VBT – Meditation 11.1
Stop The Doors
The third eye is just a space between the two eyes and not a part of the body organs. Once this space is realised and you have experienced it fully, you have known the universe.
But, in reality, we are running after each and every experience of our senses, forgetting the centre, the master, our soul. Once the soul is gone from the body, these senses will remain as they are but it will not be able to experience anything because the master, the centre, is gone. Kabir has indicated in his dohas that there exists a launch-pad, a springboard to catapult oneself into the inner world. And that one should use it now, before it is too late.
The life of man is like a circle without a centre and he goes on living on the circumference, outside, without relishing the taste and beauty of the centre. Our whole life is spent in discussing the various ways of penetrating the inner world. One of these techniques is closing the seven openings of the head with your hands. This is a simple technique meant for the one who has the desire to experience life beyond the senses. One just has to close all the openings of the head — eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. The moment all the openings — senses or organs of the head — are closed, consciousness, which is usually flowing out, will be stopped.
The moment the mind stops, the world will be closed for you. That very moment, you will experience supreme bliss. You will be suddenly transported to a different world.
Now observe this very carefully. The very moment you stop breathing, your mind, too, stops functioning. The moment you stop breathing, you break the conditioning of breathing with the mind. This is an interesting experience, and in the process, you realise that all seven holes are conditioned. The normal functions to which you never gave much attention are actually deep-seated conditioning with one another.
Describing this conditioning, the Katha Upanishad states, Yena rupam gandham sabdan sparsham maithunan, etenaiva vijanati, kim atra parisisyate etad vaitad. It says that to reach the highest state, one has to dissect the real meaning behind the happenings. One has to differentiate the known from the knower. When you taste a fruit, who actually tastes it? Is it the tongue? No, actually it is the centre which controls the senses, but we are so conditioned that we never think about it. And it is true for all the senses – sound, smell, touch, etc.
Once all the seven openings are closed, the experiences of those senses or organs cannot move out. It will remain concentrated inside, and at that very moment, it will create a space called the ‘third eye’ between one’s two eyes. This space or third eye is the door to the inner world, the door to the inner sanctum. The moment you experience this space, you have experienced all. The third eye can see the infinite. Our conditioned eyes can only see matter, but the real energy can be seen through the third eye. This technique is, in fact, a tool for centring of consciousness. Once its outward flow is halted, the concentration will open the door to the inner world.
The third eye is just a space between the two eyes and actually not a part of the body organs. Once this space is realised and you have known and experienced it fully, you have known the universe. Then, there is nothing to be known or experienced. You will not be the same person who is scared of death or insecurities in life. Once the third eye is known, you will not need security, because you have touched the deathless.
Stop the doors of the senses when you feel the creeping of an ant. It is easy to close the senses by not breathing for a few seconds. This will disconnect all your sense channels. The moment the mind stops, the world will be closed for you. That very moment, you will experience supreme bliss. You will be suddenly transported to a different world. That very moment, as Shiva says, one will be in union with one’s own Self.