Meditation brings a sense of fullness and completion, and is the only permanent source of tranquility available to human beings. All other forms of serenity are temporary and dissolve into conflict and chaos over time. The euphoria of drugs quickly lead to misery and self-destruction. The wholesomeness of love, so beautiful and ethereal, is a relatively short lived and fleeting experience. As J. Krishnamurti said, meditation brings order and “That order is the order of the universe. It is irrevocable and doesn’t depend on anything.” Meditation is the eternal essence of nature taking on conscious form within the mortal human frame.
Meditation is an adventure of self-discovery. How can you live without knowing who or what you are? If someone asks you who you are during the day, you may state your name, as if a temporary label actually means something important. Ask yourself who you are when you are in deep sleep, unconscious, and without even a dream to prove that you exist. Ask yourself who you were ten months before you were born, and who you will be just one moment after your body dies. Meditation increases awareness of the natural phenomena that is actually going on behind your own eyes. Self-knowledge has intrinsic value, even without the indescribable bliss nature generously unleashes in those who practice meditation with sincerity and patience.
- Christopher Calder
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Stop projecting haha and click the link and read. He copied and pasted it–it’s the prelude to a series of articles for contemplation.
Haha it goes into all that hindu spiritual scientific cool stuff there. :)
The people of Kalama asked the Buddha who to believe out of all the ascetics, sages, venerables, and holy ones who, like himself, passed through their town. They complained that they were confused by the many contradictions they discovered in what they heard. The Kalama Sutta is the Buddha’s reply.
– Do not believe anything on mere hearsay.
– Do not believe in traditions merely because they are old and have been handed down for many generations and in many places.
– Do not believe anything on account of rumors or because people talk a a great deal about it.
– Do not believe anything because you are shown the written testimony of some ancient sage.
– Do not believe in what you have fancied, thinking that, because it is extraordinary, it must have been inspired by a god or other wonderful being.
– Do not believe anything merely because presumption is in its favor, or because the custom of many years inclines you to take it as true.
– Do not believe anything merely on the authority of your teachers and priests.
– But, whatever, after thorough investigation and reflection, you find to agree with reason and experience, as conducive to the good and benefit of one and all and of the world at large, accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it.
The same text, said the Buddha, must be applied to his own teachings.
– Do not accept any doctrine from reverence, but first try it as gold is tried by fire.
Love and the law of Moses
Let your gestures be alive, spontaneous. Let your own awareness decide your lifestyle, life pattern. Don’t allow anybody else to decide it. That is a sin, to allow anybody else to decide it.
Why is it a sin?–because you will never be in it. It will remain superficial, it will be hypocrisy. Don’t ask anybody how to pray. Let the moment decide, let the moment be decisive, and the truth of the moment should be your prayer. And once you allow the truth of the moment to possess you, you will start growing and you will know tremendous beauties of prayer. You have entered on the path.
A famous story about Moses:
He was passing through a forest and he saw a man praying. The man was saying such absurd things that Moses had to stop. What the man was saying was profane, sacrilegious. He was saying, “God, you must be feeling sometimes very alone–I can come and be always with you like a shadow. Why suffer loneliness when I am here? And I am not a useless person either–I will give you a good bath, and I will take all the lice from your hair and your body…”
Lice?! Moses could not believe his ears: what is this man talking about? “And I will cook food for you–everybody likes what I cook. And I will prepare your bed and I will wash your clothes. When you are ill I will take care of you. I will be a mother to you, a wife to you, a servant, a slave–I can be all kinds of things. Just give me a hint so I can come…”
Moses stopped him and said, “What are you doing? To whom are you talking? Lice in God’s hair? He needs a bath? Stop this nonsense! This is not prayer. God will be offended by you.”
Looking at Moses, the man fell at his feet. He said, “I am sorry. I am an illiterate, ignorant man. I don’t know how to pray. Please, you teach me!”
So Moses taught him the right way to pray, and he was very happy because he had put a man on the right track. Happy, puffed up in his ego, Moses went away. And when he was alone in the forest, a thundering voice came from the sky and said, “Moses, I have sent you into the world to bring people to me, to bridge people with me, but not to take my lovers away from me. And that’s exactly what you have done. That man is one of the most intimate to me. Go back and apologize. Take your prayer back! You have destroyed the whole beauty of his dialogue. He is sincere, he is loving. His love is true. Whatsoever he was saying, he was saying from his heart, it was not a ritual. Now what you have given to him is just a ritual. He will repeat it but it will be only on the lips; it will not be coming from his being.”
Kundalini, an Italian Dish?
Definition: kundalini (k¢n´de-lê´nê) noun of Hindu origin. Physical and sexual energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine is activated through esoteric kundalini practice. This energy is directed through th…e kundalini channel in the etheric body upward to the top of the head.
Too Many Buddhas?
Listed randomly, here are a small fraction of the many Buddhas and Bodhisattvas we can look to for inspiration. Many Buddhas were never recognized, many names have been long forgotten, and many Buddhas are yet to be born. Should we narrowly fixate on just one beautiful but fallible Buddha, or should we instead be interested in the essential phenomena of enlightenment?
Ramana Maharshi Buddha, George Gurdjieff Buddha, Jiddu Krishnamurti Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, Dogen Buddha, Patanjali Buddha, Eisai Buddha, Chuang-tzu Buddha, Shiva Buddha, Rinzai Buddha, Krishna Buddha, Lao-tzu Buddha, Bodhidharma Buddha, Kasyapa Buddha, Rumi Buddha, Tilopa Buddha, Kabir Buddha, Swami Chidananda Bodhisattva, Basho Buddha, Karmapa Bodhisattva, Naropa Buddha, Neem Karoli Baba Bodhisattva, Rajneesh Buddha, Meher Baba Buddha, Shirdi Sai Baba Buddha, Ramakrishna Buddha, Poonjaji Buddha, Milarepa Buddha, Padmasambhava Buddha, Khyentse Rinpoche Bodhisattva, Sri Yukteswar Bodhisattva, Marpa Buddha, the unrecognized, the forgotten, and the yet to come …
- Christopher Calder
Gautama the Buddha has said meditation is the lion’s roar, because it is an explosion. It is the explosion of your consciousness which is far deeper, far more vast than any atomic explosion can ever be.
Yes, there is a difference between these two explosions. The atomic explosion is destructive, but the explosion that happens in consciousness through meditation is inevitably creative.
It is a lion’s roar because the moment a man knows the deepest experience of his being – that’s what meditation is all about – he becomes fearless, because he knows there is no death anymore; he is eternal.
It is a lion’s roar because now nobody can enslave him. Yes, you can kill him but you cannot enslave him, you cannot kill his soul. You can imprison his body but not his being; now he now knows freedom, and freedom cannot be taken away. It releases immense courage. He can fight with the whole world.
In fact all the great meditators have been fighting with this stupid world, all alone, single-handedly. Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Kabir – down the ages the meditator has stood there fighting the whole collective stupidity of humanity. He has been butchered, crucified, killed, poisoned, but that makes no difference.
Whenever a man attains to meditation, the lion’s roar explodes, Again there is one, real authentic human being, who is ready to sacrifice everything for truth.
Quieting the Mind Opening the Heart
To put it simply, the act of meditation involves quieting the mind so you can open the heart. That’s it in a nutshell.
We often believe our hearts are open and we can feel much of what is going on in our lives. Yet to truly open the heart means we have to stop the thinking, the judging, the opinions, the analyzing, the questioning, the doubting, and just love. It’s all that unconditional stuff. The act of doing this, takes practice and patience. Learning to meditate means learning to love. To love our self. To love all others. To love the oneness of all. To love more.
The connection you feel when you ‘plug in’ to this oneness is the most irresistible state of love you will ever feel. Makes it sound like it’s worth the effort doesn’t it? Maybe you’ve had glimpses of this – moments when you felt it, and your heart expanded. The beauty of nature in a spectacular sunset or a magnificent rushing waterfall, a child’s innocent embrace, a long awaited accomplishment, an exhilarating sport or excursion, being with the one you love.
These can make you ‘feel’ in the biggest sense of the word. And the feeling can be described as wonderfully peaceful, coupled with a glorious uplifting, a lightening up of the heart. What these experiences all have in common is an external factor. Something had to be there, something had to be seen, in order to involve our senses. These ‘things’ serve to trigger this feeling.
Meditation serves the same purpose. It teaches you to connect with this feeling all on your own, without any outside stimuli. The source of that loving feeling is always within you. But what happens most often is that you don’t know how to access it on our own. You wait for the triggers, look for the triggers, and in fact even seek out the triggers, because you believe they are the source.
When you quiet your mind, you are closing down the outside stimuli. You are holding the mirror up to yourself, deep within yourself, and waiting to see/feel the love. It’s there, but the practice is necessary to learn to wait quietly, build patience, and stroke and nurture your loving heart.
Most of us have shy hearts and loud minds, and meditation serves to reverse this so we can truly feel the bliss and the joy and the ‘highs ‘we so crave in our lives. Now, meditation can be made to be much more complicated than what I have described. There are countless books, tapes, courses and workshops that deal with the core principles of meditation, and then expand upon them. They go into many, many aspects, avenues, theories, understandings, types, etc. It can be quite overwhelming for the beginner. But it’s perfect for the intermediate student of meditation.
When you are beginning, the less said the better. Keeping it simple is very important, because the process of meditation is so simple. If it’s not working, or if you want to know more about it, or you are ready to know more about it, then by all means read, study, learn. It’s like taking the same route to the supermarket every day and then finding out there are other ways of getting there, other roads that lead there, other journeys you can take.
Study and practice of meditation has the potential to open up many layers of your heart. Everything in your life therefore opens up with it. Relationships bloom, work purpose is found, vibrant health is allowed, because love affects your belief system, your attitudes, your choices. Anger dissolves before it ever manifests, frustration mellows out, the pit of sadness and depression are filled up like never before. These are the promises of meditation. These are the long-term rewards. But in the beginning, meditation is simply quieting your mind so you can open your heart.
© 2004 Christopher Stewart
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Intension Rice Experiment – Video
The Brain Jockey Club
Know yourself before you die! – the Brain Jockey Club motto
When: Every night, last thing before going to sleep. First thing in the morning.
Duration: 4-5 minutes.
Step 1: Imagine a Halo
“Sit on your bed and imagine an aura around your body, just six inches away from your body, the same shape as the body…surrounding you, protecting you. It will become a shield. Still feeling this, go to sleep, fall into sleep imagining that aura like a blanket around you, which protects you from any tension entering from outside, from any thought entering you from outside. No outside vibration can enter you. You fall asleep but that imagination will enter the unconscious and becomes a tremendous force and energy.
Step 2: In the Morning…
“In the morning, the moment you feel that now sleep is gone, don’t open your eyes: just feel your aura all over the body protecting you. Do it for four to five minutes and then get up.
Step 3: All the Time…
“Taking your bath, having tea, go on remembering it. Any other time during the day when you remember — sitting in a car or train or in the office doing nothing — just relax into it again.
“This [exhaustion] happens to many people because we don’t know how to protect ourselves. Others are not only there but broadcasting their being continuously in subtle vibrations. Somebody passes by and throws something [energy] at you: if you are receptive and you don’t have a protective aura and meditation makes one very receptive.
“So if you are alone, it is good; when you are surrounded by meditative people, very good. But when you are in the world, the marketplace and people are not meditative but very tense and anxious, you start getting that energy. After mediation one has to create a protective aura. Sometimes it happens automatically, sometimes it doesn’t. If it is not happening automatically to you, you have to work for it. It will be coming within three months. Anytime between three weeks and three months, you will start feeling very powerful.”
Who Am I?
“Who am I?” has no answer to it; it is unanswerable. Your mind will supply many answers. Your mind will say, “You are the essence of life. You are the eternal soul. You are divine,” and so on and so forth. All those answers have to be rejected: NETI NETI – one has to go on saying, “Neither this nor that.”
When you have denied all the possible answers that the mind can supply and devise, when the question remains absolutely unanswerable, a miracle happens: suddenly the question also disappears. When all the answers have been rejected, the question has no props, no supports inside to stand on any more. It simply flops, it collapses, it disappears.
When the question also has disappeared, then you know. But that knowing is not an answer: it is an existential experience.
All come back to the practice of meditation. By the merit of a single sitting he destroys innumerable accumulated sins.
Whatever the problem it always comes back to the same answer, meditation.
Do persevere, even if you do not see any results coming, know that deep down something is happening and it will surface when the time is ripe, it is not in your hands, you just go on meditating.
The Wanting Mechanism
What is one of the most important factors in keeping us diverted from meditation in the here and now? Look inside your mind and find the wanting mechanism. The wanting mechanism continuously constructs images of new experiences the mind desires, derived from memories of the past. The mind becomes enamored with these new fantasy images and is diverted from what actually is, here and now. The eternal cosmic consciousness exists here and now, never in the future, and never in the past. Future and past are illusory and do not exist in any real physical form outside of projections of the mind. What exists now is everything, and you already have it. You only need to become conscious of your own wealth.
Wanting is part of life, creativity, family building, wealth creation, and the survival instinct. In the sense of preserving the human race on planet earth, wanting is a very good thing. In the sense of an individual becoming an awakened Buddha, wanting is a hindrance. Wanting creates duality, the wanter and that which is desired. The essay, Call For a New Buddhism, touches on this issue. Siddhartha Gautama taught that desire is a root cause of suffering. But who was he speaking to and who can actually take the last steps to enlightenment by dropping the wanting mechanism totally?
Not wanting means not wanting anything, not just dropping the desire for sex, money, and power, but also dropping the desire for truth, justice, family, and nation. It is not what you want that matters, it is the wanting mechanism itself that is the barrier. Deep meditation is a giant leap beyond logic and the norms of society. It is dissolving into infinity and oblivion and not coming back. Very few humans have been able to manage that radical transformation totally and that is why enlightenment will always be an extremely rare phenomena.
If everyone in the world suddenly became enlightened, in my opinion, the human race would come to an end. There would be a lack of sufficient desire to keep people motivated enough to have families, raise children, grow crops, and protect society from all the natural threats, from disease to ecological disaster. That said, I certainly believe that enlightenment is a desirable goal for those who really want it. But you can see the impossibility of the situation. When you “want” enlightenment your wanting mechanism is still active and enlightenment will not happen to you. So we can breathe easy that everyone in the world will not become enlightened, all at the same time, anytime soon.
The need for meditation many people feel is beyond normal logic and beyond the scope of words to fully express. I can tell you that a key to experiencing superconsciousness, from the moment you wake up in the morning until the moment you fall asleep at night, is to step back from the wanting mechanism. This stepping back is only possible for those who have reached at least the fourth stage (see The Seven Bodies). Otherwise you will not have the energy and clarity to see the wanting mechanism and realize what is involved in turning it off. You will suppress desires and live a false life because you have not yet found the inner key, which is an intense form of self-observation, not suppression. Therefore, in a way, I am stating publicly that which should remain unspoken. If you try to artificially stop wanting when you are in the first body you will never reach the second body. Even in the third body this method of not wanting will only slow down your progress, because it will be a false effort.
I do not know how long it takes for this process of stepping back from the wanting mechanism to become 100% effective. As an ordinary student, I am only now, after decades of effort, beginning to make any real progress with it. I felt obligated to mention this esoteric topic because this Web page was constructed to convey all of the best methods and the most usable of the secret teachings. Ending the wanting mechanism had to be mentioned and those who are ready for that step will find that it brings time to a halt, annihilates the future and the past, and expands consciousness to the far reaches of the universe. It is a silent, inner explosion.
Ask yourself these questions.
1) If you want something, how can you stop thinking about it?
2) If you don’t want anything, what is there to think about?
3) If you don’t want anything, is there anything to be angry about?
4) If you don’t want anything, is there anything to make you unhappy?
5) Rocks and other inanimate objects do not want and do not suffer, but they are unconscious and dead. How does a living human being enter a no-wanting state while fully conscious and filled to the brim with life energy? That is the incredible contradiction and difficulty in becoming enlightened.
At some point on your own noble path you will see very clearly that wanting is a barrier. That realization may hit you suddenly like a freight train (my blood is still on the tracks) or gradually creep into your consciousness over time. Only when you see it clearly on your own should you try to step back from the wanting mechanism. Until that right time occurs you will be needed to save this beautiful planet earth, to raise families, and to be good citizens. Take meditation one step at a time. Do not try to imitate the final steps into the abyss while you are still at the foot of the mountain.
- Christopher Calder
The whole evolution of man has depended on very few people; they can be counted on one’s fingers. The masses have not contributed anything at all. They have been like a dead weight; they have hindered, they have not helped. The crowd mind is always against the new. They crucified Jesus simply because he was so new. The way he was talking nobody had ever talked, the way he was behaving, noone had ever behaved. The mob could not tolerate this man – such a beautiful man, such a lovely person – and the masses decided to crucify him. But that has always been the case, they did the same with Socrates, with Mansoor
Whenever there is a man who brings the new into existence, who becomes a vehicle of the beyond, his life is in danger because the masses feel offended, insulted; their egos are hurt. But the strange thing is that these people who have been killed and murdered and tortured by people, are the cause of the whole prosperity of humanity, they are the foundation stones of this temple that is still incomplete. Many more sacrifices are needed, many more Jesuses have to be crucified, many more Socrateses have to be poisoned and killed.
Meditation is basic good-clean-fun. It can make you feel filled with light and highly euphoric, but it will never turn you into a pedantic reservoir of borrowed intellectual knowledge. Reading and religion are polar opposites of meditation. In meditation you clear yourself of thoughts and become more detached. Reading and religion fill your head with other people’s thoughts, which are often even more idiotic than your own thoughts, and you become attached to dead teachers, dead philosophies, dead shrines, and dead rituals. Meditation, by contrast, is thrilling real life, right here and right now.
@jeslyntweedie, Projection aint got nothing to do with that hah! Except your projection of me projecting.
Sounds like nice articles, I’ll check them out when I “have more time.” (This is mostly a projection)
Although, articles meant for contemplation have a tendency of leading one astray. (This is, partially, a projection as well.)
Also, “scientific?” Really? No, (it’s just a projection,) as we’ve established many times before, it’s NOT scientific. The people of this site throw that word around like it’s going out of style, when nothing scientific is really the matter at hand.
This “spiritual science” stuff is not science at all. That’s just another ridiculous phrase the pseudo-spiritual laymen spam to make it seem like their beliefs have a grounding point in reality, which they VERY rarely do.
Science is science. Labs, test tubes, documented research, the results of which can consistently be achieved and thus verified to be true. That’s science.
A woo-woo craze is NOT science.
Unless you drop your personality you will not be able to find your individuality. Individuality is given by existence; personality is imposed by the society. Personality is social convenience.
Society cannot tolerate individuality, because individuality will not follow like a sheep. Individuality has the quality of the lion; the lion moves alone. The sheep are always in the crowd, hoping that being in the crowd will feel cozy. Being in the crowd one feels more protected, secure. If somebody attacks, there is every possibility in a crowd to save yourself. But alone? – only the lions move alone.
And every one of you is born a lion, but the society goes on conditioning you, programming your mind as a sheep. It gives you a personality, a cozy personality, nice, very convenient, very obedient. Society wants slaves, not people who are absolutely dedicated to freedom. Society wants slaves because all the vested interests want obedience.
This card recalls an old Zen story, about a lion who was brought up by sheep and who thought he was a sheep until an old lion captured him and took him to a pond, where he showed him his own reflection. Many of us are like this lion – the image we have of ourselves comes not from our own direct experience but from the opinions of others. A “personality” imposed from the outside replaces the individuality that could have grown from within. We become just another sheep in the herd, unable to move freely and unconscious of our own true identity.
It’s time to take a look at your own reflection in the pond, and make a move to break out of whatever you have been conditioned by others to believe about yourself. Dance, run, jog, do gibberish – whatever is needed to wake up the sleeping lion within.
The noise slowly dies down. This leaves you with a tremendous stillness. The noise is made of all the engagements your mind loves to immerse itself in. The stillness is what happens when all that clamour dies away. Taste stillness deeply once and it becomes a curative craving.
“When there is no thought moving inside you there is stillness; that stillness is meditation.”