Did you succed in this ? Because I am far from it. There are obstacles. So while I agree with everything you said, I am incapable of realizing my Self in one giant leap, so I need a progressive approach.
I found yoga is a great way to do this. Why ?
Because my back hurts if I sit too much. If I lie down, I fall asleep. If I manage to have a steady comfortable position, my mind wonders to my things, and duties. So what I need first is good health, and second, order in my life so I can afford the time to meditate. I need constant awarness to not multiplicate the problems I already have. Yoga makes all this possible.
Yes I understand your situation and your choice for Yoga. Just to make clear to everyone, I love yoga science and its practices. However, ask yourself, to what purpose do you do all those things? What is it exactly you want to 'reach' or 'become'? Is it the ultimate happiness? Well in my experience you don't need a painless back, simply because you don't have to meditate in the traditional way per se, you can meditate while walkinking, while sleeping. All you need is the courage to let go of everything considered you. The courage to face your ego as something distinct form yourself. You have to stop believing yourself, your mind that is. At least, that is my view on things.
Because what you are doing is doing one thing to reach another thing to reach another thing to reach another thing... You are doing hatha yoga to strengthen your back and to improve your health in order to meditate. You are busy planning something to bring order in your life in order to have time to meditate. And why do you want to meditate? You want to meditate to reach something else.. to be happy perhaps? I bet that just meditation is not enough in your mind's belief as well.. but my guess is that subconsciously and consciously you believe that you need years and years of mental exercise, concentrating on a flame, on the chakras, studying all the levels of the mind etc..? Only to reach something that comes close to ultimate happiness somewhere 50 years from now if you're lucky? what if you are dead tomorrow..?
So please, reflect upon your mind's tendency to push happiness forward into the future. No matter what you'll do first, happiness is not something to achieve by doing something. Happiness is here, now. It is. The only way to 'achieve' the experience of happiness, is by letting go of all of that I just mentioned and your thoughts in general. Only then will beauty come forth. This is what Yoga states as well, only Yoga states you'll have to do lifetimes of practice. Perhaps this is true, but I strongly believe there to be an exit for everyone at any time. All you need is the courage to stop thinking. Just ocasionally.. and expand that 'timeframe' you spend in mindlessness. Be conscious without thought and all will come to you. Brahman will shine forth.
Only from the perspective of the mind do we need time(=illusion/maya), space(=maya) and progression(=maya) to reach happiness(=truth!). So you see? this is the mind's prison, it does not like the Now, it likes study and insecurity.. it wants to doubt and be concerned about the future... it wants to believe you need to do years of practice, if possible even in the exact order as suggested by some system. "Do this on monday, do that on tuesday, and so on wednesday..etc. And then in 40 years from now you'll be happy.." the mind loves to find security. I say be brave, be adventurous. Defy the mind, stop believing it. Face it, confront it, call it to a halt. It is not taking you anywhere.
You must admit that your method needs preparations, don't you ?
If you think so, it does. If you stop thinking, you are doing it already. The only practice you need is to find your way out of your self. Then you will enter your Self. preparation like focus and concentration might help you to maintain the state of no-thought, but please don't practice on a flame in order to achieve a level of concentration in order to be able to meditate without the mind. Just practice to be without mind immediately. Stop thinking.
It does not work? You start thinking again? Good, recognize these thoughts and stop believing in them. Don;t believe yourself! Its the most freeing thing to do: To stop believing yourself and your beliefs. Then it becomes much easier to be without thought, because you dont pay credit to your thoughts excuses to not be in the Now, in your Self.
In fact what you say is not very different as the blind fate of some christians, who say, Just believe in Christ and you'll be saved. (Yes, you are if you not just believe with your mind, but you put your own life and actions in accordance with His teachings.) But just saying I believe in Christ is not enough. Because if I ask the believer about little things what he did today, I will find him lacking if compared of what a follower of Christ should do. So that believer needs to make efforts to put him/herself where his/her mouth is.
I am not talking about christ or anyone to believe in. I'm just saying: stop thinking and become consicous.
Same here. You say, "Stop thinking." Now, did you think today ? Why do you think if you teach not to ? So you must agree, in order to reach the "Stop thinking level", one needs preparations. If you already are on this level, good for you. But others are not. Not yet.
Were you able to do this instanly as you were born ? Or arrived to this level by a slow process called life ?
As I am different from you, how do you expect me to be where you are ?
All this is great in theory, but it's real value is in ones everyday's life. So, how is this "stop thinking" reachable for me ?
By stop asking yourself so many questions to begin with. Please just read your message above and witness the many insecurities and limiting beliefs your mind is able to squeeze in one paragraph. Nice huh, the mind? Thats how we live continuously. The only thing you ever need to find, is your one-way-ticket out of your mind.
This is done by becoming alert and observing the thoughts and ignoring them or not believing them. By doing so you will establish a certain 'space' between yourself and the mind/thoughts. The more you stop thinking or start observing your thoughts without believing them and doing what they believe is right, the greater and more permanent this space will become. Then, when it is your time, you can let go of your ego much more easily, because there is this space between you and the ego now. Once you decide to fully let go of everything you think to be you, permanently, enlightenment occurs. I am sure.
You are right, but you are putting very high standards, what are not touchable for most people.
That's what your mind thinks.. now try to not believe it for a minute.. In fact, don't believe anything it sais or believes for some time.. you see what happens? immediately there is this disconnection, no matter how small at first, between yourself and the mind... At one moment you are saying and believing: "That guy talks about very high standarts which are not touchable for most people" and the next moment when you stop believing it.. you discover that you can actually stop believing it. Does this not mean that your very belief in itself is a fake? An illusion?
And suddenly your belief seems to fall apart because you are getting closer in touch with the field in which there is no belief, no mind.
Yes, I am one of those dependent on external sources. But if you take away my external sources, do you think I will survive the stress ? Will I find my Self, or will I succomb to the darkness of ignorance ? Can you assume this responsability ?
If you stay self-focussed.. if you are completely alone.. it is in your aloneness that you will find your enlightenment, your true center. No-one has ever found this place in something else. You need to experience your loneliness, the very source of your individuality. Without any excternal sources left.. what will you be? Your mind will stress.. sure, but look beyond. Its just your mind stressing.. don't believe it. What is it stressing for.. you are still here..