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Samkhya Yoga - Right Meditation and "Samyama"

Samkhya Yoga - Right Meditation and "Samyama"

When people say “Meditation”, “I meditate”, it can mean so many things…

It can mean a State of Existence Complete where we Perceive Reality… it can mean a Way of Seeing… or simply a process (supposed to be at some point completed in a higher level of perception, or state of being).

So, what is Right Meditation? And how is it different from all that people think is "Meditation"?

Right Meditation is both the Act and the Completion of the Absolute State, Attitude, Way of Life...

Let's explain it. After all, what is the Goal of Meditation? Is it not Liberation from all limitations? The Experiencing the Limitless? Freedom?

So as long as in Meditation we operate in the limited and do not go beyond it, we are not meditating... we are thinking.

Meditation exists precisely when all limiting and limiting processes, all limitations are overcome…

So the Right Execution of Meditation (which is to overcome the restrictive-limited processes) is at the same time its End... it is the Completion, the Attainment...

By defining Meditation in this way, where Right Action is Simultaneous and Completion… we understand that Right Meditation is a passage beyond time and every process, it does not happen in time, it does not need time… as long as we are in time, in process, we are at the level of thought…

Patanjali defines it in Yoga Sutra I,2 and I,18, and I,51, and elsewhere...and it is the Seedless Samadhi, the Timeless Samadhi...

The immediate conclusion is that all these (procedures) which people call "Meditation" are not Meditation (in the sense we analyzed above) they are "Concentration", Samyama in the terminology of Panthazali, (dharana, dhyana, samadhi, concentration, meditation, samadhi), which lead to the control of the external nature and the "powers"... Here belong concentrations on objects, visualizations, visual (sound, etc.)... even "self-observation" (which withdraws into the self)... All these are not meditation but Concentration which has as its limit the seeded samadhi, the in-time samadhi.

Patanjali defines it in Yoga Sutra I,17 and devotes all of Part III to this kind of Concentration...

Usually when people talk about Meditation they refer to Concentration... And all the so-called new theories and opinions about Meditation actually have ancient origins and stem from the teachings of Patanjali...

It must be understood that Meditation in order to be achieved, to be completed, requires a "mental evolution" and not a mental process. From the What of the process we must Pass to the HOW of transcending all processes, to arrive at the HE who is Meditating... Of course, all this is valid since our Goal is Liberation from the world of phenomena.

There are people whose Goal is not Liberation but the control of apparent existence. Certainly there is this possibility, founded in the teachings of Patanjali and proven empirically... and that is why there is so much noise about Meditation (or rather Samyama)... But such a goal keeps us in the world of phenomena...

Ultimately it's a matter of choice. The Responsibility is ours (everyone's)… as are the consequences of our choices…

Σαμκύα Γιόγκα - Ορθός Διαλογισμός και «Σαμγιάμα»

Όταν οι άνθρωποι λένε «Διαλογισμός», «διαλογίζομαι», μπορεί να σημαίνει πάρα πολλά…

Μπορεί να σημαίνει μια Κατάσταση Ύπαρξης Τελειωμένη όπου Αντιλαμβανόμαστε την Πραγματικότητα… μπορεί να σημαίνει ένα Τρόπο Όρασης… ή απλά μια διαδικασία (που υποτίθεται ότι κάποια στιγμή ολοκληρώνεται σε ένα ανώτερο επίπεδο αντίληψης, ή κατάσταση ύπαρξης).

Τι είναι λοιπόν Ορθός Διαλογισμός; Και πως ξεχωρίζει από όλα αυτά που οι άνθρωποι νομίζουν ότι είναι «Διαλογισμός»;

Ο Ορθός Διαλογισμός είναι ταυτόχρονα η Πράξη κι η Ολοκλήρωση της Απόλυτης Κατάστασης, Στάσης Αντίληψης, Τρόπου Ζωής…

Ας το εξηγήσουμε. Τελικά ποιος είναι ο Στόχος του Διαλογισμού; Δεν είναι η Απελευθέρωση από όλους τους περιορισμούς; Η Βίωση του Απεριόριστου; Η Ελευθερία;

Όσο λοιπόν στον Διαλογισμό λειτουργούμε στο περιορισμένο και δεν το υπερβαίνουμε, δεν διαλογιζόμαστε… σκεπτόμαστε.

Διαλογισμός υπάρχει ακριβώς όταν ξεπερνιούνται όλες οι περιοριστικές και περιορισμένες διαδικασίες, όλοι οι περιορισμοί…

Άρα η Ορθή Εκτέλεση του Διαλογισμού (που είναι να ξεπεράσουμε τις περιοριστικές-περιορισμένες διαδικασίες) είναι ταυτόχρονα και Τέρμα του… είναι η Ολοκλήρωση, η Επίτευξη…

Ορίζοντας τον Διαλογισμό με αυτόν τον τρόπο, όπου η Ορθή Πράξη είναι Ταυτόχρονα και Ολοκλήρωση… κατανοούμε ότι ο Ορθός Διαλογισμός είναι πέρασμα πέραν του χρόνου και κάθε διαδικασίας, δεν γίνεται μέσα στον χρόνο, δεν χρειάζεται χρόνο… όσο είμαστε σε χρόνο, σε διαδικασία, είμαστε στο επίπεδο της σκέψης…

Ο Πανταζάλι το ορίζει στο Γιόγκα Σούτρα Ι,2 και Ι,18, και Ι,51, και αλλού… κι είναι το Σαμάντι χωρίς σπόρο, το Άχρονο Σαμάντι…

Το άμεσο συμπέρασμα είναι ότι όλα αυτά (οι διαδικασίες) που οι άνθρωποι ονομάζουν «Διαλογισμό» δεν είναι Διαλογισμός (με το νόημα που αναλύσαμε πιο πάνω) είναι «Συγκέντρωση», Σαμγιάμα στην ορολογία του Πανταζάλι, (νταράνα, ντυάνα, σαμάντι, συγκέντωση, διαλογισμός, σαμάντι), που οδηγούν στον έλεγχο της εξωτερικής φύσης και στις «δυνάμεις»… Εδώ ανήκουν συγκεντρώσεις σε αντικείμενα, οραματισμοί, οπτικοί (ηχητικοί κλπ.)… ακόμα και η «αυτοπαρατήρηση» (που αποσύρεται στον εαυτό)… Όλα αυτά δεν είναι διαλογισμός αλλά Συγκέντρωση που έχει σαν όριο το σαμάντι με σπόρο, το εντός του χρόνου σαμάντι.

Ο Πανταζάλι το ορίζει στο Γιόγκα Σούτρα Ι,17 κι αφιερώνει όλο το ΙΙΙ μέρος σε αυτό του είδους την Συγκέντρωση…

Συνήθως οι άνθρωποι όταν μιλάνε για Διαλογισμό αναφέρονται στην Συγκέντρωση… Κι όλες οι δήθεν νέες θεωρίες κι απόψεις για τον Διαλογισμό στην πραγματικότητα έχουν πανάρχαια καταγωγή και πηγάζουν από τις διδασκαλίες του Πανταζάλι…

Πρέπει να γίνει κατανοητό ότι ο Διαλογισμός για να επιτευχθεί, για να ολοκληρωθεί απαιτεί μια «διανοητική εξέλιξη» κι όχι μια νοητική διαδικασία. Από το Τι της διαδικασίας πρέπει να Περάσουμε στο ΠΩΣ της υπέρβασης όλων των διαδικασιών, για να καταλήξουμε σε ΑΥΤΟΝ που Διαλογίζεται… Φυσικά, όλα αυτά ισχύουν εφόσον Στόχος μας είναι η Απελευθέρωση από τον κόσμο των φαινομένων.

Υπάρχουν άνθρωποι που δεν έχουν Στόχο την Απελευθέρωση αλλά τον έλεγχο της φαινομενικής ύπαρξης. Ασφαλώς υπάρχει αυτή η δυνατότητα, θεμελιωμένη στις διδασκαλίες του Πανταζάλι κι αποδεδειγμένη εμπειρικά… και για αυτό γίνεται τόσος θόρυβος γύρω από τον Διαλογισμό (πιο σωστά το Σαμγιάμα)… Αλλά ένας τέτοιος στόχος μας κρατά μέσα στον κόσμο των φαινομένων…

Τελικά είναι θέμα επιλογής. Η Ευθύνη είναι δική μας (του καθενός)… όπως και οι συνέπειες των επιλογών μας…


 


 

 

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Our Prayer

The Path Within

 

O Cosmos, we stand at the precipice of the Absolute, gazing into the void of the Unknown. We search for a way to transcend the bounds of thought and ego, to experience the essence of our deepest being.

The Buddha, the Masters of the East Upanishads, Orpheus, Jesus – all these wise beings have pointed us towards the Path. But it is not a path that is external, not a journey that can be traversed by the feet. It is a path that lies within, a journey that must be undertaken by the heart and the mind.

We must let go of the external orientations that nurture and educate us, that direct us towards other goals. We must look inward, to the stillness and silence that resides within. We must listen to the whispers of our soul, to the voice that speaks of the Absolute.

Krishnamurti and other modern Sages have shown us that it is possible to experience the Absolute, to transcend the limitations of thought and ego. They have shown us that it is not a mystery, not a miracle, but a possibility that lies within our human nature.

So let us embark on this journey, this Path that few follow. Let us let go of the burdens that weigh us down, the attachments that bind us. Let us embrace the unknown, the uncertainty, the chaos that lies within.

For in the depths of the Absolute, we will find the stillness and peace that we seek. We will find the answers to the questions that have plagued us for centuries. We will find the Truth that lies within.

Let us be brave, let us be bold, let us be fearless. Let us take the step into the void, into the unknown. For it is there that we will find the Absolute, the essence of our being. It is there that we will find our true nature, our true self.

May we be guided on this journey by the wise words of the Sages, by the light of the Absolute that shines within us. May we find the strength and courage to let go of the old, to embrace the new. May we find the peace and stillness that we seek, the Truth that lies within.

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Glimpses of the Absolute

 

Within each of us lies the potential to transcend the limitations of ordinary mind and experience a deeper reality - what some traditions call the Absolute, the Ground of Being, or God. While this state of unity or peak experience has often been considered the domain solely of mystics and saints, the truth is that the capacity dwells dormant in every human soul. It is our essential nature, awaiting discovery through disciplined inner work.

All genuine spiritual paths point to the same destination, though using different languages and methods. At their core, they offer a process of liberation from identification with separate ego and gradual awakening to our intrinsic divine essence. This involves cultivating noble virtues, practicing presence of mind through meditation, and cultivating wisdom through inquiry into the nature of reality and self.

Over time, such disciplines help peel away layers of superficial conditioning to reveal our true blissful and peaceful self - one with the fundamental pure consciousness that underlies all forms. In that state of inward stillness and clarity, the usual boundaries between subject and object fall away. One perceives directly that all is contained within the one infinite life and knows directly one's identity with the eternal. Though ineffable, this realization brings transcendent peace, love, creativity and compassion.

While glimpses of the Absolute may come through grace to anyone at any time, consistent experience depends on committed effort. The seeker must firmly resolve to strip away all that obscures their true nature like the proverbial onion, layer by layer. With patient practice of presence and purification, the trappings of small self dissolve, and one may abide as peaceful, blissful awareness itself - fully awake in every moment to life's deepest meaning. Then daily living becomes worship, and ordinary reality is transfigured by love, joy, wisdom and service. This is the fruit of following the perennial path with heart and will - a taste of our shared spiritual potential.

 

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Quotes

Constantinos’s quotes


"A "Soul" that out of ignorance keeps making mistakes is like a wounded bird with helpless wings that cannot fly high in the sky."— Constantinos Prokopiou

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CHAPTER III

 

QUIETING PEOPLE

Neglecting to praise the worthy deters people from emulating them; just as not prizing rare treasures deters a man from becoming a thief; or ignoring the things which awaken desire keeps the heart at rest.

Therefore, the wise ruler does not suggest unnecessary things, but seeks to satisfy the minds of his people. He seeks to allay appetites but strengthen bones. He ever tries by keeping people in ignorance to keep them satisfied and those who have knowledge he restrains from evil. If he, himself, practices restraint then everything is in quietness.

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Quieting People

Neglecting to praise the worthy:

Neglecting to acknowledge and praise individuals who deserve recognition can discourage others from emulating their positive qualities.

Just as not appreciating rare treasures deters a person from engaging in theft, the absence of recognition can hinder the development of desirable traits in others.

By recognizing and praising the worthy, we can inspire others to strive for excellence.

Ignoring the things that awaken desire:

When we disregard or ignore the things that evoke desire, we can maintain a sense of contentment and inner peace.

By not constantly seeking external stimuli, we can cultivate a state of tranquility within ourselves.

This approach allows us to find satisfaction in what we already have, rather than constantly chasing after new desires.

The wise ruler's approach:

A wise ruler understands the importance of satisfying the minds of the people they govern.

They do not unnecessarily burden their subjects with irrelevant information or demands.

Instead, they focus on allaying appetites and reinforcing the overall well-being of their people.

The wise ruler restrains those with knowledge from engaging in harmful actions and promotes a culture of restraint and tranquility.

The benefits of quietness:

When individuals practice restraint and embrace a state of quietness, harmony and peace prevail.

By prioritizing calmness and self-control, both on an individual and societal level, conflicts can be minimized.

The pursuit of quietness allows for personal growth, contentment, and a more harmonious coexistence.

Embracing quietness

Quieting people involves recognizing the worthy, ignoring unnecessary desires, and fostering a state of tranquility. The wise ruler seeks to satisfy the minds of their people by allaying appetites and promoting restraint. By embracing quietness, individuals can experience personal growth and contribute to a more peaceful society. Remember to appreciate the positive qualities in others, find contentment in the present, and practice self-restraint for a harmonious existence.

 

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