Subconscious forces disperse our consciousness and introduce myriad of mental associations, words, images, sensations, thus our minds are continuously at the mercy of these inner forces. Meditation calls for a complete censorship of this mental flux by focusing one’s awareness on a specific end or stimulus. As soon as the waves have stopped and lake has become quiet, we see its bottom. So with the mind, when it is calm, we see what our own nature is we do not mix ourselves with the modification of the mind but remain our own selves. In tantra ritual concentration and meditation play a central role. All identifications the interiorization to which tantra attacks such importance.
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Tantra meditation presupposes a subject, and object and experimental process. Though these three combine to form a unit, the emphasis is on the process, which transforms and is the medium of “awareness” and ultimate realization. Each successive phase of tantra meditation is a subtle retirement of the former. If a single act of attention is focusing one’s mind on a particular object, idea or feeling, then concentration is an intensification of the same process by blocking off our awareness of every distraction from the object of concentration. Meditation is a more intensitied form, characterized by voluntary control of the mind loading to a condensed experience of a modality of being beyond our ordinary state of mind.
TANTRA MEDITATION TECHNIQUES
Traditional symbols are aids in tantra meditation to re collection and serve as reminders of reality momentary forgotten in the humdrum of worldly distractions. There are several symbols which are used such as simple graphic signs, dots and concentric circles to complex structural power diagrams like the yantras and mandalas. Sculptural forms such as shiva – linga and salegrama used as foci of concentration. Classical yoga also describes focusing concentration on the exterior surface of the body. A traditional tantric method is to fix one’s attention with the eyes half closed on the tip of the nose ( nasal gaze ) or towards the space between the eye brows. This exercise is more difficult than it first appears, beginners find it very difficult to concentrate on a object for a prolonged period of time, they are distracted from the meditative object and invariably find their attention shifting hither and thither. Each time it happens the beginners must return his concentration to the meditative object and start a fresh.
Another common aid to tantric meditation is to concentrate one attention on various sensory modalities such as the repetitive mantras, or internally generated sounds. The sounds may be natural, such as that of a waterfall, the roaring of the sea, the humming of the bees, or the sound of a flute or the adept may sit in a natural environment and concentrate on an imagined sound.
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An inner meditative experience through visualization of a divine image is another method practiced by the Tantriks. The technique of visualization normally involves withdrawing the energy flowing through the conscious function and directing it inwards. When this happens our inner vision projects an image on a mental screen and we see and experience that form on the surface of the mind. Such visions are neither pathological fantasies nor dreams.
Visualization is performed in a meditative or solitary place and the adept, with close eye, mentally constructs an image of the chosen deity. What is projected by deliberate efforts on the inner screen of the mind is not a personal construe but an iconographic imprint based on elaborate descriptions found in the traditional texts. The visualization is strictly pursued, following the canonical imagery and each part of the deity’s body and it’s symbols are highly dramatized to regulate the creative imagination of the adept. The adept concentrates very deeply on each aspect of the divinity, imaging that he is slowly being transformed into it.
This stage consists of facing and confronting the shadow self, the unconscious forces and the perception of the creative, destructive, continuum of the polarity principles manifesting as one. As this stage either one advances towards total liberation or returns to material conditions. It’s something very mechanical you don’t even have to understand the dynamics of it, how it works elaborate Pandit Madhusudan Shastri professional practitioner of tantra and Astrologer say’s “ It just like an aspirin. You take aspirin and then your headache is gone. You don’t go and ask the pharmacist what is the ingredient in the aspirin and how it work. This tantra meditation is wealth conciseness it self. By practice it over and over again, you will have wealth. ( Story is based on chit – chat with famous Tantric Nagendra Jha from Darbhanga, Bihar )
( Manoj kanak )