It’s only human beings and their need for orderly minds that would have the audacity to assume that the Universe can be ordered and structured.
Maybe, maybe not – there is no seeming “sense” in the chaos-order-cycle of Divine Consciousness played out in our Cosmos, and of course by the Mother of Existence – nature.
Nonsense of Order
It may seem a bit nonsensical in our seemingly ordered, logical and linear world that we could jump into something as vast as self-realisation through At-one-ment with the Ultimate Mystery in maybe only 10 minutes of meditation. But Yoga has been described as a many threaded tapestry, all threads of which ultimately lead us to our Union, Samadhi . . . and on this Ancient path, we learn that the sacred place is where we are, and what we are doing is opening our spiritual vision to see our life in that way. This is a path of practice that is further than the Yoga that many of you know.
As I teach it, Yoga is the practice which enables us to live with Divine Communication in our lives . . . and with zen living with Direct Experience of our own Divinity.
“It’s only human beings and their need for orderly minds that would have the audacity to assume that the Universe can be ordered and structured.”
Initiation and Transmission
In our practice of meditation we follow ancient steps taking us from self-acceptance to the necessary inner peace and balance for our conversations with the Divine . . . with Yoga, your Union with the Divine . . . with zen we let this flow into our daily life, living in a unique way of being and bringing order as a principle in our practice.
Yoga as we know translates as “union” or “communion” but it also means discipline – the discipline in our practice. So we’re bringing a form to our meditation practice through discipline . . . the path which leads us to the At-One-Ment, or transcending to the mystery. Yoga also means “to bind” – it is what your Soul is “bound to” or your Bliss: your Dharma path. Zen means simply “meditation” or focused concentration flowing into the form of our life . . . so zen is free-flowing, it flows into whatever form our life takes [which means our culture.]
And it is a process of initiation, opening and growing our consciousness individually so that the vastness of the Ancient knowledge can be transmitted to us: sometimes with simplicity and very few words.
Because none of this is orderly just for the sake of pacifying a human being’s day-to-day mind, and most of the time “making sense of it all”, is a futile path.
Simple practice is important: so, for example, practice in breath flow through the subtle bodies, our Koshas, and perhaps with an ancient zen centering meditation, as centering brings us into the balance we need to open awareness of consciousness, and the inner peace we need for our Conversations with God/Goddess . . . keeping the channel for Divine Communication open, opening our hearts and minds to our signs from Heaven.
“It’s a process of initiation, opening and growing our consciousness individually so that the vastness of the Ancient knowledge can be transmitted to us.”
And, for contemplation, mainly for Westerners not familiar with this from the Upanishads, there are a few lines here which I’ll leave you with:
[Reading starts at about 2 minutes into the video!]
A Reading From The Upanishads
I do not know god
nor can I say that I don’t know it
If you understand the meaning of . . .
“I neither know nor don’t know . . . “
you understand god
Those who realise
that god cannot be known
Those who claim that they know
Image: Ancient Meditation Mudra | Elena Ray [elenaray.com Twitter: @OldChineseMan]