• Sampriya

When we think of "me", or "my identity" as a human being, we think of our body. In most people, the sense of I is consisting of the physical form we see in the mirror and of the thoughts we have about it.

We think of ourselves as being this or that; as small or tall, smart or stupid, beautiful or ugly. All these qualifications are messages from the surrounding environment that we have internalised and accepted as true. Our own thinking may have added to these definitions and we may have come to the conclusion that yes, I am not intelligent enough, or too tall or not meeting the beauty standards of this world...

As for the body, we watch it change constantly. What once was the form of a small child grew into a teenager and then into a young adult. Eventually the traits of youth transformed into an ageing adult who watches wrinkles develop on the face and whose body gets less agile and more fragile.

It is safe to say that all material or mental aspects of our life change constantly. Even seemingly solid objects, like a house or a car, are subject to the law of change. One day they are shiny and new, yet just a few years later they have become worn and outdated. In the end they will disappear, just like a vast area of woods can vanish to become an urban agglomeration. Even mountain ranges change and eventually crumble if we are there to watch over a long enough period of time.

Unless a deeper questioning awakes from within, we go through life with our attention focused exclusively on these ever-changing forms and thoughts in which our identity is embedded. This is how the vast majority of people live. But there is an ever growing number of seekers who are tuning in to the fact that there is truly more to us than a changing body and a wavering mind. They are beginning to explore aspects of their being that are beyond the sensory perceptions. Just like the sages and saints that have walked this path for millennia, they realise that at the back of all the appearing and disappearing forms is a space or presence that is unchanging and ever-present.

If we want to know this presence in our own being, we need to reverse the focus of our attention. Instead of following every thought and every sensory perception, we need to turn our attention inward by closing our eyes. At first we may notice the many thoughts and feelings that jump into our awareness when we begin to meditate. We get to see just how densely populated our mind is... If we choose to continue sitting and watching, we notice that even though thoughts continue to come and go, there is something in us that is watching and knowing them. This knowing Awareness is what we want to pay attention to. In cultivating awareness of this Awareness, we develop the ability to know the difference between the coming and going of thoughts and the ever-present Presence that knows them. In choosing to remain with the Presence, as the Presence, we have a chance to mature the understanding that it is who we truly are. No form or thought exists without or separate from the Presence that is our True Nature. Knowing this with every fibre of our being is the invaluable gift of Meditation!

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For a meditator, Vivek, the power to discriminate between the Unchanging and the ever-changing, is an absolute necessity. Without it s/he is eternally caught in the wheel of the mind that can only discriminate within the duality of its limited spectrum. The mind will know the difference between good and bad, black and white, right or wrong and especially between what it likes and doesn't like. In other words, the mind has the ability to discriminate within the dimension of the ever-changing waking state, but it can't go beyond.

In everyday life, our attention is focused exclusively on the changing world of things and forms. We are engaged with our thoughts, desires, preferences, projects and hopes for specific outcomes. The human mind is literally hypnotised by the constant movement in this ever-changing field. The awareness of the Unchanging Space of Freedom at the back of it is lost when the attention is caught up in the form level experience.

In order to reorient our attention, a different kind of knowledge is needed. The knowledge we are talking about here is not just information processed through the intellect. It is knowledge that invites us to explore the existence of a part of us that is invisible and unchanging. For this experience to unfold, we need to close our eyes. When we meditate, we withdraw our attention from the movement of thoughts and we direct it to breath or mantra. By withdrawing attention from our thoughts, we also withdraw their energy to move and pull us in. Eventually the movement of the mind will subside and we remain with That which is always present - the unchanging space of the Self that is our True Nature.

When we experience the space of our True Nature as our very own Self, we are left with sense of Pure Freedom that is hard to put in words. Since the experience is not happening within the realm of the mind, and since words are the mind's tools, it is not surprising that they can't really express the vastness of the experience of Freedom. And yet the experience is known with great clarity. That is when we realise that Freedom is not experienced by the ego

/mind/intellect, but by Freedom or the Self itself. More importantly, we realise that the Self experiencing itSelf is not separate from me. The individual self and the Unchanging Self are one and the same Space of Self. One is infinite and unchanging, the other is also infinite, but it APPEARS to be changing and moving - yet it is the same fundamental Space of Self.

Recognising this fact is the subtlest form of Vivek. The unfoldment of the power of Vivek in our lives is a result of our Meditation practice. When we become firm in our knowledge of the Self as our True Nature through a regular practice, we are no longer fooled by the antics of the mind. This is how instant recognition of the Unchanging as Me becomes our way of life.

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Is it an exaggeration to say that the mind has the power to torture us? In a moment of stress, take 1 minute to sit and watch the content of your thoughts as they race through the mind. How much kindness and support are you seeing? Even the casual observation of everyday thinking reveals recurring patterns of self-judgment and doubts, of negative self-talk and the constant chatter of an insatiable inner critic. Becoming aware of the weighty messages we receive from our mind is a potent first step to diminish their influence. However, if we want to be free from the mind, a more powerful shift is necessary.

Some schools of thought believe that we should suppress or control our thinking patterns in order to free ourselves from their tyranny. If you have ever tried to not think a thought that comes or to prevent it from arising, I am sure you noticed that it doesn’t work. It is truly impossible to control the mind in that way, and it makes sense that we can’t use the instrument that creates the problem to solve the problem...

This doesn’t mean that we are powerless. It just means we need to reach for a different perspective to be free from the torture of the mind! That is where the blessing of Mantra comes in. By shifting our attention away from the mind and onto the repetition of Mantra, our focus changes its orientation. It is no longer involved with the story or thinking pattern of the mind but it’s attention is on something of an entirely different nature.

Mantra is a Sanskrit word composed of two elements: Man or Manas, which means mind and tra, which means release. The very word explains what Mantra does: It releases the mind from its entanglement with thoughts and their stories. Now the mind is free to open up and orient itself in a different direction. This is where the real power of Mantra resides. Its subtle sound vibration combined with the power of its meaning leads the attention back to the space of the Source of Mantra. Thus we enter the dimension of the unchanging and infinite space at the back of all manifestation - our True Nature, which is entirely free from thoughts, stories and their meaning.

Since time immemorial human beings have used Mantras as a way to reorient their focus. There are thousands of Mantras with as many meanings. Some are used like prayers to invoke the favour of the Divine, others to chant the glory of God. All are powerful ways to connect to the higher dimensions within.

One Mantra - I call it the Mantra of Mantras - stands out among them. It is the Shyam Mantra: Amaram Hum Madhuram Hum. Its sound has an immediate and immensely calming effect on the nervous system of the practitioner. More importantly, its vibration and meaning invokes the True Nature of our existence and leads us to experience it here and now. By repeating the words Amaram Hum Madhuram Hum, we affirm our nature to be more than the content of a tortured mind. We step into the fullness of our Being by daring to call ourselves by our True Name - Amaram Hum Madhuram Hum, I am immortal, I am blissful - I am the Pure Free Forever Being of unchanging and everlasting Oneness.

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