11 February 2010

Hi Ed,

I have started reading Birth of a jnani.  In the opening you mention :

‘There is very little in the spiritual literature about what the
subjective experiences are or can be when one uses the self as the
object of meditation. Mostly we find lectures about that nature of
what is, of ontology and epistemology, and lectures about how to
practice, but very little about the path as personally walked and

My question is this:

Is this to imply that the very specific road maps used in Therevada
Buddhism do not equate to the same landmarks or experiences on the way
or, that yogis using self abiding, just haven’t been encouraged to meticulously
note every last detail they come across?  I ask this because, before I started with ‘I am’
I was noting sensations and had plotted a nice little path through the various jhanas and nanas.
However, since beginning with I am and most notably recently I find ‘I am’ so profound,
I couldn’t give a toss about noting sensations.

PS:  There still are, I have noticed, specific switches or movements of mind
as I sit, it’s like the mind just spontaneously moves through different levels all
by itself the last flip, turning ‘looking at’ inward, leaves me quite bewildered
as to how to describe the state.  When I begin noticing again, I notice my body as a field of energy, I notice my breath, etc and now today, I was wondering how to look at the viewer who is actually viewing what appears to be nothing at all.

Much delight and gratitude

What do you mean by How to look mat the viewer who is viewing nothing?

Can you explain more what you are asking?

Are you saying you cannot find the source of looking, the witness?

Or are you saying that when you take the place of the witness you see the void?


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