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For a meditator, Vivek, the power to discriminate between the Unchanging and the ever-changing, is an absolute necessity. Without it s/he is eternally caught in the wheel of the mind that can only discriminate within the duality of its limited spectrum. The mind will know the difference between good and bad, black and white, right or wrong and especially between what it likes and doesn't like. In other words, the mind has the ability to discriminate within the dimension of the ever-changing waking state, but it can't go beyond.


Sampriya's Meditation Quotes: Vivek - The power to discriminate between the Unchanging and the ever-changingSampriya's Meditation Quotes: Vivek - The power to discriminate between the Unchanging and the ever-changing


In everyday life, our attention is focused exclusively on the changing world of things and forms. We are engaged with our thoughts, desires, preferences, projects and hopes for specific outcomes. The human mind is literally hypnotised by the constant movement in this ever-changing field. The awareness of the Unchanging Space of Freedom at the back of it is lost when the attention is caught up in the form level experience.


In order to reorient our attention, a different kind of knowledge is needed. The knowledge we are talking about here is not just information processed through the intellect. It is knowledge that invites us to explore the existence of a part of us that is invisible and unchanging. For this experience to unfold, we need to close our eyes. When we meditate, we withdraw our attention from the movement of thoughts and we direct it to breath or mantra. By withdrawing attention from our thoughts, we also withdraw their energy to move and pull us in. Eventually the movement of the mind will subside and we remain with That which is always present - the unchanging space of the Self that is our True Nature.


When we experience the space of our True Nature as our very own Self, we are left with sense of Pure Freedom that is hard to put in words. Since the experience is not happening within the realm of the mind, and since words are the mind's tools, it is not surprising that they can't really express the vastness of the experience of Freedom. And yet the experience is known with great clarity. That is when we realise that Freedom is not experienced by the ego

/mind/intellect, but by Freedom or the Self itself. More importantly, we realise that the Self experiencing itSelf is not separate from me. The individual self and the Unchanging Self are one and the same Space of Self. One is infinite and unchanging, the other is also infinite, but it APPEARS to be changing and moving - yet it is the same fundamental Space of Self.


Recognising this fact is the subtlest form of Vivek. The unfoldment of the power of Vivek in our lives is a result of our Meditation practice. When we become firm in our knowledge of the Self as our True Nature through a regular practice, we are no longer fooled by the antics of the mind. This is how instant recognition of the Unchanging as Me becomes our way of life.



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Is it an exaggeration to say that the mind has the power to torture us? In a moment of stress, take 1 minute to sit and watch the content of your thoughts as they race through the mind. How much kindness and support are you seeing? Even the casual observation of everyday thinking reveals recurring patterns of self-judgment and doubts, of negative self-talk and the constant chatter of an insatiable inner critic. Becoming aware of the weighty messages we receive from our mind is a potent first step to diminish their influence. However, if we want to be free from the mind, a more powerful shift is necessary.


Some schools of thought believe that we should suppress or control our thinking patterns in order to free ourselves from their tyranny. If you have ever tried to not think a thought that comes or to prevent it from arising, I am sure you noticed that it doesn’t work. It is truly impossible to control the mind in that way, and it makes sense that we can’t use the instrument that creates the problem to solve the problem...


Sampriya's Meditation Quotes: Amaram Hum Madhuram Hum - Pure Free ForeverSampriya's Meditation Quotes: Amaram Hum Madhuram Hum - Pure Free Forever

This doesn’t mean that we are powerless. It just means we need to reach for a different perspective to be free from the torture of the mind! That is where the blessing of Mantra comes in. By shifting our attention away from the mind and onto the repetition of Mantra, our focus changes its orientation. It is no longer involved with the story or thinking pattern of the mind but it’s attention is on something of an entirely different nature.


Mantra is a Sanskrit word composed of two elements: Man or Manas, which means mind and tra, which means release. The very word explains what Mantra does: It releases the mind from its entanglement with thoughts and their stories. Now the mind is free to open up and orient itself in a different direction. This is where the real power of Mantra resides. Its subtle sound vibration combined with the power of its meaning leads the attention back to the space of the Source of Mantra. Thus we enter the dimension of the unchanging and infinite space at the back of all manifestation - our True Nature, which is entirely free from thoughts, stories and their meaning.


Since time immemorial human beings have used Mantras as a way to reorient their focus. There are thousands of Mantras with as many meanings. Some are used like prayers to invoke the favour of the Divine, others to chant the glory of God. All are powerful ways to connect to the higher dimensions within.


One Mantra - I call it the Mantra of Mantras - stands out among them. It is the Shyam Mantra: Amaram Hum Madhuram Hum. Its sound has an immediate and immensely calming effect on the nervous system of the practitioner. More importantly, its vibration and meaning invokes the True Nature of our existence and leads us to experience it here and now. By repeating the words Amaram Hum Madhuram Hum, we affirm our nature to be more than the content of a tortured mind. We step into the fullness of our Being by daring to call ourselves by our True Name - Amaram Hum Madhuram Hum, I am immortal, I am blissful - I am the Pure Free Forever Being of unchanging and everlasting Oneness.


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Many books have been written on the subject of Saadhana, a Sanskrit word that loosely translates as spiritual exercise. The term Saadhana is used to describe the variety of yogic practices that open the awareness of the Saadhak (the practitioner) to his True Nature, the Self.


Most people are familiar with the practice of Aasana (physical postures) referred to as Yoga. They may also know about various exercises of relaxation and concentration that are the precursors of Meditation. Then there is the practice of Meditation itself, which is truly is the cornerstone of Saadhana.


Sampriya's meditation quotes: Saadhana - being alert to the fact that you are Pure Free ForeverSampriya's meditation quotes: Saadhana - being alert to the fact that you are Pure Free Forever


All yogic practices have the same ultimate goal: to know our Divine Nature at all times, beyond the shadow of a doubt and with every atom of our being. For this knowledge to unfold fully, a transformational shift to a different state of consciousness is necessary. The habitual human waking state is not equipped to reach the infinite space of the Self. It is restricted by the limited capacity of perception of our mind and senses.


The outer or physical yogic practices serve as preparation and purification for the body. Inner practices, as described in different scriptures, help prepare and stabilize the mind. This purification is necessary because on its own, the human mind is scattered and distracted. It constantly creates thoughts, judgments and beliefs of separation that define how we feel about ourselves and the world. The mind's perspective and scope of understanding is very limited. Through its constant movement of thoughts it creates a covering veil. Like a cloud cover that masks the sun, the mind layer has become the obstacle between our human self and our True Divine Nature.


The necessary transformation of the mind happens through the practice of Meditation. When we sit with our eyes closed, we allow the mind to settle. If we keep sitting and watching, the covering layer of thoughts and agitation eventually dissolves. What remains is the unchanging Self that exists at the back of all movement and prior to all manifestation. When we give ourselves to Meditation regularly, it becomes obvious that the Self, just like the sun on the other side of the cloud-cover, is always present. In fact, the Self is our very own being, the source of our existence and of all manifestation.


Once we recognize ourselves as the Self, Saadhana becomes simple. All that's left is to remain alert to the fact that our True Nature is, always was and always will be the Self - Pure Free Forever.



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