Putting Aside The Mantra


I love this picture of a rose. I want to hang this picture on my wall. I gather all my materials together to frame the picture. Then I get my drill to put a stud in the wall. What do I do with my tools when the picture is hung? I no longer need my tools because I’ve fulfilled my intention of hanging the picture.

Likewise I’ve been repeating the mantra during sitting meditation and periodically during the day. I feel I want to remind myself of my original intention for repeating the mantra. I started off the year seeking an expanded consciousness, resolving to open myself to the boundless Grace of the universe that is reaching out to me. I wanted to give attention to that subtle pull that draws me to the deepest part of my Being.

The mantra is a tool I have been using to quiet my mind so that I can allow that inner pull to become stronger and stronger, drawing me to that inner sacred space, where I can connect with the Source of my being. When I was hanging the picture it was clear when the task was completed and I no longer needed the tools. How will I know when I no longer need the mantra? I will  pay attention to the quietness of the mind, to notice when I become filled with the inner silence, to rejoice in that dynamic, buoyant space. In such a space the mantra seems like noise, it becomes an intrusion.

So now I know when I need to use the mantra and when I can put the mantra aside. Next I want to explore what expanded consciousness means to me.

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7 Responses to Putting Aside The Mantra

  1. Radha says:

    There is something I would like to add in relation to my so called ‘relaxed’ mind: to me thoughts are the same kind of phenomena as feelings, sounds and other perceivings in awareness, into my beingness. They appear in the moment to me and right there I have a choice to hang onto them. There tome is some kind of choice to interpret, and free will to respond (not in an action, but with intention!). An reaction, as an uncontoled reflex is the intelligence of my flesh body and unconscious soul. This is a cocreation that habitually reacts for itself; I could say the lower self.

    My relaxed state is the primordial state in which we all derive as the collective Self. And wherein sounds, visions, thoughts and feelings present themself based on the weight of attraction of my souls desire.

    I feel there no cause outside of me.
    And in -and as- this state of eternal relaxedness, contraction takes place, through me, when I, the illusionary person is hyijacked in the believe of the possibility of being able to resist the imaginaire outside world.

    A relaxed mind accepts everything, even thoughts. My desired goal is not to have a silent mind; but to manage the mind. This leads to the acceptance of all there is. Striving for a silent mind feels as an never ending desire. The mind can be silent, but that is not a ‘natural state’ of beingness.

    My Higher Self is not The Silence but that what unconditional accepts, without knowing to ‘do’ so…

    “thanks for being adress; contemplating and writing is a road to broaden my consciousness. Feel free to react on blurred spots!”

  2. Radha says:

    In thanking the tool I put it aside, knowing where to find in case I want to use it for a purpose. Reminding myself of this, the mind is even more quiet. It rests in the silent knowing of everything that is at hand when needed. Like you go for a walk with, or without a bottle of water. When I forget to bring I become (my thinking mind) thursty. When I have it with me I come home with closed bottle. So for me it is important to know the mantra can be used any time needed. Without the judging gets a chance to come in at the very moment I find my mind in wandering away with trouble shooting.

    For me peace of mind does not neccessarely mean a silent mind; a non-thinking space so to speak. Peace of mind to me means a relaxed mind. A state of silence in which the incoming fores thoughts and feelings can be witnessed. And in being able to think the thoughts without being disturbed or even hyjacked by them. So being free in silence as in thinking. The quality of ‘thoughts’ can be very funny or figuring out something, but I as a witness are seeing the play but I am not of it…

    Thanks for your insight, it is so helpful to getore clear about my inner processing. It inspires to be also aware of les wanted habituals. Hugs

    • Chan Madhavi says:

      Thank you Radha for bring out that how we think about something really affects our experience of it, I like the analogy of the water bottle.

      Good to know that for you peace of mind means a relaxed mind. I also like your point that the ability to witness all the different types of thoughts that arise without them disturbing or hijacking you. Glad you joined the conversation!

  3. Karen says:

    great analogy

    • Chan Madhavi says:

      Glad that the analogy worked for you too. Thanks Karen.

  4. Marlene says:

    I love the photo of the rose…so beautiful! And I liked the analogy you used for realizing when we need to use our tools and recognizing when they have served their purpose.

    • Chan Madhavi says:

      Nice summary of the post, thank you Marlene.

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