Friday, November 16, 2012

Nonduality in practice - By Sri Swami Sivananda

Nonduality in practice

Now-a-days there are plenty of 'Talking Brahman' ('Pure Consciousness'). No flowery talk or verbosity can make a man Brahman.
It is constant, intense, earnest Sadhana(practice or Abhyasa)) and Sadhana alone can give a man direct Aparoksha Brahmic realization (Svanubhava or Sakshatkara) wherein he sees Brahman just as he sees the solid white wall in front of him and feels Brahman, just as he feels the table behind him.

You must do earnest, constant and intense practice you are bound to succeed.

Purify the Chitta by Nishkama Karma, Meditation, Japa, Kirtan, Pranayama, Brahma Vichara, study of religious books and Satsanga. The effect of purified chitta (Chitta Suddhi) is the attainment of Viveka and Vairagya. Acquire the four qualifications (Sadhana Chatushtaya), - Viveka, Vairagya, Shad Sampat and Mumukshuttva. Then approach a Guru. Have Sravana, Manana and Nididhyasana.

Do not allow any worldly thoughts to enter the mind. Vedantic realization comes not through mere reasoning but through constant Nididhyasana.

Retire into your meditation chamber. Sit on Padma, Siddha, Svastika or Sukha Asana to begin with. Relax the muscles. Close the eyes. Concentrate on or gaze at the Trikute, the space between the two eyebrows. Repeat 'Om' mentally with Brahma-Bhavana. This Bhavana is a sine qua non, very very important. Silence the conscious mind.

Repeat mentally, feel constantly:
  • All-pervading ocean of Light I am OM OM OM
  • Infinity I am OM OM OM
  • All-pervading infinite Light I am OM OM OM
  • Vyapaka Paripoorna Jyotirmaya Brahman I am OM OM OM
  • Omnipotent I am OM OM OM
  • Omniscient I am OM OM OM
  • All Bliss I am OM OM OM
  • Satchidananda I am OM OM OM
  • All purity I am OM OM OM
  • All glory I am OM OM OM
Generate the Brahmakara Vritti from your Sattvic Antahkarana through the influence of reflection on the real meaning of the Maha-Vakyas, 'Aham Brahma Asmi' or 'Tat Tvam Asi'.

When you try to feel that you are infinity, this Brahmakara Vritti is produced.
This Vritti destroys Avidya, induces Brahma Jnana and dies by itself eventually, like Nirmal seed which removes sediment in the water and itself settles down along with the mud and other dirty matter.

All Upadhis (limiting adjuncts such as body, mind, etc.,) will be sublated.

All Granthis (knots of heart, viz., Avidya, Kama and Karma - ignorance, desire and action) will be cut asunder. The thin veil, Avarana, will be pierced. The Pancha Kosha Adhyasa (superimposition) will be removed.

You will rest doubtless in Satchidananda state. You will get highest Knowledge, highest Bliss,
highest Realization and highest end of life. 'Brahma Vit Brahmaiva Bhavati'. You will become Suddha Satchidananda Vyapaka Paripoorna Brahman, there is no doubt of that.

Practice, practice, practice and become established in Brahman.

~Swami Sivananda

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