“Love is the absence of judgment.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
Being is what is.
There is nothing other than what is, nothing other than being.
There is no being apart from this being – in all the forms it takes.
This being is happening now. You are happening now.
Awareness of this happening develops when you meditate.
Meditating is about being: being aware of being and not judging it, just accepting it as it is, here and now.
Meditating is being aware of being and loving it. Loving is not judging.
Meditating is about being … with love.
Focusing on being – on being aware of being and loving it – lets you see what to do and not do.
You then want to do only what has to be done to be and let be, to live and let live … with love.
So you do nothing to any being that you do not want done to you.
And you love any and all being.
An Alternative to Meditation: The Direct Approach
What you really are is not obvious. It is normally well hidden behind who you think you are. The point of meditation (or mindfulness or karma yoga) is to still the mind so you can see through who you think you are and see what you really are. Calling instead for the direct approach to stilling the mind – in a piece on the Gita – Thanu Padmanabhan wrote:
As I said before, the direct and logical approach to solving the problem of mind, advocated by Upanishads (and Ramana Maharishi in recent times), is to gently center on the concept of ‘I-thought’ all the time. Eventually, this will kill the mind (as you now know it) and will lead directly to a realization/experience which is not verbalisable at an intellectual level. This non-dual experience is called by different names in different texts but your problems of unhappiness along with those of happiness ends with it. But for those who lack the courage for this adventure, we need all the rest of the scriptures, techniques etc. etc.
Popular among them, which appeal to the sophisticated modern mind, are [various] techniques of meditation … Many people find these easier to practice than the more direct approach described in the previous paragraph of catching the ‘I’.
You are not who you think you are. Thinking you are is not helpful.
The mind can of course be helpful. It helps with what has to be done. But when you don’t need it to help you do something, let it be.
Let the mind be still.
And here, according to Sri Maharshi – in excerpts translated by his direct disciple Sri Sadhu Om – is how:
- As all living beings desire to be happy always, without misery, as in the case of everyone there is observed supreme love for one’s self, and as happiness alone is the cause for love, in order to gain that happiness which is one’s nature and which is experienced in the state of deep sleep where there is no mind, one should know one’s self. For that, the path of knowledge, the inquiry of the form “Who am I?”, is the principal means.
- Knowledge itself is ‘I’. The nature of (this) knowledge is existence-consciousness-bliss.
- What is called mind is a wondrous power existing in Self. It projects all thoughts. If we set aside all thoughts and see, there will be no such thing as mind remaining separate; therefore, thought itself is the form of the mind. Other than thoughts, there is no such thing as the mind.
- Of all the thoughts that rise in the mind, the thought ‘I’ is the first thought.
- That which rises in this body as ‘I’ is the mind. If one enquires ‘In which place in the body does the thought ‘I’ rise first?’, it will be known to be in the heart [spiritual heart is ‘two digits to the right from the centre of the chest’]. Even if one incessantly thinks ‘I’, ‘I’, it will lead to that place (Self)’
- The mind will subside only by means of the enquiry ‘Who am I?’. The thought ‘Who am I?’, destroying all other thoughts, will itself finally be destroyed like the stick used for stirring the funeral pyre.
- If other thoughts rise, one should, without attempting to complete them, enquire, ‘To whom did they arise?’, it will be known ‘To me’. If one then enquires ‘Who am I?’, the mind (power of attention) will turn back to its source. By repeatedly practising thus, the power of the mind to abide in its source increases.
- The place where even the slightest trace of the ‘I’ does not exist, alone is Self.
- Self itself is God.