Swami Dhyan Giten,
January, 15 in Stockholm
“Meditation is a yes to life.
Meditation is learning to know ourselves.
Meditation is an inner “yes”- quality
of witnessing and affirming everything that we
– Swami Dhyan Giten
On the Satsang with Giten on January, 15, Giten lectured about Buddha: The Way, where Buddha talks about the four levels of Sharamas, the four levels of seekers, which lead to truth.
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Buddha: The Way
Buddha speaks only about the way, never about the goal. What is the way?
The word “shram” means to excert oneself, to make effort. Only by your own effort, you will achieve. Only by your own effort, you will understand truth.
Shramanas: leave their parents, go out of the home, understand the mind, reach the source, comprehend the immaterial, the inner silence and emptiness, the truth.
4 Categories of Shramanas:
Arhat is the highest state of consciousness, the highest state of no-mind. The word “arhat means “one who has conquered the enemies.
The enemies are not outside of you, the enemies are inside of you: the desires, the greed, the anger, the jealousy, the sexuality. Arhat is desirelessness.
The word “anagamin” means “one who will not come back again”. At the end of his life, the anagamin can achieve arhatship. He will not be born again, he will not come back to a body again.
It may be just a small desire that remains in the anagamin. He may hold on to the body. So when he dies, this desire will also disappear.
The word “skridagamin” means “one who will come back”. After his death, he will come back to the earth only once more.
Arhat is desirelessness, but Skridgamin has passed beyond the gross desires (power, money, prestige), but he has still subtle desires (desires for enlightenment, desires to be free, desires to be calm, desires to attain the last state of arhatship).
The word “srotapanna” means “one who has entered the stream. he has just began his journey on the path. He is no more worldly, he has become a seeker of truth, a meditator.
Far is the ocean, but he has entered into the river. Half the journey is over, just by entering on the path.
Buddha says that the srotapanna dies seven times and is born seven times until he finally attains arhatship. This is just symbolic. It means that he will die many times, but now his journey ha started. His face is turned toward the ocean.
– Swami Dhyan Giten
After the lecture Giten answered answered personal questions on spiritual growth and meditation.
One participant said that working as a teacher in meditation and 15 years of studies in Buddhism, had created a profound insight into no-self, into silence and emptiness, which had taken him several years to integrate. Giten agreed that the insight and experience of no-self is a deep and profound experience that affects our whole view of reality. It affects all areas of our lives and it can time to integrate.
This participant also said that his international work had resulted in a burnout. Giten commented that rather than going out into the world, it is question of inviting the world to you with awareness. It is a question of expanding our inner being into the world, rather than going out into the world from ego and desires.
A third participant said that resistance and anxiety was coming up in her meditation. Giten commented that fear, resistance and anxiety can come up in meditation, and that is good to have an understaning that this can happen. He also said that an initial resitence is always coming up when we meditate as the mind becomes resistent.
Another participant said that she found it difficult to find her place in the world. Giten suggested that she first found her inner world, that she found her inner source of silence, which expresses itself on the outside as love. Giten said that this is the way to find her home of love in the world.
The individual guidance was followed by 25 minutes of silent Satsang with Giten. Several of the participants this evening was new to Satsang with Giten and there was a lot of things that was processed during the Satsang, but the silent Satsang ended with 5 minutes of deep silence and unity.
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