meditation techniques that emphasize
      > dispassion, while doing intellectual techniques
      > like pondering the ancient formula of "I am not
      > my body, I am not my mind, I am not my emotions",
      > as well as doing physical awareness exercises
      > such as the Zen tea ceremony. In some traditions,
      > like the Sufi, or "4th way" of Gurdjieff, it is
      > only the person who has achieved this balanced,
      > Self controlled state who is able to act. Until
      > that point is reached, the teaching is that we
      > are merely in a robot-like dream state, and cannot
      > "do" anything. And our life is just one reaction
      > after another.
      > Meditation is the methodology that shines the light
      > of our inner Witness and wakes us up from our dream.
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