Monday, May 11, 2015

Contemplation on the Void

"Thou has to study the voidness of the seeming full, the fullness of the seeming void. O fearless Aspirant, look deep within the well of thine own heart, and answer. Knowest thou of Self the powers, O thou perceiver of external shadows?  If thou dost not – then art thou lost.
For, on Path fourth, the lightest breeze of passion or desire will stir the steady light upon the pure white walls of Soul. The smallest wave of longing or regret for Maya's gifts illusive, along Antahkarana – the path that lies between thy Spirit and thy self, the highway of sensations, the rude arousers of Ahankara – a thought as fleeting as the lightning flash will make thee thy three prizes forfeit, the prizes thou hast won.  For know, that the ETERNAL knows no change." .....................The Voice of the Silence

The voice of silence is a book by Madame Blavatsky Blavatsky's and is a devotional classic, describing in poetic language spiritual development from the inner awakening, through the parameters discernible only through intense inner preparation. Tibetan Buddhism lays a heavy emphasis on an arduous course of preparation as a necessary precondition for a further and even more fundamental transformation of consciousness that is the fruition of meditation upon emptiness.

According to a contemporary commentary upon this Teaching delivered by Geshe Rabten, a religious counsellor to the present Dalai Lama, a Mahamudra may be understood as a great seal symbolizing an immutable realization of voidness.
The Mahamudra defies unlocking by a lesser prepared mind. The cognitive embodied mind operates predominantly in the objective sensory concepts domain. This is what is called in the above quote as
"..............Knowest thou of Self the powers, O thou perceiver of external shadows?.............."
In the practice of Mahamudra meditation we are recommended to do ten thousand prostrations before the physical symbolism of the three natures of Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. The meaning of this is not a physical prostration, though this could eventually lead to an inner process, but a complete surrender to the spiritual powers seen in the manifest. The total prostration of one's being, as enjoined by Krishna in the fourth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, is an essential mental posture preparatory for true meditation.

The pitfalls that lie in this inner path of purification is explained in the text as:
"...........The smallest wave of longing or regret for Maya's gifts illusive, along Antahkarana – the path that lies between thy Spirit and thy self, the highway of sensations, the rude arousers of Ahankara – a thought as fleeting as the lightning flash will make thee thy three prizes forfeit, the prizes thou hast won"
The path of purification lies necessarily in the interconnected channel of the self and the spirit domain. This channel in Tibetan Buddhism is called Antahkarana (Antahkarana is the lower Manas, the Path of communication or communion between the personality and the higher Manas or human Soul. At death it is destroyed as a Path or medium of communication, and its remains survive in a form as the Kâmarûpa — the "shell.").

This is where 'dependent arising' originates. Due to our conditioned consciousness the pull and perturbation, defined as - "wave of longing or regret for Maya's gifts illusive" -, are strongest in the rather high gradient nature of the field of 'the self'. This is the mountain peak to which Sisyphus was ordered to roll the heavy stone in Greek mythology.

When I read this part of the text my mind immediately latched on to a parallel in the scientific field where experiments conducted to seek answers to the most fundamental constituent of the universe occupies current headlines; namely the experiments at CERN particle collider.
The need for very highly focused and extremely high energy levels capable of ripping apart the strongest bonds that glue together very fabric of space, or the void, and where extremely transitory phenomenon are captured through computer modelling are employed. Any deviation from extreme precision leads to collapse of years of preparation.

The  Mahamudra can be equated to this effort but here we do not have recourse to external agencies, equipment or mathematical tools but our own internal spiritual energies. The increasing of the spiritual energies, which is changeless, in ripping apart the extreme bonds of Ahankara can only be achieved through the lowering of the potential of the higher gradients of the field of  Antahkarana.

Blavatsky summarized the pitfalls in this process in the following lines:

"The more thou dost advance, the more thy feet pitfalls will meet. The path that leadeth on is lighted by one fire—the light of daring, burning in the heart. The more one dares, the more he shall obtain. The more he fears, the more that light shall pale—and that alone can guide. For as the lingering sunbeam, that on the top of some tall mountain shines, is followed by black night when out it fades, so is heart-light. When out it goes, a dark and threatening shade will fall from thine own heart upon the path, and root thy feet in terror to the spot."

May your every effort at the contemplation of the void empower you towards transcendence.

Love to you all. 

6 comments :

  1. Dear sir,
    The Anthakarana, Soul and Particle colidor are well explained in your above article.

    Also, through your efforts all these knowledge are readily available to us without we make any effort.

    I don't know how appreciate your efforts of reading so many texts, compare them in your words and more than anything typing meticulously without any error.....
    You are Great Sir.
    Love
    Ram

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  2. Dear sir,
    The Anthakarana, Soul and Particle colidor are well explained in your above article.

    Also, through your efforts all these knowledge are readily available to us without we make any effort.

    I don't know how appreciate your efforts of reading so many texts, compare them in your words and more than anything typing meticulously without any error.....
    You are Great Sir.
    Love
    Ram

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  3. Thank you Ram.
    The inspiration for my writings come from a very few people and I would say you are one of those who evoke a very deep level of seeking in my soul.
    I am eagerly waiting to meet you on your return and when I am in Chennai.

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    1. Sir,
      You have replied with modesty.
      I am not quite sure to accept the credit.

      I am one among the many having been blessed in the dark forest with the light you hold.
      Love
      Ram

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    2. Sir,
      You have replied with modesty.
      I am not quite sure to accept the credit.

      I am one among the many having been blessed in the dark forest with the light you hold.
      Love
      Ram

      Delete
  4. Dear Sir,
    I don't think i deserve this credit. Due to your modesty you mention it.
    I am one among the many who wandering in the dark forest benefiting the the light you behold.

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