Meditation of the Month: No-Mind

From the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra: “Thinking no-thing will limited-self un-limit.”

This meditation is talking about void consciousness. Void consciousness comes very naturally, its just like night and day, or in breath and out breath, there will always be this play of yang and yin in life, every moment, and we just need to be attentive on the gaps, the void, that space of deep yin.

One way you could practise this meditation is with a Zen koan. Osho explains how this method can be used in the Book of Secrets.

“You may have heard about Zen koans. Zen masters give an absurd puzzle to the seeker to think about – and it is something which cannot be thought. It is given knowingly just to stop thinking. For example, they say to the seeker: `Go and find out what your original face is: the face you had when you were not born. Don’t think about this face which you have got; think of the face you had before birth.’

How can you think about it? There was no face before birth; the face comes with the birth. The face is part of the body. You have no face; only the body has a face. Close your eyes and you have no face. You know about your face through the mirror. You have not seen it yourself, and you cannot see it, so how can one think about the original face? But one can try; the very effort will help.

The seeker will try and try — and it is impossible. He will come to the master again and again, asking, `Is this the original face?’ And before he says it to the master, the master says, `It is wrong. Whatsoever you bring is going to be wrong.’ One day the seeker comes to a total failure. All thinking stops in that total failure and he comes to realize that the original face cannot be thought. Thinking stops.

And whenever this last time happens to a seeker, when he comes to the master, the master says, `Now there is no need. I see the original face.’ The eyes have become vacant. The seeker has come not to say something, but just to be near the master. He has not found any answer. There was none. He has come for the first time without the answer. There is no answer to it. He comes silently.

Every time he had come he had some answer. The mind was there, the thought was there — he was limited by that thought. He had found or imagined some face — he was limited by that face. Now he has become original; now there is no limit. Now he has got no face, no idea, no thought. He has come without any mind. This is the state of no-mind.”

There are other ways to practise this meditation – anywhere that the yin void space comes, such as in sitting meditation, in lovemaking, in breathing, at night when you are just dropping into sleep. When the void comes, don’t run away from it – dive into it, because this is where you will meet your soul, your spirit and the vastness of the whole and leave behind the limited self of the mind.

Enjoyed this meditation? Want to try more like it? Check out Sarita’s online Vigyan Bhairav Tantra club, or by email, or or see her book, Divine Sexuality.

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