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Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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People are wondering as to what is to be done in such a sitting or meditation.  What should be done in such a state of bodily stillness? Can you think in a very fundamental manner? Then this is the answer. Our mind has got only two positions, either it is thoughtful and emotional or it is thought-free and emotion-free. Between these, there is no position for the mind at all. Throughout the wakefulness, the mind is thoughtful and throughout the sleep, it is thoughtless, thought-free. So, what is it that we have to achieve? We have to achieve from the wakeful thoughtfulness to a state of thought-freeness.   You may wonder whether it is possible. It is very well possible. 

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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.

I would like you to understand the difference between a spiritual seeking life and other forms of life. In the other forms of life, predominantly one may be religious, pious and given to some routines. He may also take to some bodily and breathing procedures and exercises. Maybe some are given to philosophical studies and perhaps contemplation on what philosophies posit.

But, I believe that spirituality or spiritual seeking has got a distinction of its own. There, the seeker has to sit in a place, remain still bodily, and then get into an inner contemplation. You may call it meditation or by any other word suitable for the purpose. What is meant by sitting in a place without the body and bodily parts moving in any manner? When there is a movement in the body, the mind has to be engaged in that movement. When there is no movement and stillness in the body, the mind becomes free. That free mind will have to be engaged into a kind of inner absorptional contemplation.

People are wondering as to what is to be done in such a sitting or meditation. What should be done in such a state of bodily stillness? Can you think in a very fundamental manner? Then this is the answer. Our mind has got only two positions, either it is thoughtful and emotional or it is thought-free and emotion-free. Between these, there is no position for the mind at all. Throughout the wakefulness, the mind is thoughtful and throughout the sleep, it is thoughtless, thought-free. So, what is it that we have to achieve? We have to achieve from the wakeful thoughtfulness to a state of thought-freeness. You may wonder whether it is possible. It is very well possible.

As we train the mind and we have trained to be always thoughtful, we can also train the mind to be free from thoughts. It may not be easily possible. That is why we develop or we cultivate a number of spiritual qualities, the primary ones being viveka and vairagya.

Viveka is the art and process of discriminating between what is real and lasting and what is temporary and tentative. If you apply this standard, then you will find that the whole world, world objects including our body are transitory. If they are transitory, from transitoriness, we will not get what we desire to have. So, we have to outlive the transitory things and get into something that is lasting. Where is that? It cannot be external. If at all, it is only internal. And then, develop sufficient dispassion towards the transitory products of the world including our own body. This is called vairagya. This vairagya will lead the mind to get away from the transitory things of the world and to get into something different.

Yesterday, a couple had come from Bangalore and they asked me “Swamiji, we generally speak about meditation, meditation, etc. What should be the goal or aim during meditation?” So, I was explaining to them, you should get into the mind plane and you can get there only by a thought. When you start thinking, you are within the mind. So, you have to begin to think and the type of thinking should be an optional thought that you cultivate. Take a thought optionally which should represent your goal, your objective and then go on preserving that thought. When you preserve the thought, the mind will naturally be involved in it. And through this optional thought preservation, preservation, preservation, if the mind gets used to it, accepts it and if you can preserve your optional thought for about five, ten or fifteen minutes, you will find the mind has become very light, peaceful also and the next step will be, the optional thought along with the mind simply drops. The optional thought along with the mind drops.

Now, what is left aside? That is what you have to understand. Many people will say it is a state of blank. If it is a state of blank, how can thoughts arise from there? It is so potent and resourceful that it can give rise to any number of thoughts, knowledge, emotion, memory and what not! So, you have to understand what is the source of thoughts. What is the source of thinking? This understanding will depend upon one’s own purity and keenness.

As long as you have the mind, there is the world. When there is no mind, we neither have the body nor do we have the world. So, the presence of the mind is what brings the presence of the world and the body. When the mind itself becomes extinct, so to say, then where was the question of anything troubling you? So, what we want is a cessation or extinction of the mind process. Our meditation should be aimed at that. Very few people understand the nature of this relationship sequence, relevance etc. That is where people given to meditation do not make a success of it. We have umpteen literature on the subject.

The question is what will happen to the mind when it is given to meditational absorption and what are we to understand from that absorptional state? I think this is very, very important. In the name of spirituality, we are expecting a huge blissful mountain or maybe a golden mountain. That is our problem. If the world effects are effaced, they become extinct, I think we are liberated. So, this is a point that all of you should understand. You should get into your own mind arena and start living there. After you start living, you are able to do so, you can lead the mind to where you want to reach.

Sri Krishna speaks about it as,


तत्रैकाग्रं मनः कृत्वा
tatraikāgraṁ manaḥ kṛtvā
 
न किञ्चिदपि चिन्तयेत्
na kiñcid-api cintayet
(Bhagavad Gita 6.25)

Do not think of anything. Yes, you should think, but nothing. ”Na kinchitapi chintayet” think nothing, nothing, nothing. This is the second, good and last stage of meditation. I think everyone of you will do well provided you spend time and understand this truth and are able to relate it properly.

We must get into the mind plane and by preserving an optional thought, we must be able to eliminate all other thoughts. When all other thoughts are eliminated, the optional thought need not be there. Simply drop it and remain what you are and where you are. This is actually the nature of meditation and its goal. Think about it well.

Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru.