Learn to Observe From an Expansive View


telescope-1201497_960_720You need to observe the discriminating mind and whether it is caught up in judgment, limiting the experience that you are having.

When you define someone as “foolish” for example, you have put them in a box. Are you going to keep them there? And the same with yourself; if you judge yourself to be foolish, worthless, helpless and you keep yourself in that box, what is going to happen? You leave no room whatsoever for transformation and change. So the idea of observing with non-judgment is extremely important. I know that it is not an easy thing because we are so caught up in judgments. We need some kind of grace there to lift us in the space where we can see things differently, where we can observe in a more expansive view.                                                                                                                                                Sri Vasudeva

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Keys to Transformation


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 If you want to learn something, if you want to transform weaknesses into strength, if you want to transform consciousness then you need the discipline of protecting yourself from indisciplined ways.  Discipline is a protection.  It holds you and your objective in focus.  And it helps you to reprogram your brain and nervous system so that you can be supported by the physical body.  You need the consistency of doing.

So there we have four “D’s” that are important in developing the qualities and skills that are required for your meditation: strong desire, detachment, discrimination and discipline.

It is wise for the seeker to remember these four “D’s”: a strong desire for self-transformation; detachment to give the power of proper observation; discrimination so we can reason out in the space how to transform ourselves, and discipline to sustain our focus and efforts. Sri Vasudeva

Let is sit for this guided meditation on Day 11 of the 21 day series.

 

 

 

How to Develop a Focused Mind


child-241749_960_720.jpgYesterday we talked about how desire motivates us. When our desire is very strong we very easily develop detachment from everything that is distracting. We need to develop the ability to see clearly and let go of things that are distracting,

To decide what is distracting and what is not; to see your desire clearly, and to observe the strength of your desire – you need discriminating power.  You need the intelligence of the mind to be able to see clearly where you want to go, where the distractions are, and to stay one-pointedly focused.  Discriminating power is important, so in every meditation you need to be discriminating to see how you are straying, to see how your attention is going away and to be able to pull it back, to see where the weaknesses within your being are, and being able to stay focused on them and transform them.  So you need that degree of discriminating intelligence.  Alertness and intelligence is required.

Join Sri Vasudeva on Day 10 as he guides us in meditation describing the mental experience..

Be a Wise Seeker


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Even as we are involved in the Māyā, the prayer should constantly be there, whether it is verbalized or not. “Let me see more, let me understand more, I want wisdom in this play.”

So we should have that unceasing desire, we should keep the company of those who are more evolved on the journey, and we should keep friends with the discriminating power, the intellect, using the intellect in the light. The prayer of the Gayatri is to use the intellect in the light, not just in the play of the senses, not just in the seeking and finding in the material world, but we should open up to the intellect to ask, “Who am I? Bring light to my reasoning power that I can search for who am I in this play.” We need that discriminating power that constantly reminds us of the changing nature of the world, and the need to seek for That which is unchanging. We need that, vivek it is called; that discriminating power.

That discriminating power should help us to disengage more and more from the pull of the Māyā, and that is vairagya; we want that dispassion, that ability to detach from the play. We need vivek and vairagya in the play. You pray for that every morning in the Guru Gita. You are chanting the Guru Gita every day (the Guru Gita is like a wish fulfilling tree, it says in one verse) to cleanse the mind of the worldly impurities and to make those good dreams come true.

The seeking is important. In the seeking, we will find. So be a wise seeker and seek after that which is real, not unreal. “Lay your treasures in Heaven, not on earth, for where your treasure is, there your heart will be;” the words of the Christ.

So this is Day 12. “Seek and ye shall find. Knock and it shall be opened to you.”

Be careful of what you think of. Keep the company of the wise. Develop the qualities of vivek and vairagya, discrimination as to what is unreal and the possibility of what is real, and detachment from the world that pulls us in the Maya. Be a wise seeker.

Sri Vasudeva Day 12 Forty days 2017. For full talk and meditation go to  www. blue-star.org