Master Meditation

 

By Pratichi Mathur

  • Meditation is the classic method by which the mind modifications (vrittis) are restrained by silently observing them.
  • In due course, that which is observed is recognized as the experience,” a mere mental modification”, a product of thought waves, separate from the one that experiences, that is the true Self.
  • Through the practice of meditation, a separation takes place between that which is being watched (the mental modifications) and the watcher.
  • Dedicate daily 10 to 30 minutes for meditation. Fix a time, preferably early in the morning or before bedtime or at any time when it is possible to sit still with closed eyes.
  • Since yoga is a discipline (anushasanam), it is recommended that we fix the time to meditate.
  • Also, fix the spot in which to meditate.
  • The seat to meditate on is called an asana in Sanskrit, and it can range from a comfortable chair to a yoga mat. If our asana is located in a neat and pleasant smelling place with fresh air, that is even more ideal.
  • Sitting on the asana (if possible in Padmasana or Sukhasana), daily strengthens your inner resolve (sankalp shakti), lights your inner fire (tapas), and charges your will power (ichcha shakti) to achieve spiritual progress, no matter what obstacles come in the way.
  • First, still the physical body by relaxing and releasing all body parts consciously and yet, ensuring that the spine is straight (but not rigidly so).
  • Gently pull your mental focus inwards and quietly start watching the contents of your mind where the thoughts are moving like waves.
  • When you first begin watching the mind, you will notice a sudden increase in the activity of the mind waves (vrittis).
  • Indeed the  mind waves will explode the very moment you begin watching them, as if in resistance to being watched (rather than being believed and acted upon.
  • Continue watching dispassionately without withdrawing, reacting, attaching or engaging with any single vritti or thought form.
  • Try to experience your separation from that which is being watched. You are the truth in the experience that is the mind.
  • As your awareness of yourself, the watcher, the silent observer, the neutral witness deepens, the vrittis will gradually decrease on their own and there will be gaps between them.
  • Avoid trying to indulge the vritti such as, “I am doing well in meditation,” as you would get entangled in them, rather than standing apart and simply watching the vrittis.
  • Remember, meditation does not mean forceful suppression of your thought forms or vrittis. Nor is it falling into a blank stupor-like state. Meditation is the classic method by which the mind modifications (vrittis) are restrained by silently observing them.
  • More and more, as you become aware of your true Self that is the constant awareness behind the changing mental modifications and fluctuations, the more you will come closer to your spiritual reality.
  • You will arrive at a point in consciousness when the vrittis will automatically stop arising and in the empty or pure mind state, you will encounter the bliss and light of your true Self; the glorious Purusha (Being).
  • You will enter a plane of consciousness that is filled with light, freedom, soul power, and illumined by the true Self that is beyond the mind.
  • The more the seed of the Self grows to become the entirety of your experience, the more you will know intimately the truth of the famous sutra.

Now the mind becomes truly purified, like a pure crystal reflecting honestly all that is presented to it.  No longer do the mental impurities, conditioning’s  distorted memories and layers of mental waves choke and conceal the true Self. The mind becomes a super mind, receiving spontaneously from the Self the highest knowledge, and the light of the Self shines constantly through the purified mind. It is as if the mind is illumined from within by a unique spiritual luster. What the seeker sought, the seeker found. Ah, the search is over at last! The ultimate reality is found, the true master is identified, which is, none other, but, one’s own essential nature or consciousness.