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Thoughts and Meditation IV
(Along the way)

The questions have dropped. The action has started. I am now ready to meditate. The mind has agreed to go through the process. The journey has started. The enthusiasm is here and I am excited to start the new journey. Although there are no more questions, there are a lot of unknowns in the process. This has to be understood.

Our old ways:

We are on our way to start meditation, but we do carry our old habits and our old measuring tools. I do a certain puja and expect a certain result. This is called sakam puja and things are black and white here. There are people who stop puja if they do not get the results. And you must have heard people trashing the whole puja system because they did not get what they wanted. We meditate and expect certain results. We meditate and expect stress relief. When it does not happen, then we get more stressed. This is our usual old habit and ways.

We start expecting certain outcomes and this then becomes a hindrance. My suggestion is to be aware of this process. Once this process is overcome, results start to happen. There is as if a testing period in this process. The existence is testing if you are serious about meditation or not. There is no one actually sitting there and performing a test. But, this is usual and that is why I am saying that there does as if exists a built in system to weed out the serious ones from the ones who just dabble in.

The mind also plays a game. The mind gives the impression that it has agreed to meditate. But, the mind is waiting for the first opportunity to prove to the self that it is all hocus pocus. It already knows that meditation is a waste of time and is ready to quit the first chance it gets to do so.

Open system versus closed system:

Now you have passed the first test. The existence has tested you and you seem to be the serious one. You were one of the thousands who think about meditating who actually is has tried to meditate. You now are one of the thousands who have started but one who has proved to the existence that you are going to continue. What is the next step?

What should you expect to get in turn? What are your measuring tools? How do you know if you reached somewhere? There are two kinds of systems in place. It does not matter who you learn meditation from. There are two general systems. One I call an open system and the other I call a closed system.

Closed system: You sit down and start vipassana. You watch your breathing and are in vipassana for one hour a day for ten days. What should you expect to get by the tenth day. The teacher gives you self measuring tools. You can get to the sixth level by 7th day. If you do, you are doing vipassana successfully. Similarly, if you do kunalini jagaran techniques and if you get a sweaty palm or some such event, it means that your 9th chakra is active. I am using examples here that do not exist simply to make a point. I know that there is no sweaty palm as a measure and there is no 9th chakra inside of 7 chakra system. The point is that you look for landmarks and that defines your success in a particular system.

Open system: This is a system I feel more attuned to. You enter meditation with an open mind and open expectations. Open expectations is simply no expectations. There is no blue print and there is no road map. You simply do not know what to expect. Any experience even no experience is welcome. Three of us were meditating in an open field one day. Although we were three each of us was individuals as far as the experience was concerned. I was going in a circle. Suddenly I was off balance. I fell on the ground. But the fall was so controlled and balanced that it would not have been possible without some extraordinary help. I ended up on the ground. For the first time ever, I experienced shunya. What a positive experience that was!

Now, this experience is not possible in a closed system. I am not looking for a certain kind of experience to happen. Any experience is welcome. The same experience may never happen in an open system. But unique and new experiences can happen each time you enter meditative experience. There is tendency of expecting the same experience again and again in the closed system, but the possibilities are endless in an open system. Yet, it is harder to start an open system. Many people feel lost in an open system. They are used to landmarks and end points. It is a business world. You want to know what you shall get for what you invest. Closed systems are attractive but have limitations. Open systems are not so attractive in the beginning, but are a lot more fun when started.

This is an important part of practice of meditation and is meant especially for people who are practicing some meditative technique. In the next article we will talk more about what to expect in the course of a meditative journey. We will talk about minor explosions, detours and what happens if you stop the journey at some time in the course. I want to thank all the readers who are willing to read and then think one day about starting the journey. We will soon return to our Gita columns.



 

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