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Very profound read:


True Meditation Has No Direction, by Adyashanti
True meditation has no direction or goal. It is pure wordless surrender,
pure silent prayer. All methods aiming at achieving a certain state of
mind are limited, impermanent, and conditioned. Fascination with states
leads only to bondage and dependency. True meditation is abidance as
primordial awareness.
True meditation appears in consciousness spontaneously when
awareness is not being manipulated or controlled. When you first start to
meditate, you notice that attention is often being held captive by focus on
some object: on thoughts, bodily sensations, emotions, memories,
sounds, etc. This is because the mind is conditioned to focus and
contract upon objects. Then the mind compulsively interprets and tries to
control what it is aware of (the object) in a mechanical and distorted way.
It begins to draw conclusions and make assumptions according to past
In true meditation all objects (thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories,
etc.) are left to their natural functioning. This means that no effort should
be made to focus on, manipulate, control, or suppress any object of
awareness. In true meditation the emphasis is on being awareness; not
on being aware of objects, but on resting as primordial awareness itself.
Primordial awareness is the source in which all objects arise and
As you gently relax into awareness, into listening, the mind's compulsive
contraction around objects will fade. Silence of being will come more
clearly into consciousness as a welcoming to rest and abide. An attitude
of open receptivity, free of any goal or anticipation, will facilitate the
presence of silence and stillness to be revealed as your natural
As you rest into stillness more profoundly, awareness becomes free of
the mind's compulsive control, contractions, and identifications.
Awareness naturally returns to its non-state of absolute unmanifest
potential, the silent abyss beyond all knowing.
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That Which is Looking, by Adyashanti
Only when you turn attention to awareness itself, there isn't anything
behind it. That's what returning to the source means. It means that
nothing is next. There's nothing behind it. With a thought there's always
something behind it. There's always the awareness of thought. So
awareness is behind it. With a feeling there's always something behind
it. With the conditioned tendency there's always something behind it.
There's always awareness behind everything that's perceivable.
Everything that's thinkable. There's always something behind it: namely
that awareness. Spirit. To 'look within' doesn't mean to look for
something really amazing to happen. To look for the states of
consciousness to change. That's not what look within means. Have any
of you looked within like that? I've spent so many hours looking within
that way - not thousands, tens of thousands of hours looking within. And
I was looking ... the same way we look outside. You know, like we're
looking for something. And so you look inside. It's a great teaching, but
then what do you do? You tend to look for stuff. Look for really groovy
spiritual stuff to happen. Right? It's the same looking. It's not really
different than looking for a million bucks, or a hot looking guy or gal or
success. It's just looking for inner stuff. And there's a world of inner
things and experiences, just like there's an outer world of things to look
for. But the inner world, it's not any more real or significant then the
outer world. So to look within doesn't mean that, to look within in a way
that you're looking for something. Looking for a treasure. It means to go
to the root. And the root is the looking itself. To turn within is to turn to
that which is looking. So that we find out for ourselves that there isn't
anybody that's looking! Looking is looking. There isn't someone there
called 'me' that's behind awareness that's aware. Awareness is aware.
It's the opposite: I'm not aware; awareness is aware of me. And this is
quite a shock when you really come upon it! This is really 'one without a
second' as Ramana (Maharshi) used to say. That the self is one without
a second. Without a second means: nothing behind it. No deeper return
to go to. You've returned to your natural state.
In Zen we used to call it
'taking the backward step.' We (generally) want to take the forward step:
to pursue, to seek, to find. But the backward step is very simple ... return
to what you are. Till that flash of recognition dawns, that awareness itself
is what you are. Just like the flash of lightning in an empty sky - a
spontaneous flash! The easiest thing in spirituality is for it to become
complex, instead of simple. But this is a very simple thing which is why it
can penetrate so deeply. So quickly. So immediately. --Adyashanti
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  • 2 months later...

i agree ji,

from my experience of Simran and meditation, wonderful things occur when i am not looking for something, when i am not desiring for anything...as soon as i 'want' something...or 'expect' something, the meditation is lost...

one needs to surrender to His will...all is in His hands only...i/we cannot acheive anything...complete surrender...then unlimited possibilities open up on their own accord.

God Bless Ji

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