Getting Close to the Source
At this point in Dr. Gopala's winning system, you have prepared your body and mind for the experience of the Source of Thought. Your body's muscles, organs, and glands have been energized by the influx of oxygen as the stretching and compression exercising has flushed your body's cells with refreshing oxygen and nutrients. You have prepared your mind with a foreshadowing clear and emotional winning intention. Now with the prudent preparation accomplished, we begin our meditation.
Sit up straight. Get comfortable. Close your eyes. Listen for the Lakshmi Mantra. If you have been meditating for a while you may not need to "start" your Mantra. The Mantra will come to you. However, if you are new to meditation, you will need to "start" your Mantra. The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi when he was teaching used to say, "If the mountain will not come to you, you must go to the mountain." So, as gently as humanly possible, with the least amount of effort required, quietly begin repeating the Mantra. You may repeat the Mantra under your breath or in your mind, whichever is most comfortable to you.
Before we go forward, hopefully you have done some research as discussed earlier and heard the Mantra repeated by a professional Mantra technologist. Hopefully, you have listened to a purchased CD or became initiated by a TM teacher or watched a YouTube video. It is extremely important to get the pronunciation and phonetic gait of the Mantra correct. After all, it is the vibrational quality of the sound that resonates with the subtle energies of the Source of Thought that manifests your winning intention. Getting the pronunciation and gait correct is critical to this endeavor.
We effortlessly repeat the Mantra. If possible, just get it going and let it go by itself. This is very easy to say but very difficult to do. The nature of the mind is to think. The mind jumps around from one thing to the next in a never ending stream of mental shenanigans. Inevitably, after repeating the Mantra a few times, you will lose focus of your Mantra and the chatter will begin again. It will seem like this chatter requires your full attention immediately. Of course, this thought leads to another and soon you forget about the Mantra while you solve the most important problem of the century. Eventually, you will remember that you are meditating. At this critical point in your meditation, effortlessly, begin repeating the Mantra again. Of course, your mind will again wander. As gently as possible, begin repeating the Mantra again. Your mind will wander, bring it back to the Mantra. Your mind will wander again; bring it effortlessly back to the Mantra. When the mind wanders, gently bring it back to the Mantra. This is how we meditate. Modern day meditators have developed a schematic diagram for this process it is: Mantra, Mantra, thought, thought, Mantra, thought, Mantra, Thought, etc.
Every meditation will be this combination of Mantra, Mantra, thought, thought and so on. This is good. This is how it's done. Eventually, the mind will sync up with the vibrational qualities of the Mantra. When this begins to happen your thoughts will become subtler and subtler. The length and quality of the thoughts will change as the mind is drawn to the fullness of love and joy at the Source of Thought.
At this point, you may notice that thoughts are not allowed to fully develop as the mind is drawn to the repeating Mantra quicker. Thoughts may seem to be fragmented and have a dream like quality. This is the first indication that the mind is beginning to resonate with its Source. Also, many but not all meditators notice small muscle twitches in the arms, feet, and fingers. Many believe that this is an indication of stress relief. It's as if all the muscles in the body are relaxing in preparation for transcendence, some muscles relax quicker than others, and some with more intensity. This is a good thing. You are on the path to transcendence.
Another indication that your meditation is deepening is a quick and abrupt inhalation of air. Remember all the deep breaths we took to prepare for meditation. At this point the body is coasting on that extra air we put into our lungs and blood stream. It may be this is an indication that we just need a little more oxygen to fully realize our meditation goal. If you find this disturbing, slowly and effortlessly bring your attention back to the repeating Mantra.
Now that we are getting close to our goal, our thinking egos will do whatever it takes to not lose control. This is the point where you will begin to judge. Thoughts like "I'm not doing it right" or "I'm having too many thoughts" or "Am I saying the Mantra right?" or "I need to try harder". For the last 10,000 years it is in the "trying" that meditators fail to achieve transcendence. There is no better way to lose the path to the Source than to "try" to follow it. Trying is ego driven. We cannot transcend the ego by using the ego. In Dr. Gopala's system "trying" is outlawed. We use terms like "allow" and "surrender". These terms more accurately describe the meditation process. We also use terms like "effortlessly" and "quietly" to get around the ever present ego talking inside our heads.
I believe the concept of "trying" as contrasted wqith "surrender" or "allow" is difficult for westerners. We are told by our parents and educators to try harder to be good, try harder at sports, try harder to get good grades, try harder at love, and try harder at work, and so on. Trying harder is how we get ahead in a material world; it is how we provide for our families. Trying harder is part of our western world view of accomplishment. Consequently, when a spiritual technologist tells you to "not try", and to allow instead, we have absolutely no idea what he or she is talking about. Meditation is the opposite of trying. It is allowing the mind to resonate with the Source. It is getting the ego out of the way of this allowing or surrendering in the same way the healers had to get out of the way of the healing process when healing. When we meditate, we allow the vibrational qualities of the repeating Mantra to resonate with the Source of Thought. Then, when nearest the Source, we activate an energized winning intention. In this way, we get the most manifesting potential from our intention.
Getting back to our meditation, you have already experienced some muscle twitching and an abrupt inhalation of breath - all indications of a deepening meditation. You are now experiencing more Mantra than thought. When you started this meditation your thought may have been, "I need to get an email to Mary to thank her for the gift she brought to the party" then back to Mantra, Mantra, Mantra thought, thought, etc. Now as the meditation deepens, this thought becomes "I need to get". You are getting back to the Mantra quicker, timelier. The thoughts become shorter. The whole thought does not have time to materialize. You begin to experience these thoughts now as fragments because you are effortlessly getting back to the Mantra before the thought has a chance to attach itself to another thought. Since the thoughts are fragmented, they are not following a precise and logical order and our egos have less control. This makes it easier for the Bliss emanating from the Source to draw the mind inward toward the Source of Thought. It is at this point that you may experience what is known as "witnessing". Much like a lucid dream, you watch the meditation process of Mantra, Mantra, thought, thought, etc. You become unattached to the ego and simply witness from afar the process of Mantra, Mantra, thought, thought, etc. Soon, depending on how much oxygen is still in your blood, you may experience a dimming of the meditation process. When you no longer experience the Mantra or thoughts all you are left with is the experience of the witness. Meditators across the world call this experience pure awareness or transcendental consciousness. You have transcended ordinary thought and now experience yourself as simply Awareness – the Source of Thought. This is a small first step toward higher states of awareness. It is an important step for us because this is where, when we literally come to our senses, that we have the best opportunity to manifest our intention. With practice and repetition, you will immediately notice progress.