Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Awareness blooms like a flower
Bhaave Tyakte Niruddha Chin Naiva Bhavantharam Vrajeth|
Tada Tan Madhya Bhavena Vikasatyati Bhavana||
Take an uplifting object for contemplation. It can be an Om, a deity or the form of the Guru. Leaving aside all other thoughts, focus on the object of concentration above. At the end of the thought too, no other thought fills its place. In between that single-pointed thought, in the empty spaces, awareness blooms like a flower.
- Swahilya Shambhavi.
(Pic: Floral blooms in Kalishila, Himalayas, among the thick foliage. Pic. Swahilya Shambhavi.)
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Light between two objects
Ubhayor Bhavayor Gnane Dhyathwa Madhyam Samashrayeth|
Yugapaccha Dwayam Vyaktwa Madhye Tatwam Prakashate||
This dharana or concentration on the empty space in between two objects is one of the techniques that leads to the essence of consciousness that dwells within.
Take any two objects of your contemplation. It can be two flower vases or pen stands. You can even spread out the fingers of your hand and take just two fingers - the thumb and the index finger. Go on focusing on the empty space between the fingers.
Besides physically looking through the space, bring your mind too, to the empty space. The essence which is a part of you, me and the whole universe will shine through the space, revealing its presence to you.
Even while watching a film, especially if it happens to be a boring one, you can spend your time constructively to meditate on this Sutra. Keep your focus on the screen of the film between all the characters, sceneries and objects in the film. This screen is unchanging, like awareness as the events of life, good and bad, begin to unfold. - Swahilya Shambhavi. (Pic: The rock seen from the roof of the Sikha Nathaswamy Temple, Kudumiyan Malai in Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu, has a panel of carvings of the 63 Nayanmars. - Swahilya Shambhavi.)