September 2, 2014

Freedom from Ego's Entanglements

When we meditate we cannot have a self-serving purpose, True meditation in its many forms will not suffer the ego's presence. There can be no "I will" or "I can" or "I shall." There can be no cleverly concealed aim, a transference from "I" to "it." The material world - of which the ego itself is a part - is in a constant state of flux. Moment by moment, things appear to come into existence, to take a recognizable form, and to assume a definite identity. Yet moment by moment these same things appear to change, blend and flow into other forms, and eventually pass away. How shall we distinguish the true and the eternal from the illusions of shifting forms?

Meditation imparts new life to us, a life which abides in profound calmness.

Beyond the material world's clamorous changing is a state of egoless silence. In this state of "actionless action" we enjoy an increasing sense of well-being as our ego-consciousness dwindles to nothingness. It is then that we experience the Self's pure consciousness - a state of perfect clarity, security, and peace.

We cannot practice meditation. We can only live it. Practiced meditation tends to make us nervous. Precisely because it is self-centered, we cannot leave its influence and go beyond the boundaries of the ego. But meditation that is always mindful, that discriminates the real from the false, fills us with a great and powerful calm, a reservoir of boundless energy that is never squandered on irrational sentiments.

In this experience of Self there is no "I am thinking." "I am thinking" is a symbol of uncertainty: "Am I?" The question plunges us into the ocean of unanswerable doubts, decisions, and actions. Who "I" am, no one can say. Such thinking is ego madness, a mania for self-importance, for being always in the right.

The experience of Self does not exclude logical thinking; in fact, it demands it. We know that "I am thinking" cannot be logical because its premise is wrong. It equates "I" with "thinking" and establishes a static situation in which each conclusion must be wrong, a priori. Becoming is dynamic, a characteristic of thinking; and as such is aimless. A clear, conscious, Self experience is a symbol of certainty: "to be" is, but "I am" is not.

As we transcend the bounds of ego we enter a phase of human evolution as natural as the infant taking its first steps. When and how we reach it depends upon our whole life-style and our capacity to view reality as it is. Without understanding the relationship between cause and effect, knowledge of reality is impossible. Without this knowledge, mind, character, attitude, and mental discipline are impossible. Only logical contemplation and action unperturbed by life’s restless desires can keep us from wandering into lethargy and emotional exhaustion.

Meditation is an activity that is as continuous as a clock. Only when we are sleeping does the ticking seem to cease. It is the timeless clock, the clock that never requires the services of a clock-maker. It never fails us. It is a faceless clock that ticks away infinity.