I am sharing some of my learning’s/ experiences from Meditations. Gautam Budhha, having origins in India, gave world the teaching the path to relieve oneself from the never ending birth-death Cycle. The path of Nirvana. How to relieve ourselves from desires and control our senses. How to identify our subconscious and purify inner deep impressions on our soul and character. He gave world the path towards relieving ourselves from Miseries. What are miseries? Are just our thoughts? Are they imaginations? or they are physical and practical matter. Whatever would be your miseries, they are related to your past experiences or worries of future. Yes you have some physical pain or craving in present. But, if we learn the detachment technique, i.e. observing our body neutrally, from inside out, what we see is we are just observer and if we practice this we are just a observer and not part of any sufferings or cravings.
If we daily meditate and continuously observe our breath then one day, we can see different body sensations getting released from our body or evaporating, we see they were due to our long lasting habits of attachment or Hatred. We are attached to good feelings out of our sensations and respond by hate to our bad feelings or sensations. If we just observe and bear the pain. The pain becomes less and doesn’t aggravate. Everything is temporary as we see the world and so the body and so the related feelings and conditions. Nothing is Permanent. Not even your sorrows and worries. This is called ANITYA Bhavna (the impermanence). Bhavtu sabb Mangalam.
If you think you are in problem, and see the homeless beggar sleeping besides road side, you realize you are better off. We usually compare and if that comparison is the root of our unhappiness then rethink. You are just on road towards destination, someone ahead and someone lagging. But what if you observe all, even yourself, you may find wrong and unjustified chase. You may find what for this run and achieving for what we do not have. The Kings built big forts, fought with enemies to prevent their possessions, wether won or lost, history noted but ultimately they died. Hardly, they enjoyed one bed, one woman, one dress and one dish at a time. Even than, they never got satiated. They had to leave everything and say good bye to earth, or perhaps are still living invisibly attached. So, our possessions, companies, homes, etc. may last for more time but our life is limited. If we develop unsatisfying habits and character, we are creating one more birth for our self. But if we live undetached and renounce ourselves, we are living but not creating new Karmas. If we observe the micro feelings and sensations and know their nature of being temporary, we can never indulge. Sufferings are our a result of our Karmas, that we have to bear. We may reduce it but not avoid it. Our response to these sufferings further creates new sufferings. So, to stop them just be an observer, they will vanish. Since it’s Natures law that nothing is permanent. Not even our body. All our cells change after some years. This body is like an apparel that we got to leave one day. So, remaining detached will give us that understanding not to develop habits and sanskars (soul character) that may prevail in our next incarnations. Our hatred or attachment impressions from relationships may get printed in our brains and soul to so deeper extent that they become a part of our next life. And it’s never ending suffering. If we see an ant crawling we must analyze that this minuscule creature has got only one sense and it’s journey to Humans with six senses is too far. We are already at a level where we have an option to react or not. Animals have no option but follow their instincts and suffer their birth. We may ascend or descend the hierarchy, it’s our choice.
How we attain spiritual Enlightenment? the Ultimate goal of mankind. If we want to drink purest water, we have to pass water through different layers of filters. It can be done naturally as it is done by our earth, or we do it scientifically using water purifiers. Similarly, how we can purify our souls. First we have to be physically fit and free from all addictions. Being physically fit is a prerequisite for starting the journey. Its’ not impossible for those who are not physically fit, but the body pain may hinder the spiritual realizations. We are usually body conscious all the time. It means we usually pay attention to what is happening with our body all the time. We are also concerned about cravings from our senses. Now, to divert this focus to soul is little difficult in the initial phase. Since, Soul is not apparently visible like any body part. Its’ just in our imaginations from what we have read, heard or have been taught. The same case is with our God figure. We have seen lot of statues, paintings, scriptures, read lot of description about god since our childhood. All these have created deep impressions on our subconscious. Now, how we know these impressions, for that, we have to make our body and mind quite.
We have to sit in a very quite environment, where there is least outside world disturbance in the form of noise or action. We have to maintain one steady posture like the padma aasna or any other relaxing posture. Close our eyes, ears and be silent. We have to start observing. We observe our own mind, our own body, our thoughts and most important our breath. Breath is what we have till our death and it’s just life. Without that there is no life in body. Or you are living when breathing and dead for the moment you are not breathing. So, Wind up yourself to the present moment. What you have is only your breath in the moment. Everything else is past of future. Your all thoughts are a result of knowledge acquired in the past. All your success and failure, pain and agony is related to past, future or your attachments. Your first attachment is body and mind, then the worldly possessions like clothes, car, cellphone, home, office, relatives and so on. You will observe your mind (the mann-concious) going everywhere except observing the breath and the silence. It will start thinking all. So, be silent. Silent your thoughts, but, not by force, just by observing. Once you observe your breath, you see more and more thoughts come as an obstruction in the process. So, keep focus.
Increase your frequency of breath, just to concentrate. When you do it for more time, more than one hour, your body gets stiff. Still you observe. If you are determined and ignore the pain the body and practice, slowly by slowly day by day you will get nearer to your subconscious. If you develop daily discipline of practice, one day you will see your Soul. The Light within your body. You will feel totally detached when you see the Diamond within you. Its’ not any imagination, Its’ from my own personal experience. You see your powerhouse. You see that body is not attached with the soul. It’s only we, our thoughts, our attachments that have created all these. We have created our sorrows, we have created our feelings and related sensations. So, its not theory, its practice. Practice and experience is the best teacher. Hope you get the path to experience the light within. If you develop the power source within, you can see other power sources, all the supernatural bodies and ultimately the supreme soul, the God. It’s not by imaginations, it’s by continuous practice, may be bhakti yoga, dhyan yoga, karma yoga or Gyan yog. Our objective is to reach the ultimate.
For a spiritual seeker every thought, word and action is an opportunity to choose between spreading peace or violence. Unfortunately in our busy, modern lives all of us are causing ripples of harm to wider society, animals and the environment, often without even realizing. But ignorance is not bliss for those who suffer because of us. If we are to sincerely tread on the noble path of Ahimsa (nonviolence) we must find the time to reflect, the humility to think of others before ourselves, and the resolve to make practical changes in our lives. After all ahimsa is not a passive movement to live and let live, but an active commitment to live and love. Thankfully we are not alone. As a community we can help each other by raising awareness of societal and environmental issues, and by suggesting practical ideas for a more compassionate lifestyle. “Maitri Moves” is a new series that highlights a different issue each time, to inform and inspire. Issues will include animal welfare, ethical shopping, mental health, water conservation and climate change. Bhavtu SABB MANGALAM. May all be HAPPY and good.