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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Revolution is political, rebellion is spiritual; revolution needs a crowd, rebellion is individual. And all revolutions have failed without any exception, because the crowd is unconscious.
The crowd consists of the lowest intelligence. And how can anything come out of the lowest intelligence? Of course it takes revenge: it kills the czars and it kills the kings; it destroys property, it changes the government. But the people are absolutely unconscious; whatsoever they do is ultimately going to be a failure. The French Revolution failed, the Russian Revolution failed, the Chinese Revolution failed. All revolutions have failed.
And rebellion has always succeeded, but it is individual. A Jesus is a rebel, a Buddha is a rebel, a Lao Tzu is a rebel. We need more rebels in the world and less revolutionaries. I teach rebellion. Rebellion is beautiful, revolution is ugly. Revolution is violent, rebellion is nonviolent. Rebellion has nothing to do with the outside world at all, yet it transforms the outside world because once the inner is changed it starts triggering many things inthe outside world. But that is not our purpose; it happens as a by-product. Even if a single man changes, thousands are bound to change. Whosoever comes in contact with him is bound to be transformed in some way or other. A seed will fall into his being too.
So in a way I am preparing for a great revolution, but not through revolution – through rebellion and individual transformation.
@alanwatts, no of course not, I am familiar with his works. Where the bone of contention lies, is in your belief of purely verbal constructs (ie. just like Organized Religion) as opposed to taking up your own personal meditation practice whereby the enlightening experience of expanded awareness/consciousness and is purely your own…Some discourse from the meditation master Osho to further elucidate on this important matter:
Truth is your own experience, your own vision. Even if I have seen the truth and I tell you, the moment I tell you it will become a lie for you, not a truth. For me it was truth, for me it came through the eyes. It was my vision. For you, it will not be your vision, it will be a borrowed thing. It will be a belief, it will be knowledge–not knowing. And if you start believing in it, you will be believing a lie.
Reasons for Failure in Meditation
People want to meditate and they really give it a try. However. a majority of them find it quite difficult to meditate. We often find people who complain of trying many meditation techniques with no results. Nothing seems to work for them. In fact there is a huge majority of individuals who are unable to meditate despite trying a number of valid and effective techniques.
After closely observing the life style, daily routine, beliefs, perceptions and understanding of meditation of many such people, I have found following main reasons for people’s failure in meditation:
(1) Ignorance About Real Meaning of Meditation
People don’t know exactly what meditation is. Neither they have any knowledge or understanding of ‘Self’ -the main core of meditation. Most of them view meditation as just another form of alternative therapy/ life style.
(I hope that, by now, at least you have a clear knowledge of meditation. However if you have come directly on this page then please read what is meditation. )
(2) Lack of Patience
Many people keep changing meditation techniques without trying them for a sufficient period of time. Often they get dissatisfied with one meditation technique very soon and switched to another one. In short, they expect quick results and lack patience.
Please keep in mind that every new thing takes time. Meditation is a kind of catharsis. It is a deep cleansing process. Our real identity – self is covered under the dust of thoughts, dreams, illusions and emotions of thousands of years spanning uncountable past lives. The removal of this dust and the revelation of our true self will take time. Patience is extremely important in meditation. Do not change meditation techniques too frequently. As I have already described that the central theme in all meditation techniques is to know the self- the eternal witness in us. Different meditation techniques have been developed for different people based on their past lives, present circumstances and intrinsic nature . For some people a majority of all meditation techniques are suitable whereas for some only a few techniques will work. IT will take sometime to find which meditation technique is best for you
(3) Expecting Too Much:
People expect too much from meditation. They expect a huge positive development in their life owing to meditation. For them meditation is also like a work or investment whose fruit should come in a time bound manner.
Please don’t consider meditation as a portfolio investment. It is not a materialistic mode of profit/loss. Meditation, by itself, is a gift. Do not stick any expectation to it. Once you start meditating , in all likelihood, you will like to meditate again and again for the sheer bliss and peace it’ll bring in your life. However, only those can experience this bliss and peace who do not expect too much from meditation. Meditation is a way to know your real self. Let meditation be just that. Don’t make it a way to achieve super human qualities.
(4) A Very Busy Life :
Most people do not take sincere efforts for meditating. A majority of those people who meditate:
> do not meditate regularly
> have a very busy daily schedule and often miss meditation.
> even when find sometime to meditate, are so tired and tense owing to their extremely busy and demanding life that can’t meditate properly.
Friend you must realize that life in 21st century in not a relaxed age by any standard. On any particular day, we are required to deal with so many things that the tension and stress of doing all those things really break us. Our nervous system is called upon to work overtime because of the endless stimuli coming at us relentlessly from every direction. Making the matter worse are tensions of urban life such as street noise, traffic jams, radio, more than 100 TV Channels running 24 hours a day, telephones, mobile , DVDs, work deadlines, demands on every minutes, constant distraction and of course stiff competition. All this adds up to total exhaustion of body and mind.
In such a situation, unless we do something to create a suitable environment in our life for meditation, it will be very difficult for us to meditate and draw some actual benefits from it.
Though Meditation can be done by anybody, anywhere, here is the ideal condition for meditation:
A healthy, completely relaxed and energetic body eager to meditate regularly.
Though it seems difficult to have such an ideal body for meditation in the present era of tension, stress, nervousness and hectic schedules; with the able help of three yogic aids of deep breathing, deep relaxation and deep contraction we can easily make this ideal condition a reality of our life.
By adopting three good habits of deep breathing, deep relaxation and deep contraction in our life we can have the strongest foundation of indomitable health and a overflowing abundance of physical and mental energy at our disposal. No matter how busy and demanding our life is, with the help of these three aids, we can not only manage our life easily but also ensure a steady spiritual growth through regular meditation session. In the next chapter I am going to tell you in detail about these wonderful yogic aids in meditation.
Im not really sure I agree with any of this. I don’t so much agree with what they are saying, but rather that when it comes down to it, these are all just other people’s words, thoughts and ideas. What that does is adds concepts to your mind of how things are “supposed” to happen. Nothing wrong with the quotes though, as long as you don’t identify with them at all. I think life is meant to be consciously lived rather than treating it as a means to a goal through meditation and deadening Buddhist philosophy and techniques. To me, it is confining rather than liberating. Sitting still with your eyes closed is no different than any other part of your day as long as you are aware of what is happening in and around you.
But, my own understanding is this, that whenever commandments are given they create difficulties for people, because by the time they are given they are already out of date. Life moves so fast; it is a dynamism, it is not static. It is not a stagnant pool, it is a Ganges, it goes on flowing. It is never the same for two consecutive moments. So one thing may be right this moment, and may not be right the next. Then what to do? The only possible thing is make people so aware that they themselves can decide how to respond to a changing life.
Death Meditation : Meeting death before it comes
Death: One fact of Life
It is a strange thing that truth is not democratic.
It is not to be decided by votes what is true;
otherwise we can never come to any truth, ever.
People will vote for what is comfortable — and lies are very comfortable
because you don´t have to do anything about them, you have just to believe.
Truth needs great effort, discovery, risk…
and walking alone on a path which nobody has traveled before.
@tigerturban all of the information you’ve laid out is nothing short of amazing, as far as its volume is considered, that said …it is all (or at least it seemed that way, in my skimming of everything) just the perspectives and insights of other people. and while it is admirable that you seem so well learned in the ways of meditation, this is just, again wisdom of others. I would love to know what you, Trevor have gained along the spiritual journey instead of readin more recycled Osho, Krishnamurti, Calder etc.
this does not mean I don’t appreciate all of the wisdom and clarity that has been consolidated in this thread, it just feels uncomfortable, if not utterly confusing not getting to know your side of the story, reading how you feel and what you’ve learned about somethig you are so passionate about
The Great Awakening
We are living through the most exciting times in human history. Breakthroughs in every area of science are opening our minds to the beauty and mystery of the material world. At the same time technology is giving us the p…ower to make many of our dreams come true.
But what makes these times even more exciting is that we stand on the threshold of the greatest changes in human consciousness ever. Whether it is our relationships with our loved ones, our attitude to money, the ever-increasing pace of life, the environmental crisis, everything is pushing us to wake up to our full mental potential. We are being called to rediscover for ourselves the profound truths of which the great saints and teachers have spoken for thousands of years.
At their core, they all have been urging us to become wiser, more compassionate, more psychologically healthy human beings. To let go of our attachments to having things be a certain way, to be less materialistic, less egocentric, less greedy and hungry for power or status. And through this shift in consciousness to find peace in the moment — the inner peace we have been yearning for all along, but fruitlessly seeking in the world around.
This is the next great frontier; not outer space but inner space. The exploration and development of human spirit. This is not an exploration to be conducted by some scientists in a laboratory; it is an exploration in which we are all personally engaged, and it is taking place in the laboratory of life. And it is an exploration that is already underway.
Look at the book bestseller lists. Hardly a week goes by without at least half of the top ten being about some form of personal development. Look at television, the specials on healing, the success of Oprah. Look at the Internet, the plethora of sites devoted to spiritual growth of one form or another. This is what people are hungry for today; this is the direction the collective consciousness is moving in.
And look at kids today. I know many in their teens and early twenties whose values and wisdom far outshine the liberated thinking of a couple of decades ago. Those of us who lived through the heydays of the sixties might have thought our philosophy of life was pretty cool; and by the standards of the time it probably was. But place some of the wiser kids of today back in that world, and they would stand out as beacons of enlightenment.
Spiritual exploration is not just some lofty work, to be undertaken by some select few who have renounced the worldly life. Every day we have the opportunity to learn a little more about ourselves, to let go a little more of attitudes that no longer serve us, to step back and be a little less attached to desires. In every unexpected situation when the world fails to match our expectations, when what is happening is not what we think should be happening, we can remind ourselves that we have a choice. We can either see the situation through the eyes of fear – all the ways in which it could lead us to suffer. Or we can choose to see it through the eyes of love – as an opportunity for learning, growth and greater understanding.
This shift in perception is a foundation stone of spiritual work. If we practice this in every situation in which we find ourselves, with every person we meet, then we can move from being the victim of our thoughts and feelings to being the master of them. And through that help ourselves and each other to become happier, healthier, and more caring people.
Truth is your own experience, your own vision. Even if I have seen the truth and I tell you, the moment I tell you it will become a lie for you, not a truth. For me it was truth, for me it came through the eyes. It was my vision. For you, i…t will not be your vision, it will be a borrowed thing. It will be a belief, it will be knowledge–not knowing. And if you start believing in it, you will be believing a lie.
@kkylekittell24, I claim this little thread as my own “little oasis”. Over the years I have honed and refined my threads to the point where I feel confident they are indeed “fingers pointing to the moon”. They’re actually not quite as humongous as they used to be and I’m sure you will find them quite useful. Ultimately we must all take up our own indivdual practice..and save the discussion about what happens, for later…
“Bullshit” is a far better word than “rationalization”, but they mean the same. “Rationalization” is a clinical word – a word to be used by the professor; “bullshit” is more alive. “Rationalization” is bloodless; “bullshit” is very young, alive and kicking. But the meaning is the same; they are not different things.
The culture society was organizing a group to be comprised strictly of virgins, when a young lady carrying a baby appeared.
“But, madam” protested the president “that is evidence that you are not eligible for this society. Why do you think you will be able to join?”
“I was only foolin´ around when this happened,” she explained.
“Rationalization” is a philosophical term. “Bullshit” comes from the ordinary man, from the masses, people who live on the earth, with the earth, whose hands are muddy. The word “bullshit” is also muddy as it is being used by people who are working and living the ordinary life. It does not come from the ivory towers of a university. And it is more authentic, it says much more than “rationalization.” Words that are coined by professors are always anemic. They are dead words – clinical, but do not say much; rather than saying, they hide. Let me say it in this way, the very word “rationalization” is a rationalization: it is being used to avoid the word “bullshit.”
@healingchime, ” There is no need to avoid it if you understand: Jesus is so innocent! He is not angry; it is his compassion. He is not violent, he is not destructive; it is his love. The whip in his hand is the whip in the hands of love, compassion.
A man of awareness acts out of his awareness, hence there is no repentance; his action is total. And one of the beauties of the total action is that it does not create karma; it does not create anything; it doesn’t leave any trace on you. It is like writing on water: you have not even finished… it is gone. It is not even writing in sand, because that may remain for a few hours if the wind does not come–it is writing on water.”
We remind the reader that, as we said in Section 14.1, concepts in spiritual teachings are used as pointers to Reality rather than as descriptors of Reality. In practical terms, this means that the function of a concept is to facilitate disidentification. This results in a sense of freedom and peace, and in release from suffering. This is its only function. If it fails to do that, the concept is useless at best, and at worst, it strengthens identification. An analogy often used by spiritual teachers to illustrate this point is that a concept is like a finger pointing to the moon (Reality). When one sees the moon (when awakening occurs), the finger is forgotten.
However, a common mistake among spiritual seekers is to regard the concept itself as truth, and thus to cling to it. This is like worshipping the finger rather than looking at what it is pointing to. In doing so, the ego averts a threat to its existence. For example, if a religion regards its concepts as truth, it is worshipping the finger (see Chapter 14). Another mistake is to look at a spiritual concept and to disregard what it is pointing to because of resistance to the concept itself. Again, the ego averts a threat to its existence. Most materialists and many scientists make this mistake when they refuse to question the reality of “objective reality”.
Question: Have you ever observed or experienced an example of worshipping the finger rather than the moon?
Different spiritual teachers use different concepts, but always for the same purpose. A seeker is usually drawn to a teacher who uses a conceptual system that is acceptable to him/her in some way. Acceptability usually means that the concepts are consistent with the seeker’s intuition and experience. However, as a seeker matures, the concepts used by a teacher may be less and less useful for disidentification. Indeed, they can even begin to generate more suffering than they relieve because they can begin to produce more and more conflicts with the seeker’s intuition and experience. In such cases, the seeker scarcely needs to be told to abandon the teacher. However, this can be easier said than done if the seeker has developed a strong personal relationship with the teacher, or if the seeker is deluded by the teacher into thinking that staying with him or her is the only way to salvation. This kind of delusion is responsible for the many stories of seekers having clung to a teacher long after the teacher’s usefulness has faded. Probably the best attitude to take towards spiritual teachers is to use them as resources, without regarding any one of them as one’s only avenue to salvation. The spiritual marketplace is no different from the commercial marketplace in this respect, so, even here, the guiding rule is caveat emptor.
Question: Have you ever outgrown a religious or spiritual teacher?
20.2. What is direct seeing?
For a few seekers, merely hearing the right words from the right teacher is enough to catalyze deep understanding and awakening. However, those seekers are rare, and for most people, active inquiry is necessary to see what the words mean. This inquiry can take the form of questioning the teacher, which is what happens in satsang, or it can take the form of inner examination and observation. Inquiry is a scientific investigation into what is true and what is not. It is scientific because it is based on observation, and both the method and the results can be communicated to others who can then verify them for themselves (see Section 1.1). More accurately, only what changes and therefore what is unreal can be observed and communicated, while what is Real does not change and therefore cannot be observed or communicated. Nevertheless, through inquiry It can be known to be true. Inquiry is discussed in detail in Chapter 23.
The practice of inquiry (see Chapter 23) allows us to see directly that there is no “I”. Direct seeing is also the technique of Buddhist mindfulness meditation (see Sections 14.6, 24.2). In these practices, we see directly that there is no mind, there is only a streaming mental process; there is no body, there is only a streaming sensory process. (Quantum theory shows this conceptually, see Section 9.1). Direct seeing reveals that what seems to be real is not, so realization of What-Is can arise. Direct seeing is also the main thrust of Wei Wu Wei’s books, which tend to point out what is not true rather than vainly attempting to say what is true.
Call For a New Buddhism
“Intelligence is the ability to ascertain the essential.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
Your First Step in Meditation
by Eklavya on May 11, 2008
When somebody decided to start meditation, first question that baffles him is how to begin on his path. The first step in meditation is extremely important to maintain the enthusiasm in coming days. If in the beginning you get some success in meditating, the same will inspire you to continue meditation for long. It will result in some real progress and benefits in meditation.
If you are planning to give meditation a try, I would advise you to first of all start with the simplest form of meditation instead of some advanced techniques. The basic thing you should do in the beginning is to start spending some time in silence. Yes, just spend some time in silence ! Start by spending 10-15 minutes daily in silence. Don’t do anything during this duration. Just be silent. This is enough. Don’t try any complex thing in the beginning. Go to a park or garden in morning alone and sit silently there. If possible, go to a sea beach and sit silently there. If spending quiet time with nature is not possible then go to any nearby place of worship like Church, Temple or mosque and sit there in silence.
You must be wondering how just sitting in silence can help you in meditation. However, as you do it you will find that it is only when you actually sit in silence for sometime that you realize the real meaning of this small practice. Our mind is a constant chatterbox where all kinds of thoughts keep emerging. Even when you sit silently, your thought process will not stop. As you sit silently, you will observe that still thoughts are arising in your mind and taking your attention with them. The thing to do in such a situation is to don’t try to be a part of your though pattern. Just remain a observer of your thoughts as you sit silently. I know from my personal experience that it is not that easy. When thoughts comes, they tend to take away our attention with them. We just lost in some kind of thought of past or future. It will happen with you also. However, you should not feel discouraged by these invasions of thoughts. With a little practice, you’ll become adapt in being watcher of your thought.
One very helpful thing to do while sitting in silence is to listen to the subtle voices of the surroundings. For example if you are sitting in silence near a beach, listen to the roaring thunder of the waves. Listen it closely and observe how the sea waves come and strike with the coast. If a breeze is blowing, listen to the sound of the breeze. Listen to the sound produced when wind strike with the leaves of a tree. In short, try to listen the voice of the nature as it unfolds in front of you during that session of silent sitting. Listening to the outer voice of nature will help you shut the inner conflicting voices of the thoughts inside you. Rather you will be amazed with its effectiveness in reducing the incessant and meaningless thoughts process in mind. This small exercise of spending time in silence will prove to be a very helpful tool in laying the foundation of a strong spiritual path of meditation.
Let me finish this article by a quote from Mother Teresa on Silence :
“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”
@tigerturban, the only reason it’s of importance to me is if someone who was new to the site, or maybe new to trying to seek their self, came across a comment like you made and then felt shunned from the community. I admire your frankness as a form of honesty. You are not afraid to hold back the full extent of your opinion…but risking the chance a new user might have to become more enlightened…it seems worthy of a little forethought.
That is my piece. I hope to read many more posts from you!