TM teachers often talk about the increasing charm of going deeper in meditation. Sometimes the charm and silence of meditation is much greater than at other times; I refer to these times as powerful silence. It then seems that the silence is vast and powerful. At the moment of powerful silence, the silence seems that it could be life-changing.
The following is an excerpt from A Symphony of Silence: An Enlightened Vision by George Ellis: As we were meditating, I began to experience deep inner silence, and I felt the inner presence of pure expanding love. I had the innocent thought that I wished the nun could also have this experience. When I opened my eyes the nun turned to me and said in her religious context, “You had the experience of God, and you shared it with me.”
In my opinion, interpreting powerful silence as an experience of God or as an experience worth seeking is where religions and spiritual traditions made a major mistake!
Things that I infer:
- There is a “sweet spot” for how long to meditate in order to get maximum benefits. Meditating past the “sweet spot” could bring more harm than good.
- Powerful silence in meditation can entice one to go to great lengths to re-experience powerful silence. In my opinion, becoming a gung ho seeker of enlightenment or other spiritual experiences is a pitiable path.
- A particular physiology is the underlying basis for experiencing powerful silence, and this physiology is not necessarily a healthy state.
- The esoteric explanations of Pure Consciousness and transcending are probably wrong. A state of enlightenment probably does not exist but probably can’t be proven or disproven.
- It is forgivable that gurus and yogis came up with an esoteric explanation of powerful silence. It is forgivable that they mistook a kundalini crisis as enlightenment. But it is questionable (and perhaps not forgivable) when gurus acted as if they had all answers to life and then they took disciples/followers.