Many people think meditation involves blindly believing in something. People fear this. They come and tell me, ‘I am afraid that I might get too attached to meditation.’ Understand, meditation itself is nothing but removing your attachment! So you can’t get too attached to it.
Meditation is all about changing the inner software.
People are also afraid that their desires, fears and whatever else they think of as their life will be taken away from them if they start meditating. In a way this is true! Once you start meditating, whatever you thought of as your life until then, will no longer be important to you! The real truths will start revealing themselves to you. All the illusions you were holding until then will start leaving you. All the time you are trying to protect yourself from the basic truths only because you are afraid of losing your illusions about life.
The concept or the idea that you are a solid being, which is the root cause of all your fears, will simply be shaken by meditation. All that you thought you were, all your desires, all your fears, all your worries will be shaken and you will start going through a big change. This is what is called the psychological revolution. You will have practically a new birth! It is like changing the inner software of your computer. Your hardware may be the same, but your inner software will go through a big change. Meditation is all about changing the inner software. Your body, your hardware, may be the same, your material surroundings may be same, the persons with whom you are living may be same, but your being will be totally different.
With psychological revolution, even ritual becomes meditation. Without psychological revolution, even meditation will become a ritual.
The simple understanding of the four states of consciousness can initiate the psychological revolution in you. It is like a master key. If you apply it every moment of your life, if you are aware of these four states constantly, you will see in every decision, the mechanism or the way in which your thought process goes towards meditation and how every decision is influenced in the right way. This is what I call the cognitive shift. It is receiving information, processing and deciding in the best possible way.
If you understand these four states, if you become deeply conscious of these four states of existence, it is enough. It is like this: when you are in deep sleep state, unless you have some attraction in the dream state, you will not come out of the deep sleep state. But when you come out of the deep sleep state and enter the dream state, you will understand that the deep sleep state was illusory when compared to the dream state! Similarly, when you are in the dream state, unless you have some desire or inspiration for the waking state, you will not move to the waking state. This is the reason why even after waking up, you turn over in your bed and go back to the dream state!
If you don’t get up as soon as you are awaken, you will find the dream state more inspiring than the waking state. But once you come out of the dream state into the waking state, you will understand that the dream state was illusory, it was not real. Not only that, when you are in the waking state, if you are not very inspired about it, you will slip into the daydream state!
Now, to pull you from the waking state to the turiya state, you need to have a strong inspiration. This is what meditation does. It gradually heightens your consciousness so that you move into the turiya state. Along with meditation, if you have a living enlightened master, he can play a strong role in inspiring you to attain the turiya state. Through just an initiation, he can simply speed up the whole process and pull you into the turiya state. But once you move from the waking state to the turiya state, you will realize that the waking state was also a mere illusion!
Understand, there is no scale, no proof to say if the state that you are in is the authentic reality. But remember, again and again and again, you get a glimpse of this Truth every time you face a deep depression or low mood. During deep depression, this understanding starts rising from within, but we manage to suppress it in such a way that the psychological revolution does not happen inside us at that time. Too much of the life that we are clinging to is at stake. We are afraid of the psychological revolution.
The problem is, if we allow the psychological revolution to happen in us, the results are totally unknown. We don’t know what will happen to all our cherished desires, goals, ideals and ideas. We are afraid that we may have to let go of everything. So we manage to not allow the psychological revolution to happen in us.
Every instance of depression is actually an opportunity to allow the upheaval to happen but we miss that opportunity again and again. The moment you hear the word illusion, you are afraid. You fear that you may renounce everything, you may leave everything behind, and life may change drastically. I tell you, you will lose only one thing, and that is your suffering, nothing else! You might have had a rare experience, where in the dream state itself you were aware, ‘Yes, I am dreaming!’ Because of that awareness, you were able to alter some of the events in the dream. Understand that in those few moments, you were aware that you were dreaming, and you were able to manipulate your dream as you wished. But if the awareness increases further that you are dreaming, you will wake up from your dream.
In the same way, in this world too, in the waking state, if the awareness about you, the center, or the ‘I’ increases, you will have the experience that the whole world in front of you is a dream! Not only will you have the awareness that this life is one more waking dream, but you will also be able to move around the incidents in your life as you wish to! That is what we call attaining siddhis.
So understand, when the frequency of ‘I’ consciousness increases, you will suddenly start experiencing the waking state as a waking dream and you will have the energy and freedom to change the incidents that are in front of you in your life. But when this starts happening, if you get caught up in changing the incidents in your life, by and by, the awareness of the ‘I’ will come down, and you will fall back into the same waking state again, and these special powers will also disappear. But if you are not too much attracted to changing the scenes, and you remain centered on raising the consciousness, you become enlightened.
Whether it is awakening from the dream state to the waking state, or awakening from the waking state to the enlightenment state, the process is the same. When the psychological revolution happens, inner healing happens. With the inner healing, if the techniques are practiced, then naturally, outer healing also happens. Without the psychological revolution, if the techniques are practiced, they are called kriya or yoga – just physical movements. With psychological revolution, if yoga is done, it will become a tremendous meditation. With psychological revolution, even ritual becomes meditation. Without psychological revolution, even meditation will become a ritual.
With clarity inside, if meditation is added to your inner space, you will see that every time you meditate, the clarity becomes deeper and deeper. Every time you make decisions in your life, it will add more and more understanding to you. If you are aware, sometimes you will see that in your waking state also, in a span of say, just half an hour, so many things happen around you without your awareness. Your dream state would have influenced your waking state with thoughts, thus causing you to drift off to the daydreaming state. When you come back to the waking state with awareness, you will realize that half an hour went past wherein nothing was really under your control. You were awake, your eyes were open and your body was doing work, but you were not aware of what was happening. You were somewhere between the dream state and the waking state. Most of us spend eighty percent of our day in this state. Never think just because you are out of your bed, that you are in the waking state.
Maybe you can’t afford to spend your time in bed all day, and it is necessary for your survival to get out of bed, so you get out of bed. But it does not necessarily mean that you are out of the dream state.
Bringing yourself completely out of the waking, dreaming and deep sleep states, is what I call being in meditation.
source: Living Enlightenment