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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New Series of Siva’s Vigyan Bhairav Tantra

Today begins a new journey through Siva’s essential guide to meditation; ‘Vigyan Bhairav Tantra’.

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’.

   

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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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