( Estb : 2012 )
WHAT ADVAAYA MEDITATION IS
Advaaya ( aD-Waa-yaa ) ( ) is a name of Buddha, which means without a second, unique; sole; non-duality, unity, identity; especially of Brahman and the universe, or of spirit and matter; the highest truth.
The distinction between Advaaya meditation and other styles of meditation is crucial and needs to be fully understood. Buddhism addresses two major types of meditation. They are different mental skills, modes of functioning or qualities of consciousness. In Pali, the original language of Theravada literature, they are called Vipassana and Samatha.
Vipassana means to see things as they really are. Advaaya encapsulates everything that Vipassana is.
Vipassana can be translated as “Insight,” a clear awareness of exactly what is happening as it happens. Samatha can be translated as “concentration” or “tranquility.” It is a state in which the mind is brought to rest, focused only on one item and not allowed to wander. When this is done, a deep calm pervades body and mind, a state of tranquility which must be experienced to be understood.
Most systems of meditation emphasize the Samatha component. The meditator focuses his mind upon some items, such as prayer, a certain type of box, a chant, a candle flame, a religious image or whatever, and excludes all other thoughts and perceptions from his consciousness. The result is a state of rapture which lasts until the meditator ends the session of sitting. It is beautiful, delightful, meaningful and alluring, but only temporary. Vipassana or Advaaya meditation addresses the other component, insight.
In Advaaya mediation, the meditator uses his concentration as a tool by which his awareness can chip away at the wall of illusion that cuts him off from the living light of reality. It is a gradual process of ever-increasing awareness into the inner workings of reality itself. It takes time, but one day the meditator chisels through that wall and tumbles into the presence of light. The transformation is complete. It’s called Liberation, and it’s permanent. Liberation is the goal of all Buddhist systems of practice. But the routes to the attainment of that end are quite diverse.
Buddha was asked: “What have you gained from Meditation?” He replied: “Nothing.” “However”, Buddha said, “let me tell you what I lost : Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Insecurity, Fear of Old, Age and Death.”
Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Insecurity, ill-health is something like darkness - which you can see, which you can feel, which can obstruct your way but which does not exist. It has no positivity. It is simply an absence, an absence of light.
Diseases and sufferings are only an absence of awareness.
The room is full of darkness; you want the darkness to leave the room. You can do everything in your power - push it out, beat it out - but you are not going to succeed. Strangely enough, you will be defeated by something which does not exist. Exhausted, your mind will say the darkness is so powerful that it is not within your capacity to dispel it, to expel it. But that conclusion is not right.
Just a small candle has to be brought in. You don't have to expel the darkness. You don't have to fight with it - that is sheer stupidity. Just bring in a small candle, and the darkness is not found anymore. Not that it goes out - it cannot go out, because in the first place it does not exist. Neither was it in, nor does it go out.
The light comes in, the light goes out; it has positive existence. You can light a candle and there is no darkness; you can blow out the candle and there is darkness. To do anything with darkness, you will have to do something with light - very strange, very illogical, but what can you do? Such is the nature of things.
You can bring a little awareness, a little consciousness, a little light. Forget completely about the problems in life; concentrate totally on bringing alertness into your being. And the moment your consciousness has become a flame, concentrated, you will not be able to find the problems. All problems will disappear.
Advaaya is the candle. Advaaya is the light.
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