Friday, 17 October 2014

Developing Witness Sense

Witness sense or Sakshi bhava is an onlooker attitude in meditation. You become detached from all perceptions, sensations, imaginations and thoughts. Actually, you're already detached from the world but it's because of mind that you find yourself identified with various things and states. It's you- who gives life to thoughts. Unless you energize the mind it cannot exist on its own.

By developing witness sense you create gaps of being in your thought stream. In other words you slow down the thought process. It helps you gradually come into contact with your Self.

There are certain things which help you develop witness sense. It's indispensable to be a witness of your entire content of consciousness always in order to become really aware; but in the beginning it's just not possible for you to remain so aware. Therefore you must take certain steps towards awakening witness sense. You might keep a journal in which you record your feelings without any inhibition whatsoever. This helps in paving initial path for you. Then you should find certain moments of complete silence where you can sit all by yourself and meditate. You don't have to do anything. There is no need of any method or technique--just see the chattering of your mind. See how it brings before you so many excuses to not sit. 

The main help comes from holding onto a single thought or word. Our mind is a complete chaos running from subject to subject in a very short time. It cannot be still unless you have something constant to hold onto. If you have a thought or word which you use on a regular basis to hold your attention--it becomes very easy to witness. You let witnessing happen by itself--you just bring your attention back to a central thought.

For example--you may take a thought like "it's a thought." Now as you see a thought in your mind you say 'it's a thought' and you come back to the center and realize your mind's content. Again--the same pointer will point to itself as well--saying--'it's a thought,' and this would go on and on ad infinitum but you would perpetually remain a witness. Any other stray sensation, perception, image or idea would be caught by the thought 'it's a thought' and you would not get further distracted by it. Similarly you might choose to pay attention to your sense of being and hold on to the thought 'i am.' Now, as you continue to hold your attention to this central idea--you would find that a cloud of thoughts passes by but you ever stay in this very thought of being 'i am.' This way you can develop witness sense and thereafter you can proceed to the supreme sense of being by completely obliterating attachment with content of your mind.

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The Sound of One Hand Clapping

This is a famous Zen Koan. Zen Koans are mysterious riddles which don't have a definite verbal answer. They're mysterious and their aim is to awaken or enlighten the Zen practitioner. I pointed out earlier that these riddles might not have a definite verbal response but it doesn't mean that they don't have any answer at all. In fact, if you look through the history of Zen schools there have been many practitioner who became enlightened upon finding the answer to these Koans.

This Koan is also one of such riddles. It's answer is both simple and very mysterious. The question: "What is the sound of the one hand clapping?" aims at making you fully aware of present moment. When you become fully aware of present moment and your mind becomes still you arrive at the solution of this riddle. This not only solves the problem but also makes you have first glimpses of enlightenment.

When mind is fully calm you are capable of listening the sweet harmonious unstuck melody inside you. This undercurrent of sound is present in entire cosmos everywhere. Only when someone becomes fully still and aware he comes into its blissful contact. This sound soothes the mind and heart and it gives unadulterated bliss of being. This sound is so miraculous that if you continue listening it--it fulfills all desires. Finally it makes you void of all desires and liberated. 

This unstuck sound is clapping of one hand, because it's not a result of any collision. It's pure natural sound present since the beginning of cosmos. This sound is very nature of being. Since entire cosmos is made of vibrations--you attract those things which are vibrating at your rate. Your thoughts are also vibrations and when you have harmonious thoughts you attract more and more harmony and order. These sound vibrations are highest type of order in cosmos and when you attend to them, by and by you start falling in that order, resulting in peace and bliss beyond words and conception.  

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Beyond The Endles Sky - Valdi Sabev

Valdi Sabev is a Bulgarian music composer. He uses the Bulgarian folk instrumentals in a most exquisite manner. This video is so full of audio-visual beauty and love. This video is a product of still observation of nature. You observe so many beautiful butterflies and plants in romance with each other. A cricket is playing with a butterfly and shining black insects are busy consuming juices from various plants. Comely hummingbird is smaller than even a butterfly. This all in a background of still instrumental and supported by a most enchanting melodious voice of a singer. This short video is so full of love and being!