Wednesday, May 10, 2006

An experience

How many times have we heard someone say that
a particular experience cannot be described in words only felt blah blah.....
Well am going to be one such people today ;)

It is about an experience in the genre of spirituality.
I'm not really all that spiritual but
I've always been curious to know about things that
are hidden from us.
You know hidden from the obvious.

I'm talking about having experienced one kind of Samadhi.
You must know what other kind of samadhi is though ;)
On saturday i experienced this state thrice.
As wikipedia states
Samadhi is a state in which the mind becomes
still (one-pointed or concentrated)[2] but the person remains conscious.

I never did believe such a thing could happen.
actually, i never understood it before, until i experienced it.
I won't call it bliss or anything but it was amazing to
know that my own mind is capable of doing something as great
as the great rishis, sadhus and satgurus.
If you don't know these terms you could take the help of wikipedia.
I'm undergoing this course which promises me that i'll have a
better understanding of myself by the end of it and find
answers to all those questions that we all ask at one point or the other.
Starting from Who am i?.... and well use your imagination for the rest....

I will now try to put my experience in words.
I'm doing this for the first time let me see.

I was asked to breathe in a particular fashion,
with eyes closed giving my 100 percent.
A recorded tape was running to guide us
there were about 24 of us in the room.
And all of a sudden i did not feel most part of my body.
I could feel the part of my legs that was touching the floor but
as for the rest there was no feeling.
this lasted for about 10 minutes i think.
And slowly i stopped concentrating on this fact and was
only thinking about breathing right.
And all of a sudden i did not know where i was
as i drifted i remembered my daughter and my husband and that is it.
i did not have a single thought.
I really don't know how long i remained in that state.
And i wasn't breathing too!!
i could hear the sounds around.
Like the buzzing sound of a fan, the instructions from the tape etc.
But it felt like it is all coming from somewhere far far away.
And then i remember thinking that
I want to remain in that state for as long as possible.
The moment this thought crossed my mind i came back to this world.
I was dissappointed but what happened next was even more amazing.
i kept going back to this state for atleast two more times.
I got very excited and my breathing must have gone erratic.
It lost its rhythm and then i did not go back to the samadhi state
but still was not feeling most of my body.
And then the tape guided us to come back to our own human state.
And i did, very very slowly.

well, what can i say?
There was definitely something happening.
I wish others can experience this too.
And there is a lot of good coming from this course but i'm not going to
write about all this here.
If anybody is interested to know about this,
the foundation is called
The art of living Foundation,
by shri shri Ravi Shankar.

I have 2 more days to go.
let me see if i become wiser!! ;)


At 2:29 AM, Blogger AK said...

You dont need AOL to tell you how to do it. You just have to concentrate on your breathing for a while as soon as you go to bed and you will soon enter this 'bodyless' phase. :)

At 10:03 PM, Blogger unforgiven said...

Doesn't have to be spiritual.
Good though, its an amazing experience.

At 10:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

best regards, nice info » » »

At 3:38 AM, Blogger Deepali said...

I never enrolled for art of living because like everything else I enroll for, I am just going to do the course and never follow up later.

The funny thing though is that I have experienced 'blank mind' a few times. I can't go into the state at will of course but I believe what I experienced is something similar to yours except that the experience was not consciously induced.

Is AOL helping you find the answers?

At 12:07 PM, Blogger Preethi said...

I'm exactly like you. can't stay focussed. So at the moment i'm not doing any of those exercises. But i was doing it for a while. it seemed to help. I want to cont. and i will. But i realise that i'm not motivating myself. And the 'answers' well.... i'm still searching!!

At 12:42 PM, Blogger Deepali said...

there was this interesting article i once read about 'determination' vs habit where the writer said that everything that you want to do, you must make a habit of it.

will try and look for it, thought if i don't get the link to you in a week or so, do remind me about it. if nothing else, its at least an interesting read.


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