A Path of
To Unify Our Whole Being
Sunset in Goa, India
Here are some pictures to commemorate my wonderful visit to Goa in April, 2004.
The following notes served as a preparation for this retreat.
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The Still Dot
"Do thou, in the intent practice of mystic contemplation, leave behind the senses and the operations of the intellect, and all things that the senses or the intellect can perceive, and all things which are not and things which are, and strain upwards in unknowing, as far as may be, towards the union with God, Who is above all being and knowledge. For by unceasing and absolute withdrawal from thyself and all things in purity, abandoning all and set free from all, thou wilt be borne up to the ray of the divine which surpasseth all being."Your mind will take you many places. It will drag you around the entire world in search of some kind of joy, some kind of ecstasy, something it can grasp for dear life. Eventually, that same mind, beset by itself, shall bring you to the Guru... utter stillness.– Pseudo-Dionysius, "Mystical Theology," 5th Century.
At first you will not recognize Him. You will think, "Oh, I've seen this before. I've been here before." Yet something will cause this mind to realize it has no place left to go. It has been everywhere. It has thought every thing. And still its nature is to wander and desire.
So it will have begun to think, "I will give up." It hasn't given up yet, mind you. It only begins to imagine such a thing. This is its first step toward dissolution. It is yet too dense, it is yet too insistent, it is yet too dynamic... to slip through the Eye of the Needle.
This Guru Center is entirely feminine, primordial, silent. It is clearly inviting, but making an entry is not an easy thing for the mind to do. It has such a habit of self-assertion. It is too large.
And so... it must evanesce. It knows this. But it is uneasy about it.
To be reborn, one must die. So it is not easy. We resist. We have plans. We are nostalgic. We are cautious. We have not adequate trust. We are uncertain. So we hold on and hold back.
Where shall we go when the leap is made? Who shall we be if our mind dissolves? What is left for us?
As we enter more deeply into the vast interiorized silence, the Eternal Cosmic Prana is felt securely. As the body becomes quiet, Om is heard filling the entire space of being. The time is then ripe for our technique to become refined and enhanced. We enter a more subtle experience of our Being.
Within the Eye Center there is a point, or star, of light. This is rarely viewed. Even the most disciplined of yogis find this star extremely subtle. Lahiri Mahasaya states that its size is 1/4000 of the width of a single hair. This tiny dot of light within the Guru Center is named Brahma-Anu. This dot is so subtle that it cannot be ascertained by intelligence. It is this dot that is scripted at the top of the Sanskrit lettering for Om.
Consider our ordinary intelligence. It has a quality of vibration about it. It results from a kind of comparison. We look at this. We look at that. We contrast and compare. Thus our intelligence is a vibratory way of arriving at a conclusion about "things" and "idea things." Ordinary intelligence is not a still thing. It is a dynamic. Thus it has no way to understand this microscopic point. It cannot enter into it. Its vibration is much too gross.
Hence, God is truly unknowable in the normal sense of knowing. Our common knowledge is bound by the dynamic and comparative state of things. Self-knowledge, to the extent that it exists in this dynamic life, can be true in only one relative way... It points to the Unknowable. It aims the consciousness toward the point and it encourages stillness. This is the essential service of intelligence.
In Sanskrit, Linga is "mind," the activity. Yoni is the "Guru Center," completely receptive. The male Linga is dissolved in the female Yoni. When the mind dissolves in God (within the Guru Center), the fertilized egg forms the Conscious Eye. This tiny egg is the point, or star, of light within the dark blue universal sphere. Perceiving this action shall invite a Kriya of tremendous value and power.
For this “action” to take place, the assertions of mind must first become passive, and then dissolve altogether. We are left speechless. The desire to express Being is extinguished as we recognize that our Being is inexpressible. To carry on in a state of assertion is utterly futile and counterproductive. This is how the mind points to silence. The Consciousness finally recognizes this and thereby becomes still. To pass through this microscopic dot, complete stillness is required.
Kriya Yoga is a cone-like path. Consciousness converges inexorably upon this point of utter stillness. Intelligence will help identify the path, and bring the consciousness to the gate, but it is completely powerless to provide the passage through it. The dynamic mind must surrender at this point. Understanding serves the purpose that it invites true devotion and surrender.
The urge to speak moves down through the brain, into the tongue, lips and teeth and out through the mouth. It also employs the prana within the thorax cavity to push the thought forward and outward as sound. Kechari Mudra encourages the cessation of this urge to express the mind. It is the physical antithesis of speech. It reverses this centrifugal force. The tip of the tongue points the consciousness to the Medulla. From there the consciousness becomes drawn into the Guru Center. This makes available the reservoir of body and mind energy and directs it with Soul purpose. The vitality inherent in the mechanism of speech then devotes itself to Soul realization.
Just consider how exhausting it is to speak, especially when this is highly animated or emotional. It uses the reserves of energy that are stored in various centers of the body. Speaking may keep the ego satisfied to some degree, and thereby afford a kind of stimulant, but if you will observe closely, you will feel the inner depletion of prana.
The normal meaning of the word fasting is "to abstain from food." This is the simple outward form of a fast. But this has surprisingly little spiritual significance or impact, despite some popular beliefs. True spiritual fasting is utter stillness... stillness of body, stillness of mind, and especially stillness of breath (prana). For in this stillness of breath all habits, attachments, confinements and limitations are released. They evanesce.
When stillness reaches a sufficient degree, Om manifests within the Medulla on its own. Om does not manifest through doing, it manifests through non-doing.
While Kriya means action, it is an action of a type that releases the body and mind of its endless, mundane, gross and pernicious activity and focus, which cloaks the Cosmic Sound. This outer activity and attachment is so commonplace that man has come to accept this as the norm. In fact, it is his burden. This outer activity cannot be stopped. By saturating the attention thoroughly with stillness, the outer activity glides unimpeded to its natural destiny. The fog lifts. Self is revealed. Cessation of effort opens the Way.
Carl Schmidt hiking in the red rocks above Sedona (2002)
To make the journey East, where the Star shines, deep within the blue pearl… where the master within resides… there is a highway with many lanes. There is the lane of prayer and devotion. In the East this is commonly called Bhakti Yoga. There is the way of bodily purification called Hatha Yoga. There is the way of knowledge called Jnana Yoga. There is the way of balanced action called Karma Yoga.
There is yet another lane of rare quality on the highway East, which leads with great precision to the unborn condition of original Being. It is a "diamond" lane of exquisitely refined, inner action. This way is known as:
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