Chapter – 18

Sri Shuka Paramarshi says, ” Child, is meditation or Dhyana only about sitting in the manner and position as prescribed in the scriptures or is there something more about meditation or Dhyana to be known?

Introspection and contemplation about one’s own creation and the form and shape of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet in whose form he or it has been created in and the self-luminous akshara or alphabet itself that is the seed for his or its own creation is the premise for meditation or Dhyana. As I have said earlier, the self-luminous akshara or alphabet becomes the guide to lead him or it to experience the unmanifest or Avyakta state of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet and thereby lead him or it to immersion and absorption into the Supreme Self.

The contemplation and introspection and prayer to this self-luminous akshara or alphabet which is the Self will help the created being to know, realize, perceive and understand the importance of the sadhana, anustana and practice that has been implemented for him or it. This will help the created being to understand the need to contemplate on the inherent structure and composition of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet and thereby understand the vastness of its expanse and subtlety of its nature.

The practice implemented and the guidance and instructions that follow from the self-luminous akshara or alphabet are experienced by the created being through “intuition” or otherwise known as prātibha that will lead to esoteric knowledge. As I have said earlier, it is the experience of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet that has given rise to various interpretations of the Supreme Self.

Hence, the experience of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet will differ for each and every created being as it is based on the creative differentials and the shape and form that the self-luminous akshara or alphabet has taken.

Though the experience of the unmanifest or Avyakta state of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet will differ for each created being, what is important to remember is that it will help to attain equanimity or Samatā that will eventually lead to seeing the Self as existing within and as existing outside and all-pervading and thus, lead to immersion and absorption into the Supreme Self.”

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