Monday is AUM-day; in search of meditation.
"I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing;
wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing;
there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought;
so the darkness shall be the light and the stillness the dancing."
(T S Eliot)
We have begun an exploration of OM through its component parts as represented by A-U-M. This is but the merest picking at the surface. In brief, we found that there are many words in our language which begin with the letter A, meaningful and inspiring words. A is to be understood as the beginning of all things, it is the first sound of the creatures with voice, it is the last sound whispered as final breath is passed. With U we found there is commitment to process; maintenance and circular experience until such time as sufficient learning ensures a gap to reach out arrives. A gap which permits progress to M. Mindfulness and meditation are part of the severing of the bindings of the physical world. We may get part way, or if filled with grace, may reach the very pinnacle of spiritual understanding.
So easily written… words are spoken with a reasonable intent… the poet understood!
The alert will have begun to perceive a sense of Trinity in the concept of AUM. This would be true. The theological aspects will be dealt with more fully as we assess other areas of practice, but it is important to note that absolutely everything arises from OM. Creation occurred (Father), it is in a constant state of maintenance (Son), all things must return to source (Holy Ghost).
"In the beginning was The Word and The Word was with God and The Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men; And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not." (St John ch1 v 1-5)
Again, the comparison with advaitic understanding will be made elsewhere at a later time. For now, be aware that in this passage is a complete encapsulation of that which in Sanskrit is known as ब्रह्मन् /Brahman, not a physical being, but the 'light' of consciousness, the spark of that which defines life. There is no separation between what we think we are now in physical form and that which is the entire cosmos - and beyond. In the bolded text, there is understanding of there being nothing original since the origin of everything. Absolutely everything arises from that first generated thought, manifest as sound. The final sentence in the quote is as good a description as could be found in any Upanishad of the nature of Sat-Chit-Aananda. It is also an echo of a concept given in the 'creation hymn' of the Rig-veda.
Throughout all textual sources there is attempt to describe the indescribable. The failing is that the words cause us to define, to limit. The very word 'God' has resulted in an ownership of something external to us and prevented our reunification (yoga) with our source. It has become lost in the torrent of words.
The words are as physical as any step on a stair case. We need them to clamber our way through the clouds of our current perceptions. Ultimately, we have to leave them behind.
Continue daily practice of not less than 15 and not more than 30 minutes of sitting in correct posture, stilling the mind, focusing on the letters of the sound syllable. In settling to posture, if you have not already found it part of the process, seek also to deepen and slow your breathing. Oxygenation aids full relaxation of muscles. Keep checking in on the body that it does not tighten. Drop those shoulders! Unclench those buttocks! Unfurl those fists! Be sure you have found your balanced and centred pose from which to dive inwards on this expansive journey called meditation.