Is Yoga Meditation an Illogical Conclusion of Staying Still and Sitting?

Is Yoga Meditation an illogical conclusion of Staying still And Sitting?

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Meditation has always been a logical challenge for the Conditioned Mind.  We can never imagine a three-year-old to sit still and contemplate, or as adults even think of luring a material mind into a profit just by doing nothing.  The illogical nature of Meditation often poses a serious rational challenge to many who are willing to take the plunge and explore the unknown.  Much has been said and experiences have been published by marketing promotions on this practice, that we now call Meditation.

Often as confusing as it seems, it does pose a difficult question on why people would want to pursue this. Has it not been here before, if yes, why now?

Is it because society is now beginning to feel enslaved that it is rediscovering the root of its own unknown? Or perhaps we tried everything and failed, and here comes the wonder pill.

The Reality of Meditation:

If one is searching for an objective reality and rationalized approach of understanding then meditation is just simply not the approach. It is the place beyond what lies yonder and yet right here and now. Complicated as it may sound, it is a relative reality that is on the threshold of the unknown side of the mind. Just like the dark side of the moon, it has always been there but no one's seen it. If one would like to know this unknown side and open to relative reality where the possibilities are infinite.  Only then the practice of meditation makes sense.

Meditation Technique: The First Principle.

Amongst many techniques, the first principle has been always the "stilling of the mind".  How can one stop the chatter of voices in the head, when he identifies himself with the mind?  The best way is as Sri Ramana Maharishi  says is to change the vantage. 

Drop the false identity of the mind, and take the mind and body in a separate plane. Then what remains is the Absolute reality. Observe the mind and the objective reality and one will be able to understand the relativity of his existence and the causal mode of life.

Perhaps Einstein did take a hint from this to postulate his theories. The real formless self is waiting to be found.  Jesus also teaches to seek God with all your heart and mind and God will seek you. It is just a different way of seeking and finding the unknown and rediscovering oneself as a part of the whole.

Is Sitting and doing Nothing, actually doing Something?

Weird isn't t?  Let's find out.

Sitting is recommended as it offers a relaxed posture between sleep and wakefulness. It does give the mind a signal to calm its penchant for worry and pursuit of knowledge. In this state, one can then relieve oneself from the mind/body viewpoint and perch himself on the vantage of observation.  In this sense, the mind is actually doing nothing but the real self is drawing the essence and wisdom for the deep unknown by just being there without any effort or control.

  1. In the practice of Meditation one is actually doing a lot of things simultaneously.
  2. Observing the mind and slowing it down
  3. Dumping the conditioned mind based knowledge and seeking real wisdom.
  4.  Mindfulness in knowing the true self.
  5.  Discovering existence.
  6.  Going home where one has always been.
  7.  Reliving the joy of fulfillment in his destiny in the current expression of the body.

And much more.

In Zen, if one is not able to relate to life's spontaneity and bliss it is often joked about saying

You have been Sitting here for so long and still not found it

So much so, in the practice of Zen, meditation is a granted pre-condition in the pursuit of self-discovery.

Meditation and Children

pexels-photo-160191A child may not have to sit to find out. He is already in that state of unconditioned mind until we as adults put in the conditioning of what we call "the real world". 

Sadhguru says paraphrased

Until We Teach The Child What Didn't Work For Us. He/She Is Absolutely Fine.

  Jesus also mentions

Truly I Tell You, Unless You Change And Become Like Little Children, You Will Never Enter The Kingdom Of Heaven

 Both references as ironical as they seem, seem to be pointing towards the same "Truth".

Meditation is a naturally unnatural practice, that can help in siphoning  Divine Wisdom rather than relying on known knowledge and principles of the objective world. It does help understand how the illogical the condition of mind can change the course of a deceitful position on reality into the "Veritas Of Truth"

What is The Minds Role in Engaging with Spiritual Power

What is The Minds Role in Engaging with Spiritual Power?

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The mind does not take its initial step to cross over the fearfulness of the unknown because it believes it is in charge and does not comprehend the unknown as reality.  It relies on the physical projection of images and labels to understand its position as an independent entity. The reality of an absolute "Spirit" or the "Real Self" always remains a mystery to it.  It vibrates within a frequency of "The Known" doctrine and beliefs handed over by generations before.

It's only when the mind questions these established doctrines it becomes a starting point to self-inquiry.  When there is this immense need to validate these traditions and meanings behind these doctrines then the path arises to enquire. It’s not just to enquire but to have an insatiable desire to enquire and self-attest the practice of these norms. So much to say it has to get to the new normal post inquiry.

What is evident in the pursuit of self-inquiry is that there lies a space yonder that is beyond the reach of the mind

A dark space where everything begins and ends. The very space that is home to all. That very space that is all pervasive and all-inclusive. That which contains and excludes all known and unknown, things of the mind.

So, then at this the point of enormity, the mind comes to the conclusion that it's beyond its reach and its fundamental function to be able to know, assimilate and relate to the current reality, it submits to the grace of that space.

It accepts and realizes the insanity of its pursuit of perfection. It then comes to submission and ceases to believe that it is in control when everything that is in control works according to a grand design and process.

It feels inadequate to even think that it can make a difference on its own. It will rise to a high note in wisdom and accepts its new low in knowledge.

It takes on a reverse route ceasing to think first in known knowledge but waits on wisdom from the space and then converts the wisdom to knowledge in the practical world.

When the mind is subject to the space of the supreme spirit, it doesn’t process information into knowledge but reflects the wisdom. 

There is no resistance to think and process but just reflects the "as is", serving as a mirror into the spirit always. Man would get the glimpses of this supreme power residing inside when he is able to see, witness and reflect the awesomeness of the divine unknown.  

In Latin, Rudolf Otto calls this mysterious feeling as "Mysterium Tremendrum et Magnificans", then experienced by early Mystic Christian saints. Mary Magdalene in the lesser known esoteric accounts describes Jesus as both magnificent and fearful.  Fearful in the sense of the unknown awesomeness.

Spiritual power effects or otherwise miracles are the outcomes from such individuals who have a zero friction to mind with total emptiness.  This access and demonstration of power are meant for a greater cause, in the purchase and acceptance of the ignorant.

Shirdi Sai Baba said (paraphrased) “I would be happy if one does not look at the hand that is doing the miracles but the spirit inside the man that is doing it”.  It’s a way to show that access to the unknown, that which cannot be proved by science or any known methods to the mind, can be possessed by anyone with a still and empty mind.

"ye can do greater miracles than me"

Jesus

The mind is the greatest tool that can be used to shine the glory within. A proven tool that has been, effectively demonstrated by Saints, Prophets, and Avatars.

Do Spiritual Masters Get Angry?

Do Spiritual Masters Get Angry?

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The popular view of a realized person is that they are compassionate, loving and are always at a standard that serves itself to be an epitome of a Godly character.  This view is often held in a high esteem by the devotees in general.  The message from the master is received as dear to one’s own heart, much like a gospel. It is much easier to acknowledge the message and surface dwell than to walk the talk with the enlightened. The enlightened do not look to document every proceeding that issues out of a dialogue with his audience, he is like a well without a bottom but, it is the intellectually inclined follower that would like to document, amplify his sayings and evangelize them further. In this effort, the enamored intellectual student focusses on the result rather than the process of the teaching. In the effort of painting a good story, he concentrates on the blissfulness that can be absorbed in or negatively describes the hardships one must face to reach the teaching. In either case, he is not actually getting into the shoes of the master and de-rails the message in totality.

It is much easier to acknowledge the message and surface dwell than to walk the talk with the enlightened.  

Most of the written accounts of spirituality are the products of one-time visitors, but not from the ones that really live with the master.  So what is much evident is the lacking of the routine observations on the master's day to day life. Even though sometimes a certain oddity may be observed, there is little or no focus as it provides little value to a hungry mind of the follower which is eagerly trying to sort its problems. 

The Vedantic schools in the Gurukul system in India, as well as the Zen Masters Schools of the Orient, have stressed upon the discipleship to understand the practical application of realization in relation to worldly life. In my opinion, this was by far the most practical mix in the system of spiritual and classical intense education.

The Gurus and Zen masters had certain eccentricities about them in their actions, their way was queer to the new incumbents into the system.  In places like India and The Orient, the young students are accustomed to the way of the master, but some from the West may find the system bit complicated and difficult to digest.  The "Karate Kid" movie is one such example, where the student had a tough time to understand the master's way to success.  In this film, the training was not at all " on subject” at the beginning, with the student having to go through peripheral skills first in order to reach his goal of the real thing. The Zen master always had a small bamboo stick that would land on the student followed by a Koan. The self-enquiring Koan is a way of titillating the mind to give up the material world and to search the spiritual realm for answers and was an effective tool unleash the hidden wisdom.

The self-enquiring Koan is a way of titillating the mind to give up the material world and to search the spiritual realm for answers and was an effective tool unleash the hidden wisdom.

Another angle was the master's mysterious ways to handle a problem. Before turning the water to wine Jesus asked for water to be filled in the jars, people were taken aback at the connection of water with wine.  Mary, his mother had to intervene and convince them to do as he says. It is that intimacy and discipleship that is necessary to unveil the understanding of a master.

So again the biggest issue still remains that they used to get angry at reasons that may seem normal to humans. Historical accounts mention that they were instances in the normal life of sages who had a community responsibility often flew off the handle.

Here are few instances that got the masters started off on a tantrum:

  1. The Hypocrisy Of Attitude:  Maharishi Sri Ramana's anger on the person feeding puffed rice to the peacock. What seemed like a lovely sight, full of love and compassion in feeding an animal to a normal person, had a different effect on the Sage instead. He was angered at the man and asked him to leave immediately and go back to the place he came from. Sri Ramana could see through the outward intent of the man and into his spirit to score false points on realization with his master.
  2. Monetizing a Holy Place: Jesus's  Anger in the temple: What is normal is to have some kind of commercial activity in a community center such as the synagogue in those days. The only instance where he was supposed to have an outburst of flinging things around explains his frustration towards using the context of spiritual congruence for monetization.

The anger of the Master is not ego driven but a culmination of an intense protest of the spirit against the leanings of his disciples on the material world and the limitations of the mind induced self-identity.  By understanding this, one can help himself to realize the root cause of his own anger. Is it because of a damaged Ego? Or a reaction to an instance that again hurt his beliefs etc. In any case, one's anger must be dealt with by centering himself in his true spirit within and remove the main cause, that he identifies with.  At least one can be clear now that the anger energy that the masters used to drive home the point is to get their disciples to learn the way of the spirit within.