Phase Four of Mental

Phase Four of Mental


The fourth phase in meditation should be five seconds of absolute stillness of the mind, that is if you can achieve it. Most people cannot manage more than one second of absolute stillness. One enters the chamber of silence and the mind becomes a crystal clear lake, with not a single ripple. And then from that moment of silence, one single ripple, that ripple of your mantra arises. Maintain it at that high frequency where it is barely a word before becoming a mere vibration. Then it does not take you long to recite a long mantra. Japa is thus understood to be a very subtle and fine art.

Different people have different experiences in that state of stillness. For some the mind feels like a vast field, or one forgets oneself, or one doesn’t know how long one has been sitting in meditation as the time simply passes.

Some people may think, ‘Ah, I have achieved final peace’, but this stillness is not the ultimate stillness. It is a stage when the waves have stopped hitting the beach; the undercurrents of samskaras are still active. As stillness occurs, experiences form the subtler part of our being begin to arise. One may be the light of prana; it may be the light of physical heat turning into an experience; it may even be something less significant than that.

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