Question: You said earlier that when you are meditating and you have thoughts, just kind of let it go?
Response: You don’t try to push the thoughts out. It’s fine that the thoughts are there. Only when it is effortless to go back onto the mantra, then you go back.
Question: During this retreat, when I am awake, I tend to have thoughts about what I’m thinking about when I’m not meditating, which has a lot to do with work, and things I’m working on, and I was told that this was purification. So, if it is, why is it when it comes out during meditation, it’s purification, but it’s not purification when I’m just thinking about it while I’m not meditating?
Response: It’s a very good question. The reason for that is meditation is like a different state of physiology. What happens is the awareness, the whole consciousness, and with that, the physiology goes to subtler levels. So, when you go to subtler levels, stress gets released and bubbles out. But, it bubbles out along the same pathway that thoughts come out. You see, there is a pathway, a pathway of awareness. Thoughts start deep in consciousness. In fact, you could say, they start at the very source of thought. Maharishi, early in his introductory lectures, talked about the Transcendent as the source of thought. You can compare it to the bottom of the ocean. You know how a bubble will come up? Tiny. Then, when it comes up, higher, higher to the surface of the pond or ocean or whatever, the bubble gets bigger and then it bursts at the top. Thoughts are like that. The Transcendent is much more accessible than you might think. It’ much more present than what people think. So, the source of thought it there. But, when there are distortions in the physiology, then the bubble, the thought as it comes up and comes out, does so in distorted and twisted ways and gets convoluted.
In meditation, the physiology goes to a deeper level. The whole thing goes to a deeper level. So, those thoughts are experienced along the same pathway from the depth to the surface. But the distortions are being released and so those thoughts are stress-releases that are unraveling at levels that are a function of the depth of rest that you are getting. There is a deeper level of rest, so the unraveling is coming from a deeper place inside. You are not picking the thoughts up here, you are starting to receive them, so to speak, into your conscious mind at a deeper level. But, they are still thoughts. They don’t feel any different. They feel like, “I’m just sitting here thinking.” Believe me, I can relate to that. How many people, everybody, have had meditations where it feels like all I am doing is sitting here thinking? It feels like nothing is happening.
That’s why they call it the razor’s edge. The path to enlightenment is like the razor’s edge. And, people are addicted to the sensation of what’s happening: I want to feel like something is happening! So then, they come up with these techniques, not based on purification of the physiology, but they come up with techniques so that it feels like something is happening. There are all kinds of techniques like that. Listen to this gong: Gonnnggggg, Gonnnggggg, Gonnnggggg… It’s like, wow, something is really happening! Gonnnggggg, Gonnnggggg… Woa. Gonnnggggg, Gonnnggggg… Yes, something is really happening, but what does that have to do with release of stress and purification of the physiology so that thoughts are picked up at deeper and deeper, and more and more profound levels, to the point that thoughts are in harmony with the source of all existence?
有人形容見性之路就像是在一把刀的鋒面上一樣。一般人沉迷於那種身理有反應的感覺，於是想出一些靜坐技巧來達到這個目的。例如，靜坐時聽鐘聲， 的確，那樣是會讓人覺得有變化的感覺，但那樣的感覺和實際上身心整體壓力的釋放與淨化進而達到接獲越來越深處浮現的思想，最終達到 天人合一 又有什麼關係呢？
It’s a really beautiful question, and a very important thing to understand. Because if you don’t understand that, then you are going to sit there and say to yourself, “All I’m doing is sitting here thinking. I’m not meditating, this is pure torture.”
Tonie: Yeah, that’s what I thought!
That’s why they call it the razor’s edge. Highly elusive. Enlightenment is as elusive as moving through the eye of the needle, which is why in Mesopotamia, the doorways are shaped like the eye of a needle. Or, as elusive as traversing the razor’s edge. Because somebody sits there and they meditate, “Ugh, it’s not working, I can’t do it. Nothing is happening. I’m just sitting there thinking.” And, they quit. They just fell off the razor’s edge. That’s why knowledge is so important, some understanding of the mechanic of evolution. For people who want it, they have done physiological studies of people who do this kind of meditation. They find that the rest, oxygen consumption, skin resistance, all sorts of things, the physiology is receiving a level of rest that is far beyond the level of rest that people attain during deep sleep. It is so ridiculous that is all there is to it. All you need to do to get enlightened is to afford the physiology sufficient rest. Then, all the stresses and strains just go away.