Meditation means a stable experience of transparent bliss. In meditation, one realizes that one’s true identity is pure awareness, blissful and eternal.
Why can’t one experience what one really is? Why one requires doing meditation for that? It is like trying to see what lies at the bottom of a dirty and turbulent lake. How can one see through unless the dirt and agitations cease. The Self is ever shining, but is covered by the agitations of the mind. As soon as detachment and silence happens in the mind, the experience of the Eternal Blissful Awareness takes place.
How to silence the mind? It can happen through contemplation on the nature of mind. One needs to withdraw from the relative world of thoughts – i.e., one’s mental formations of good-bad, sin-virtue, preference-aversion etc. – and attain a state of peaceful fulfilment first. This is a necessary prerequisite. When inner peace is experienced, the knowledge of the Self will shine without much effort.
Some important hints
While contemplating, let the back, neck and head be in a straight line. This ensures alertness.
Don’t start the work as soon as you sit. Wait for a while and watch the agitations subside first.
The work should emphasize on the evolution of understanding and not just on concentration.
Use real life situations to integrate and digest the insights gained in meditation.
Even if you are not able to have focus and peace in the beginning, have patience. As the understanding will deepen, meditation will become better.
The preparatory contemplation work Sit straight and watch the breath. With the in-breath, mentally say ‘This Moment’, and with the out-breath, mentally say ‘Mindful Moment’. Keep a watch over the other thoughts arising. There will come a time when you will be lost in those thoughts and you will no longer be doing the exercise.
When you regain awareness after a while, ask yourself these question:
This is the first step toward being aware. Most of the time you remain lost in your day dreams. Later on, the deep deconditioning inquiry will help in deepening the meditation further and you will learn to dig out the root-conditionings from these thoughts. That will certainily lead to a state of unconditioned peace, love and freedom
Saving your precious energies, direct them all towards the realization of the Self. Let the mind merge in the heart. If it has several other desires at the same time, your love for the Self will never become one pointed. Unless there is absolute one-pointedness, there will not be stability in contemplation. If contemplation is unstable, how can there be the most sublime experience of the Self? ~ Ajay Kapoor
Let us grow together
The differences are there only as long as the mind is active. When you attain blissful silence, there is no difference in the experience.