Effortless Effort The Art of Meditation | Amit Ray Teachings
Sri Amit Ray says that meditation should be spontaneous with effortless effort, any excessive effort can be counter-productive. . Even effort to settle down the mind, would promote mental activity. He suggested that the mind can be restless because it may be continuously seeking something – greater satisfaction and fulfillment. He said, “When you are seeking something in the moment, you are denying the moment and creating an obstacle for natural manifestation.”
All that is needed, Ray said, is to turn your attention 180 degrees inward and then, apply the meditation techniques. He encourages the mind to settle down like a floating leaf on a silent lake. Being in a slightly quieter state of mind for few moments, the mind will settle down and you will get the taste of real fulfillment. His meditation techniques are very simple and effortless. Through meditation, gradually, you will get the direct personal experience of the higher states and fulfillment.
“Compassion arises in the clear light of soul. Misery is due to loss of connection to the source. Meditation and compassion establishes that connection again.” — Amit Ray
Amit Ray’s ideas of meditations appealed to my scientific mind. With a skeptic mind, I applied many of his meditation techniques and it has given me huge benefits in my life. Now, I am more focused, happy and creative. During my meditations, my habitual mental chatter began to fade away. Random memories of the past no longer dance through my mind. My feelings settled down, and my breath grew so gentle as to virtually disappear. Mental activity became fainter and fainter. Recently, my thinking mind fell completely silent. I feel more energetic and humble. In yoga terminology, I have transcended my thinking mind.I am like the Golden witnessing screen – the observer of the mind.
“You are a Golden Witnessing Screen. Meditation is the effortless effort to keep that screen 24×7 clean, clear and relaxed.” — Amit Ray
When your mind is devoid of all conditioning, you will not only find absolute serenity and peace, you also discover the true nature of the self. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Time and space are but physiological colors which the eye makes, but the Soul is light.” His words suggest that the physical world and the world of mind share a common ground. This common ground that we experience as light.