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Lesson 358 – Can I Trust the Mantra?
Date: August 26, 2009
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lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: I am quoting from Lesson
355 on the finer points of deep meditation procedure, a sentence there
that has triggered my question:
"…Or we may be in stillness, barely aware we have gone off the mantra. In
that case we favor the mantra as stillness itself. That last one may seem to
be a paradox – favoring something in nothing…"
It seems to me that I am handing over everything to the mantra, giving all
power and control to the mantra. Extremely put it means kind of making the
mantra to be my God. Can the mantra be my God? And it is at the base of an
essential question: Can I trust the mantra?
A: The mantra is a vehicle for systematically opening awareness to your
inner silence, your Self. The process is quite mechanical. This does not
mean you cannot make any part of the process sacred, your chosen ideal,
including the mantra. However, ultimately, bhakti will expand to the Self,
which is also God, your essential nature, and the essential nature of all
that is. That relationship is according to each individual's inclinations,
and, therefore, no one else can define what it will be for you.
So what more can I tell you about the mantra? Not much more than has been
said in the AYP writings already. It is what it is. How you regard it is
your own inner process.
Can you trust the mantra and deep meditation, the simple procedure that
refines the mantra repeatedly into your own stillness? I can only tell you
what it has been for me, and others will do the same. In my case the
experience goes back nearly four decades, but it does not take that long to
develop a sense of what is true. In your heart you will know.
It is really your own Self you are asking about. Can you trust your own
Self? We all come to it gradually over time. It is a slow surrender to who
and what we are. Unbounded pure bliss consciousness!
The guru is in you.
Note: For detailed instructions on deep meditation, see the
Deep Meditation book.