Vigyan Bhairav Tantra - Meditation
CONSIDER THE PLENUM TO BE YOUR OWN BODY OF BLISS.
This second technique is concerned with the first. Consider space to be
your own body of bliss. Meditating on a hilltop with endless space
before you, you can do it. Consider it to be filled with your own body
There are seven bodies. The bliss body is the last body, so the more you
enter within, the more you feel yourself to be blissful. You are nearing
the bliss body, the layer of bliss. It is just around your essential
soul, which is the first body from within outwards, or the last body
from without inwards. Just around your being, the essential soul, is the
layer of bliss. It is called the bliss body. Sitting on a hilltop,
looking at the endless sky, feel that the whole space, the whole plenum,
is filled with your bliss body. Feel that your bliss body has increased
and the whole space is filled with it.
How will you feel it? You don't know what bliss is so how to imagine it?
It will be better to try first to feel that the whole space is filled
with silence, not with bliss. Feel it filled with silence. Nature will
be helpful about it because in nature even noises are silent. In cities
even silence is noisy. Natural sounds are silent because they don't
disturb. They are harmonious. So don't think that silence is necessarily
soundlessness. No, a musical sound can be silence because it is so
harmonious -- it doesn't disturb you.
Rather, it deepens your silence. So when you move into
nature, the breeze blowing, the stream, the river, the wind or
whatsoever sounds there are, are harmonious, they make a whole. They are
not disturbing. You can listen to them and the very listening will
deepen your silence. So first feel that the whole space is filled with
silence; feel deeply that it is growing more and more silent, that the
sky has become silence around you.
And when you feel that the sky has become silence, only then should you
try to be filled with bliss. As silence deepens you will have the first
glimpse of bliss. As tension increases, you have the first glimpse of
misery, strain; as silence deepens you will feel at ease, at home,
relaxed, and the first glimpse of bliss will come to you. And when that
glimpse comes, then you can imagine that the whole space is now filled
with that bliss. CONSIDER THE PLENUM TO BE YOUR OWN BODY OF BLISS. The
whole sky becomes your body of bliss.
You can do it separately, there is no need to join it to the first, but
the same requirements are needed -- endless space, silence, no human
beings around you. Why this insistence on no human beings around you?
Because the moment you see a human being you will start reacting in the
old ways. You cannot see a human being without reacting. Something or
other will happen to you immediately. He brings you back to your old
patterns. If you don't see human beings you forget that you are human,
and to forget that you are human, part of society, is good. It is good
to remember that simply you are, even if you don't know what. You don't
belong to anybody, to any society, to any group, to any religion. This
non-belonging will be helpful.
So it will be good if you move alone somewhere and do this, practise
this. Alone this technique will be helpful, but remember to start with
something that you can feel. I have seen people doing techniques which
they cannot feel. If you cannot feel, if you don't have any experience,
even a glimpse, then the whole thing becomes false. A man came to me and
he said, "I am practising that God is everywhere." So I asked him, "How
can you practise? What do you imagine? Have you any taste, any feeling
of God? Only then will it be easy to imagine. Otherwise, you will be
simply thinking that you are imagining and nothing will happen."
Remember this for any technique you do -- at the start you must do
something you are acquainted with; you may not be totally acquainted
with it, but a little glimpse will be necessary. Only then can you
progress, step by step. But don't jump into something which is
absolutely unknown to you because then you cannot feel it and you cannot
imagine it. Because of this, many masters, particularly Buddha,
completely dropped the word `God'. Buddha said, "You cannot work with
it. It is the very end, and you cannot bring the end into the beginning.
So begin from the very beginning." He said, "Forget the end, the end
will follow automatically." And he said to his disciples, "Don't think
of God. Think of compassion. Think of love." So he doesn't say that one
should feel that God is everywhere, one should simply feel compassion
for everyone who is there -- for the tree, for human beings, for
animals. Simply feel compassion. Feel sympathetic, create a love...
because love you know, howsoever little. There has been something like
love in everybody's life. You may not have loved, but someone may have
loved you, your mother at least. You must have looked into her eyes: she
"Just be motherly to existence," Buddha says, "and feel deep compassion.
Feel that the whole world is filled with your compassion. Then
everything else will follow."
Remember this as a basic law: always start with something you can feel
because only then can the unknown enter through it.