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silentgreen

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Truthfulness and Renunciation in meditation
« on: July 30, 2010, 01:55:20 PM »
Sri Ramakrishna said:
It is said that truthfulness alone constitutes the spiritual discipline of the Kaliyuga (i.e. modern age).
If a man clings tenaciously to truth he ultimately realizes God.


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Apart from the usual meaning of truthfulness and renunciation as external practices, they can be interpreted from a meditative perspective.

Truthfulness:
In meditation, truthfulness is seeing things as they are; clearly.
If thoughts are there, they are perceived clearly.
If "I" is there, it is perceived clearly.
If something beyond thoughts are there, it is perceived clearly.
If some imagination of Self or Brahman is there, it is perceived clearly.
If a deep yearning is there in the heart, it is perceived clearly.
If the flow of breath is there, it is perceived clearly.
If the perceiver itself can be separately perceived, it is perceived clearly.
If "just being" is there, it is perceived clearly.
If there is breath and depth within, it is perceived clearly.

Truthfulness coupled with renunciation assumes greater significance in meditation.

Renunciation:
If thoughts are there, what remains if we renounce them?
If "I" is there, what remains if we renounce it?
If something beyond thoughts are there, can it also be renounced?
If some imagination of Self or Brahman is there, what remains if we renounce it?
If a deep yearning is there in the heart, do we come closer to it by renunciation?
If the flow of breath is there, what remains if we renounce the attention to it?
If the perceiver itself can be separately perceived, can it be renounced further?
If "just being" is there, can it be renounced further?
If there is breath and depth within, does renunciation increase or decrease them?

After renouncing them, do we come closer to the deep yearning of the heart?
After renouncing them, do we come closer to any deeper silence?

Perceiving things clearly during meditation is truthfulness in meditation.
Renouncing thought forms during meditation is renunciation in meditation.
When the entire process is aligned with the deep yearning of the heart, there is bliss.
Homage to the Universal Being...Om Shanti ... Om Shanti ... Om Shanti ...

Subramanian.R

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Re: Truthfulness and Renunciation in meditation
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2010, 02:14:25 PM »

Dear silentgreen,


Good post.  In meditation and renunciation, one should be truthful
and should not do these acts, without being true to one's own self.
Truth, Satyam, is God, the Self.  Any activity, even if these are
purportedly activities towards reaching peace and goodness, one
should not be untruthful. What is meditation?  Thinking about God or the Self.  What is renunciation, it is the renunciation of the body consciousness.  Hence the true meditation and true renunciation
is possible only when one adheres to the truth.

Guru Vachaka Kovai, says:

Verse 357:  When you investigate, [you realize that] the state free from consciousness, the truth of yourself that is free from the limitation of the false and insentient body.  Don't you exist
unaffected by anything in that state devoid of "I"?  Enquire and
know this for yourself by abiding in truth, the conscious sleep,
ari tuyil - in Tamizh.

Arunachala Siva.