37Th Meditation Technique of Vigyan Bhairava Tantra.
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Lord Shiva describes to Devi :
“ Devi, imagine the Sanskrit letters in these honey-filled foci of
AWARENESS, first as LETTERS, then move subtly as SOUNDS, then as most subtle
Feeling, then leaving them aside, BE FREE.”
Words are sounds. Thoughts are words in sequence, in logical sequence, in a
particular pattern. SOUND is basic. With sound WORDS are created, and then
with words THOUGHTS are created, and then with thoughts RELIGION and
PHILOSOPHY, everything. Deep down is the sound.
This technique uses a reverse process. Lord Shiva says: IMAGINE THE SANSKRIT
LETTERS IN THESE HONEY-FILLED FOCI OF AWARENESS, FIRST AS LETTERS, THEN MOVE
SUBTLY AS SOUNDS, THEN AS MOST SUBTLE FEELING, THEN LEAVING ASIDE, BE FREE.
We live in philosophy.. One is a Hindu, one is a Mohammedan, one is a
Christian, or something else. We live in philosophies, systems of thought,
and they have become so important that we can die for them. Man can die for
words, for mere words. Someone calls his conception of the Absolute a lie,
or someone calls Rama or someone calls Christ or something a lie- – then man
can fight, for a mere word he can kill the other. The word has become so
important. This is non-sense, but this is history and this is how we are
A single word can create such a DISTURBANCE in you that you are ready to
kill or ready to die for it. We live in philosophies, systems of thought.
What are philosophies? They are mere THOUGHTS arranged logically,
systematically, in a pattern. And what are thoughts? WORDS arranged in a
system, meaningfully. And what are words? SOUNDS, upon which it is agreed
that they mean either this or that. So sounds are basic; they are the basic
structure of the mind. Philosophies are the peak, but the bricks by which
the whole structure is raised are SOUNDS.
What is wrong? A sound is just a sound, and the meaning is given by us,
agreed upon by us; otherwise it has no meaning. The meaning is invested by
us, projected by us; otherwise “RAM” is just a sound. We give it a meaning,
and then we create a system of thought around it. Then this word becomes
very significant, then we make a philosophy around it. The you can do
something, anything, for it. You can die or you can live for it. If someone
insults this sound “Ram” , you can become infuriated. And what is this? Just
an agreement, a legal agreement that “ this word means this.” No word means
anything in itself, it is simply a sound.
This sutra says to go in the reverse order- – – go backwards. Come to the
sounds, then more basic than sounds, a Feeling is somewhere hidden. This has
to be understood. Man uses words. Words mean sounds with meanings that are
agreed upon. But animals, birds use sounds without any linguistic meaning.
They do not have any language, but they use sounds with Feeling. A bird is
singing : It has a “feeling” meaning in it, it is indicating something. It
may be a call for the partner, for the beloved, or it may be a call for the
Mother, or the child may be feeling hungry and just showing its distress. It
is indicating a feeling.
Above the sounds there are words, thoughts, philosophies; below the sounds
are feelings. And unless you can get below feelings, you can not get below
mind. The whole world is filled with sounds, only the human world is filled
with words. And even a child who can not use language uses sounds. Really
the whole language developed because of particular sounds that every child
is using all over the world.
For example, in any language the word “ Mother” is somehow related with “
Ma”. It may be ‘ mater ( mamma, mom, mammy’), it may be ‘ mata’, it may be ‘
amma’, it may be’ma’,— anything— but somewhere it is related with the
sound “ ma” in all the languages, more or less.. The child can utter “ma”
very easily. The first sound which the child can utter is “ ma.” Then the
whole structure is based on this “ma.” A child utters “ma” because it is
the first sound which is easy for the child to utter. This is the case
anywhere, in any part of the world, in any time. Just because of the
structure of the throat and the body, “ma” is the easiest sound to utter. When
the word “ Ma” is uttered, the sound resembles the ‘OM’ or ‘AUM’ which is a
symbol of the IMPERSONAL ABSOLUTE, the sound of the INFINITE, the essence
of all Manthras, the essence of all Vedas.
So this sutra says first to imagine the Sanskrit letters. Any language will
do. Because Lord Shiva was talking to Matha Parvathi , that is why he said
Sanskrit. You can use English or Latin or Arabic, any language will do. In
this Sanskrit has no significance except in that Lord Shiva was talking Devi
Parvathi in Sanskrit. Any language will do. First feel inside, inside your
consciousness, THE HONEY-FILLED FOCI OF AWARENESS filled with letters: A,
B, C, D —- any letters of any language. This can be done, and it is a very
beautiful exercise. If you want to do it, close your eyes and just see your
consciousness inside being Filled with WORDS.
Think of consciousness as a blackboard, then: A, B, C…..visualize all the
words, all the letters. Visualize these first as letters. “A”: look at it as
“A” as you write it. Write with Consciousness and look at it. Then by and
by, forget the letter ”A” and just remember the sound of “A” — just the
sound. Start with visualization- — because eyes are predominant for us. Ears
are not so predominant. We are eye-oriented, eye-centered. Again the reason
is the same. Because eyes help us to survive more than anything else, our
consciousness is ninety percent in the eyes. Conceive of yourself without
eyes and your whole life goes dead- – — then a very minor part remains.
So first visualize. Use your eyes inward and see the letters. Letters are
more related to ears than eyes because they are sounds, but for us, because
we are reading, reading, reading, they have become associated with eyes.
Basically, they are associated with ears – they are sounds. Start with eyes,
then forget the eyes by and by. Then move away from the eyes to the ears.
First imagine them as letters, then see them, hear them MORE SUBTLY AS
SOUNDS, THEN AS MOST SUBTLE FEELINGS. And this is a very beautiful
When you say “A” what is the feeling? You may not have been aware of it.
What is the feeling inside you? Whenever you use any sound, what type of
feeling comes into existence? We are so Feeling-less that we have simply
forgotten. When you see a sound, what happens inside? You go on using it
and the sound is even forgotten. You go on seeing it. If I say “A”( With
sound), you will see it first. In your mind, “A” will become visible; you
will visualize it. When I say “A”, DO NOT VISUALIZE it. Just hear the sound
“A”, and then go and find out what happens in your Feeling Center. Does
Lord Shiva says, move from letters to sounds, uncover sounds through the
letters. Uncover sounds, and then, through the sounds also, uncover
Feelings. Be Aware of how you feel. They say that man has now become very
insensitive; he is the most insensitive animal on earth.
There was a German poet. He relates one incident of his childhood. His
father was a lover of horses, so he had many horses at the house, a big
stable, but he would not allow his child to go to the stable, because the
child was very small. But when the Father was not there the child would
sometimes steal into the stable where he had a friend- – -a horse. Whenever
the child would go in, the horse would make some sounds.
And the poet has written, “ Then, I also started making sounds with the
horse, because there was no possibility of language. Then, in communication
with that horse, for the first time I became aware of sounds. — their
beauty, their Feeling”.
You can not be aware with a man, because he is dead to the feelings. A horse
is more alive, and he has no language. He has pure sound. He is filled with
his heart, not with his mind. So, that poet remembers, “ for the first time,
I became aware of the beauty of sounds and their meaning. This was not the
meaning of words and thoughts, but a meaning filled with feeling”. If
someone else was there, the horse would not make those sounds, so the child
could understand that the horse meant, “ Do not come in. Someone is here and
your father will be angry.”
When there was no one, the horse would make the sounds meaning , “ Come in.
There is no one.” So the poet remembers that “ It was a conspiracy, and he
helped me very much. And when I would go and love that horse, he would move
his head in a particular way when he liked it. When he did not like it, he
would not move his head in that way.
And this poet says, “ This continued for years. I would go and love that
horse, and that love was so deep, I never felt any affinity with any one so
deeply. Then one day when I was stroking his neck and he was moving and
enjoying it ecstatically, suddenly for the first time I became aware of my
hand, that I was stroking, and the horse stopped. Now he would not move his
neck.” And the poet says, “ Then for years I tried and tried, but there
was no response, the horse would not reply. Only later on did I become aware
that because I became aware of my hand and myself, the Ego came in and the
communication broke. I could not recapture again that communication with the
What happened? That was a Feeling Communication. The moment EGO comes, Words
come, language comes, thought comes,, then the layer is changed completely.
Now you are above sounds: then you were below sounds. Those sounds are
feelings, and the horse could understand Feelings. Now he could not
understand, so the communication broke. The poet tried and tried— but no
effort is successful because “ EVEN YOUR EFFORT IS THE EFFORT OF YOUR EGO.”
He tried to forget his hand, but he couldn’t forget. How can you forget? It
is impossible. And the more you try to forget it, the more you remember. So
you can not forget anything with effort. Effort will simply emphasize the
memory more. The poet says, “I became fixed with my hand; I couldn’t move
that horse. I would go up to my hand, and then there was no movement. The
energy would not move into that horse and he became aware of this.”
How did the horse became aware? If I suddenly start speaking some other
language, then the communication is broken, then you will not be able to
understand me. And if this language were not known to you, you would
suddenly stop because now the language is unknown to you. Thus the horse
Every child lives with feeling. First come SOUNDS, then those sounds are
filled with FEELING. Then come WORDS, then THOUGHTS, then SYSTEMS,
RELIGIONS, PHILOSOPHIES. Then one goes farther and farther away from the
center of feeling.
This sutra says, come back, come down— down to the state of
is not your mind: that is why you are afraid of feeling. You are not afraid
of reasoning. You are always afraid of feeling because feeling can lead you
into chaos. You will not be able to control. With reason, the control is
with you; with the head, you are the head. Below the head you loose the
head, you can not control, you can not manipulate. Feelings are just below
the mind.— a link between you and the mind.
Then Lord Shiva says, THEN LEAVING THEM ASIDE, BE FREE. Then leave the
feelings, and remember, only when you come to the deepest layer of feelings
can you leave them. You can not leave them just now. You are not at the
deepest layer of feelings, so how can you leave them? First you have to
leave philosophies- — Hinduism, Christianity, Islam—- then you have to
leave Thoughts, Then you have to leave Words, then you have to leave
Letters, then you have to leave Sounds, then you have to leave Feelings—
because you can leave only that which is there. You can leave that step upon
which you standing; you can not leave a step upon which you are not
You are standing at the step of Philosophy, the farthest away one. That is
why it is insisted so much that unless you leave religion you can not be
religious. This also means if you are respecting all religions as equal,
knowing that the basis of all religions are the same, then you are
Religious, not otherwise.
This sutra, this technique can be done very easily. The problem is not with
Feelings, the problem is with words. You can leave a feeling, just as you
can undress— as you can get out of your clothes. You can throw off your
clothes; you can leave feelings simply in that way. But right now you can
not do it, and if you try to do it, it will be impossible. So go step by
Imagine letters—- A, B, C, D — then change your emphasis from the
written letter to the Heart Sound. You are moving deep, the surface is left
behind. You are sinking deep–then feel what feeling comes through a
Because of such techniques India could discover many things. It could
discover which sounds are related to particular feelings. Because of that
science, the MANTHRA was developed. A particular sound is related to a
particular feeling, and it is never otherwise. So if you create that sound
within you, that feeling will be created. You can use any sound, and then
the related feeling will be created around you. That sound creates the space
to be filled by a particular feeling.
All the devotees have the experience that what a Divine feeling the Manthra”
SAI RAM” or any other creates, when it is chanted.
When you come down from sounds, you will be aware. Each sound has its
counterpart in feeling. Each sound has a corresponding Feeling that goes
with it, just hidden behind it. Then move to the Feeling; forget the sound
and move to the Feeling. It is difficult to explain, but you can do it. And
there were techniques for this. In Zen technique, a particular mantra would
be given to a seeker by his Master. If the seeker was doing it rightly
inside, the Master could know from the face. The Master could know from the
face whether he was doing it rightly or not because a particular feeling
would come. If the sound is created, then the Feeling is bound to come., and
it will be on the face. You can not deceive a Master. He knows by your face
what is happening inside,
The face expresses the feeling, not the sound. The sound can not be
expressed by the face, but the face is bound to express the feeling. And the
deeper you move, the more your face becomes flexible to express, more
liquid. It immediately shows what is happening inside. This face which you
have right now will drop because this is a mask— this is not a face. When
you move in, masks fall down because they are not needed. Masks are needed
for others, not for the seekers of Truth.
Because of this, the old Masters insisted on moving away from the world, so
that you could move away from the face- mask easily; otherwise others will
be there, and because of them you have to carry masks. If you are not loving
your wife or your husband you have to carry a mask.— a loving face, a
false loving face. The moment you enter the house, you arrange the face: you
come in and start smiling which is not your real face.
Zen Masters insisted that, first one should attain the ORIGINAL FACE,
because with the original face everything becomes easy. The Master can
simply know what is happening. Really even with the mask master would know
the real face behind the mask, but Master doesn’t want you to carry the mask
for long, because the mask will decelerate your spirituality. So
enlightenment was never reported. If some seeker attained enlightenment, he
was not to report to the master that he had attained, because the Master
would simply know. He would tell the disciple. No disciple was allowed to
tell the Master, “ I have attained.” There was no need. The face will show,
the eyes will show, the very movement, the walking, will show. Whatsoever
he does, every gesture will show that he has attained.
When you move from sounds to feelings, you move into a very, very Ecstatic
World, an Existential world. You move away from the mind. Feelings are
existential; that is what the word means— you feel them. You can not see
them, you can not hear them, you simply feel them. When you come to this
point, you can take the jump. This is the last step. Now you are standing
near an abyss; you can jump.
And if you jump from the feelings, you jump into yourself. That abyss is
you— not as your mind, but as your BEING; not as the accumulated the past,
but as the PRESENT, HERE and NOW.
You move from the mind to the Being, and the bridge, the link, is the
feelings. But to come to the feelings you will have to leave many things—
words, sounds, the whole deception of the mind.. THEN, LEAVING THEM ASIDE,
You are FREE. This saying , BE FREE, doesn’t mean that you have to do
something to be Free. THEN, LEAVING THEM ASIDE, BE FREE.means you are FREE !
Being is Freedom; mind is bondage. That is why it is said that the mind is
the SANSAR, the world.
Do not leave the world…. You can not leave it, you need not leave it. If the
mind is there, you will create another second world; the seed is there. You
can move to a mountain, to a retreat, but you will move with the mind; you
can not leave it here. The world moves with you, you will create another
world. Even in your retreat you will start creating it again, because the
seed is there. You will create relationships again. It may be with the
trees, it may be with birds, but you will create relationships again, you
will create expectations again, and you will go on spreading the net because
the seed is there. You will again be in a world.
Mind is the world, and you can not leave mind anywhere. You can leave it
only if you move within. So the only Himalaya is this; no other Himalaya
will do. If you move within from WORDS to FEELINGS, and from FEELINGS to
BEING, you are moving away from the world. And once you know this inner
abyss of being, then you can be anywhere, even in hell like. Then it makes
no difference. If you are without mind, hell can not enter you, and with
mind only hell enters. The mind is the door to hell.
LEAVING THEM ASIDE, BE FREE. But do not try directly with feelings, you
will not succeed. Try first with words. But with words also you will not
succeed if you do not leave philosophies, if you do not leave thoughts. Words
are just units – and if you give significance to words you can not leave
Know well that language is a human creation. It is utilitarian, necessary,
and the meanings we have given to sounds are our own creation. If you can
understand this well, then you can move easily in this world. If someone is
saying something against the Koran, or against the Vedas, how do you feel?
Can you LAUGH about it or does something clench within you? Can you laugh
about it? Someone is insulting the Gita or someone is saying some derogatory
thing against Krishna or Rama or Christ— can you laugh? Can you see
through the words, that these are MERE WORDS? No, you will be hurt. Then it
is difficult to loose words.
See that words are just words—- noises with agreed-upon meanings and
nothing else. Be convinced of it. And it is so! First become DETACHED from
words. If there is detachment from words, then you can understand that these
are just NOISES.
It is just like in the Military where they use numbers. One soldier is
number 101: he can be identified with ‘ 101’. And if someone says something
derogatory against the number 101, he will feel insulted, he will start
fighting. And ‘101’ is just a number, but he has become Identified with it.
Your name is just a number, just an index number. Things will be difficult
otherwise, so we have labelled you. That is just a label; any other label
can do the same work. But it is not just a label for you, it has gone deep;
your name has become the center of your ego.
So they say, the so-called wise ones, they say, “Live for your name. See
that your name remains pure. Respectability of your name must be there, and
even if you die your name will live.” It was never there, it is just a
code number. You will die and the name will live….when you yourself can not
live, how is the label going to live?
Look at words— at their futility, their meaninglessness and do not become
attached to any word. Only then can you do this beautiful technique.
My humble pranams at the Lotus Feet of Bhagavan.
My humble pranams at the Lotus feet of Bhagavan.