Deepak Chopra explains how to meditate properly using the mantra in a way that leads to experience of pure awareness–without thought and without mantra. The emphasis is not to force anything to happen.
It’s very important to understand the mechanics of meditation, because most people don’t do it right. They think you have to concentrate–this, that—there’s nothing to do with that.
So you sit quietly. If you’re sitting on the floor sit, you know, with either your legs crossed but be comfortable. If you’re sitting in the chair like I’m sitting then sit with your feet grounded, and your hands should be on your lap, back relatively erect. Don’t slouch or you’re going to sleep otherwise, which you might be needing anyway. But in proper meditation don’t slouch, with back relatively erect, be comfortable, relaxed.
Close your eyes, and for a minute or so don’t do anything. You’ll see, thoughts will start to come–by themselves. Now as easily as those thoughts come, just think of the mantra. Don’t force it. It’s there. So there will be thoughts and there will be mantra at the same time.
And as you start to think the mantra, even you can have the attitude that you’re not reciting the mantra, you’re remembering the mantra. Or you’re listening to the mantra. Just an inner attitude. So you’re not too focused on it. Because if you’re too focused on anything, it’s surface, it’s mental.
So now what happens? Thoughts are coming, mantra is coming, thoughts are coming, mantra is coming. Everything starts to get a little uncertain. You’re getting there just by the fact that things are getting uncertain. Thoughts are random, mantra is random. There’s a proliferation of uncertainty. Thoughts become vague but also mantra becomes vague.
And if you do it long enough, 20 to 30 minutes, then there are periods where mantra and thought cancel themselves each out, okay? Which means there is no mantra and there is no thought. And when there is no mantra and there is no thought, that’s called pure consciousness. That’s the field of infinite possibilities. That’s the field of pure potentiality. That’s the field of intention orchestrating its own fulfillment. That’s the field of pure creativity. That’s the field observer effect. Everything that we discussed that morning, that’s right in that gap.
But you cannot get into the gap by wanting to get into the gap, or thinking “I must get into the gap”, because wanting to get into the gap is also a thought. Also you cannot get rid of your thoughts by saying “i have to get rid of my thoughts” because that’s a thought!
It’s a very simple mechanical understanding that you don’t force anything. Thoughts, mantra, thoughts, mantra. There you go, okay. There’ll be little dips, and how will you know there are little dips? You won’t know where you are. You will have no sensation. You will experience no sound. And you will have no thought. Because sensations, sound, all this is thought. Everything is thought. You experience nothing. You’re non-local. You don’t know where you are, you don’t have a location. But as you start to experience this, and we’re going to go a little deeper in this, it will not be a nothingness. It will be a wakefulness, and you know we’ll talk about higher states of consciousness, it will be so wakeful that you’ll experience it in waking, in dreaming, in sleeping. It will never leave you.
About Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra, M.D is the author of more than 65 books, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and an adjunct professor of Executive Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also a Distinguished Executive Scholar at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, and a Senior Scientist at the Gallup organization. For more than a decade, he has participated as a lecturer at the Update in Internal Medicine, an annual event sponsored by Harvard Medical School’s Department of Continuing Education and the Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. You can learn more about his programs and activities by visiting chopra.com.
“Deepak Chopra has successfully blended ancient Vedanta Philosophy with his unique perspective on modern medicine to provide a vast audience with solutions that meet many needs for our modern age. He is among the influential scholars, authors, and thinkers like Arthur Schopenhauer, Carl Jung, and Aldous Huxley who have found truth in the Perennial Philosophy and developed ways to help people apply that truth to their daily lives.”
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