Meditation Night at SAT Temple 2011

These are recordings of meditation events held on Friday evenings. During these events Nome provides instruction on meditation in the path of Self-Inquiry. It is followed by a 40-minute period of silent meditation, after which aspirants discuss their meditation with Nome. Note that the recordings truncate the meditation to 1 minute.

Duration of each recording is around 30 minutes.

* The following quotes below are excerpts from the meditation instruction given before the meditation or during dialogs after the meditation.

Excerpt from the Meditation Instruction:

Nome: Profound meditation is that in which you remain identified with the Self, the only Self that there truly is, of the nature of illimitable, non-objective, unformed Being-Consciousness-Bliss. Therefore meditate, by inquiry. Inquire by the illumination that is natural; the Consciousness which always knows, but is never a known thing. That is, inquiring into the knower of all that is known, remain as the undefined, infinite, timeless Consciousness which has none of the attributes of the illusory known. Meditate by reposing in your being as it is.
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Nome: Meditation is to know your true nature. It is entirely formless, unchanging, space like, yet incredibly solid, unmoving, undying, Self-luminous and eternally silent. How can you discern your true Self, or meditate upon it if it is not an object, that is if it is non-objective? If you are truly inquiring to know who you are, that can not be a thing or an object of your thought. Meditate by absorption of your identity in the Self.
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Nome: Only the illusion of a separate “I” can seemingly destruct the perpetual Self-luminous meditation of the Self. Therefore we meditate upon the nature of the meditator, the very Self or Existence of you. Thereby the false notion of an ego “I” vanishes, and your meditation, your inquiry merges with that Self-luminous perpetual meditation of Absolute Being.
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Nome: Sensing and sensor you are not. Thought and thinker are not you. Meditation is not mere thinking, it is Knowing, Knowing your Being as it is. Being is Consciousness, the Consciousness is the Knowing. Strive to keep the focus upon your Identity, “Who am I?” Meditate on it, by it, and if some misidentification appears, something objective is grasped in the mind, inquire “For whom is this?”, “Who am I?”
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Nome: What is within ? The Self is within, and if it is truly within then it must necessarily be utterly non-objective. Inquire to know that which is non-objective, your own Self. In this, in the Self, lies all peace, is all happiness, is all freedom, and is that which is truly wondrous. Inquire deeply and steadily “Who am I?”
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Nome: Consciousness which is innately infinite and eternal is the light of your meditation. It is the nature of the meditator and it is that upon which one should meditate. Being undifferentiated and non-objective in nature how is one to meditate upon it? It is in the abandonment of the one, the individual who seemingly stands apart from it.
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Nome: Meditating, do not so much have your mind attempt to grasp an idea, a state or condition, or anything else objective. Let your inquiry, your meditation, be of a non-objective nature. The illuminating Consciousness itself is the substance of mediation and that upon which to meditate. It is also the very nature of you, the meditator. Therefore, dis-identifying from everything of an objective character, gross or subtle, meditate on Consciousness by the light of Consciousness.
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Nome: Sri Bhagavan said “To hold on to the Self with effort is practice, when it is effortless it is Realization.” For whom is what going to be effortless? It is indicative of the innate nondual nature of the Self. When there is no possibility of another, that which truly exists remains, and there is no “You” apart from that to apply effort or otherwise. He said “To hold on to the Self with effort is practice.” We may understand the practice to be Self-inquiry, and Self-inquiry is the very substance of our meditation.
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Nome: Consciousness always knows. Consciousness ever exists. It is the substance of mediation and it is the nature of the meditator. The seeming endless waves of knowing this and that are but a faint illusory reflection of the innate endlessness or infinity of pure Consciousness. Abandoning interest in the waves dive deep into the substance. Regarding all that is objective as unreal, discern the truth which is of the nature of Being-Consciousness. Know yourself by turning, so to speak, the light of your own Consciousness inward upon itself to know itself, but not as anything objective. Not an object, not a mere body, not a mere thought, your Self is only Consciousness.
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Nome: No matter what the thought, sensation, or the experience, inquire for whom it is? Who am I? Steadiness with such is meditation. The meditation experience is always one of dissolution or disappearance of the ego notion. Meditate with depth and with steadiness inquiring “Who am I ?” So that ego-less real Being abides Self-revealed.
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Nome: Something within you always is. That which always is always knows. Ceasing any misidentification with the body inquire to know that Being-Consciousness which is and knows. Regarding anything that appears in the mind, be it a state, a mode, or a thought, let your approach be “Neti Neti”, “Not this Not This,” this is not what I am. You need not think this, you should know this. Just as you don't think you exist, you know you exist. You don't think Consciousness into existence, Consciousness is. Meditate in this manner making your vision completely non-objective and consistently, continuously discern your Self free from any state of mind.
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Nome: It is only so long as meditation is considered a mode of mind either containing thoughts or containing an absence of thoughts, that it remains confined to a state of mind, such as waking or dreaming. But if meditation is the non-objective inquiry to know one's true nature, then the innately self-luminous consciousness is both the means and the end of such meditation. This consciousness transcends the three states of waking, dreaming, and deep sleep and is the ever-existent immortal Self or True Being, which the Maharshi reveals when He asks us to compare and contrast the states of deep sleep and waking. It is precisely for the revelation of the ever-existent, which is self-existent. Therefore, let your meditation be one of a profound inquiry into that which is ever-existent. Inquire in such a manner that you identify yourself solely with that which is ever-existent, for that alone is you, and that alone is real.

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Nome: Meditation is no mere mental mode, not a thought, not a current of thought, but deep Knowledge--Knowledge that negates the misidentification as anything else but pure Being, pure Consciousness. To realize Self-Knowledge meditate by the means of Knowledge. Inquire with the Knowledge of your existence, with a naturally unbroken light of the innermost Consciousness. Inquire “Who am I ?”
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Nome: In meditation seek to know, intend to know, Consciousness itself. Not the body, not the senses, not the prana, not the mind, not the notion of individuality, just Consciousness as it is. Know it, by identifying with it. Abide in it, by absorbing your very sense of identity in that. Discern Consciousness; it is non-objective. This Consciousness shines now and always.
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Nome: Inquire so as to dissolve the name and the form falsely attributed through imagination to the Self. Consider all that is perceived as form. Consider all that is perceived in thought as name. You are beyond name and form. By the light of that which is beyond, meditate upon the beyond by absorption, by the deep discerning knowledge of what your existence actually is. For whom is perception? For whom is conception? Such should be the meditation. Who am I? Such should be the meditation. By such meditation you abide in silence, as silence.
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Nome: Meditate on the Self as ego-less Being, ego-less Consciousness, ego-less Bliss. In this way, remaining ego-less, know your Self. Thus meditate in a manner characterized by absorption, absorption of the very sense of your identity inquiring “Who am I ?” Any other form of meditation that does not involve the absorption of your very sense of identity may be good contemplation, but actual pure meditation is such absorption, such inquiry “Who am I ?” such Knowledge of your Self.

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Nome: Just consciousness, free of the notions of difference of subject and object is the essence of meditation. It is not possible to separate yourself from consciousness so that you could perceive it as if it were something objective. Non-objective Knowledge which is of the nature of the inquiry reveals it in just such a way that your identity is completely absorbed and your self stands as That.

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Nome: Indivisible Being, undifferentiated Consciousness, difference-less Bliss is the nature of the Self. Unborn, ceaseless and indestructible. It ever changelessly is just as it is. There is no difference between yourself and the Self, for one Self alone exists eternally. Difference is merely illusion born of ignorance. So, the Agamas say that he who meditates with difference does so in delusion. Sankara says that one should meditate "I am Brahman. I am not different from Brahman". Meditation therefore should be of the nature of non-difference. The Maharshi's instruction to inquire "Who Am I?" is the perfect meditation of non-difference.

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Nome: In truth, meditation is upon the Self of the meditator. The nature of the Self is Sat-Chit-Ananda (Being-Conciousness-Bliss), which is infinite and eternal. If we think of our selves otherwise, such is only due to imagining the self to be what is not the self. That is, imagining yourself to be something objective. So then abandonment of the tendency to objectify, to conceive of the self as what is not, is meditation.

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Nome: If you have clarity regarding the purpose of meditation, then the importance of Self-inquiry will be more immediate for you. If you know with some certainty that deep meditation is actually upon the nature of the meditator, you will be immediately and experientially drawn to inquire. If you know the purpose of meditation is the self-revelation of what is eternal, you won't waste time on that which is transient. If you know the purpose of meditation is to abide in Reality, then the passing illusions of the mind will not interest you.