Forget Yourself and Relax

Rolling Hills and Sky
July 14, 2021

Shambhavi talks about the pointing out instruction to “forget who you are.” A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi

Podcast First Words

Nice to see everybody. So I thought I would start tonight by elaborating a little bit on what has been said in the morning worship practice when we are first entering the heart space. And I give the instruction to forget yourself, to forget who you are, to forget your personality, and your convictions, and your identities, and your histories, and all of that, and just rest.

So in the teachings of Trika, there’s something called samavesha, which means immersion in the self. And that’s a very important word in Trika, because it points toward something really fundamental, which is that we are not taking up a position of a watcher or an observer, but we are being immersed in that living presence and simply in the freshness of that, responding spontaneously with attitude of improvisation.

So this is quite, quite different from what people get taught. Oftentimes what they’re taught before they come to a teaching like this. And it’s very hard to give up the habit of using your mind as an observational, witnessing, kind of an analyzing tool, rather than just relaxing and letting the experience come to you directly from living presence, from wisdom, living wisdom.

In Dzogchen, there’s an idea of natural contemplation, which is somewhat similar. So in the meditation traditions, I’ve studied in, including Dzogchen and Kagyu and Nyingma traditions, the instruction once you get into the last form-full kinds of meditation practices is something like you have to lose the watcher and enter into direct experience, which is called contemplation rather than meditation.

So these ideas of natural contemplation and samavesha are not identical, but they are both pointing toward the same thing.


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