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.”