An easy and effective way to freedom from all craving and aversions
Very recently I attended a 10 days course in Vipassana Meditation at Dharmashala, Himachal Pradesh conducted by Acharya Shri goyankaji . It is a 10 days residential course. Students have to remain here in complete silence and follow very strict discipline. They can’t communicate to anyone even through gestures. Males and females are not allowed to interact with each other. The session begins at 4 am and continues till 9.30 pm everyday including two hours break for breakfast and lunch. After 12 noon no one can eat anything except a tea break with some fruits and light snacks.
The technique is very simple. There are 3 steps.
One has to practice to observe the normal breath touching the nostril. One has to focus just on the nostril, observing the touch of air during breathing. During this process after watching a few breaths one may get carried away by thoughts. One is not supposed to suppress thoughts. When one comes back realizing that one was carried away by thoughts, one should just give a smile and start again watching breathing.
After a very good practice of focusing at nostril and observing the breath, one has to observe the sensation caused by touch of the breath inside the nostril.
After a good practice of first two steps for first three days, now, one has to start Vipassana. The first two steps were just preparatory. In the third stage one has to observe the sensation, gross or subtle, throughout the body and one doesn’t have to react to these sensations. One has to just watch the sensations in every smaller part of the entire body. Then one has to keep observing oneself from head to toe, penetrating each and every part of the body together with the mental awareness. The third step has to be practiced for remaining seven days. Here the most important thing is to maintain equanimity to the sensation by not making any judgement about the sensation whether they are pleasant of unpleasant. One has to just watch the sensation with perfect equanimity without making any positive or negative opinion about them. One does not have to react to any sensation whether gross like itching, pain or what so ever, or subtle. One has to watch sensations thinking that these sensations are momentary. Soon or later these sensations have to get dissolved and vanish. They are not eternal.
During the entire session one has to keep sitting in a squatting position with eyes being closed, back and head straight. One is not allowed to change the posture and have any movement in the body. Continuous practice for whole day and sitting strictly in the squatting position with back keeping straight and without having any movement in the body and not reacting to any pain or itching one may feel really tortured and tormented. During the entire process of observation there should not be any mental verbalization or visualization. One has to maintain purity of the technique by observing oneself, remaining within the framework of one’s body.
My observation about the technique
The technique is very simple and very scientific. During this entire process I observed two things very powerful and beneficial. The first step when one observes breathing one easily gets carried away by thoughts. These thoughts are basically suppressed thoughts in one’s sub-conscious mind. I came across even those thoughts about which I had never thought consciously earlier. So, by the rigorous practice of the first step one gets free from all suppressed thoughts. It is really like a deep surgical operation of inner mind. When one is free from all suppressed thoughts, one really feels lighter and fresh.
When one practice the third step very rigorously, it makes one free from all aversions, craving, lust and all negative thoughts. During the first step when I used to get carried away by lustful or revengeful thoughts, after the practice of the third step when I thought about those thoughts again, I had found that later I was free from all those thoughts of lust, aversion etc. Those thoughts had lost their intensity totally. It really brings a person to a very tranquil and blissful state of mind. It raises awareness level. If one really practices the technique properly even after the completion of the course, it may lead to the realization of the super-consciousness. After all this technique taught by Gautama Buddha has produced maximum number of enlightened persons.
My suggestion to everyone is – practice this very simple, effective and wonderful technique without torturing yourself. Practice this technique for one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening every day. Don’t torture yourself by maintaining just one posture. There is no need to sit in the squatting position. You can practice this meditation technique by sitting in a chair also in any comfortable posture. Don’t torture yourself by not reacting to the gross sensations like itching or pain. React to them with equanimity in full awareness.
Vipassana is a really very wonderful technique. It is the greatest gift to the mankind by Lord Buddha.
How this technique works
This technique is totally based on the interaction of the conscious mind with the matter. Whatever the thoughts of lust, anger, desire, emotions etc we have got, they are basically deterministic patterns in the sea web of ions in our nervous system. These thoughts are ripples of disturbances in the ionic equilibrium and these disturbances create their own electromagnetic fields with certain amplitude. Higher the amplitude, higher is the disturbance. While the super-consciousness is a homogenous field with zero amplitude without having any ripple of disturbance. When we make our consciousness move throughout our body, it dissolves and destroys all the disturbing patterns in our ionic equilibrium and neutralizes the electromagnetic field of the disturbances in the ionic equilibrium of nervous system. When the field in our nervous system loses all amplitudes, we come to the tranquil field of mind realizing peace and blissfulness.
My recommendation to all husbands and wives
If you really want to teach a lesson to your spouse (to torture her/him) and at the same time to bring a positive transformation in him/her, make your spouse attend this 10 days Vipassana course. You will get more bliss than your spouse.
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