Seven Steps to Awareness
Awareness or Samadhi
OSHO said that the word 'Upanishad' simply means sitting down close to an enlightened being; it is a communion. The enlightened being is living in wholeness; he is living herenow, he is pulsating herenow. His life has a music, his life has a joy, a silence of immense depth. His life is full of light.
His silence starts reaching to your very heart. His presence becomes a magnetic pull on you: it pulls you out of the mud of the past and the future. It brings you into the present. Upanishad is a communion, not a communication. A communication is head-to-head and a communion is heart-to-heart. This is one of the greatest secrets of spiritual life, and nowhere else, at no other time, it was understood so deeply as in the days of the Upanishads.
The Upanishads were born nearabout five thousand years before. A secret communion, a transmission beyond the scriptures, a communion, a transmission beyond the scriptures, a communion beyond the words... this is what UPANISHAD is - you sitting silently, not just listening to the enlightened being's words but listening to his presence too. The words are only excuses to hang the silence upon. The silence is the real content, the word is only a container. If you become too much interested in the word you miss the spirit.
So don't be too much interested in the word. Listen to the heartbeat of the word. When an enlightened being speaks, those words are coming from his innermost core. They are full of his color, of his light. They carry some of the perfume of his being. If you are open and vulnerable, receptive, welcoming, they will penetrate into your heart and a process is triggered.
And unless one is transformed, he cannot trigger the process of transformation in others. The enlightened one cannot cause the enlightenment to happen in you, but he can trigger the process, and that too only if you allow, not against your will. Nothing can be done to you unless you are totally receptive. This can happen only in a love affair.
Between the teacher and the student there is a business: between the enlightened one and the disciple there is a love affair. The disciple is surrendered; that is the meaning of "sitting down". He is surrendered, he has put his ego aside. He is simply open, in tremendous trust. Of course, doubt will hinder the process.
Doubt is perfectly good when you are collecting information: the more you doubt, the more information you will be able to collect, because each doubt will create questions in you and questions are needed to find answers. But each answer will be doubted again in its own turn, creating more questions. and so on. so forth
But with an enlightened one, doubt is a hindrance. It is not of asking a question, it is a quest of the soul; it is enquiry of the heart, it is not intellectual curiosity. It is NOT curiosity, it is far more important - it is a question of life and death. When one is tired of all questions and all answers, when one is fed up with all philosophy, only then one comes to an enlightened one. When one has accumulated much information and still remains ignorant, and all that information does not create any light within his soul, then he comes to an enlightened one, to sit by his side. There are no questions any more; he knows now one thing. that all questions are futile. He has tried and he has seen the whole futility of it. Now he sits in silence, open, available, receptive, like a womb. The disciple becomes feminine, and only in those feminine moments the enlightened one, without any effort on his part, starts overflooding the disciple. It happens naturally.
The disciple is not doing anything, the enlightened one not doing anything - it is not a question of doing at all. The enlightened one is being himself and the disciple is open. The flower is not doing anything in particular; it is natural for the flower to release its fragrance. If you are open to receive it, you will receive it.
The Upanishads are written in Sanskrit; Sanskrit is the oldest language on the earth. The very word sanskrit means transformed, adorned, crowned, decorated, refined.
Upanishads say that the world is the manifest form of God and the God is the unmanifest form of the world, and every manifest phenomenon has an unmanifest phenomenon inside it.
These are the seven steps to Samadhi or Supreme Awareness.
"I shall now explain to you this most rare knowledge, upon the attainment of
which you will become free while yet dwelling in this body. See in all beings
the Brahman, who is one, unborn, still, imperishable, infinite, immutable
and conscious; so seeing live in peace and bliss. Do not see anything except
the Self and the Supreme. This state is known as yoga. Rooted in yoga, carry out your deeds.The mind of one who is thus rooted in yoga, gradually withdraws from all desires.— The Sun God said to the sage Sankriti
"He lives in the care of learned men who explain best what listening, remembering, right conduct, contemplation - and meditation are. Having acquired knowledge of such scriptures as are worth listening to, he efficiently discriminates between what is duty and what is not, and he knows well the division between a word and the thing it symbolizes. His mind does not suffer from an excess of conceit, pride, greed and attachment, although externally they are apparent to some extent.
He gives up his external impurities as a snake casts off its slough. Such seeker acquires the actual knowledge of all these things with the grace of the scriptures, the guru, and the sages."
"He fixes his mind unwaveringly on the meaning of scriptural words. He lives in the monasteries, ashrams, of saints well established in austerities. He occupies himself with the discussion of the scriptures. Thus it is that he lives his life. Because he has attained peace of mind, the man of good conduct spends his time in the enjoyment of pleasures that come naturally to him. He remains detached however, from the objects of desires.
Through the ritual of meritorious deeds and the cultivation of right scriptures, he attains that clarity of vision which sees reality. On completing this stage, the seeker experiences a glimpse of enlightenment."
"There are two kinds of non-attachment: the ordinary and the sublime.
That attitude of non-attachment to the objects of desire in which the seeker knows that he is neither the doer nor the enjoyer, neither the restrained nor the restrainer, is called ordinary non-attachment. He knows that whatever faces him in this life is the result of the deeds of his past life.
Whether in pleasure or in pain, he can do nothing. Indulgence is but a disease and affluence of all kinds a storehouse of adversity. Every union leads inevitably to separation. The ignorant suffer the maladies of mental anxiety. All material things are perishable, because time is constantly devouring them. Through the understanding of scriptural precepts, one's faith in material things is uprooted and one's mind freed of them.
This is called ordinary non-attachment.
When thoughts like: "I am not the doer, my past deeds are the doers, or God himself is the doer," cease to worry the seeker, a state of silence, equilibrium and peace is attained.
This is called sublime non-attachment."
On attainment of the fifth state, the mind of the seeker ceases, like clouds in an autumn sky, and only truth remains. In this state, worldly desires do not arise at all. During this state, all thoughts of division in the seeker are stilled and he remains rooted in non-duality. On the disappearance of the feeling of division, the fifth stage, known as the sushuptapad - sleeping - draws the enlightened seeker into its nature.
He is perpetually introverted and looks tired and sleepy, even though externally he continues his everyday activities. He is free from desires."
"Both truth and untruth, both egoism and egolessness and all sorts of mentation cease to exist in this state, and rooted in pure non-duality, the seeker is free from fear. As the entanglements of his heart dissolve, so all his doubts drop. This is the moment when he is completely empties of all thought. Without attaining nirvana, he is in a nirvana-like state and becomes free while yet dwelling in the body.
This state is like that of the motionless flame of a lamp."
In the seventh stage, the state of videhamukti, liberation while living in the body is achieved. This stage is totally silent and cannot be communicated in words. It is the end of all stages, where all the processes of yoga come to their conclusion. In this stage, all activities - worldly, bodily and scriptural - cease. The whole universe in the form of the world - viswa, intelligence - prajna, and radiance - tejas, is just Aum.
There is no division here between speech and the speaker. If however any such division remains, the state has not been attained. The first sound 'a' of aum, stands for the world, the second 'u' for radiance and the third 'm' for intelligence. Before entering samadhi, the seeker should contemplate on aum most strenuously, and subsequently he should surrender everything, from gross to subtle to the conscious self.
Taking the conscious self as his own self, he should consolidate this feeling: I am eternal, pure, enlightened, free, existential, incomparable, the most blissful Vasudeva and Pranava himself. Since the whole visible world comprising a beginning, a middle and an end, is sorrow-stricken, he must renounce everything and merge into the supreme. He should feel that he is blissful, taintless, without ignorance, without appearance, inexpressible in words, and that he is Brahman, the essence of knowledge."