It has already been stated that when our supine Will begins to awaken from
the stupor, the stranglehold of delusion is first weakened, and then destroyed.
Contemplation (anupreksa) of the pernicious nature of the narcotic
of the sensual pleasures is necessary to maintain the vigilance and reinforce
the power of the Will.
Practice of repeated reflection (bhavana) further strengthens the Will
and keeps it awake and alert. We have already discussed the process of
developing the inherent capacity of omniscience in a previous chapter.
While some are capable of developing, this capacity by awakening their
own supine Will, some others need constant moral support of reflection
of truth, as experienced and propounded by the supremely wise ones.
The human mind has the capacity to project itself. An object of deep concentration
can, therefore, be perceived by projection. A mental image of a "pure
consciousness" can thus be realised by the process of auto-suggestion
as well as repeated recitation of slogans or chanting the mantras.
For instance, one can progressively develop purity of consciousness by
the recitation of "arham"or "soham".
The modus operandi of bhavana, is to generate, counter-vibrations. Thus
practice of forbearance, humility, honesty and contentment generates vibrations
which countermand the impulses of cruelty, pride, deceit, and greed respectively.
Hence, the generation of counter-vibrations is a positive tool for the
ultimate eradication of the evil, and establishment of the total goodness.
Practice of repeated reflection may be resorted to both pre- as well as
contemplation is recommended as post-meditational practice
of ekatva- "Solitariness".
of anityata- "Impermanence".
of asarana- "Vulnerability".
of samsara - "Reality".
is a social being. His perception are constantly influenced by social,
economic, political and other environments. Inspite of being subjected
to all sorts of external influences, transcendentally he is "himself"--a
solitary individual. To protect oneself from the injurious effect of the
environments one should frequently contemplate on his solitariness. Such
a contemplation will blunt the onslaught of the external forces.
with fragile and mortal nature of the body, contemplation can reveal transitional
nature of the entire physical existence.
Contemplation of "Vulnerability"
seek security in wealth, power, production, etc. But, in reality, none
of these is capable of providing transcendental security, which is inherent
in one's own "SELF". Contemplation of one's vulnerability, therefore,
leads to the development of one's own innate protective mechanism.
Contemplation of "Reality"
nothing is absolutely permanent nor absolutely changing. Only that which
is "permanent" can change. Reality by nature, is characterised by the
non absolutist principle of permanence through change. Our existence also
is not an exception to this universal truth. We are born and we die, and
during the life's span undergo innumerable changes. Contemplation of this
eternal truth immensely assists us in our meditation.
generates vigilance. And as the intensity of vigilance increases, the
capacity of concentration also increases. Vigilance and perception are
important in their own right, but their efficiency can be increased manifold
by sustaining them for long uninterrupted periods of concentration. Agitated
and vulnerable mind is incapable of practising deep meditation. Uninterrupted
concentrated perception of a single object for a period of fifty minutes
can be achieved by constant practice. This is the ideal period of the
most successful meditational practice. An experienced practitioner can
meditate for even longer periods by recanalising his perception.