Thursday, January 10, 2008
In terms of the meditation path I am still a beginner. I've been meditating on a daily basis for approx 2 years now. Some people do it for 50 years.
So I got to wondering what meditation must feel like for a Grand Master. I am speculating here but I think one of the hallmarks of the advanced meditation state would be READINESS. Total and utter readiness - for anything.
It is oft assumed that advanced meditators enter a state of supreme bliss. Maybe... But I don't think it's the kind of supreme bliss that is totally detached from the world, like an impenetrable cocoon that cannot be pierced.
Maybe I can try elucidate what I'm trying to say by way of an example. Picture a Grand Master meditator deep in the midst of a meditation session, and a bomb goes off next door. What would his/her reaction be?
In the picture in my mind the Master would open his eyes wide, say aloud "Oh, an explosion", and slowly & calmly rise and evacuate the area, helping all others en route. But here's the pivot: He wouldn't do this because in his meditation he was securely walled-off in this state of impenetrable calm. No, he would be able to do this because he was 100% alert and 100% ready for ANYTHING that the universe threw at him/her. He would be ready for this for every second (milli-second) of the meditation session.
OK, so this is a pretty idealistic picture. But what I'm trying to say is that ultimate meditation is not a CLOSED affair. On the contrary, it is 100% OPEN and integrated with the world. Not many people ever acheive this. It requires a supreme amount of confidence. To be fully prepared for ANY eventuality, at ANY time, on a second-to-second basis is the most powerful kind of confidence that there is.
It's certainly not something I am anywhere near acheiving. But sometimes, in my meditation sessions I try and focus on this readiness. And the few times I've glimpsed its workings it is supremely liberating. For when you are in this state - what is there to fear?
...not even death.
(like I said this is all pure speculation on my part so if any advanced meditators out there care to differ, I'd love to hear from you)