Meditation is not a technique

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Photo by: Guy Tetreault

Meditation can not be a method or a technique. How can you go beyond mind by a technique or a method? Do you think truth can be attained through a method? A technique is essentially mind. If you are following some guru, some method or technique then be certain that you are not going any where and it is nothing but an illusory state of self hypnosis. Technique means a mechanical process, it is unconscious. And more you meditate mechanically more you become unconscious. A mechanical process makes you more like a robot.

Mind needs constant occupation hence search for methods, techniques, path and gurus. Your so called meditation is actually the continuity of the thought. A mantra or puja is occupation, it can not lead you beyond. At the most it can lead you into a trance, but it can not transform.

When you see this fact NOT intellectually but actually then mind empty itself from all kind of occupations and become vacant, THIS is the beginning of meditation. If you want to go further from yourself then only there can be a path or a method. But if you have to come to yourself there can not be any path. All path leads you somewhere. If you want to come back to your self then there can not be any path.

If you are effortless, not doing anything not even doing meditation because it is also an act, totally unoccupied and relax then you are in meditation. Meditation happens spontaneously if one is aware of the habit of getting occupied every moment.

Mind likes to be occupied with enjoyment and entertainment to forget itself. A mind occupied in bhajan, puja, chanting or ceremony is escaping from itself. You are in mediation when the seeking for enjoyment and constant occupation is gone.

A technique of meditation having an authority of guru is a copyrighted market product which cannot lead you anywhere.

2 thoughts on “Meditation is not a technique”

  1. Namaste MG,

    I like what you have to say in a way of simplicity and freedom.

    Totally agree with you on the so-called authority on a meditation technique or whatever. Freedom is also being free of the herd mind.

    Here’s a little quote, that even though is just a quote, that is in resonance with what you say. It’s from a little book (that won’t bring much fire) called The Sayings of Old Cheng :

    “Regarding the thoughts of others as holy and precious while learning and reciting them to pass them on as some great secret, is what is called being ‘chained over and beyond thought’.

    Cultivating your own thoughts as something rare and precious, thinking of yourself as worthy of highest esteem and showing a susceptibility to irritability wherever you are not respected or where it’s suggested that you might be slightly off the mark, is what is called ‘carrying along the yoke of one’s thoughts’.

    When your own thoughts and those of others seem to you to come and go like the waves of the sea, none superior and none inferior and where they have no effect on you whatsoever~though you yourself always maintain that having attained to a state of perfect tranquility, this is what is called ‘drifting beneath and beyond tought’.

    When no thought any longer holds your attention because it has become clear that, as far as the original mind is concerned, there is nothing to think or to hold onto and that there is nothing that can be obtained by thinking, this is what is called ‘being on the brink of the original mind’.

    Entering into no-time, no-space, no-movement, no-form, no-thought~and knowing what it is that is to be seen there in the absence of all perception, ‘this is what I call seeing the original mind’.”

    In Silence…

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