Advanced Techniques

In Vedic Meditation, our first Advanced Technique (a.k.a. ‘Second Initiation’) is designed to take the awareness to that stratum that comprises the interface between thought and pure, silent consciousness.

During meditation, sometimes we experience a state where the mind is as if virtually in the “no mantra, no thought” condition, and yet is experiencing something that is so fulfilling – one may not be able to pinpoint what exactly it is — but nonetheless it is something — it is not the Absolute, not the pure awareness of transcendence.  Instead, there is some faint thinking there, extremely subtle, but there nonetheless.
The point here is that a condition exists in which our mind can think (albeit very subtly) and yet also Be (as an innocent witness to that thinking) simultaneously.  That condition has a Sanskrit name: “Ritam Bhara Pragya”.  “Ritam” is expressive of ‘whole Truth’.  So this is ‘the state of consciousness that contains the Whole Truth’.

Why?

Because it is not the whole truth that our true nature is limited to this individualized mortal set of physiological functions with a history (where it has been, when it was born, what experiences it had, etcetera).

However, nor is it the whole truth that, once meditation has revealed the Absolute state of Being, one’s reality solely is That immortal unboundedness.  The Whole Truth, the Ritam, is that one is both these realities simultaneously.  There is a place, a level, a stratum, deep in the least excited state in meditation where Ritam is experienced; it is right on the cusp of transcendence.

With “First Initiation” mantra, the mind glimpses rarely the in-between Ritam state, since the mantra itself is designed to disappear early, leaving the mind to jump into pure transcendence (the state of “no mantra, no thought”).

The Second Initiation (First Advanced Technique) is designed to take the awareness into Ritam with greater frequency, and to familiarize the mind with Ritam.

When the mind becomes familiar with Ritam, the subtle perceptual capability of the senses is involved and engaged.  The senses {hearing, touch, sight, taste, & smell} in that subtle Ritam state are experiencing something akin to nectar.  The content of thought in that state is secondary or even unimportant.  Simply the phenomenology — the process — of thinking, intrinsically, is enchanting to the senses.  This fascination that the inner perceptual events and processes, experienced in Ritam, hold for the senses during meditation, give the senses the taste, a natural hankering, to continue to find that super-subtle layer outside meditation, in the eyes-open state.  And the regular experiences provided by that super-subtle inner contact of the senses in Ritam hone the senses to a razor-sharpness, an acuity  –acuteness– of sensory perception that gives the senses the capability to continue experiencing the super-subtle even outside meditation— with eyes open and engaged in activity.

Consequently, outside of meditation, the senses begin to “dig into” their objects in order to find that same level of satiety they acquired inside meditation; then one’s capacity for super-subtle sensory perception outside meditation is enhanced markedly.

Possession of highly-enhanced sensory acuity gives one the advantage of being able to detect subtle change in the phenomenological world.

At every moment, things are changing in aid of the inexorable process of evolution.  All seeds of future events are available here in the present, if only we have the sensory sensitivity to be able to detect change-in-genesis, to be able to detect the future-in-the-making.  When we can detect the subtle shifts that occur constantly to cause progressive change, then, also, we should find that our expectations, spontaneously, align themselves with what actually is going on, rather than relying utterly upon the shoddy guesswork of a speculating intellect— whose capacity for forecast and prediction notoriously is inaccurate.

Much suffering in life is brought about by our being blind-sided by changes that occur in life that are not expected by us.

However, when, through regular practice of our Advanced Technique, the senses gain that acuity, that capacity for super-subtle perception of minute progressive change, then one is more “on the program”; one is able better to sense probabilities, better to avert dangers before they become inevitable, and to ‘be in the right place at the right time’.

In addition, the greater joy of subtler, more acute perception in daily life increases perspicacity, ready insight into and understanding of things.  Ultimately, one is liberated by ever-increasing degree to enjoy life and thereby to fulfill its purpose.

It is good after each successive year of regular, twice-daily meditation to learn the next iteration of one’s meditation technique, to enhance the depth and the regularity of the experience of Ritam.

The Second Initiation is taught in the same way as First Initiation. You come with fruit, flowers, new unused white handkerchief and course fee. The puja ceremony is performed, you are given your new mantra and then you have a meditation. Only one follow-up session, though, is required, simply to check your mantra and to see how the practice is going, to verify and validate your experience.

If you would like to schedule a session for an advanced technique, write to Adele.