Vigyan Bhairav Tantra: All 112 Methods
One of the most ancient texts and meditation manuals is Shiva's 5000-year-old Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, which is concerned with how to go beyond the mind, to attain glimpse of the consciousness which exists apart from the mind. It is here that one should not be identified with the mind, and this is the fallacy of the West; that we are our minds. For us not to be identified with our minds, to know that the mind is only a moving process, like walking, but not the same as our consciousness, this is the message of the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra. And all the techniques of meditation are not concerned with how the mind operates, but rather are concerned only about how to find the door outside the mind to find the open sky of consciousness.
The very setting is most amazing. Unlike the neurotic anti-sex fundamentalism of monotheism, primarily Christianity, Islam and all repressive teachings, the setting here is Shiva speaking to Diva, while she is sitting in intercourse on his lap! Tantra sex is a valley of relaxation that energizes each person, verses what we know as sex to be; a peak of energy that is to be released. The words of the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra were originally written in a love language of depth we have yet to fully understand. And in such love, like meditation and death, there is a complete surrendering and letting go to the Tao. This is the setting of the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra.
Complete surrendering itself needs no methods, no techniques, however it is the question of how to surrender, thus the techniques.
Osho, from his commentary on the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, in the Book of Secrets, under a section commenting on the stop techniques, writes:
"Gurdjieff made these (stop) techniques very well-known in the West, but he was not aware of Vigyan Bhairav Tantra. He learned these techniques in Tibet from Buddhist lamas. He worked on these techniques in the West, and many, many seekers came to realized the center through these techniques. He called them stop exercises, but the source of these exercises is Vigyan Bhairav Tantra.
O Shiva, what is your reality?
What is this wonder-filled universe?
What constitutes seed?
Who centers the universal wheel?
What is this life beyond form pervading forms?
How may we enter it fully, above space and time, names and descriptions? Let my doubts be cleared!
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