All meditations/mindfulness practices are transcendental.
The two words – meditation/ mindfulness are used differently by many, due to many misconceptions and misunderstandings. These misgivings are the results of one’s preferences to use a particular word and prejudices about the other. When Transcendental meditation (TM) stormed the western world, everyone started talking about it as it is different. In reality, all meditations are transcendental. One transcends the mind is meditation or mindfulness. The word – meditation, was associated with many practices of concentration, rituals, chanting, and initiation like in TM programs. TM is one approach to Meditation/Mindfulness.
Witness consciousness or the Seer behind the seen is the secret
Mindfulness and meditation are not different; both came from the age-old science of yoga, tantra, and spirituality. Sakshi, Vipassana, Preksha are three words used for meditation/mindfulness
All three words mean – witness, seeing, observing, and state of meditation/mindfulness.
The Seer is behind the ego, intellect, mind, and body. Seen is the human part of being and being is the Seer. When we discover the Seer, we are in meditation or mindfulness state.
Pure awareness is the Seer
It is a state of ‘pure awareness’ that transcends the mind, i.e., time, space, and causation. It is ‘direct perception’ free from mind and mental contents. It is the attention and awareness of the present moment. When one is present inside the home, one is aware of everything, maybe subconsciously and habitually. When one becomes aware, attention and awareness naturally are in the room. It is a particular way, with a single purpose to know and discover, the reality present beyond the mind. It is difficult to say that you are paying attention in a particular way, but it is nonjudgmental. If one is paying attention to a purpose, it is an effort that defies a meditative /mindfulness state.
The moment there is an effort of mind, it divides and perceives, and the state of Meditation/ Mindfulness is lost.
Paying attention or discovering the Seer or so-called Nothingness
Stress and suffering enter into life by default. One cannot plan to be angry at the particular time of the day. If one plans and is aware, it is difficult to become angry. Peace, for example, is a matter of choice. It is a conscious choice, not a subconscious choice. The researchers use the term ‘paying attention in a particular way’ for defining ‘meditation/mindfulness,’ it appears incorrect. The meditation /mindfulness loses its meaning, practice, and essence. Another example further clarifies the meditation/mindfulness. One derives pleasures by eating a particular food, but the experience of pleasure in that food is short-lived. If the pleasure is in the food, then, one can manage one’s stress and sufferings by eating again.
The great masters who discovered mindfulness/meditation practices declare that happiness is our essential nature, veiled by the mind. It is independent of eating a particular food. However, that food may have triggered the pleasurable feeling, due to the memory. But when even memory does neither return nor recalled, you are attentive, of all the contents of the mind (unattached) generally refers to ‘nonjudgmental state,’ This nonjudgemental state is the beginning and not an end of mindfulness.
All meditations/ mindfulness are the same; approaches are different
Meditation/mindfulness is essentially the same. There may be different practices and approaches in the beginning, but all lead to the same state of direct perception- Sakshi, Witness, Nothingness, Seer, and Vipassana. Science may try to defy the very basis of mindfulness/meditation that is termed as Turiya state or fourth state of consciousness, but one day, they have to name it. They may give any word for this state – Sakshi, Preksha or mindfulness or meditation or Vipassana, it is difficult for them to reject the very fundamental of meditation- transcending the mind or being in the present moment or mindfulness or keeping the mind (that divides and perceives) in abeyance.
One may say it is mindfulness or meditation or Sakshi or Vipassana or Preksha, they all refer to one state of consciousness- a state of pure awareness where there is attention in a particular way but effortless and natural, and awakening to a state beyond mind.
After a deep sleep, which informs about the experience of deep sleep – Seer
When one wakes up after a sound sleep, one wakes up in the same world but when one awakens, one wakes up to the world beyond the mind is the essence of meditation/mindfulness. The waking state does not know the Sleeping state. It is the Seer who knows; we had a refreshing and deep sleep. This Seer is independent and free from waking, sleeping, and dreaming states. The discovery of this Seer is meditation/ mindfulness.
The mindfulness is like, ‘watching the traffic while standing across the road.’ One is simply watching the traffic and not part of it. Similarly, when one moves the mind within, it slows down, one goes behind the mind and starts watching the traffic of ‘thoughts, feelings’ from behind. The state is mindfulness.
When one defines ‘mindfulness,’ one destroys the beauty of it. One remains on the periphery of the mind that thinks, reasons, argues but does not reach anywhere.
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