I have started reading Birth of a jnani. In the opening you mention :
‘There is very little in the spiritual literature about what thesubjective experiences are or can be when one uses the self as theobject of meditation. Mostly we find lectures about that nature ofwhat is, of ontology and epistemology, and lectures about how topractice, but very little about the path as personally walked andexperienced.’
My question is this:
Is this to imply that the very specific road maps used in TherevadaBuddhism do not equate to the same landmarks or experiences on the wayor, that yogis using self abiding, just haven’t been encouraged to meticulouslynote 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 mindas I sit, it’s like the mind just spontaneously moves through different levels allby itself the last flip, turning ‘looking at’ inward, leaves me quite bewilderedas 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 gratitudeP.
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?