Vigyan Bhairav Tantra - Meditation
WHEN A MOONLESS RAINY NIGHT IS NOT PRESENT CLOSE EYES
AND FIND BLACKNESS BEFORE YOU. OPENING EYES, SEE BLACKNESS. SO FAULTS
I said that if you close your eyes the blackness will be false, so what
to do if there is no moonless night, no dark night? If there is a moon
and the moonlight is there? This sutra gives a key.
WHEN A MOONLESS RAINY NIGHT IS NOT PRESENT
CLOSE EYES AND FIND BLACKNESS BEFORE YOU.
This blackness will be false in the beginning. You can make it real, and
the method to make it real is -- OPENING EYES, SEE BLACKNESS. First
close your eyes, see blackness. Then open the eyes, and the blackness
that you have seen within, see it without. If it disappears without,
that means that your blackness that you have seen within was false.
This is a little bit more difficult. In the first you carry the real
darkness within. In the second you carry the false out -- go on carrying
it. Close your eyes, feel darkness; open your eyes, and with open eyes
see the darkness out. This is how you throw the inner false darkness out
-- go on throwing it. It will take at least three to six weeks, and then
one day suddenly you will be able to carry the inner darkness out. The
day you can carry the inner darkness out, you have come upon the inner
real darkness. The real can be carried; the false cannot be carried.
And it is a very magical experience. If you can carry the inner darkness
out, even in a lightened room you can carry it out, and a patch of
darkness spreads before you. The experience is very weird, because the
room is lightened. Or even in sunlight... if you have come to the inner
darkness you can bring it out. Then a patch of darkness comes before
your eyes. You can go on spreading it.
Once you know that it can happen, you can have darkness, dark as the
darkest night, in the full sunny day. The sun is there, but you can
spread the darkness. The darkness is always there; even while the sun is
there the darkness is there. You cannot see it; it is covered by the
sunlight. Once you know how to uncover it, you can uncover it.
In Tibet they have many methods just like this. They can bring things
from the inner world to the outer world. You may have heard of one very
famous technique; they call it `heat yoga'. The night is cold, ice-cold,
snow is falling, and a Tibetan monk, a Tibetan lama, can sit under the
open sky with snow falling all around, the temperature below zero, and
he can start perspiring. This is a medical miracle. How is he
perspiring? He is bringing the inner heat out.
And the inner coolness or inner cold can also be brought out. In
Mahavir's life it is related.... No one has tried to explain it up to
now. Jains think that he was just doing an austerity; it is not so. It
is related that whenever it was summer, the hot season, and the sun was
burning hot, he would always stand somewhere where there was no shade,
no tress, none at all. He would stand in the burning sun in the days of
summer, and in winter he would find a cool place, the coolest -- under a
tree, a shady tree, or near a river, or just where the temperature had
gone below zero.
In the cold season he would find a cool place to meditate, and in the
hot season he would find the hottest place to meditate. People thought
that he was mad, and his followers think he was just doing austerities.
It is not so. He was really trying some inner techniques like this.
When it was hot he was trying to bring his inner cold -- and it can be
felt only in a contrast. When it was cold outside he was bringing his
inner heat -- and it can be felt only when there is a contrast. He was
not a body enemy, he was not against his body, as Jains think. They
think that he was killing his body, because if you can kill your body,
you can kill your desire. This is sheer nonsense. He was doing nothing
of the sort. He was bringing the inner out, and he was protected by the
inner. Just as Tibetan lamas can create heat and they can perspire while
snow is falling, Mahavir would stand under a hot burning sun and he
would not perspire. He was bringing his inner cold, and that inner cold
would come out and protect his body.
Similarly you can bring your inner darkness, and that feeling is very
cool. If you can bring it, you are protected by it: no excitement, no
passion will disturb you. Try it. These three things: stare in darkness
with open eyes and allow the darkness to enter within. Secondly: feel
darkness as a mother's womb all around; live with it; forget yourself
more and more in it. And thirdly: carry a patch of darkness in your
heart wherever you go.
If you can do this, the darkness will become the light. You will be
enlightened through darkness.
WHEN A MOONLESS RAINY NIGHT IS NOT PRESENT, CLOSE EYES AND FIND
BLACKNESS BEFORE YOU. OPENING EYES, SEE BLACKNESS.
That's the method. First feel it inside, feel it deeply so you can
perceive it out. Then open the eyes suddenly and feel it out. It will
SO FAULTS DISAPPEAR FOREVER.
And if you can bring the inner darkness outside, faults disappear
forever, because if the inner darkness is felt, you have become so pool,
so silent, so unexcitable, that faults cannot remain with you.
Remember this: faults can exist only if you are prone to be excited, if
you tend to be excited. They don't exist in themselves; they exist in
your capacity to get excited. Someone insults you, and you have no
darkness within to absorb the insult; you become inflamed, you get
angry, you get fiery, and then everything is possible. You can be
violent, you can kill, you can do what only a madman can do. Anything is
possible -- you are now mad. Someone praises you: you again go mad to
the other extreme.
All around you there are situations, and you are not capable of
absorbing. Insult a Buddha: he can absorb it, he can simply swallow it,
digest it. Who digests that insult? An inner pool of darkness, silence.
You throw anything poisoned; it is absorbed. No reaction comes out of
Try this, and when someone insults you, just remember that you are
filled with darkness, and suddenly you will feel there is no reaction.
You pass through a street; you see a beautiful woman or a man -- you get
excited. Feel that you are filled with darkness; suddenly the passion
will disappear. You try it. This is absolutely experimental, there is no
need to believe it.
When you feel that you are filled with passion or desire or sex, simply
remember the inner darkness. For a single moment close your eyes and
feel darkness and see -- the passion has disappeared, the desire is no
more there. The inner darkness has absorbed it. You have become an
infinite vacuum into which anything can fall and it will not return. You
are now like an abyss.
That's why Shiva says: SO FAULTS DISAPPEAR FOREVER. These techniques
appear so simple -- they are. But don't leave them without trying them
because they appear so simple. They may not challenge your ego, but
still try them. It always happens that we never try simple things,
because we think they are so simple they cannot be true. And truth is
always simple, it is never complex. There is no need for it to be
complex. Only lies are complex. They cannot be simple, because if they
are simple they will be caught immediately.
And because something appears simple we think nothing is possible out of
it. Not that nothing is possible out of it, but because our ego gets
challenged only when something is very difficult. Many schools and many
systems have simply complicated their methods because of you. There is
no need, but they have to create complexities, unnecessary hurdles, to
make them difficult so that you feel good because your ego is
challenged. If something is very difficult and only few can do it, then
you feel, `Now, this is something to do, because only a few can do it;
rarely can someone do it.'
These methods are absolutely simple. Shiva is not taking you into
account. He is simply describing the exact method as it is -- as simply
as possible, as telegraphically as possible, only the bare essentials.
So don't seek any ego challenge. These techniques are not to send you on
an ego trip. They may not challenge you, but if you can try them, they
will transform you. And challenge is not good, because with challenge
you get feverish, you get mad.