Talk about cutting to the core of it! Jai Bodhinatha! I wonder how many would sign up for a seminar entitled: “Men of discrimination see sorrow in every experience!” probably not too popular! Most of us want our world and our Bhakti – we want God and the world we have created! Leave it to Bodhinatha to point out the Truth of it – the bottom line so to speak. How many teachers tell you meditation leads to death! Death of the ego, of your likes and dislikes, of your past and future! Masterful talk!
What is Sivatri and the Nature of Nirvikalpa Samadhi
Mahasivaratri: A time of striving to realize Parasiva. In our teachings yoga is the restraint of mental activity (chitta vritti). Nivritti marga-the path of renunciation. Pravritti marga-the path of action or life in worldly society. Ashrama dharma, a mental resting place within the 4 ashramas in life. The day before the new moon, as in monthly Sivaratri, nivritti energy is strong, an excellent time for austerity and meditation. Six Shum words defined related to meditation-withdrawal: kashum, nikashum, shumnikashum, bishumnikashum, abibishumnikashum, haiiaiibishumnikashum. Drawing energy up in to the transcendental Source of energy. Imkaif: Absence of awareness aware of itself. Nonexperience.
Master Course Trilogy, Dancing with Siva, Sloka 97.
Twelve Shum Meditations-Gurudeva's Introduction to the Advaitin.