Here`s something I would like to put to the readers and contributors of Sannyas News, who, whatever their path, their opinions, their experience and so on, I assume can at least be linked by one thing: that they meditate.
People in meditation circles bang on about the mind.
“You`re in your mind” has clear pejorative tones.
It`s a kind of new age sin. The trouble is, as has been the case with all human faculties and organs that have been declared sinful by religionists down the ages, we`ve all got one!
If you ask how to deal with this thing (or “think”), the experts will answer by saying things like: “You need the mind but it must be the servant but not the master.”
That`s an interesting metaphor, but how does this work? How to distinguish the master from the servant? How to identify them> Are they wearing different hats or uniforms or speak with different accents ,like characters out of “Upstairs Downstairs”?
How do you get the wonderful benefits of agriculture, modern building techniques, central heating, medicine, family planning, easy travel, surfing the net,blogging and a host of other mind-created things without sliding into the flipside and becoming the insane, neurotic, monkey-minded,unenlightened mind-fucking servant or even slave of the mind?
Well, you have to meditate, then you will go beyond the mind, then eventually you`ll become enlightened. That`s the standard answer.
But what about the unfortunate folks who haven`t made it to join the elite,the one-in-a-million or billion spiritual aristos who have slipped into no-mind and either literally or figuratively taken their seat on the podium, what about the lumpen proletariat of meditators,the rag-tag hoi polloi of breath-watchers who have bought the lottery ticket but their number hasn`t come up yet?
What kind of dream is that?
What happens when you meditate but you don`t get enlightened?