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.”

 

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.”

 

Lose yourself in touch.

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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.”

 

Momentary, intense experiences transform.

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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.”

 

Feel your breath intimately.

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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.”

 

Focus between the breaths.

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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 on the breath.

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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

Siva’s book ‘Vigyan Bhairav Tantra’, spoken to his consort Parvati, includes 112 distinct meditations.

It is said that everyone can find a suitable meditation in this book, and almost all modern meditations can be traced back to those described by Siva, more than 5,000 years ago.

The first techniques, which focus on the breath, may be seen as the inspiration for Buddha’s Vipassana meditation.

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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