Friday, February 7, 2014

Vijnana Bhairava Tantra – 107

One consciousness only

Swavadanya Shareerepi Samvittimanubhavayed|
Apeksham Swashareerasya Tyaktva Vyapi Dinairbhaveth||

Just as how consciousness is present in one’s body, meditate that it is the same consciousness that energises and sustains all bodies. Contemplating in this way, drop the attachment to one’s own body. In course of time, with constant practice, the individual experiences the universal consciousness.  - SS

Vijnana Bhairava Tantra – 106

The shop keeper and transactions

Grahyagrahaka Samvitti  Samanya Sarva Dehinam|
Yoginam Tu Visheshosti Sambandhe Savadhanatam||

There is a relative difference between the subject or the perceiver and the different objects perceived. “I” the seer is different from “Mine,” and other objects. Yet the Yogis have a special alertness when it comes to exercising awareness about this difference. – SS

Vijnana Bhairava Tantra – 105

I am all pervasive

Ghatadau Yaccha Vijnanam Icchadya Mama Mantare|
Naiva Sarvagatam Jatam Bhavayanniti Sarvagaha||

Here Bhagavan Siva tells Parvati to take resort to special knowledge revealed by Vedanta to us through the many examples. One is that of a pot. Take a pot and see that the space inside it which we call pot space is not different from the space outside. In the same way, meditate on the higher truth. Desires are existing everywhere and not just in me. The one who meditates this way truly becomes that omnipresent reality. – SS

Vijnana Bhairava Tantra – 104

Wherever I go

Vihaya Nijadehastham Sarvatrasmiti Bhavayan|
Dridhena Manasa Drishtya Nanyekshinya Sukhi Bhaveth||

So long you have been thinking and believing that this physical body is who you are. Ever one and thing outside your skin is not you.
This meditation says, drop this idea that I am in this body. Just be with the feeling that I am everywhere. When this becomes so firm in you and your vision too entertains no other thought than this, the berson becomes happy.
The larger our area of operation, the more freedom we have. The more freedom we have, the happier we are. This Tantra tells us not to limit our jurisdiction to this body. It is an imaginary limitation as even this body draws its food from that whole world not to mention the air and energh, the thoughts, the knowledge for its many decisions. When all of these have the whole world as their place of origin, then how can you limit yourself to this mortal, changing and ageing outline? Know this truth and be happy. - SS

Vijnana Bhairava Tantra – 103

Look into the pain and pleasure

Na Chittam Nikshiped Duhkha Na Sukham Va Parikshipeth|
Bhairavi Jnayayatam Madhye Kim Tatwam Avashishyate||

Pain and pleasure are two states of the mind. When the surrounding situation is conducive to the body and mind, there is pleasure. When the situations are not conducive, there is pain. While both are just waves in consciousness made of thoughts which are nothing but sounds, the dharana is to not get tossed about and flounder in the thought of pain or pleasure. O Bhairavi, know that consciousness which is present in and through pain and pleasure. What else then is left, but that consciousness? – SS

Vijnana Bhairava Tantra – 102

Everything comes and goes

Indrajalamayam Vishwam Vyastam Va Chitra Karmavat|
Bhramadwa Dhyatah Sarva Pashyatascha Sukhodgamaha||

This whole world we see around us is an illusion called Maya. Maya means, that which is not.
What we see is like a magic net of constant change. It is either imaginative, as in the case of our thoughts or like a work of art.
It is also a confusing spin sometimes. Meditating upon everything in this way, joy arises. This world is an illusion. It is not a confusing or non-existent imagination. It happens right in front of us – moments pass by, days go by, nights come, people are born and die, trees die and are born, new leaves sprout and old leaves fall. It happens every moment – only we fail to realise that change. Meditating on these changes makes us see the truth and joy arises as a result. - ss 

Vijnana Bhairava Tantra – 101

Don’t worry about negativities

Kama Krodha Lobha Moha Mada Matsarya Gochare|
Buddhim Nistimitam Kritwa Tattatwamavasishyate||

Many negative emotions do crop up in the mind – intense desire for a person or thing, mighty or frivolous anger, greed delusion, arrogance
and jealousy are the same. When they rear their head in the intellect, simply freeze that thought and study its content deeply. It is just a feeling that has a name
which is nothing but sound vibrations and ultimately pure energy that comes out of existence.
This opportunity can be seized rather than contemning the feeling, or feeling guilty or angry about it or worse – to suppress it. – SS