Contemplation (and commentary about the article)
- This article appears in the Concepts of
Meditation section of Meditation Station.
This afternoon, in the midst of a gun show,
a few members of the Meditation Society of
America and I had a discussion about some
of the points it mentions. Some of our
commentary is shared below. Hopefully
there will be some benefit and clarity
from these words that lead to an evolution
in consciousness. Which is, of course, the
whole purpose of any of the Meditation Society
of America's activities.
Learning concentration can be considered
analogous to a baby learning to crawl.
It is only the first phase of a process
that ends with attaining a freedom of
movement. Just as we find walking and
running to be superior ways to arrive at
a given location, we will find attaining
the ability to experience states of Meditation
and Contemplation to be superior ways of
arriving at infinite varieties of locations.
While concentrating and meditating we
are placing limits on our actions -- we are
commanding our mind, body, and emotions to
stay focused on the task we have assigned
and not distract us. In a way, this control,
though beneficial and necessary for our
success at concentration and meditation,
is the exact thing that we need to let go
of to attain Contemplation. Contemplation
requires a complete surrender -- a non-control
by our finite ego/mind and a complete taking
over by the infinite Cosmic Consciousness.
Even though "control" may give us a way
to excise some "inner demons", like compulsive
behavior, distracting thought patterns, or
sadness, it is limited. Only an action of
unlimited qualities can lead to a completely
liberated result. To fly high, we cannot tie
ourselves to the ground in any way. The more
we let go, the more we soar and the moment
we let go completely is the moment we attain
Concentration and Meditation not only give
us greater control over our lives but also
allow us a chance to practice witnessing our
life as it occurs. Witnessing, which can only
happen here and now, will ultimately lead to
the recognition of our Real Self, which is
none other than the source of all consciousness,
and thus, the ultimate Witness of all.
A brief commentary:
What the article seems to suggest is that there
is some way that we can "do" something, and
that's very questionable. There is no cause and
effect "doing" that will let you "surrender"
or "let go".
If you're playing chess, there can come a time
that you see there is no hope of avoiding
check-mate and you can surrender. But life
itself isn't that kind of game. With meditation,
we have moments in our lives that allow us to
be aware "in real time". Then, when not
commenting, judging, comparing or anything
like that, and we are simply being aware in the now,
we see that "letting go" comes to us. The "surrender"
is automatic as the temporary ego melts away and
the universal perspective that is ever present
"It", like all things, is just a "Thy will be done"
thing (whether there is a big "Thy in the sky" or
whether or not there is a real "I" that I am or
am not). So it's a matter of "Grace"and "Mercy"
and "Joy" and other things with ladies names, but
doubtfully having anything to do with "Just do it".
That idea is only good for advertisements for sneakers.
And what's somewhat likely is that all of the article
and the commentary are just what Kir Li Molari
calls "Words! Words! Words!" and have actually diverted
your attention "away from" instead of "attention
to" what's here in the present.
Peace and blessings,