Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hints about true meditation ~ Atman Nityananda

Hints about true meditation

Meditation is to rest effortlessly in our essence (deep peace and silence). If you want to succeed in meditation forget that you are doing meditation and the attitude of achieving something. Have not impatience and expectations about what is going to happen or what state you will achieve.

Meditation is to let go everything including the letting go itself;  Do not try to let go or to drop the letting go itself; just be with yourself, rest in yourself, feel yourself, and be aware of yourself with the innocence and the curiosity of a child.

Meditation doesn't need much effort, it is quite effortless; effort (better to say exertion or struggling) always comes from the ego who wants to control and manipulate things, to make things happen by force. Much effort causes only stress, tightness and intensifies the identification with the ego and its expressions (thoughts, emotions, imaginations). 

Thus by much effort instead of achieving the meditative state (be relaxed and rest in our essential nature, the silence within) we get too tight and thus we achieve the opposite ; viz. we identify  more with the ego and its contexts, we are more caught in the ego mode. On the other hand by too little effort we get lost in daydreaming and identify with ego’s projections and imaginations or even to fall drowsy or asleep.

Deep meditation is effortless but until to reach this state of deep meditation where any effort drops by itself, an effortless effort is needed; that means a very smooth effort to be here, to be now, to be present, in a state of vividness and clarity, attentive and aware of ourselves.
When you start your meditation you may use a technique in order to make your mind more alert, calm and focus. No matter what technique you may use (repeating a mantra, listening a mantra, focusing on the breath, mindfulness, contemplation on a truth –“Consciousness I am”), do it without much effort or exertion, without the attitude to achieve something, without expectations or imaginations about the result, without the desire to do successful meditation, to succeed in meditation any way. And when after sometime you find your mind calm, clear and focused drop the technique and rest in yourself peacefully!

1. Lack of motivation and interest
2. Predominance in the mind the rajas and tamas gunas. When rajas is predominant during the practice there is a strong impulse to move or do something. We cannot remain relaxed and quiet and the mind is uneasy. When tamas is predominant there is drowsines, dullness, lack of clarity and alertness. In both cases meditation and self-enquiry are impossible. 
3. Restlessness, emotional and mental worries
4. Mental turmoil or emotional frustration. Strong persistent thoughts or emotions
5. No relaxed body, unprepared body, difficulties with the asana
6. Impatience
7. Boredom
8. Drowsiness. Due to drowsiness we cannot remain alert and vigilant enough to meditate
9. Imbalance of  Vata dosha (cause incessant movement of the mind, impatience, mental agitation)
10. Lack of knowledge about these practices or erroneous knowledge
11. Resistance of ego creating a negative mood an unpleasantness or disgust to do meditation
12. Justifications (for example :I have not time, I'm tired, the conditions are not favorable etc.)
13. Inappropriate food (tamasic or rajasic food, eating a lot etc…)

14. Tiredness
15. Irregularity
16. Lack of concentration

17. Lack of Dispassion, Discrimination and control of senses and mind
18. No positive results from the practices (no experience of peace and serenity).  When we practice for long time and we have not results the ego doesn’t like to continue practice meditation.

Peace, Love, Harmony