Re: Enquiry and Meditation
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "G"
> --- In email@example.com,is
> medit8ionsociety <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> > While meditation in itself constitutes. a very powerful attack on
> > ignorance, Swami Sivananda suggests that the spiritual
> aspirant should
> > practise Vichar also. Vichar is enquiry into the real nature of
> > things. Vichara results in Viveka or discrimination between the
> > and the unreal. It helps the aspirant to sift the true from the
> > Swamiji asserts that without cogitation, Truth cannot be known
> > realised. Vichara sharpens the intellect and leads to the
> > of the Truth that lies behind the phenomenal universe.
> > How should the aspirant reflect? The Master shows the way:
> "Who am I?
> > What is Brahman (God)? What is this Samsara (process of
> worldly life)?
> > What is the goal of life? How to attain the goal? How to attain
> > freedom from births and deaths? What is the Svarupa of
> > (Essential nature of liberation)? Whence? Where? Whither?
> Thus should
> > the aspirant of liberation ever enquire, seeking to achieve the
> > purpose of life". The justification for this method of Vichara or
> > enquiry is contained in the saying, "As you think, so you
> become". By
> > constant reflection on the Reality behind the appearances, the
> > attains oneness with the Reality and becomes that Reality
> > Enquiry opens the aspirant's eyes to new vistas of knowledge.
> It leads
> > him steadily to Truth. For instance, if the aspirant starts the
> > am I?" enquiry, he will soon find that he cannot equate himself
> > any one of his sense organs like the nose, the eyes or the
> > because even without one or more of these, he can live and life
> > pulsate in his veins. So, he is not the body. Nor is he the mind,
> > because even during the unconscious and the deep sleep
> states, when
> > the mind ceases to function, he exists and his heart throbs.
> > what is this 'I' in everybody? Swami Sivananda declares that
> the real
> > 'I' is none, else than Brahman or the Atman who is the motive
> > behind all existence. It is He who thinks through the mind,
> > through the eyes, eats through the mouth, hears through the
> ears and
> > so on He is the Witnessing Consciousness who dwells in all
> > When a person gets up from deep sleep and says, "I enjoyed a
> > dreamless sleep", it is this Witnessing Consciousness which
> > the fact that the body and the mind rested in sound sleep. It
> > be otherwise. The mind which was virtually dead during the
> deep sleep
> > state could . not itself have consciously enjoyed a sound
> slumber and
> > remembered it. The enjoyer is the Atman. Swamiji repeatedly
> > the spiritual seeker to identify himself with this Atman which
> > real Self and not with his perishable body. Constant
> > with the Atman or the Witnessing Consciousness in oneself is
> > shortcut to spiritual success. The aspirant who adopts this
> > will soon rise above body consciousness.
> > The secret of spirituality lies in realising one's essential
> > It is not becoming something outside of oneself. It is not as if
> > and God are separate and that man should go to a God who is
> > to him and merge in that God. No. God is already there,
> > Within us and outside of us. The body and the mind in which
> man is
> > encased are mere illusions of an ignorant mind. God only is.
> All else
> > is not. All else is only appearance. This appearance is made
> > by the functioning of the mind. Meditation and enquiry enable
> > aspirant to feel, to realise that he is, after all, Brahman and
> > bundle of body and mind. When divine wisdom dawns, the
> Sadhak realises
> > his innermost Being. And being is Brahman.
> > Man himself is God and the entirety of Sadhana (spiritual
> > is meant to enable man to realise his God-nature, to realise
> that the
> > God he has been searching for is his own Self. Initially, Yoga
> > purifies the mind. Later on, the seeker uses this purified mind,
> > concentrate and meditate on the God within; and at the
> deepest point
> > of meditation, the purified mind melts in the God within and is
> > lost there, destroyed there. And only God remains. Being
> > God-consciousness remains. A telling analogy given in the
> Yoga texts
> > is the dry twig used in kindling a fire, where the twig itself is
> > ultimately consumed in the fire. The purified mind is like this
> > It helps to kindle the fire of God-consciousness within, and in
> > process, is itself destroyed in that fire. In Samadhi
> > state), the mind melts in Brahman as camphor melts in fire.
> > separate identity of the individual soul vanishes. Only
> > Sat-Chit-Ananda (Existence- Consciousness-Bliss Absolute)
> > This is an excerpt from the chapter titled PRACTICE OF
> MEDITATION from
> > the book, What Does Swami Sivananda Teach? By Sri
> G: yes one begins by relaxing ,witnessing then being in the
> moment... many times a progression takes place.... naturally
> and spontaneously ... when settled enough one begins to
> question these rising thoughts which run our world and
> emotions.... where do they come from .... what sustains them
> .... are they in fact who and what i am.... what am i ....
> goes the progression .... until one is drawn into a vastnessin
> which all illusion falls away.... or a Nirvikalpa wherein allis
> stripped away in one instant ....being
> it matters not which avenue .... whether the falling away or
> stripped bare... there are no supports left that remain...mind is
> supports of identity no longer need to remain in place ....
> simply Awareness remains ... a Peace IS.... life IS.....
> based in emptiness.... all that is seen IS but is empty inalone
> nature.... Vast .... ONE...... the play of separation is mind
> for ultimately all is simply the ONE beyond any divisionaryhas the
> within the individual play the ONE may either be Paramount in
> conscious awareness or be hidden under the layers of mind and
> it's distinctions.... some see .... some are blind ... all
> same One at its core.... that ONE is Life....Yes, and this I am, from ever and for ever. No relevant or
irelevant, personal or impersonal history here. No time, no space,
but relatively. If I do not exist....nothing can ever exist.
Sat-Chit-Anand.....Self, Consciousness, Joy