Realize What You Are            

 ........By watching you are able to see how old habits of thinking disconnect you from you’re here and now and make you unhappy.  Are you projecting the concept of father figure, husband, wife, or other image onto another person?  If so, then you do not see that individual as an individual Are you comparing the present moment with the past?  If so, the freshness of life is not enjoyed.  You go on missing good feelings, deep communication,  And people get bored with you because you always bring out the old imprints of mind, the worn-out  things.  Then you find someone with the same problem as you and you wallow together, dragging each other down.

            The philosophy of vibrations changes your whole life style.  Your level of consciousness ultimately attracts people from the same level of consciousn4ss as your own.  So you have to raise your consciousness.  New life cannot come only from words.  It must come from new thinking, new vibrations. 

            To bring those new vibrations, drop the old, clear your files, and throw away junk.  Say to yourself, “I don’t want those old thoughts, those negative memories, those conditionings.”  When you go on clearing, Your mind becomes light.  But before they go for good, the past imprints will tempt you and play tricks on you.  If you are not careful, they will keep on giving flickering signs to you and they may make new scars on your consciousness. 

            You must not allow then to make you angry and frustrated,  You must talk to them, and tell them.  “Now you go!  You are old tenants and your lease is up!  I will notrenew you contract.”  Once you recognize that these socalled tenats are unwanted  guests then y you are ready to evict them.  You realize  that youo must have invited them into your consciousness long ago when you were in a hazy, ignorant state of mind.  Ole habits of thinking know how to make themselves at home, but no matter how comfortable or comforting they may appear to you, you must be firm, in your resolve to empty your mental house.

            If this sentient living energy does not give up the old insentient, the stale stagnant matter becomes a burden to you and a cause of pain.  The more thorough the mental housecleaning you do the more buoyant you feel.  The more you allow dry leaves to drop away the more aware you are of what you are in essence and of what is relevant to your present living.  Now you are open to receive the new. 

            What is the new life?  None other than that living conscious energy pulsating and vibrating in the entire universe.  It is your own latent power.  To enter the path of meditation.  You must have conscious awareness of you latent power.  If you are not aware of that treasure within you, you are not going to long for it.  You are not going to reach for it.  If we see the end in the beginning.  We will take the beginning to the end. 

            For that you must believe in yourself.  Until now you have believed in everybody but yourself.  Now you must realize that you are holding a precious diamond within you.  Polish it and your radiance comes out.  Otherwise it remains like a rough stone, covered with so many layers.  You must say to yourself,  “Just now I am a rough diamond, but I have confidence that inside me is brilliance.  Inside me is latent power. I want to get in touch with that in me.”

             When you have this confidence, you really work on yourself.  You Upanishad—sit close.  Sit close to whom?  To yourself.  Or to him or her who can take you to yourself.  To the “diamond-cutter” who knows just where to cut so that your roughness is broken and the whole diamond comes out.  The teacher is not always one who wears the clothes of a guru.  The guru is anyone or anything who removes the darkness of your ignorance, who helps you uncover your Self, you become your own teacher.

             Once there was a king who used to lead a life of self-indulgence One evening he was sitting on his balcony at dusk.  The sunset was particularly striking and the king was moved.  It was the rainy season and the sunset produced the full spectrum of seven colors.  The king became so happy that he continued to watch eagerly.

             Slowly he saw the colors fade away; darkness came over everything.  He saw the dark and he realized in a flash,  “O, is this not my life? I am pulsating with pleasures.  How long will this sunset remain?  O, let me aware before; my colors disappear.  The painter must paint the scene while the colors are still vivid or the moment is gone.  Can I not do something worthwhile with my life before it is too late?”

             The king became so deeply aware of his inner consciousness that he put and end to his former self-indulgent ways.  The sunset so inspired him to see his own true quality, that he transformed his life.  In this story the sunset was his guru.

             Meditation is this: a complete transformation of consciousness, an uncovering of that universal indestructible energy which lies hidden in you, Otherwise you can sit and recite a mantram to get calm, but it will only be a temporary balm.  You will return to the rat race unchanged.

             Removing the tenacious, covering layers of the mind, you get in touch with the latent Sentient Energy which gives life to form.  If it can give life, then it cannot be captured by form.  If it could be captured by form, then it could not be formless.  The formless.  The formless remains above the forms.  That is why it can give life to them.

             There is a beautiful story in the Upanishads in which a son came home to his father after twelve years of study telling him, “O Father, I have studied all the scriptures and experimented in all ways, but still I did not find Soul.”  His father then asked him to break open the fruit of the Banyan tree and show him where the tree could be found in the thousands of seeds living inside the fruit.

             The son answered:  “O Father, that which gives birth to the tree cannot be seen.”

             “Yes” said his father, “And the power which gives life to you cannot be measured by any instrument.  Atma, Soul is beyond.  That which gives life to all the forms is intangible.  Yet it gives force to the tangible world.  It animates all the seen forms.  That energy is you.  That energy is me.”

             When you realize this, you will discover the purpose of meditation: to get in touch with that formless in you.  The insight comes that this vibrant conscious e3nerty has been covered up by your own negativity.  So covered, it does not get light or fresh air.

             This discovery leads you from the step of (1) realizing what you are to (2) recovering yourself.  Just as you recover your health after realizing that the cause of your illness is in you, so you recover your natural energy when you become aware of the layers which cover  you.  You will see that sadness, depression, anger, greed, pride and deceitfulness are all outside coverings.  They are not natural to you.  They have stifled your natural latent power.

             The process of recovery is a consistent and persistent practice.  It is a continuous throwing off of the covers to get fresh air.  It is  a continuous throwing off of the covers to get fresh air.  It is getting a fresh connection with your flow of inner strength.  That is meditation.  It is not instant.

             We must work at recovering, little by little, so that we return to our original nature.  Once we have opened the wounds of our psyche to the fresh air and light, we must take care that they heal properly and completely.  We must seal up the gaps and doubts of mind by filling ourselves with positive vibrations

             Without realizing, we cannot recover, And without recovering fully, we cannot go on to the third step: Retain, In order to retain, let us flood the mind with the light of meditation and fill in the holes in our thinking; with knowledge, understanding and experience.

             Say to yourself,  “I am the microcosm of the macrocosm.  As the universe moves I must move.  In the universe there is a pulsating element.  In the heart of all the forms, all the cells, in my own form, there is some vibrating life.  That is my real nature.  I want to recover my original nature and bring our my natural qualities of blissfulness, peace and conscious vibrant energy hidden at the center of myself.”

             Once you are confident beyond the shadow of a doubt that within you is a universe of beauty and truth, energy and bliss, you will be able to retain.  With the light of awareness permanently shining, you will retain the universal blessing which are yours.

 

What is Meditation? |Beinning Practice | Beginning Meditation: calming Down and Observing Yourself and Your Breathing| Developing One-Pointedness |Deeping Meditation: Emtrying and Focusing | Impediments to Growth: The Ego |Continuing Practice: Meditation on Hrim and Breathing |How Shall we Approach Life Through Meditation? |The Use of Mantras: Veerum and Sohum |Seeking Our True Nature |Deepening Meditation: who Am I? |Deepening  Meditation: Eliminating  Negative Traits |Meditation: The Art of Life and Experience of Light | Review |Meditation and the Art of Communication |Guided Meditation: Experiencing Light and Life| Meditation in Jain Philosophy|Sense Beyond the Senses| Perfection Is in Us|Realize What You Are