The great oxymoron or not?
There is no one to meditate, no psycho to evolve, all is Brahma.
The Upanishads recommend meditation
“The self-existent Lord pierced the senses
To turn outward. Thus we look to the world
Outside and see not the Self within us.
A sage withdrew his senses from the world
Of change [samsara] and, seeking immortality,
Looked within and beheld the deathless Self.”
We see Advaita or non-dualism hitting the western world the same way Hitler did (with his book of Madam Blavatsky’s ‘Secret doctrines’ on his desk and the brainwashing and misinterpretation of the Swastika), like a Tsunami on the psyche,
Shamelessly. Dangerously. I mean he had the right formula.
One satsang after another, one realised being after another, with followers often suffering from mental health issues, seeking liberation from the rampant pathological state of our society, saying:
STOP THE SEARCH! YOU ARE IT!
And its true you are it. Both the head and the tail of the coin.
The heart and the head.
The spirit and the individual self.
The ocean and the wave.
Yes, it is in your heart
Meditation and stillness refines this connection, even for masters, even for Buddha.
Meditation is free
Even after one is realised
An excellent talk about Vedanta by Sri M
And so one stops the search, realises they are it and becomes enlightened or worse still, becomes a teacher (before they are spiritually matured). What about all the pathologies. The conditioned mind that has been transcended. The cells in the body. The transmission.
Where has it all gone.
What about the Gita.
The Gita on meditation
योगी युञ्जीत सततमात्मानं रहसि स्थित: |
एकाकी यतचित्तात्मा निराशीरपरिग्रह: || 10||
Those who seek the state of Yoga should reside in seclusion, constantly engaged in meditation with a controlled mind and body, getting rid of desires and possessions for enjoyment. BG ch 10
And so we stay in that state, non discriminating, not evolving.
Thinking we are it.
Sometimes with deep wounds that sit dormant ready to pounce on our nondual relationships as repressed behaviours, like an attached Buddhist monk; half way up the mountain.
Buddha liked to meditate
Buddha also gave some good tips on the importance of meditation on achieving Nibanna (liberation); we see this in the suttas. For example, Buddha suggested contemplation as a form of meditation. In the Satipatthana Sutta we see the discourse of arousing mindfulness (which includes meditation practice):
The Contemplation of Mental Objects – a meditation
which gives direction to contemplate or meditate on ‘
The Five Hindrances
3. Sloth and torpor
4. Agitation and worry
Its a very complex situation we have with the West meeting the East.
And the east meeting the West
Traditionally the west solves problems of the mind and suffering through talk therapy and the East through understanding the Self; through the Yogas and philosophical texts such as the Gita an the Tao .
Lao Tzu was a stillness advocate
Even Lao Tzu (the author of the Tao) had an understanding of the importance of meditation
“When you succeed in connecting your energy with the divine realm through high awareness and the practice of undiscriminating virtue, the transmission of the ultimate subtle truths will follow.” Lao Tzu
I love this Taoist meditation – it’s called Emptiness meditation — sit quietly and empty oneself of all mental images (thoughts, feelings, and so on), “forget about everything”, in order to experience inner quiet and emptiness. In this state, vital force and “spirit” is collected and replenished. This is similar to the Confucius practice of “heart-mind fasting”, and it is regarded as “the natural way”.
Consumed with a deep flow of gratitude
for the sweet light of my heart
of the sun
of the divine radiance
the gifts of flowers
the fruits of love
i offer them
back into this flow of compassion
of the sweetness of consciousness
of which I am bestowed
May this surrender be sincere, felt, abiding
So maybe it is a good idea to stop seeking and to be still
Watch your ego
– Sri M
But if the mind is a mess after a satsang. Meditate.
If anger arises, seek help from a meditating psychotherapist.
If you want to evolve do both
Krishna in The Gita says
Of many thousand mortals, one, perchance,
Striveth for Truth; and of those few that strive-
Nay, and rise high- one only- here and there-
Knoweth Me, as I am, the very Truth. Ch7, verse2
I am not known
To evil-doers, nor to foolish ones,
Nor to the base and churlish; nor to those
Whose mind is cheated by the show of things,
Nor those that take the way of Asuras.
Four sorts of mortals know me: he who weeps,
Arjuna! and the man who yearns to know;
And he who toils to help; and he who sits
Certain of me, enlightened. ch7 verse 5&6
Here is a wonderful interview with a traditional nondual and tantra expert Sri M, who has walked the path and spent years practicing and learning in the Himalayas, who talks beautifully about the spirit and the mind.