Meditation upon the world

ह्र्दीव  बह्यदेशेअपि  यस्मिन  कस्मिन्स्च  वस्तुनि  |

समाधिराध्यस्सन्मात्रात  नामरूप पृथक्कृतिः   || द्र्ग् दृश्य   विवेकः  : २७  ||

Hrdeeva bahyadesheapi yasmin kasminsch vastuni |

Samaadhiraadhyassanmaatraat naamroopaprthakkrutihi || Drg-drshya viveka: 27 ||

As in the heart (internal), in the outside or external as well, meditation is possible. That ‘Samadhi’ or act of meditation is the separation of the name and form from Pure Existence.

Meditation within is practiced with reference to the individual and that outside is with reference to the world as seen by him. Either way it has to be our own direct experience.

Any perceived thing or being, big or small, gross or subtle, can take us to heights of contemplation. Hence, we need not always practice meditation with our eyes closed. We can contemplate on the truth as we walk, talk, eat, sit, move about in this world.

Each and every object (living or non living) of perception (knowing through any of our five senses and mind) has five aspects to it. They are Existence, Consciousness, Dearness, Name and Form. The first three indicate the constant (Brahman/reality/changeless/permanency) and the last two indicate the variable (Maya/world/change/impermanency). The process involves focusing our attention on the first three as the very basis upon which the variables appear/depend. This is meditation associated with the seen. We focus our mind on pure Existence and ignore the changing aspects of name and form. This way we see the essence of all creation, the one string that connects the entire universe, the oneness and wholeness of creation.

For e.g. a pot is a name given to a particular form. The name depends on the form and should be ignored in the process of contemplation. The form is made up of clay and is dependent on it for its existence. The form is to be ignored and clay is to be focused upon. Continuing the process, ignoring name and form, we arrive at the constant which has no other foundation. Its existence does not depend upon anything else.

As such a pot is, tree is, one is, two are, three are, mountains are, thoughts are, people are, countries are, sun is, planets are, etc. The “Is-ness” underlies all objects or beings. To be aware of Existence as the substratum of all change is meditation.

A man asked Sw. Chinmayananda pointing to a tree, “What is this?” He replied, “It is Existence in the form of a tree.”

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3 Responses to Meditation upon the world

  1. Mergingpoint says:

    Namaste Vasuda!

    would appreciate if you could expand more on the term”Dearness” and how it is related with permanence.

    • vasudha says:

      Namaste Mergingpoint!

      “I am” and “I know I am” are two permanent aspects of any entity. The existing and known object is also “dear”. ‘Dearness’ is the third permanent aspect. Any thing or being, which is a source of happiness to me is dear to me. I may not feel that way about all things and beings. But each of us is the greatest source of joy to ourselves; therefore, I love myself the most.

      The love for other objects and beings may change from time to time but love for myself is inherent and is always superlative. Everything else is dear to me only for my own sake. We are always instructed “Love your neighbor” but never “Love yourself” since self-love is inherent / innate. Self-love is homogenous and unending. It is expressed as, “May I always be”, “May I never cease to exist”, etc. It is not conditioned by time or place. This dearness or self-love indicates the Bliss aspect. I am the greatest source of joy to myself.

  2. vyomesh Bhatt says:

    Meditation is process through which self is realised. it is situation wherin firstly it is merging and lastly emerged within . when unification of one to one achieved , super consciouness ( Sat-Chit-Anand ) stays in us of god is realised. we may have the outlook of universe within us which is beyond our fact word.

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