Steps to Enlightenment

Step by step, curb the mind and direct your gaze inward. One after another before you will open myriad wonderful things. Now, here on earth, you can meet the Lord, whom the ancient Vedas are still looking for everywhere.

Monday. LESSON 85. First step: attention

The great Eastern sage, from whom I took initiation, Jnanaguru Yoganathan Yogaswami from Jaffna repeated many times: "All long ago completed". Everything is already complete. The whole mind is complete, complete in all areas of its manifestation. Individual awareness of a person moves through the mind as a traveler makes a round-the-world voyage.

Now we come to real learning and this applies to you personally: five steps on the path to enlightenment. What are these steps? Attention, concentration, meditation, contemplation and Self-realization. Awareness must pass through these five steps, gaining strength with each step on the path to enlightenment. At the first stage, awareness passes through many areas of the mind. If it is sufficiently developed, then we say that it is a large ball of light traveling through the mind. If awareness is not developed enough, then it resembles a table tennis ball, jumping from side to side. It should be noted that such a small ball does not intend to follow the path to enlightenment. He is going to ride on the instinctive mind. This will continue incarnation after incarnation until it grows into a big ball – like a beach ball. Then he will have sufficient experience of traveling in the mind, in order to direct his movement within himself. When this happens, certain abilities appear. One of them is willpower. We are also learning to hold attention. We learn to hold awareness as attention. Awareness: attention!

What is attention? This is the first step on the path, which is to maintain the concentration of awareness in one area of ​​the mind. This area is chosen by us, and not by anyone else. People around us move our awareness around the mind with such speed that we think we are directing it. Funny: I say that we direct awareness — as if it is different from ourselves. Awareness, energy and willpower are all one and the same. From now on we will use the term "awareness". When other people move awareness from one area to another, we call it distraction or worldly distraction. The challenge is to manage the movement of awareness on your own. How to learn this? Holding attention.

How does attention work? Attention is awareness, concentrated on one point – like a hummingbird hovering above a flower. She is not moving. The flower does not move. Awareness is aware of the flower – stopped over him. For awareness to hover over a flower, like hummingbirds, the entire nervous system of the physical body and respiratory functions must function in a certain rhythm. Since you have never trained your physical body and breath, you need to start with rhythmic diaphragmatic breathing, breathing in and out for the same amount of counting. You can start training right now. After doing this exercise for a long time, the body and the external nervous system become trained, react accordingly, and the awareness remains attentive.

Tuesday. LESSON 86. Second step: concentration

Then we automatically move to the second step – concentration. Hummingbirds, hovering over a flower, keeping attention on the flower itself, begin to look at the flower and concentrate on it, study it, reflect on it, without being distracted by another flower – or that awareness will go away. Distraction of awareness in this case means transferring it to another flower, to another area of ​​the mind.

Leave the idea that thoughts come into your mind and leave it, like guests coming to you and leaving you. Stick to the idea that awareness is moving, not thought. See awareness as a toy. "yo-yo" at the end of the thread. The thread is attached to the very center of energy, and awareness moves from this center and returns to it back. Awareness can be directed to the tree and come back, then to the earth – and again back. "Yo-yo" – A good analogy to understand what awareness is. Awareness, held in the state of attention, moves to the next vibration level – concentration.

Set a flower in front of you. Breathe deeply as you learned to do it before. Just look at the flower. No need to stare and strain your eyes. Just be aware of it. Every time your awareness goes to another area of ​​the mind, with the help of your willpower, return it, recognize the flower again. Do this as long as you become aware of only the flower, forgetting about the body and breathing. Then start concentrating on the flower. This is the second step. Think of a flower. Go to the region of the mind where all the flowers are in all phases of their manifestation, and concentrate on the flower. Move from one area to another — where all the stems are, to the stem of a particular flower, to the root from which the flower grew, and to the seed. Concentrate, concentrate and concentrate on the flower. Staying in the mental field of a particular object that you are aware of and going through various color and sound vibrations of thoughts is what concentration means. How does she act? "Power of concentration" – this is just a name. In fact, you direct awareness through the area of ​​the mind, which contains the elements that make up this particular flower, and comprehend how the combination of all these elements is stalled by a flower.

Wednesday. LESSON 87. The third step: meditation

Having gained the ability to hold awareness soaring on the subject of our concentration, we come to enormous energies of observation. Since we are not distracted, we can look inside (almost through) what we are concentrating on and observe its various parts, their interaction. As a result of regular concentration practice, the ability to observe in everyday life naturally comes. We begin to see more, hear and feel better. Our feelings become more insightful and sensitive. To fully introduce awareness into the fullness of meditation, it is necessary to cultivate observation.

This leads us to the next step – meditation. Meditation and concentration are practically the same thing, with the only difference that the process of meditation is more intense than concentration. The state of meditation is attentive, close observation of the individual elements and energies from which a particular flower is composed. You carefully observe in the inner layers of the mind how the flower grows, how the seed is formed. You are watching so closely all this that you forget that you are a physical body, a conglomeration of emotions, you forget about breathing. You are in the region of the mind in which there is a flower, from where leaves, roots and seed have appeared in all their phases of manifestation. All this happens at the same time. And you are watching all of this, as if it really is in the area of ​​the mind where the flower is located, to which you first sent awareness and subsequently began to concentrate on this flower. Thus, you meditate on that area of ​​mind where a certain type is in all stages of its manifestation.

Thursday. LESSON 88. Fourth step: contemplation

After meditation, we move into a state of contemplation. Contemplation is a deep concentration in the inner regions of the mind in which a flower exists, a certain kind of plant to which the flower belongs, and also a seed. We are plunging deeper and deeper into the energy and life of flower cells. We find that the life energy of the flower cells is the same energy that is within us. We come to contemplate the very energy that we see as light. If our body of consciousness is light, we can see the light in our head. In a state of contemplation, we may not even be aware of the light itself, since we are conscious of the light when we possess at least a small consciousness of darkness. In other words, it is your natural state and you are in a state of deep thought. In the state of contemplation you are extremely focused, you can not move. That is why you sit so calmly.

The yogaswami once said: "I plunged so deep inside that a bird sat on my head". With this he wanted to say that he plunged into such a deep state and was so immobile for a long time that the bird, sitting on its head, did not even know that it was sitting on the head of a person – "I plunged so deep inside that a bird sat on my head". Immerse yourself so deeply that the bird can sit on your head. You achieve this state with the help of attention, concentration, meditation and contemplation of the internal energies of the Universe.

When you are in the mind of energy, in this rarefied consciousness, you are not conscious of the Earth or other planets. You are the consciousness of a region of energy that pervades the Earth, space and planets. This is not exactly energy: we are only then conscious of energy, when we are conscious of something that looks like energy. But this contemplation, the very source of that which is within and flows through the form.

Friday. LESSON 89. Fifth step: samadhi

Then we come to the state of samadhi, the deepest samadhi, in which, figuratively speaking, we plunge into one atom of energy and move to the primary source of everything. In fact, this experience cannot be expressed in words, since you cannot describe the concept of the Atman, this deep state of samadhi. You cannot describe it all in words, as there are no areas of mind that contain the Atman, and on the other hand, for the Atman, the mind and consciousness do not exist.

Steps to Enlightenment

To know the Atman, you must realize It. After that you will know Him. Before that, you want His realization, but then the very desire for realization goes away. You lost something. You have lost your goal in the realization of Self-Realization – because you have accomplished it.

I have reached this state of samadhi by going through all five of the above steps. I was taught these steps at a very early age. I gradually moved from one step to another. "Simple as that. Where I was, all this time wandering around, not being

able to comprehend the obvious?"

This is beautifully expressed in the Chandogya Upanishad (

Saturday. LESSON 90. Immersion and return

Atman is so simple. To realize the Atman, you need to be so simple – not rustic, but unattached. Awareness must have the ability to move easily around the mind, just as a graceful deer walks through the forest. Awareness must move in the mind so cleverly that no viscous substance of the mind adheres to it and holds it for a certain period of time. Only with such swiftness of movement can you quickly move the awareness to the Source, into itself – until you exit it, having realized the Atman. From this event you will take out more than you brought into it.

Self-realization can be explained differently. Imagine a swimming pool in front of you. Under the surface of the water is the Atman. Let us call the surface of water, its surface layer, the depth of contemplation, pure consciousness, the most super-pure area of ​​the mind, the most purified area of ​​the mind of pure consciousness. Through pure consciousness, we are going to plunge into the Self. Let’s call the physical body awareness. It is a body of light, and it is going to sink into the Atman, into the depths of samadhi. But for this you need to go through the surface. Through pure consciousness.

So, we are preparing for this. Attention! We take off all the clothes. We wear a bathing suit and go around the pool in a circle. We are ready for this great dive. Concentration! We gather all our strength. We do not quite know what will happen to us. Meditation! We carefully study the pool. We all carefully inspect. We study the philosophy of what we are going to do. We are even trying to measure the depth of the Self. We talk to people and ask: "Have you ever jumped into the water?" Some people say: "No, but I’m going to do it someday.". Others answer in the affirmative. And you ask them if they can tell anything about their diving experience. They answer that, unfortunately, they cannot do this. Then you enter into contemplation. You are just standing. You are fully aware that you are standing on the edge of the Absolute. You are increasingly aware that you are in this place. You are simply aware of the process of awareness. Then you start laughing and jump into the pool. As the hands and head sink into the water, they disappear. When the body enters the water, it disappears. As soon as the feet sink into the water, they disappear into it. We look at the surface of the water and no longer see you. You just disappeared.

As you emerge from the state of samadhi, arms, head, then chest and torso appear first. Then the legs appear and finally the feet. You are the same as before, but inside you are completely clean. Awareness now has a new center. The center is located at the bottom of the pool from which you left. You can’t even talk about him. When you go out, you realize that you have realized the Atman.

Before diving into the water, you knew a lot about the Atman. You could quote thousands of sayings about Him. You knew so much. But when you come out of the water, you know nothing at all. You know that you have gained tremendous experience. You are internally bathed. Then you enter into a state of contemplation – enjoy the experience. Then you begin to meditate, bringing out a new experience. There is such a vast space in you that awareness can no longer cover it. This is a huge space, you just can not pass through it. You sink deeper and deeper and, suddenly, you realize that you have again realized the Atman. You are again plunging deeper and deeper and, suddenly, you realize that you have again realized the Atman. And everything becomes different.

You are looking at the world from the inside. You look at people from the inside. You look at a person, and immediately his whole life passes before you. You look at his face and see what his mother looks like. You look into his subconscious; you see what his house looks like. You see him at the age of ten. Fourteen. Twenty, twenty-five; he is now thirty. And at the same time you see how it will look at forty years old and so on. You see the whole sequence right now. And then, after deep samadhi, you really know that the mind in all its manifestations was formed a long time ago. It is a complete form.

Before realization, you simply try to believe in this view of the mind. This concept is too broad to believe in it, because at certain moments when awareness passes through the outer regions of the mind, it does not look like that at all. Our vision is limited.

Steps to Enlightenment

Sunday. LESSON 91. After Self-Realization

After the deep samadhi of Self-realization, our world view cannot really be called extensive; we just see things as they really are. And it is simple. We see things as they are and they really are – if you look from the inside to the outside. You are looking at a tree. You see the energies of the tree acting within it. Then you see the leaves and the bark, and you see it all at the same time. This is Self-realization.

Steps to Enlightenment

These are the five steps on the path to enlightenment that you must go through. The first step, attention, may be the most difficult. He forms a strong, courageous soldier, who sets off to complete the great mission beyond awareness. As soon as we call awareness as attention, it must immediately separate itself from what it was aware of before. If awareness is attached to the object of awareness, then it thinks that it is this object. It does not think: "I am this thing"but it looks that way. When we detach awareness from what it is aware of, then we can move freely in the mind: first, in a limited part of it, and then this area expands.

Then we learn to concentrate, which awakens the energy of observation. If you possess attention and concentration, other states come automatically. But to achieve Self-Realization, you really must desire it more than life. You must desire to attain this deep state of samadhi more life. The realization of the Atman, which is beyond the purified areas of pure consciousness, is more precious than your life. You must desire her more life.

Memorize five steps: attention, concentration, meditation, contemplation, samadhi. There are different types of samadhi: savikalpa samadhi, nirvikalpa samadhi. However when i say the word "samadhi"I mean Self-Realization, Oneness, the Highest Goal I just described. She is worth looking for. She is worth pursuing. She is worth our existence on this planet.

We are not on this planet to get an education, to acquire things, to make money, to put on a physical body, to acquire property, to feed ourselves. We are on this planet for the realization of the Self, precisely for this purpose – to go inward. That is why we arrived on this planet and will continue to incarnate on it until our awareness grows into a wonderful big ball strong enough to move through the cleared areas of the mind (if we compare consciousness with a ball growing from the size of a ball for desktop). tennis to the size of a beach ball) – and finally we are here. To be aware of awareness, at the level of the intellect, we must compare awareness with something. Having received this idea, having caught the vibration and freeing awareness from what it is aware of, we are on our way to the highest goal in our internal search.

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