Vigyan Bhairav Tantra - Meditation
CLOSING THE SEVEN OPENINGS OF THE HEAD WITH YOUR
HANDS, A SPACE BETWEEN YOUR EYES BECOMES ALL INCLUSIVE.
This is one of the oldest techniques -- very much used, and one of the
simplest also. Close all the openings of the head -- eyes, ears, nose,
mouth. When all the openings of the head are closed, your consciousness,
which is continuously flowing out, is stopped suddenly: it cannot move
You may not have observed, but even if you stop your breathing for a
moment, suddenly your mind will stop -- because with breathing mind
moves on. That is a conditioning with the mind. You must understand what
`conditioning' means, then only will this sutra be easy to understand.
Pavlov, one of the most famous Russian psychologists, has created this
term "conditioning" -- or "conditioned reflex" -- a day-to-day word used
all over the world. Everyone who is acquainted with psychology even a
little knows the word. Two processes of thought -- any two processes --
can become so associated that if you start with one, the other is also
This is the famous Pavlovian example. Pavlov worked with a dog. He found
that if you put dog food before a dog, its saliva begins to flow. The
tongue of the dog comes out and he begins to get ready, prepared for
eating. This is natural. When he is seeing the food, or even imagining
the food, saliva starts flowing. But Pavlov conditioned this process
with another. Whenever the saliva would start to flow and the food was
there, he would do some other things. For example, he would ring a bell,
and the dog would listen to the bell ringing. For fifteen days, whenever
the food was placed, the bell would ring. Then on the sixteenth day food
was not placed before the dog, only the bell was rung. But still the
saliva started flowing and the tongue came out, as if the food was
But there was no food, only the bell ringing. There is no natural
association between the bell ringing and saliva, the natural association
is with food. But now the continuous ringing of the bell had become
associated with it, and even the ringing of the bell would start the
According to Pavlov -- and he is right -- our whole life is a
conditioned process. The mind is a conditioning. Thus, if you stop
something in the conditioning, every other associated thing also stops.
For example, you have never thought without breathing. Thinking has
always been with breathing. You are not conscious of breathing, but
breathing is there continuously, day and night. Every thought, every
thinking process is associated with breathing. If you stop your
breathing suddenly, thought will also stop. And if all the seven holes
-- the seven openings of the head -- are closed, your consciousness
suddenly cannot move out. It remains in, and that remaining in creates a
space between your eyes. That space is known as the third eye.
If all the openings of the head are closed you cannot move out, because
you have always been moving out from these openings. You remain in, and
with your consciousness remaining in it becomes concentrated between
these two eyes, between these two ordinary eyes. It remains in between
these two eyes, focused. That spot is known as the third eye.
This space BECOMES ALL INCLUSIVE. This sutra says that in this space
everything is included; the whole existence is included. If you can feel
the space, you have felt all. Once you can feel inside this space
between the two eyes, then you have known existence, the totality of it,
because this inner space is all inclusive. Nothing is left out of it.
The Upanishads say, "Knowing the one, one knows all." These two eyes can
only see the finite. The third eye sees the infinite. These two eyes can
only see the material. The third eye sees the immaterial, the spiritual.
With these two eyes you can never feel the energy, you can never see the
energy; you can see only matter. But with the third eye, energy as such
This closing of the openings is a way of centering, because once the
stream of consciousness cannot flow out, it remains at its source. That
source of consciousness is the third eye. If you are centered at the
third eye, many things happen. The first is discovering that the whole
world is in you.
Swami Ramateertha used to say that "The sun moves in me, the stars move
in me, the moon rises in me. The whole universe is in me." When he said
this for the first time, his disciples thought he had gone crazy. How
can stars be in Ramateertha?
He was talking about the third eye, the inner space. When for the first
time the inner space becomes illumined, this is the feeling. When you
see that everything is in you, you become the universe.
The third eye is not part of your physical body. The space between our
two eyes is not a space which is confined in your body. It is the
infinite space which has penetrated in you. Once this space is known,
you will never be the same person again. The moment you know this inner
space, you have known the deathless. Then there is no death.
When you know this space for the first time, your life will be
authentic, intense, for the first time really alive. Now no security is
needed, now no fear is possible. Now you cannot be killed. Now nothing
can be taken away from you. Now the whole universe belongs to you: you
are the universe. Those who have known this inner space, they have cried
in ecstasy, "AHAM BRAHMASMI! I am the universe, I am the existence."
The Sufi mystic Mansoor was murdered only because of this experience of
the third eye. When for the first time he became aware of this inner
space, he started crying, "I am God!" In India he would have been
worshipped, because India has known many, many persons who have come to
know this inner space of the third eye.
But in a Mohammedan country it was difficult. And
Mansoor's statement that "I am God -- ANA'L HAK!" -- was taken to be
something anti-religious, because Mohammedanism cannot conceive that man
and God can become one. Man is man -- the created -- and God is the
creator, so how can the created become the creator? So this statement of
Mansoor's, "I am God," could not be understood; thus, he was murdered.
But when he was being murdered, killed, he was laughing. So someone
asked, "Why are you laughing, Mansoor?"
Mansoor is reported to have said, "I am laughing because you are not
killing me, and you cannot kill me. You are deceived by this body, but I
am not this body. I am the creator of this universe, and it was my
finger which moved this whole universe in the beginning."
In India he would have been understood easily. The language has been
known for centuries and centuries. We have known that a moment comes
when the inner space is known. Then one simply goes mad. And this
realization is so certain that even if you kill a Mansoor he will not
change his statement -- because really, you cannot kill him as far as he
is concerned. Now he has become the whole. There is no possibility of
After Mansoor, Sufis learned that it is good to be silent. So in Sufi
tradition, after Mansoor, it has been consistently taught to disciples,
"Whenever you come to the third eye, remain silent and do not say
anything. Whenever this happens, then keep quiet. Do not say anything,
or just go on formally saying things which people believe."
So Islam has now two traditions. One is just the ordinary, the outward,
the exoteric; another, the real Islam, is Sufism -- the esoteric. But
Sufis remain silent, because since Mansoor they have learned that to
talk in that language which comes when the third eye opens is to be
unnecessarily in difficulty -- and it helps no one.