112 Meditations

112 Meditations. 

From Vijnana Bhairava Tantra

Sources of Translations used here~

Paul Reps ~ http://home.primusonline.com.au/peony/112_meditations.htm

Daniel Odier ~ http://www.danielodier.com/english/envijnana.php

Osho ~ http://www.meditationiseasy.com/mCorner/techniques/Vigyan_bhairav_tantra/Meditation_techniques_index.htm


Vijnana Bhairava Tantra has been called the Esoteric Teaching for the Direct Knowledge of Pure Consciousness. The text is said to be over 5000 years old, but who knows. It takes the form of a conversation between Shiva and Shakti. It outlines 112 meditations, and is often surprisingly modern.

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Radiant One, this experience may dawn between two breaths.
After breath comes in (down)
and just before turning up (out) - the beneficence.
(Paul Reps)

The supreme Shakti reveals herself when inbreath and outbreath are born and die at the two extreme points, top and bottom. Thus, between two breaths, experience infinite space
(Daniel Odier)

After breath comes in -- that is, down -- and just before turning out -- that is, going up -- the beneficence Be aware between these two points, and the happening. When your breath comes in, observe. For a single moment, or a thousandth part of a moment, there is no breathing -- before it turns up, before it turns outward. One breath comes in; then there is a certain point and breathing stops. Then the breathing goes out. When the breath goes out, then again for a single moment, or a part of a moment, breathing stops. Then breathing comes in. Before the breath is turning in or turning out, there is a moment when you are not breathing. In that moment the happening is possible, because when you are not breathing you are not in the world.
If you can feel the gap, Shiva says, the beneficence.
Then nothing else is needed. You are blessed, you have known; the thing has happened. You are not to train the breath. Leave it just as it is.

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    As breath turns from down to up,
    And again as breath curves up to down -
    through both these turns,

    (Paul Reps)

    Between inbreath and outbreath, between stopping and going, when breath stands still at the two extreme points, inner heart and outer heart, two empty spaces will be revealed to you...Bhairava and Bhairavi.

    (Daniel Oder)

    It is the same (as Number 1), but with a slight difference. The emphasis is now not on the gap, but on the turning. The outgoing and ingoing breath make a circle. Remember, these are not two parallel lines. We always think of them as two parallel lines -- breath going in and breath going out. Do you think that these are two parallel lines? They are not. Breath going in is half the circle; breath going out is the other half of the circle.

    When your breath goes in and turns out, it passes through the neutral gear; otherwise it cannot turn out. It passes through the neutral territory. In that neutral territory you are neither a body nor a soul, neither physical nor mental...

    In that neutral gear you simply are: you are simply an existence -- pure, simple, unembodied, with no mind. That is why there is the emphasis on the turn.

    What is this being? What is it to be? Who is inside this house of the body? Who is the master? Am I just the house or is there some master also? Am I just the mechanism or does something else also penetrate this mechanism? In that turning gap, Shiva says, Realize. He says just be aware of the turning, and you become a realized soul.




    Or, whenever in-breath and out-breath fuse,
    at this instant touch the energy-less,
    energy-filled center.

    (Paul Reps)

    With a relaxed body

    when inhaling and exhaling,

    lose your mind and perceive your heart,

    the energy centre where the absolute essence of Bhairava flows.

    (Daniel Odier)

    Or, whenever in-breath and out-breath fuse,
    at this instant touch the energy-less,
    energy-filled center.

    The sky is vast, and the forest is green, and the height touches the clouds. Suddenly you take a deep breath. You may not have observed it. Now if you go to a hill station, observe. It is not really the hill station that makes the change. It is your breathing. You take a deep breath. You say, "Ah! Ah!" You touch the center, you become total for a moment, and everything is bliss. That bliss is not coming from the hill station, that bliss is coming from your center -- you have touched it suddenly. You were afraid in the city. Everywhere there were others present and you were controlling. You could not scream, you could not laugh.

        What a misfortune! You could not sing on the street and dance. You were afraid -- a policeman was somewhere around the corner, or the priest or the judge or the politician or the moralist. Someone was just around the corner, so you could not just dance in the street. Bertrand Russell has said somewhere, "I love civilization, but we have achieved civilization at a very great cost." You cannot dance in the streets, but you go to a hill station and suddenly you can dance. You are alone with the sky, and the sky is not an imprisonment. It is just opening, opening and opening -- vast, infinite. Suddenly you take a breath deeply, it touches the center and the bliss.



    Know that this universe is nothing but a dream bluff of nature to test your consciousness of immortality.    Paramahansa Yogananda

    Or, when breath is all out (up) and stopped of itself,
    or all in (down) and stopped -
    in such universal pause, one's small self vanishes.
    This is difficult only for the impure.
    (Paul Reps)


    When you have breathed in or out completely, when the breath movement stops on its own, in this universal lull, the thought of "me" disappears and the Shakti reveals herself.
    (Daniel Odier)


    You are driving a car and suddenly you feel there is going to be an accident. Breathing will stop. If it is out, it will remain out. If it is in, it will remain in. You cannot breathe in such an emergency; you cannot afford it. Everything stops, departs. …. Your small self is only a daily utility. In emergencies you cannot remember it. Who you are -- the name, the bank balance, the prestige, everything -- just evaporates. Your car is just heading toward another car; another moment and there will be death. In this moment there will be a pause. Even for the impure there will be a pause. Suddenly breathing stops. If you can be aware in that moment, you can reach the goal.
    For the pure, the pause is always there. Many times, for pure minds, breathing stops. If your mind is pure -- pure means you are not desiring, hankering, seeking anything -- silently pure, innocently pure, you can be sitting and suddenly your breath will stop.


    Attention between Eyebrows,
    let mind be before thought.
    Let form fill with breath essence
    to the top of the head
    and there shower as light.

    (Paul Reps)

    Consider the Shakti as bright, subtler and subtler light,

    carried upward through the lotus stem,

    from center to center, by the energy of the breath.

    When it subsides in the upper center, it is Bhairava's awakening.

    (Daniel Odier)


    When one of the great Greek philosophers, Pythagoras, reached Egypt to enter a school -- a secret esoteric school of mysticism -- he was refused. And Pythagoras was one of the best minds ever produced. He could not understand it. He applied again and again, but he was told that unless he goes through a particular training of fasting and breathing he cannot be allowed to enter the school. Pythagoras is reported to have said, "I have come for knowledge, not for any sort of discipline." But the school authorities said, "We cannot give you knowledge unless you are different. And really, we are not interested in knowledge at all, we are interested in actual experience. No knowledge is knowledge unless it is lived and experienced. So you will have to go on a forty-day fast, continuously breathing in a certain manner, with a certain awareness on certain points."

        There was no other way, so Pythagoras had to pass through this training. After forty days of fasting and breathing, aware, attentive, he was allowed to enter the school. It is said that Pythagoras said, "You are not allowing Pythagoras in. I am a different man, I am reborn. You were right and I was wrong, because then my whole standpoint was intellectual. Through this purification, my center of being has changed. From the intellect it has come down to the heart. Now I can feel things. Before this training I could only understand through the intellect, through the head. Now I can feel. Now truth is not a concept to me, but a life. It is not going to be a philosophy, but rather, an experience -- existential."


  • Thank you for sharing ! Found this more free translation also useful.


  • Ah the space that is in the center of the wheel




    When in worldly activities, keep attention between two breaths,
    and so practicing, in a few days be born anew.

    ~ Paul Reps

    Fix your mind in your heart when engaged in worldly activity, thus agitation will disappear and in a few days the indescribable will happen.

    ~Daniel Odier

    We have discussed one technique that is just similar. Now there is only this difference, that this has to be practiced while in worldly activity. Do not practice it in isolation. This practice is to be done while you are doing something else. You are eating -- go on eating and be attentive of the gap. You are walking -- go on walking and be attentive of the gap. You are going to sleep -- lie down, let sleep come, but you go on being attentive of the gap. Why in activity? Because activity distracts the mind, activity calls for your attention again and again. Do not be distracted, be fixed at the gap. And do not stop activity, let the activity continue.

       You will have two layers of existence -- doing and being. We have two layers of existence: the world of doing and the world of being; the circumference and the center. Go on working on the periphery, on the circumference; do not stop it. But go on working attentively on the center also. What will happen? Your activity will become an acting, as if you are playing a part.

    You know who you are. Your attention is centered in you; your activity continues on the circumference. 



    Van Rainy Hecht-Nielsen, Born in 1974, in Longmont, Colorado

    With intangible breath in center of forehead,
    as this reaches the heart at the moment of sleep,
    have direction over dreams and over death itself.

    ~Paul Reps

    Focus your attention between your eyebrows,

    keep your mind free from any dualistic thought,

    let your form be filled with breath essence up to the top of your head and there, soak in radiant spatiality.

    ~ Damiel Odier

    While you are falling into sleep this technique has to be practiced -- then only, not at any other time. While you are falling asleep, only then; that is the right moment to practice this technique. You are falling asleep. By and by, by and by, sleep is overtaking you. Within moments, your consciousness will dissolve; you will not be aware. Before that moment comes, become aware -- aware of the breath and the invisible part prana, and feel it coming to the heart. Go on feeling that it is coming to the heart. The prana enters from your heart into the body.

    Go on feeling that the prana is coming into the heart, and let sleep come while you are continuously feeling it. You go on feeling, and let sleep come and drown you. If this happens -- that you are feeling invisible breath coming into the heart and sleep overtakes you -- you will be aware in dreams. You will know that you are dreaming. Ordinarily we do not know that we are dreaming. While you dream you think that this is reality. That too happens because of the third eye. Have you seen anyone asleep? His eyes move upwards and become focused in the third eye. If you have not seen, then see. Your child is sleeping... just open his eyes and see where his eyes are. His pupils have gone up and they are focused in the third eye.

    If you can become aware of dreams, you can do two things. You can create dreams -- one. Ordinarily you cannot create dreams. How impotent man is! You cannot even create dreams. If you want to dream a particular thing you cannot dream it; it is not in your hands. How powerless man is! Even dreams cannot be created. You are just a victim of dreams, not the creator. A dream happens to you; you cannot do anything. Neither can you stop it nor can you create it. But if you move into sleep remembering the heart being filled with prana, continuously being touched by prana with every breath, you will become a master of your dreams -- and this is a rare mastery.

        Then you can dream whatsoever dreams you like. Just note while you are falling asleep that "I want to dream this dream," and that dream will come to you. Just say, while falling asleep, "I do not want to dream that dream," and that dream cannot enter your mind. But what is the use of becoming the master of your dreaming? Isn't it useless? No, it is not useless. Once you become master of your dreams you will never dream -- it is absurd. When you are master of your dreams, dreaming stops; there is no need for it. And when dreaming stops, your sleep has a different quality altogether......

    Continue at... http://www.meditationiseasy.com/mCorner/techniques/Vigyan_bhairav_t...

    ~ Osho



    With utmost devotion, center on the two junctions of breath and know the knower.

    ~ Paul Reps

    You can have devotion about someone: about Krishna, about Christ you can have devotion. But how can you have devotion about yourself, about this junction of breathing? The phenomenon seems absolutely non-devotional. But that depends.... Tantra says that the body is the temple. Your body is the temple of the divine, the abode of the divine, so do not treat your body as an object. It is sacred, it is holy. And while you are taking a breath in, it is not only you who is taking the breath, it is the divine within you.

    ~ Osho



    Lie down as dead. Enraged in wrath, stay so.

    Or stare without moving an eyelash.

    Or suck something and become the sucking.

    ~ Paul Reps (transl)

    It is one of the most used techniques. Raman Maharshi attained his enlightenment through this technique, but it was not a technique used by him in his life. In his life it suddenly happened, spontaneously. But he must have persisted with this in some past life, because nothing happens spontaneously.

    The sutra says: enraged in wrath, stay so. If you feel enraged, stay so. If you feel sad, stay so. If you feel anxiety, fear, stay so. You are dead and you cannot do anything, so stay so.

    If you are angry then be angry, and remain angry. Do not move. If you can stay so, anger will go and you will come out a different (wo)man. If you are in anxiety, do not do anything. Remain there, stay there. The anxiety will go; you will come out a different (wo)man. And once you have looked at anxiety without being moved by it, you will be the master.

    This sutra says, do not stand behind, move in the act and become the sucking. Try anything that will work. You are running -- become the running, do not be the runner. Become the running and forget the runner.

    (Osho - Commentary)

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