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Re: Enquiry and Meditation

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  • mlcanow
    ... is ... not ... so ... in ... is ... being ... mind is ... alone ... has the ... Yes, and this I am, from ever and for ever. No relevant or irelevant,
    Message 1 of 5 , Mar 30, 2003
      --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "G"
      <crystalkundalini@h...> wrote:
      > --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com,
      > 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
      > real
      > > and the unreal. It helps the aspirant to sift the true from the
      > false.
      > > Swamiji asserts that without cogitation, Truth cannot be known
      > or
      > > realised. Vichara sharpens the intellect and leads to the
      > discernment
      > > 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
      > Moksha
      > > (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
      > seeker
      > > attains oneness with the Reality and becomes that Reality
      > itself.
      > >
      > > Enquiry opens the aspirant's eyes to new vistas of knowledge.
      > It leads
      > > him steadily to Truth. For instance, if the aspirant starts the
      > "Who
      > > am I?" enquiry, he will soon find that he cannot equate himself
      > with
      > > any one of his sense organs like the nose, the eyes or the
      > ears,
      > > because even without one or more of these, he can live and life
      > can
      > > 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.
      > Then,
      > > 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
      > force
      > > behind all existence. It is He who thinks through the mind,
      > sees
      > > through the eyes, eats through the mouth, hears through the
      > ears and
      > > so on He is the Witnessing Consciousness who dwells in all
      > beings.
      > > When a person gets up from deep sleep and says, "I enjoyed a
      > sound
      > > dreamless sleep", it is this Witnessing Consciousness which
      > remembers
      > > the fact that the body and the mind rested in sound sleep. It
      > cannot
      > > 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
      > advises
      > > the spiritual seeker to identify himself with this Atman which
      > his
      > > real Self and not with his perishable body. Constant
      > identification
      > > with the Atman or the Witnessing Consciousness in oneself is
      > a
      > > shortcut to spiritual success. The aspirant who adopts this
      > technique
      > > will soon rise above body consciousness.
      > >
      > > The secret of spirituality lies in realising one's essential
      > nature.
      > > It is not becoming something outside of oneself. It is not as if
      > man
      > > and God are separate and that man should go to a God who is
      > external
      > > to him and merge in that God. No. God is already there,
      > everywhere,
      > > 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
      > possible
      > > by the functioning of the mind. Meditation and enquiry enable
      > the
      > > aspirant to feel, to realise that he is, after all, Brahman and
      > a
      > > 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
      > practices)
      > > 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
      > Sadhana
      > > purifies the mind. Later on, the seeker uses this purified mind,
      > to
      > > concentrate and meditate on the God within; and at the
      > deepest point
      > > of meditation, the purified mind melts in the God within and is
      > itself
      > > lost there, destroyed there. And only God remains. Being
      > remains.
      > > 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
      > twig.
      > > It helps to kindle the fire of God-consciousness within, and in
      > the
      > > process, is itself destroyed in that fire. In Samadhi
      > (superconscious
      > > state), the mind melts in Brahman as camphor melts in fire.
      > The
      > > separate identity of the individual soul vanishes. Only
      > > Sat-Chit-Ananda (Existence- Consciousness-Bliss Absolute)
      > prevails.
      > >
      > > This is an excerpt from the chapter titled PRACTICE OF
      > MEDITATION from
      > > the book, What Does Swami Sivananda Teach? By Sri
      > N.Ananthanarayanan
      > 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 vastness
      > which all illusion falls away.... or a Nirvikalpa wherein all
      > stripped away in one instant ....
      > it matters not which avenue .... whether the falling away or
      > stripped bare... there are no supports left that remain...
      > supports of identity no longer need to remain in place ....
      > simply Awareness remains ... a Peace IS.... life IS.....
      mind is
      > based in emptiness.... all that is seen IS but is empty in
      > nature.... Vast .... ONE...... the play of separation is mind
      > for ultimately all is simply the ONE beyond any divisionary
      > play........
      > 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
      has the
      > 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
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