Friday, January 15, 2010

True Meditation

True meditation is when, by the grace of God and the destiny of the individual, gradually the meditator disappears into meditation so that at the end of the meditation there is no remnant of any ego doing meditation with expectation.

- Ramesh Balsekar

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Vipassana and You

The beauty of Vipassana meditation is that it first integrates you and then, once that's done, it disintegrates the very concept of 'you'.

Each of us is a scattered, divided entity. Heart separated from mind. Male half uneasy with female half. And a plethora of competing, floating identities or, as P.D. Ouspensky would probably have described it, a cluster of scattered I's - of which we subconsciously pick and use a specific one in a specific situation.

Vipassana gently coalesces all these apparent contradictions and disparate identities until gradually, very gradually, a stage arrives when the Vipassana meditator feels wholesome and complete.

And then, as awareness deepens, a point comes when there is an experience of bhang, a disintegration. At that time the entity gets a glimpse of its true nature and comprehends, in direct personal experience, that it is neither the body nor the name and form it had erroneously taken itself to be.