Here, as I advent the same ideas in creative form, I present the workings of one of the primary treatises of consciousness. The Vigyan Bhairava Tantra. In essence, all of it is a conversation between the Shiva and Devi at the workings of consciousness and therefor means of liberating the inner soul through awareness.
Naturally anyone studying or working on consciousness comes upon these techniques sooner or later, and traditional translations of this can be found quite easily.
I, on my part had stumbled upon this about 15 years ago, and it is easily one of the most significant influences on my own journey. Of course, I found it as a book called ‘Book of secrets’ by Osho. It took me a few years to finish, since despite having studied at least a dozen renditions of it, each time reading it in calm contemplation never fails to enlighten a new regard of prescribed forms.
Essentially it is 112 techniques. Single sutras(line couplets) in Sanskrit identify an aspect of consciousness that acts as a pathway of consciousness by encouraging a state of inner selflessness. Just regarding the meaning is usually enough as a technique that lasts lifelong fir contemplation.
From my own observations, each person has one technique out of these that happens to them subconsciously and latently anyway. So naturally while reading, finding the most effortless way is not especially difficult.
Beyond that, like yoga, some techniques are easier to practice for various types of people based on their predispositions. Others offer an innate viewpoint of how energy itself functions, enabling a deeper understanding of existence and consciousness.
It is ordinary to forget oneself when considering these sutras, and as what Osho meant as “stopping the world”, and pausing into an higher awareness while the body reverts to its authentic wisdom in natural repose. A sense of inner peace prevails, and you know you’re doing it right. And as that then, all that is required is recalling a technique at any point of time in the day to awaken yourself into that heightened peacefulness.
If you want the full translations or other complete versions of the treatise, you’ll find a few links in the resources section.
The manner in which you’ll find the techniques here (slowly completing) is that I offer Osho’s translation first. Very efficiently he expresses what helps to focus on, instead of tackling the Sanskrit for its semantics. After his clear succinct instruction is the Sanskrit sutra and then my own poetic rendition of it.
Naturally when I finish I will create my own form or version of it. It is after all a spiritually romantic method of communication with the universe through back of the mind awareness. But until then, I do think my poetries will be useful. To most, if not the ones familiar with this type of soul-searching scripture.
Contents so far :
Bridge of breath – 4 techniques of breath.