Meditation is a vast and vague subject. With the below writeup, considering my intense experience with various techniques of meditation, i attempt to define/draw out the various levels of Meditation a seeker goes through. Hope this becomes a convenient guide for new and old Meditators to experience and understand Meditation in greater depth.
The difference is very subtle. Knowing is a living, flowing experience, still vibrating in your heart. Knowledge is of the past – it may be just one minute past. Knowledge is part of the memory; knowing is part of awareness.
When the awareness has abandoned one object and remains fixed without moving on to another object, then through the state in between (the two) the supreme realisation will unfold. ~ Verse 62
One should concentrate on the state when sleep has not yet come, but the external awareness has disappeared (between waking and sleep)—there the supreme Goddess reveals herself. ~ Verse 75
“Awareness isn’t something we own; awareness isn’t something we possess. Awareness is actually what we are.” ― Adyashanti
“Just as the ocean allows every wave, Awareness allows every thought and feeling.” – Jeff Foster
Can the mind be aware of emptiness without naming it, running away from it or judging it, but just be with it? — Krishnamurti
It is a waste of energy when we try to conform to a pattern. To conserve energy we must be aware of how we dissipate energy. — Krishnamurti
Witnessing is concerned with the body, the second with the mind, the third with the heart. And when you become capable of watching the third too, the fourth happens on its own accord. Suddenly a quantum leap and you are standing exactly at the very center of your being, where there is nothing to be aware of. Awareness is aware of itself, Consciousness is conscious of itself.
When a woman travels the path of love and opens to spiritual rebirth, she will flower into consciousness. When a man travels the path of awareness and meditation, he will find himself flowering into love. Men and women are mirrors for each other. We simply need to learn to polish our mirrors till they shine.
“If you take yourself to be the body and mind only, you will die! When you discover yourself as awareness, the fear of death will not trouble you any longer.”
“You are the unchangeable Awareness in which all activity takes place.”
“The mind covers up reality, without knowing it. To know the nature of the mind, you need intelligence, the capacity to look at the mind in silent and dispassionate awareness.”
– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
“There is no more Identification with time and space, body sensors, and mind. All events happen in awareness.”
– Jean Klein
“Awareness of sensations take you to the deepest level of the mind and allows you to cut the roots of the past conditioning.” – S.N. Goenka
Without suffering nobody can become aware. That’s why birds are not aware – They are not in suffering. Trees are not aware, They are not in suffering. Only man suffers: Man is a special case. You have been thrown astray so that you have to seek and find where your home is. – Osho