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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Chapter 15 - Practice of meditation

The practice of meditation is where the selfless mind is resting in silence, void of grasping towards the selfless impermanent modification of the mind. It is the direct realization towards selflessness, oneness, non-separateness, namelessness, formlessness, attributelessness, changelessness, timelessness. We need to purify and quiet the impure restless modification of the mind through annihilating ignorance, egoism, impurities and restlessness, and practice concentration to keep the attention in the present for a prolonged period, before this state of stillness is reachable.

A person, who has lots of fears, desires, discontentment, resentment and other impurities, is very difficult to practice concentration. Without concentration, meditation is not possible, or doesn't happen.

This person will have no wisdom to have the right discrimination towards what he should do and shouldn’t do. He will take the wrong as right, and take right as wrong. He has no peace of mind at all.

The practitioner must go through the fundamental practice of mind purification, dispassion, non-attachment, non-identification, non-association, non-judgment, non-expectation, desirelessness, and must have correct thinking and correct understanding.

We can't make meditation to happen. Meditation will happen as it is. Just as we can't make sleep to happen. We can only prepare the body and mind to go to sleep. All the practices prior to meditation are just preparing the mind, rendering the mind to be quiet and focus, and allowing effortless meditation to be happening as it is, or not.

Fearlessness and non-attachment/non-grasping is the fundamental requirement for advancing in the practice of meditation. As the cognitive perceptive mind penetrates deeper into the modifications of the mind and the subconsciousness, there will be lots of ‘rubbish’ that the mind needs to confront and deal with, but without grasping/craving/aversion, under fearlessness and non-attachment.

Limitation of the actions and speech of the physical body will lead to the limitation of the thoughts activity in the mind, and thus, observing Mouna (silence) and maintaining a steady posture is essential for the practice of meditation.

When the thoughts current/activity in the mind are slowing down and reduced, the mind will be experiencing subtler level of the selfless consciousness, seeing the truth of itself, where there's no 'I' or 'I am meditating', and attaining greater peace of mind.

When the mind stops moving (the thought-waves subsiding, or the annihilation of the modifications of the mind), when all desires vanished, when all the sense organs and senses ceased functioning, when the modification of the mind and the intellect absorbed into silence, or entering Samadhi, there's only the infinite selfless universal consciousness, birthless and deathless, changeless and timeless.

This is nothing to do with the ignorant egoistic mind wants to experience transcendental super extra ordinary mystical experiences, or gaining various superpowers under whatever intention and aspiration. There's nothing super extra ordinary mystical about the practice of meditation and silence. It doesn't change the truth of selflessness and impermanence, nor remove the ignorance and consequences of ignorance in the world of many ignorant minds. It's only about this mind attains liberation.

Inquire the truth of everything through direct experience and realization.

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