Cast one’s sight on a vast open place, with no trees, mountains, walls, etc. When one’s mind has completely dissolved, one is born a new.Verse 60
How to do this technique
- Our true nature is infinite. It is our mind and ego that limit us. In this meditation, one attempts to break the limitations imposed by the mind, by looking at an infinitely large area.
- The mind cannot exist with the infinite. Its very nature is to create limits, boundaries, definitions. In this practice, one is looking at a vast area, with no boundaries, trees, mountains, or limitations of any kind. There is nothing to define it by. There is nothing for the mind to process. The mind also needs an object to think about. Thoughts cannot arise without an object. The mind cannot think of anything. Then, it will not be thinking, it will be silent. In this meditation, there is no object in this place to look at. Nothing by which one can define this place – there are no mountains, rivers, villages, walls, etc. There is nothing. Without the support of a concrete object, the mind dissolves.
- Two factors are used in this meditation to dissolve the mind. First, the place is vast, almost infinite. The mind needs something finite or limited to survive. Second, there is no object to look at. The mind needs an object to think, it needs an object for support. By focussing on the infinite, one becomes infinite. Limitations imposed by the mind are broken. One grows beyond the ego or limited self. Because there is no object in this place, the mind stops thinking. Once it stops thinking continuously for a short period, it stops thinking altogether.
- Then the mind comes under one’s control. There are no further uncontrolled streams of thoughts flowing through the mind. Not having an object to look at is important for another reason. When their ·is no object to look at, there is also no subject. Our ego needs· an object by which to define itself.
- When there is an object that is different from us, or separate from us, we can define ourselves about that. For example, when we see another person, animal, or inanimate object, we define ourselves as different from that. However, when we look at a place that has no object, there is nothing else to compare oneself with.
- There is nothing separate from us because there is nothing else. When there is nothing else separate from us, then we no longer remain separate. Our ego dissolves, and we become one with the Whole. We become one with God. There is another factor common to all looking techniques that help to dissolve the mind. That is to look without blinking. When we don’t blink, thoughts stop automatically.
- This meditation should be practiced without blinking. As with all looking meditations, when the eyes get tired, they should be closed briefly. One should then reopen them, and continue with the practice. When one’s mind has completely dissolved, one is born anew. When one’s mind has gone, one is a completely different person. It is like being born again.
- You lose your old habits, your old beliefs, your old identity. You have now become a new person. You are peaceful and joyful, irrespective of your external circumstances. You may face the same problems as you did earlier. But now your reaction to them is completely different. You remain peaceful even in circumstances that ·others would describe as unfortunate. People will notice this change in you. And some of them will certainly ask you about it.