WHAT IS THE INTERPRETATION OF THE 31st & 32nd TECHNIQUE OF MEDITATION( SEVEN TECHNIQUES CONC
THE INTERPRETATION OF THE 31st TECHNIQUE OF MEDITATION IN VIGYAN BHAIRAV;-
1-LORD SHIVA REPLIES;-
'' Look at anything. A bowl or any object will do, but look with a different quality. ''
2-LOOK UPON A BOWL WITHOUT SEEING THE SIDES OR THE MATERIAL. Look upon any object, but with these two conditions…
2-1-Do not look at the sides,
2-2-Look at the object as a whole.
3-Ordinarily, we look at parts. It may not be done so consciously, but we look at parts.When we look at someone, first we see face, then torso, and then the whole body. Look at an object as a whole; do not divide it in parts. Why? Because when you divide something in parts, the eyes have an opportunity to move from one part to another. Look at a thing as a whole. You can do it.
4- We can look in two ways.Look at the whole group without dividing it into individuals, into units, taking it as a whole.And the second method is ; look at A, then at B, then at C and go on moving. When we look at A, B and C, we are not present ..or just present on the fringe, but not focused. When we look at B, we are leaving A. When we look at C, A has been completely lost; he has gone out of focus.
5-Try it. First look at a thing moving from one fragment to another. Then suddenly look at this thing as a whole; do not divide it. When you look at a thing as a whole, the eyes have no need to move. In order not to give any opportunity for movement, this has been made a condition: look at an object totally, taken as a whole. And secondly, without seeing the material.
6-If the bowl is of wood, do not see the wood: just see the bowl, the form. Do not see the substance.It may be of gold,it may be of silver ..observe it. Do not look at the material of which it is made, just look at the form. The first thing is to look at it as a whole. Secondly, look at it as a form, not as a substance. Why?6- Because substance is the material part, form is the spiritual part, and you are to move from the material to the non-material. It will be helpful.
7-You can try it with anyone. Some one is standing: look, and take wholly into your look, totally into it. It will be a weird feeling in the beginning because you are not habituated this way, but it is very beautiful in the end. And then, do not think about whether the body is beautiful or not, white or black, man or woman. Do not think; just look at the form. Forget the substance and just look at the form.
8-In a few moments become aware. Go on looking at the form as a whole. Do not allow the eyes any movement. Do not start thinking about the material. What will happen? You will suddenly become aware of your self. Looking at something, you will become aware of your self. Why? Because for the eyes there is no possibility to move outwards. The form has been taken as a whole, so you cannot move to the parts. The material has been dropped; pure form has been taken. Now you cannot think about gold, wood, silver, etc.
9-A form is pure form. No thinking about it is possible. A form is just a form; you cannot think about it. If it is of gold, you can think many things. You would like, you may like to steal it, or to do something with it, or to sell it, or you can think about the price ..many things are possible. But of pure form, no thinking is possible. Pure form stops thinking. And there is no possibility of changing from one part to another; you have taken it as a whole.
10-Remain with the whole and the form. Suddenly you will become aware of yourself, because now the eyes cannot move. And they need movement; that is their nature. So your look will move toward you. It will come back, it will return home, and suddenly you will become aware of your self.
11-This becoming aware of one’s self is one of the most ecstatic moments possible. When for the first time you become aware of your self, it has such beauty and such bliss that you cannot compare it with anything else you have known.
12-Really, for the first time you become your self; for the first time you know you are. Your being is revealed in a flash.
But why does it happen? You might have seen,the 3D picture particularly pilgrimage,a picture of baby Krishna, and in the same lines a handsome young Sri Krishna is also hidden. There is one picture, the same lines, but two figures are in it: one baby Krishna, one young Sri Krishna .
13-Look at the picture: you cannot become aware of both simultaneously. You will become aware either of one or the other. If you have become aware of baby Krishna ,you cannot see where the young Sri Krishna is hiding. But if you try to find him, it will be difficult, and the very effort will become a barrier. Because you have become aware of baby Krishna ,he will have become a fixed thing in your eyes. With this fixed thing, you are trying to find the young Sri Krishna . It is impossible, you will not be able to find him. You have to do a technique.
14-Just stare at the baby Krishna ; forget young Sri Krishna completely. Stare at baby Krishna , at young Sri Krishna figure.baby Krishna will disappear, and you will become aware of the young Sri Krishna hiding there. Why? If you try to find him you will miss. This type of picture is given to children like a puzzle, and it is said to them, “Find the other.” Then they start trying to find him , and because of that they miss.
15-The trick is not to try to find him: just stare at the figure and you will become aware. Forget the other, no need to think about it. Your eyes cannot remain at one point, so if you stare at baby Krishna figure the eyes will become tired. Then suddenly they will move from the figure, and in that movement you will become aware of the other figure which is hidden just by baby Krishna’s side, in the same lines. But the miracle is that when you become aware of the young Sri Krishna, you cannot see the baby Krishna . But you know that both are there now.
16-In the beginning you may not have believed that the young Sri Krishna is hiding, but now you know because you have seen the baby Krishna first. Now you know that the young Sri Krishna is there, but while looking at the young one you cannot simultaneously become aware of the baby one. And if you become aware of the baby one, you will miss the young one again. Both cannot be seen simultaneously; you can see only one at a time.
17-The same happens with the outside and the inside look. You cannot have both looks simultaneously. When you are looking at a bowl or at any object, you are looking out: the consciousness is moving out, the river is flowing out. You are focused on the bowl. Go on staring at it. That very staring will create the opportunity to move in.
18-Your eyes will become tired; they would like to move. Finding nothing to move out toward, suddenly the river will turn back ..that remains the only possibility. You will have forced your consciousness to fall back. And when you will become aware of you, you will miss the bowl; it will not be there.
19-That is why a Adi Shankara says the whole world is illusory; they have known it so. When we come to know ourselves, the world is not. Really, the world is not illusory; it is there. But you cannot see both worlds simultaneously ..that is the problem. So when Adi Shankara enters into himself, when he comes to know his self, when he becomes a witness, the world is not there. So he is right. He says it is maya ..illusion. It simply appears to be; it is not there.
20-Be aware of the fact. When you know the world, you are not. You are there, but hidden, and you cannot believe that you are hidden there; the world is too much present for you. And if you start to look for yourself directly, it will be difficult, the very effort may become a barrier. So tantra says, fix your stare somewhere in the world, on any object, and do not move from there, remain there. This very effort to remain there will