How do I investigate what a ‘Thought’ is without using a thought?
How do I investigate what ‘Mind’ is without using mind?
How do ‘I’ investigate ‘Me’?
Formal Meditation Practice is the original and time-tested tool to get to the ground of Self-Reference.
A search for the Symbol ‘0’ without a Meditation Practice in place is not a good idea. Don’t even think about pursuing the Symbol ‘0’ without a formal Meditation Practice in place.
It is no random choice that all classic renditions of the Buddha are of him in a posture of Meditation .
Dhyāna, or Formal Meditation [a word that in time morphs in C’han-Zen as it heads East], is an elemental, powerful and time-tested tool is the single-best practice to catch yourself catching yourself, to grab the swirling cat’s tail. And it’s free. Take it.
There are various genres of Meditation Practice. But formal meditation as an investigative tool had its origins in the recognition of self-reference lying at the heart of almost every serious inquiry.
And it is the ancestor of ‘The Scientific Stance’; the sustained aseptic posture of a ‘Disinterested Alertness’. The original laboratory.
It is the indispensable requirement for Vedic Inquiry and the dividing line between Vedic and Hindu although both belong in the same family. A necessary condition, and in some rare cases, a sufficient one.
The track of the Meditator is fairly well-established. After a lengthy period of investigating conceptual and concrete Objects and repeatedly catching himself chasing his tail in braided, layered self-referential loops, his focus turns inwards towards the Subject, the Investigator himself.
This is the entry into the long hall of mirrors. The very slippery search for ‘Self’ by an assumed ‘Self’. The ‘I’ chasing ‘Me’.
Stop confounding Object as Subject, Something as Nothing.
[‘If the eye never sleeps, all dreams will naturally cease’ notes the Hsin-hsin Ming. Keep in mind though that there is nothing wrong with dreams. Nice dreams and not-so nice dreams.]
Mystic, from Myein, ‘To close, shut [eyes and lips]’; you have to close the eye to see straight, hold your tongue to speak truth.
I have long held, passionately so, that no person should teach, write books [or websites], or hold-forth on the Dharma until your bottom is permanently numb from long hours of Sitting.
At least five years of a daily one-hour Sitting, ideally ten. This rule should actually apply to teaching any subject in depth. The Numb Bottom Test. But I shall restrain myself.
I continue to remain incredulous that self-referential loops whether in Language or Mathematics or even social-systems such as Post-Modernism or Marxism, can be investigated by learned university professionals who have no basic training in Meditation Practices. Not the least. Most have never heard of it; and the few who have would wince if caught doing it.
There are various types and levels of Meditation Practice. But its core can be summarized in that famous Zen phrase: ‘Eyes Horizontal, Nose Vertical’. A straight spine, a steady breadth and don’t blink.
If I ever get-around to putting some of this on YouTube, I shall get more demonstrative. This medium I am in is less than ideal to discuss it at any practical depth,