In answer to an email that asked
"What should I meditate on?", we
had directed a member to this
technique that appears in the Concepts
of Meditation section on Meditation Station.
The report that we got back was that
this was helpful. Perhaps it will be
for you as well. Enjoy!
Jnana Yoga is the yoga of wisdom. Basically
it directs us to come to know the reality of
who and what our Real Self is. Who and what
we are is consciousness
and we are at one
with the source of all things and all
consciousness. One of the methods Jnana
Yogis use for coming to the realization of
our oneness is stimulated by meditating on
certain phrases such as "That thou art",
"Consciousness is Brahman (The supreme Reality)",
"I am Brahman", and "This Self is Brahman".
Of these, it is said that the first, "That thou art",
is the greatest and gives birth to the other three.
For centuries seekers of Enlightenment have
meditated on these statements and enjoyed the
divine reward they sought. In these turbulent
times it is still appropriate to spend time
and energy in contemplation on these liberating
concepts. It is also worthwhile to meditate on other
concepts. The criteria we must use to determine if
a concept or technique is "good for us" is very simple
- if it brings you peace, it is. And if it causes
you to lose your peace, it is "bad".
Jnana, virtually everything that deals with
becoming less ego-centered and more universal in
perspective is considered beneficial and worth
meditating on. Here are a few thoughts that may
bring you peace...
1. Only the selfish suffer.
2. In this Now, everything's sweet.
3. You are not apart from the universe; you are
not "here" and the rest of the universe "there".
You are a part of the universe, at one with it.
4. The only thing telling you something's wrong is your mind. Nevermind!
5. Time is subjective. Be objective - don't let
time subject you. Whenever anything happens, it
is the right time for it to occur.
6. Your body is a collection of atoms that has
changed its' construction and composition 100%
since you first started reading this. You are not
your body. You are that which can witness its' changes.
7. The tongue is the hardest sense instrument to
tame. Our need to
comment is obsessive and compulsive.
Chasing after taste bud pleasure is slavery.
Witness your inner silence and be free.
8. It is good not to suffer. But suffering helps
you grow because it makes you strong, compassionate,
and humble. These are very good qualities. So
suffering is also good. When you realize this,
you can give thanks and praise when you don't suffer
and when you do. Stop suffering from thinking
suffering is only something that makes you suffer.
9. Your inner Real Self is beautiful, pure, luminous,
and glorious. This essence is yours eternally. Don't
worry for a second about your external beauty. If
you're in touch with your inner beauty, your outer
beauty will be beautiful.
10. If you help less, you will be helpless.
11. Every breath is a gift of love from above.
Fill with this love with every inhale and send
it out with every exhale.
12. The most serene person is
the most selfless person.
The saddest person is the most selfish person.