The Art of Meditation

Hi everyone

I wanted to share a few books which might help some in their awakening.

If you only take one piece of advice from the Ra material, let it be the realization that meditation is key – ‘the’ key.

If you read the gospels of Jesus and the story of Buddha’s awakening, it points in the same direction.

Luke 5:16

But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.

Mark 1:12

At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days…

Buddha meditated continuously for 49 days under the Bodhi tree until he awakened.

For other lesser known awakened sages whose existence here on earth didn’t lead to the formation of mainstream religions, the story is the same.

Ramana Maharsi, Dōgen Zenji, Nāgārjuna, Zhuangzi, Lao Tzu, Rumi, Hakuin Ekaku, Bô Yin Râ, Meister Eckart, Epictetus, Socrates, Saint Teresa of Avila…. and hundreds more, some known, some not.

What Christians refer to as “the grace of God”, Zen masters call “wu-wei”. It is an ease of living, and an inner peacefulness, which enters into the life experience of a meditator which has penetrated “the emptiness, the infinite invisible, the eternal present moment” or any other description which have been attempted to describe the ineffable.

Jesus simply said “I have meat to eat that ye know not of”.

Hope these books help you.

Joseph Benner – The Impersonal Life

Joel Goldsmith - The Art of Meditation (which Carla mentioned in book 5)

Joel Goldsmith – The Thunder of Silence

Eckart Tolle – Stillness Speaks

Michael Singer - The Untethered Soul

Dōgen Zenji – Shōbōgenzō (for those who prefer Eastern over Western philosophy)

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Thanks for the post, I started meditating first thing in the mornings for 35 minutes only a month and half ago and find it easier now to find that still point throughout the day.

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And for those who may have noticed similarities between the words of Zen masters and the words of Jesus, you may find this book a delight to read:

Jesus Christ, Zen Master: The top 116 sayings of an Enlightened Jesus - Matthew Barnes

Happy zazen everyone!

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If you like the Bible and Biblical Hebrew. A very sensible book “Meditation and the Bible” Aryeh Kaplan

I regretfully have to be honest and just mention that I think the time has passed for people to believe that God is a vengeful, jealous God of wrath as the Hebrews believed (and still believe).

Joel Goldsmith, whose books I mentioned earlier in the thread, does a good job of addressing this very issue which has regretfully seeped into Christianity as well, despite Jesus repeatedly refuting such falsehoods found in Hebrew scriptures.

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This book is not about the faith of the Jews) It’s about Kabbalistic meditation. Ra mentioned Kabbalah as a subject for study. I was surprised when, thanks to this book, I compared the translation of (103) 104 psalms into Russian and in the original) Without knowing the specific Kabbalistic terms, it is difficult to understand what David is talking about. This is a wonderful image for meditation.

I am unaware that Ra mentioned Kabbalah as a subject of study, would you point me to the session?

And I’m with you, Psalms have some wonderful meditations. Psalm 91 in particular has personal significance for me.

As a side note, I was pretty thoughtful in choosing my selection of books in my first post, I chose books that really get to the heart of the matter, and open a clear path for an aspiring meditator, or even so-called seasoned meditators.

I feel that there is a sea of confusion surrounding this topic, and a lot of preconceived ideas.

The books I included are by people who “openened the gate” so to speak and shared the way with those who still seek.

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I meant this The Ra Contact: Session 76
Ra does not say specifically in which tradition the Tree of Life should be studied

In the ritual of the pentagram Ve Geburah there is a reference to W. Butler. But as you know, the Kabbalah of the Golden Dawn is not equal to the Kabbalah of Jewish rabbis and Hasidim, and so on

Yes, and it’s not my intention to be contentious on this matter, but this is an area of great significance in the Ra material, and it’s quite a deviation from Ra’s endorsement of the Tree of Life, to… kabbalah, which is problematic, as the Hebrews attempted to integrate it with their already established belief systems found in the Talmud & Torah, which inevitably led to contamination and distortion.

The Tree of Life found its way into numerous cultures and religions across Eastern and Western Asia, but the attempt by the Hebrews to integrate it with Judaism was a particularly large departure from the spirit of the teaching.

It seems to me that the conversation has left the original route) I just shared the title of the book, which seemed interesting to me, if we talk about meditation)

I myself feel a bit bummed at the direction it has taken. Sorry for my straightforwardness, it was my desire with this thread to remove obstacles, not to get entangled in more complexity.

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A recent discovery of mine is a podcast called Wisdom of the Masters, which one can listen to if one wishes to wind down and get into a restful and relaxed meditative state. It helps with tuning, and there’s some precious gems contained in there.

Alan Watts also gave an excellent talk on the art of meditation, dispelling with many of the misconceptions surrounding the practice.

"Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment. And therefore, if you meditate for an ulterior motive - that is to say, to improve your mind, to improve your character, to be more efficient in life - you’ve got your eye on the future and you are not meditating!”

Alan Watts