Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 29

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 29:
 

“Devotion frees.”

 

For people of the heart.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra No. 28

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 28:
 

“Imagine you are gradually being deprived

of strength or knowledge.

At the instant of deprivation,

transcend.”

 

Allow your body or mind to fade into nothingness.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 27

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 27:

 

“Run around until exhausted and then,

dropping to the ground,

in this dropping be whole.”

 

An early version of Osho’s ‘Dynamic Meditation’.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 26

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 26:

 

“When some desire comes,

consider it.

Then,

suddenly,

quit it.”

 

Drop it.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 25

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 25:

 

“Just as you have the impulse to do something,

stop.”

 

Remember to try.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 24

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 24:

 

“When a mood for or against someone arises,

do not place it on the person in question,

but remain centred.”

 

Feel, don’t project.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 23

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 23:

 

“Feel an object before you.

Feel the absence of all other objects but this one,

Then,

leaving aside the object-feeling and the absence-feeling,

realize.”

 

Leaving aside all.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 22

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 22:

 

“Let attention be at a place where you are seeing some past happening,

and even your form,

having lost its present characteristics,

is transformed.”

 

Lost in memory, the small self disappears.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 21

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 21:

 

“Pierce some part of your nectar-filled form with a pin,

and gently enter the piercing and attain to the inner purity.”

 

To be practised only under medical supervision ;)

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 20

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 20:

 

“In a moving vehicle,

by rhythmically swaying,

experience.

Or,

in a still vehicle,

by letting yourself swing

in slowing invisible circles.”

 

As a passenger in a bus, car or train, melt into the rhythm.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 19

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 19:

 

“Without support for feet or hands,

sit only on the buttocks.

Suddenly the centering.”

 

A sudden method, like child’s play.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 18

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 18:

 

“Look lovingly at some object.

Do not go to another object.

Here,

in the middle,

the blessing.”

 

Perfectly still, the mind dissolves.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 17

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 17:

 

“Unminding mind,

keep in the middle,

until.”

 

The middle path.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 16

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 16:

 

“Blessed one,

as senses are absorbed in the heart,

reach the centre of the lotus.”

 

With closed eyes, centre yourself instantly.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 15

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 15:

 

“Closing the seven openings of the head with your hands,

a space between your eyes becomes all inclusive.”

 

A third eye meditation.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 14

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 14:

 

“Place your whole attention in the nerve,

delicate as a lotus thread,

at the centre of your spine

and so be transformed.”

 

The subtlest energy at the centre of your body.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 13

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 13:

 

“Imagine the five-coloured circles of the peacock tail

to be your five senses in illimitable space.

Now let their beauty melt within.

 

Similarly,

gaze at any point in space or on a wall,

until the point dissolves.”

 

One for the imaginative ones, and one for the others.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 12

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 12:

 

“When on a bed or seat,

let yourself become weightless,

beyond mind.”

 

Get comfortable, close your eyes and float away.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra No. 11

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 11:

 

“Stop the doors of the senses

when feeling the creeping of an ant.

Then.”

 

A familiar sensation for meditators.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 10

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 10:

 

“While being caressed,

sweet princess,

enter the caress

as eternal bliss.”

 

The sensual is also divine.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 9

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 9:

 

“Lie down as dead.

Enraged in wrath, stay so.

Stare without moving an eyelash,

or suck something and become the sucking.”

 

Lose yourself in it.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 8

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 8:

 

“With utmost devotion,

centre on the two junctions of breath

and know the knower.”

 

Lovingly, without distraction.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 7

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 7:

 

“With intangible breath in centre of forehead,

as this reaches heart at the moment of sleep,

have direction over dreams and over death itself.”

 

Pass into sleep with awareness.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 6

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 6:

 

“When in worldly activity,

keep attention between two breaths,

and so practicing,

in a few days be born anew.”

 

See how often during the day you can remember.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 5

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 5:

 

“Attention between eyebrows,

let mind be before thought.

Let form fill with breath essence

to the top of the head,

and there shower as light.”

 

A third-eye meditation.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 4

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 4:

 

“Or, when breath is all out and stopped of itself,

or all in and stopped,

in such universal pause

one’s small self vanishes.”

 

The mind also stops for a moment.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 3

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 3:

 

“Or, whenever in-breath and out-breath fuse,

touch the energy-less,

energy-filled centre.”

 

Focus awareness between the breaths.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 2

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 2:

 

“As breath turns from down to up,

and again as breath curves from up to down,

through both these turns,

realize.”

 

The mind pauses with the breath.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, No. 1

From Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Meditation Technique No. 1:

 

“Radiant one,

this experience may dawn between two breaths.

After breath comes in,

and just before going out,

the beneficence.”

 

Sit quietly with eyes closed and allow the mind to stop with the breath.

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New Series of Siva’s Vigyan Bhairav Tantra

Today begins a new tour through Siva’s ancient book, ‘Vigyan Bhairav Tantra’, one of the most fascinating, and possibly the oldest, to be translated into English.

Lakshman Joo’s superb translation has authenticity and insight that make it one of the great spiritual classics, along with Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English’s version of ‘Tao Te Ching’, ‘Zen Flesh Zen Bones’ by Paul Reps (which contains this translation of ‘Vigyan Bhairav Tantra’ as an appendix), Idries Shah’s ‘The Way of the Sufi’, Osho’s ‘I am the Gate’ and J A Krishnamurti’s ‘Freedom from the Known’.

Read all these books with quiet awareness and you will find the path with ease.

Please enjoy these small daily readings which begin below and try out each technique, at least for a few minutes every day. I wish you well on your adventures with meditation.

Blue Knob Mountain, near Nimbin, on a misty morning

This series is also available as an eBook which can be downloaded for free (although the commentaries are often edited and updated on this site).
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