How to change Fundamentally

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One of the important question confronting all sincere seekers is how can we bring about a fundamental and permanent change in our consciousness. Meditation is commonly believed by all serious people to be the means of such a transformation. If I say it is not, it would be ridiculous because some of the spiritual luminaries who advocate this are most respectable and authentic and one of whom I could name offhand as being a gem was Shivapuri Baba. What I am going to say here may seem quite the contrary, therefore hope it would be taken in right perspective.

There have been two approaches to enlightenment concerning Meditation. They address the Mind and the Seer or Observer or Ego. Let us go into these two approaches. Let us also briefly state the goal that seekers strive for and is the pinnacle of the spiritual journey. The goal as all the major traditions affirm is the state of Unity where this puny little individuality is lost into the Immensity.

Ramana Maharshi said that the Mind divides itself into Seer and the seen, the observer and the observed. Though they both arise from the same consciousness (Shakti) he held that the observer or I was more a radical and fundamental factor of our consciousness. The path that he advocated is well known.

The path of Meditation which aims at progressively quietening the mind works on the effect which is the sum total of all our impressions. It has a method which is rigorous and calls for seclusion and a way of life conducive to its practice. It also demands renunciation as keeping oneself in old settings, makes the thoughts to go in old grooves by association. To reach the deeper layers prolonged practice of silence is necessary. Anyone who advocates any shortcut only deludes the seekers.

I therefore favour the third approach. The essence of this is to discover oneself. At least in the beginning the circumstances one is in are the most suited for this because that is what one is. To use life as a mirror to see ones reflection is the way. It can hardly be called a way for there are no set rules and one has to use ones intelligence from the beginning rather that following a method. Its premise is that the Insight arising out of an attempt to know oneself , brings about a fundamental transformation.

So long insight does not arise, mind could arrive at a stage of quietness but no sooner it emerges from retreat or practiced silence it would begin its activities.

In Hindu sciptures there is an example of Sage Jada (Inert) Bharat who was in Samadhi (Highest and complete absorption of mind) for many years but he fell a prey to illusion of attachment to a fawn.

Shankara the greatest advocate of Advaita adamantly maintained that highest state of unity cannot be achieved without direct Insight ( realisation).

But two things are for sure. One that there is no short cut and the other the famous saying that one mans food is other mans poison.

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One more

Thank you for introducing this topic in such a comprehensive way. I'd like to add one more "way" that seems to be the easiest for me. Here it is:

Just drop "it" and see what's left.

For instance:

1. Drop resentment, then see what emotion is there.
2. Drop the idea you have to "do" something to maintain your value, and see if there is anything left of you and what it is.
3. Drop the idea that you can do it yourself and ask for help, then see what happens.

These are three of my examples that changed my life in an instant. I assume I was prepared, but to my understanding, they happened in seconds. It feels just like cutting off a piece of you, then seeing what happens to the rest of you. (Of course the part you cut off has to be dead and ready to drop.)

Is this the same thing you are talking about?

P.S. It has never helped me to "try" and then analyse what went wrong if I can't do it. I've only tried when it's the last chance and I really want to.

Gilana | Tue, 02/09/2010 - 21:17
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Perception and Insight

It all boils down to how we can perceive a thing clearly. Some have maintained that Insight occurs when we are passionately interested in a thing and then let go. During this moment of calm after the intense activity we gain Insight.

Subject of Insight is vast and a matter of personal investigation. J Krishnamurti had a very different and interesting take on it. How can we see something (psychological) so very clearly that whole of our being participates in it and then what we discover has a holistic effect on us.

Similarly change is not very easy. We are a well balanced machine and a change on one side brings about a corresponding change in some other part of our psyche. This has been illustrated very well by Gurdjeff. It can be seen very easily in cases of neurosis. For example a person trying to practice chastity or abstinence may get irritable.

I feel that for an individual it is only by hit and trial that we come to Insight but its results are irrefutable and permanent.

And lastly thanks for taking time to read It encourages one to share.

joejo | Wed, 02/10/2010 - 01:00