While we live by depending on outer things, outward circumstances, we are always liable to be upset and broken down. People have inner resources. They are not given them. The outer things can change or stay the same. They are not dependent on them.
By meditation approaches, it begins with the body. Meditation techniques are different. I know there is always a tendency in what you might call eclectic circles to say, “Oh, well. It is all really the same really.” But, as a matter of fact, spiritual trainings differ considerably among themselves.
He settles now. The first thing in practising detachment from the body, from the obsessive body consciousness, is to have the same positioning each time. If possible, the same place and the same time, and to practise that.
Now, one of the advantages is this. If it is done, for instance, at the same time and at the same place.
When you come to that time, before that time and before that place, ten minutes before and just seeing the place, changes begin to take place in the body and the mind. The mind begins to become calm. The body begins to become separate. Even before sitting down, by the side.
So, it should be, if possible, a corner in a room. People haven’t got a separate room but, if possible, a corner in a room, having the same thing- perhaps a cushion and perhaps a rosary there, and the sight of that cushion and the rosary, at a particular time, already the changes begin to take place. The blood pressure starts to go up and at 6 o’clock- when he is experienced, and has practised every day like that for a long time for a good time, he has already warmed up.
Now, normally, if you start from cold, it can take 15 or 20 minutes to get warmed up and fully toned up. But, if it is the same time and the same place, a familiar time and a familiar place, then those changes will have already begun, and in 7 or 8 minutes can be fully functioning.
So, the rhythm- the waltz, a rhythm, and then to sit in the same posture. Not changing. Sometimes this way or sometimes that way. But in the same posture. Then that posture has a calming effect.
And, again, if we face some crisis, or we have some long suspense or wait, to adopt that posture has a calming effect, of itself, the mind. So, that is the outer form.
Many feel, “I am the body.” But by adopting that posture and that place in that time, the consciousness of the body becomes feinter and, by this practise, he becomes conscious of this line of light. There is a sort of…, the body is almost like a shell and the line of light within.
There are Chinese images which show this that people who don’t practise don’t know what they mean, but there are. There are such…
Then if he goes on practising beyond the line of light, then this purification of the mind is… Thoughts, prejudices, the fixed ideas, the anticipations, hopes, fears, desires seem to become feint.
You think, “Oh, how are these things possible?” “Yes, they are possible.” “No, the intensity of life. You can’t negate that.” “Yes, you can.” And we do. We have vivid dreams. Terrifying dreams sometimes. Nightmares. We wish it was a dream. It isn’t. It is terribly real.
And then, study what happened. That is negated. That vivid consciousness of being in a storm at sea is negated. How is it done?
But it is possible. To sit in the fixed posture. Establish the line of light. Very still. And as the mind becomes pure, something will be in the choice there.
At the beginning, we are imaging light. But then, Sutra Patanjali, the object begins to blaze force in its own nature. You say, “Oh, well. I will just imagine something, and after a bit you will start thinking (Laughter) it is there. That is all. Just creating hallucinations.”
No, what happens is not what we have been imagining. Sometimes it is quite a little surprise when that is touched for the first time.
Then we have to practise. Some days- as in everything, the practise is very good. It is 80% successful. Sometimes, the days are bad. It is like tuning into shortwave radio when there is a lot of static. It is only 20% successful.
But if we practise every day, we don’t think, “Oh, well. Today, I don’t feel much like it. I am not going to practise now.” A musician doesn’t do that. A ballet dancer doesn’t do that. A student can’t afford to do that.
So, practise every day, the same time, and to go deep and into that.
Well, then, if you persist, there will be a little glimpse of something beyond the things we clutch for as an inner support just coming to us.
Well, in the third session, we are going to do the theory of the practice, but I thought we might try- although you can’t expect to do very much with a lot of people in an unfamiliar place. So, I thought we might try and do the traditional practises.
But this is the end of the theory session. There are two sets of the theory. One is the universe. Matter. Then energy. Then mind. Then the cosmic mind, the cosmic intelligence.
And, finally, bliss and light. And those very things are felt as a living experience within. The identification of the body. Then the vital energy. Then mind. Then freedom from that, and with divine intelligence, begins to shine.
And, lastly, there is an experience beyond that which can be provisionally called bliss and light, and that leads to inspiration in everyday life.
I gave you one little problem in the nature of that inspiration when the little old man has dropped his nose into the cup and, “Now, I have got this. Now, what do I do, pass it on?
© Trevor Leggett
Titles in this series are
Part 4: A system of training the mind
Part 5: Overcoming pain of body and mind
Part 6: Independence of outer things