Monday is AUM-day; in search of meditation.
Meditation & Life, with Sw. Chinmayananda (Gurudev).
We are now exploring the writings of Gurudev on our focus subject of Meditation. The book is a thorough treatment of the subject and extends to over 170 pages of closely printed text. No attempt is intended, here, to present the text in its entirety. However, important paragraphs and quotes will be given, within a summary of each section. You are encouraged to use the links on sidebar to obtain a copy for yourselves from CM publications. Please remember that each of the posts under this title is part of a thought flow and it is important to go back and read the previous post in order to refresh and review the context.
Inquire, Then Contemplate.
Those who have entered prayer or meditation before encountering the methods prescribed here may be inclined to wonder at what looks like elaborate detailing. A little too precise. It is fair enough. Prayer ought to be easy and natural. Neither can there be mechanical means for meditation. There are reasons for the apparent contradiction, which will become clear.
In the evolution of man, various levels of subtle growth were experienced. First, the human was in a state of mere perception; pure instinct, the intellect not at all evolved. The man of those times worked on a survival level, being frightened by the roar of lions and feeling threat of the lighting storm.
As intellectual capacities developed, the perceptions were supported. Intelligent perception is called observation. In the age of observation, the human creature began to as questions; why, how, when, where? The intellect being yet young in the species, the resultant analysis was crude and based still much on the instinct, resulting in superstition, rather than proper knowledge.
"As the intellect became more assertive and sharp, superstitions were thrown over as man sauntered in the age of inquiry and investigation, wherein his unfolded intellect logically came to apprehend the laws of nature. He initiated the Era of Science. Man's vision of the world changed as he moved from the age of perception through the age of observation and into the age of inquiry. From the life of perception, he marched into caves of superstition and, finally, into the fields of daring science. At each stage he never failed to laugh at his forefathers' stupidity."
At this time we might say that we stand at the very pinnacle of science and we laugh at the crude searchings of the past. We can see the evolution and wonder at how the man of perception or observation would now think; could he have ever imagined such as we have now? It is more likely that he would throw stones and accuse us of heretical magicks. For history demonstrates many cases, at all ages, of those who are grounded in the prevailing order of thinking condemning those who bring forth a fresh and new way of thinking. The evolved one was generally condemned and laughed at. Today, in the scientific age, the prophetic seers and philosophers, the evolved men of a future age, stand condemned by the men of inquiry and investigation. They would claim ultimate rationalism and brook not consideration of a different approach to thinking. History repeats itself, ever and ever.
"Thus, if the great scientists of today fail to realise the glory of true spiritual pursuit, it is not altogether inexplicable. They conquer outer space, but will not understand the vision of religious Masters and philosophers because these men of inner Knowledge and spirituality have a more evolved intellect than the scientists. For, you see, the fourth stage of evolution for the human intellect is contemplation. The power of contemplation is already inherent within us, but is as yet unmanifest. All scriptures are words of wisdom given by people of contemplation to students who have cultivated in themselves this subtle evolutionary perfection."
Gurudev did not mince his words in such matters! However, once you come to the seat of meditation and begin the work which is asked of you here, you will realise the truth of his statements. The Self-evolvement an be astonishing. You start out as a person of inquiry, befitting the age, but, in fullness of time, you evolve into the higher stage of human development and enter your age of contemplation and meditation.