As I am reading the “Power of Now,” by Eckhart Tolle, I can recognize what he is talking about because I am experiencing it. To be fair, something similar was explained by J. Krishnamurti in one of his teachings about observing the self. I read that about 20 years ago. It became part of my “intellectual background,” just to say: “yeah, Krishnamurti explains the same idea.. Have you read him? Your ought to consider him..” Then, I look “good” under my buddie, Mr. Ego’s eyes.
But back then, I liked Krishnamurti but it was all intellectual for me and nothing practical.
That is the difference with “Now.”
Thanks to BK knowledge, I can see the importance of putting yourself into this “chamber” of “codes of conduct,” which for the uninitiated may seem like “robbing the taste for life.”
There is the celibacy, the self cooking vegetarianism, the waking up before 4 AM everyday, etc, etc. If you are single, there will be the experience of loneliness and the desperation to “get out of it.” 🙂
All of that, will “force anyone” to look at the self in action. Guaranteed or your money back.
You see, Eckhart Tolle was lucky as well as most Gurus. “Something happened” in their life that made them the way they are. Perhaps “enlightened,” but for you and I, simple mortals, there is the “dying alive,” which paradoxically only strong souls, deities are able to withstand. It is not like “going to your auntie’s home.” I could wake up tomorrow being enlightened and relate here how much bliss is surrounding me… but It will not happen…for I am a Brahmin soul. I have many karmic accounts outstanding waiting to be “collected,” so “enlightenment overnight,” is just not going to happen.
Therefore; I have observed my thoughts and realized that my thinking is “not real” but the issue is that “I believe it to be real.” As Mr. Tolle mentions, my thoughts are coming from the past or building this uncertain future as to how things should be or afraid of the future becoming something else. None of that is the “Now.” Reality. Just plain “waste.”
However, As long as I believe in that mental chatter, suffering will arise. Once that goes away, Ego goes away and there is the opportunity to “die alive” to live a “new” life again, as Mr. Tolle explained. I have experienced that in my little experiment of one day. A self -retreat in my little apartment, with no outside scape.
To observe our thoughts and emotions is “effort.” Awareness is required. A “normal” individual without the background of spiritual practices, will not have the determination to follow up with this, just because he will be busy “being successful” or taking care of his own attainments in life. Most will put these teachings into the “intellectual realm.” It is safer… 🙂
BK gyan, on the other hand; emphasizes the awareness of what we are, the soul. In that experience, thoughts will stop for as long as we can hold the experience. For that Baba, is continually shifting our awareness from”Me” into “YOU.” “You did it,” “You are the one who gives benefit and not me,” etc. It is another method to disengage from that mind which is deeply entrenched with the “ID” of “ME” which is just a mental construct because, that “ME” is never static. It is always changing.
To look at our thoughts without judging them, just to catch when a thought or an emotion comes up, is a deep task to recognize the “self and its own psychological pains.” At the same time, that means “freedom,” from that cage of the mind.
Therefore, I found that to meditate is to go beyond thoughts; for only beyond thoughts we can deal with that which is “real.” That is the experience of who we truly are. In that way meditation is like medicine for the mind, because it takes the mind away from the “rat race” of thoughts. We need to feel who we are. Feeling is not thinking.
The aim, is to live life in a meditative state.
That is why we meditate with the eyes open. 🙂