The 40Th Meditation Technique of Vigyan Bhairava Tantra.

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Sometimes teachers have used this technique very much. They have their
ingenious ways. For example, if you enter a Zen Master’s hut, he may
suddenly give a scream. You will become startled, but if you know why he is
doing this you know he is doing it just to make you AWAKE. Any sudden thing
makes you awake. Any sudden sound can make you awake.

Suddenness breaks your sleep, and ordinarily we are asleep. Unless something
goes wrong, we are not out of sleep, we go on doing things sleepily. That is
why we never feel the sleep. You go to your office, you drive the car, you
come back to your home, you love your children, you talk to your wife, so
you think you are not sleepy at all. How can you do all of these things in a
sleep? You think that it is not possible, but do you know about
sleepwalkers about those who walk in their sleep? Their eyes are open,
and they are asleep, and they can do many things in their sleep. But they
will not remember in the morning that they have done those things.

They may go to the police station and report that something is wrong, that
someone entered their house at night and was creating mischief, and they
themselves have been found to be responsible. In the night, in their sleep,
they walk and do certain things, and they come back into their beds and
continue their sleep, and in the morning they can not remember what has
happened. They can open doors, they can use keys, they can do many things.

In a deeper sense, we are all sleepwalkers. You can go to your office, you
can come to your home, you can do certain things: you will repeat the same
things you have always repeated. You will tell your life, “ I love you,” and
you will not mean anything by it. The words will be just mechanical. You are
not even aware that you are telling your wife, “ I love you”. You are simply
doing things as if you are fast asleep. This whole world is a world of
sleepwalkers for a person who has become AWAKENED. A Buddha feels that way,
a Gurdjieff feels that way that everyone is fast asleep and still doing

Gurdgieff used to say that whatsoever is happening in this world is
absolutely what can be expected wars, fights, riots, murder, suicide.
Someone asked Gurdjieff, “ can something be done to stop wars?” He said, “
Nothing can be done because those who are fighting, they are fast
asleep, and those who are pacifists, they are fast asleep. And everyone is
going on in a sleep. These happenings are natural, inevitable. Unless man is
awake, nothing can be changed, because these are all just by-products of his
sleep. He will fight; he can not be stopped from fighting. Only the causes
can be changed.”

This sleepiness can be broken. You have to use certain techniques. This
ANY LETTER, AWAKE. Try with any sound, with any letter—Aum, for example. In
the beginning, when you have not yet created the sound, AWAKE. Or when the
sound moves into Soundlessness, then Awake.

How can you do it? Go to a Temple. A bell or gong is there. Take the bell in
your hand and wait. First become totally alert. The sound is going to be
there and you are not to miss the BEGINNING. First become totally alert, as
if your life depends on this, as if some one is going to kill you this very
moment, and you will be awake. Be alert as if this is going to be your
death. And if there is thought, wait, because THOUGHT IS SLEEPINESS. With
thought you can not be alert. When you are alert, there is No Thought. So
wait. When you feel that now the mind is without thought, that there is no
cloud and you are alert, then move with the sound.

Look when the sound is not there, then close your eyes. Then look when the
sound is created, struck; then move with the sound. The sound will become
slower and slower, subtler and subtler and subtler, and then it will not be
there. Then go on with the sound. Be aware, alert. Move with the sound to
the very end. See both the poles of the sound, both the beginning and the

Try it with some outer sound like a gong or a bell or anything, then close
your eyes. Utter any sound inside Aum or anything and then do the same
experiment with it. It is difficult; that is why we do it outwardly first.
When you can do it outwardly, then you will be able to do it inwardly. Then
do it. Wait for the moment when the mind is vacant, then create the sound
inside. Feel it, move with it, go with it, until it disappears completely.

Until you can do this it will take time. A few months will be needed, at
least three months. In these three months, you will become more and more
alert. The PRE-SOUND STATE and the AFTER-SOUND STATE have to be watched.
Nothing is to be missed. Once you become so alert that you can watch the
Beginning and the End of a sound, through this process you will have become
a totally different person

Sometimes this looks very absurd. Such simple techniques, how can they
change you? Evey one is so disturbed, in anguish, and these methods seem so
simple. They seem like tricks. If you go to Sri. J.Krishnamurti and tell him
that this is the method, he will say, “This is a mental trick. Do not be
tricked by it. Forget it.”

It looks so. Obviously, it looks like a trick. How can you be transformed
through such simple things? But they are not simple. When you do them, then
you know that they are very arduous. If I tell you, “ this is poison and if
you take one drop of it you will die,” If you do not know anything about
poison you will say, “What are you talking about? Just a drop of this
liquid,and a person like me who is healthy, strong will die?”. If you do not
know anything about poison, then only can you say this. If you know
something about it , you can not say this.

This seems to be very simple: Intoning a sound and then becoming aware in
the beginning and in the end. But awareness is very difficult, and when you
try it then you will know that it is not child’s play. You are not aware—
and when you try it, for the first time you will know that you have been
asleep your whole life. Right now you think you already aware. Try this with
any small thing.

Tell yourself that “ I will be awake, alert, for ten breaths,” and then
count the breaths. Tell yourself, “ I will be alert for ten breaths only,
and I will count from one to ten, the incoming breath, the outgoing breath,
the incoming, the outgoing. I will remain alert.”

You will miss. Two or three, and you will have moved somewhere else. Then
suddenly you will become aware that “ I have missed. I am not counting the
breaths.” OR you can count, but when you have counted to ten you will
become aware that “ I was counting in sleep. I was not alert”

Alertness is one of the most difficult things. Pl. do not think that the
methods are simple. Whatsoever the technique, alertness is the thing to be
attained. All else is just a help.

And you can devise your own methods. But remember only one thing: alertness
must be there. You can do anything in sleep; then there is no problem. The
problem arises only when it is a condition to do it ALERTLY.

My humble pranams at the Lotus Feet of Bhagavan.

Sai Ram.

Ranganatha. Rao.


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