There are two ways of living. Either accept everything that life offers: both pain and pleasure, or ignore both and remain in the balance. Live your life anyway, that’s your choice.
Vipassana meditation is the second method of living life: ignoring both pain and pleasure. Mostly people do Vipassana when they’re in pain, I’d also done it in Kathmandu long way back. And at that time I was depressed. Actual I was depressed since my birth.
But this time, at Sarnath, I joined the Vipassana course not out of any pain. I was already in an elated mood, somewhat like what they say in a ‘Sat-Chit-Ananda’ state.
This time I joined Vipassana coz I wanted to grow spiritually even more. Ideally, I would like to do it alone in a jungle, but I’ve not yet found any such place where your basic material needs are also fulfilled.
Swami Ananda had also promised that he’d provide all the necessary arrangement. But for that I’d have to accept Swami Ananda as my Guru for which my ego was yet not that prepared.
And the Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin do it in a very excellent manner, that’s why they’re more popular around the world even among various strands of Vipassana methods.
But, for a thinking person like me, the concentration part of Vipassana is abit difficult. Becoz, I’ve trained my mind in such a way that all the time I’m thinking of how to share my experience with world. However, the ‘Arya Maun’ or ‘Silence’ part is very suitable and natural for me.
But, after doing Vipassana, on the tenth day, when I sat to write my experience, I didn’t feel like writing anything. That’s coz Vipassana presuades you toward not thinking, but toward ‘nirbichar chitta’ or ‘thoughtless mind’. And I was also at a loss – now what to do next ?
I think I’ve really grown over the years. Coz most of times I was in Samata or Equanimity. Vipassana also helps you to discover ‘hidden’ facts. I also discovered how people play tricks. But life is really strange. It’s because of them, I’m enjoing this bliss.
I’d like to discuss more on the subject of meditation techniques and spirituality. However, right now, I would only describe the settings at the Sarnath Center. Since you have to apply online for a Vipassanna Course, and since I’m a ‘public’ figure :lol:, I sensed that the people there knew that I’m a blogger. But since I was in a cross-cultural dress-up of a ‘Swamiji’ and a ‘foreigner’, they were also confused about me. Guys, I know that you knew who I am, and I also know all your tricks 😉 . And I’m happy that my blog readership is growing.
The Teacher, Mr. Bijay Kumar Khanna, the mangers at the center, a jolly old man (sorry, I mean old looking jolly young man, I know you’re a pahalwan, a wrestler 😆 ), and a middle-aged peaceful man, and another middle-aged peaceful man with a mustache who did the most of the chores there were really spiritually grown people. You could see it. And they were happy to see me after the course. After all, doing meditation all the time and enjoying the ‘dawat'(treat) and service from others does make you even more balanced and less egoistic.
However, I missed to bid good-bye to the mustached man, please convey my good-bye and thanks to him.
And as Goenkaji says, one of the ways of sharing one’s merits is to spread the message of Vipassana, which I’m doing it here. Do Vipassana at least once in you’re life guys – you’ll be blessed, and the society will be more harmonious.
Btw, since I’m increasingly becoming famous, the number of my well-wishers is also growing, and I’ve sensed that they’re concerned for me. Don’t worry for me guys, the whole Indian establishment is taking care of me. And I mean it. 😆