Included here are sections from the beginning of “The Book of Practice,” teaching of the discipline that leads to Self-Realization and the Enlightenment, practiced by myself, and given to me by my Teacher, Sachi Sa.
Just remember that practice redirects your focus from being on the voices that you hear in your head to the Presence of Yourself at first, and then to the Presence of the Master Self within Your Presence. Reread this as many times as you can possibly think of.
As a result of continuing application of the practices given by my Guru, I attained the level at which Liberation is certain, and I began writing this book as deepening states states of peace, joy, happiness, overtook my experience.
God is residing within. May these practices help you discover The Truth.
The Book of Practice
The following is written by Majana Sa, a disciple of Sachi Sa, based on the practices he taught her.
Although it can be used on its own, used in conjunction with Sachi Sa’s
“The Master Self,” is recommended.
What Is It?
Practice provides the means to experientially transcend all levels of mind.
While intellectual understanding plays an important role in the journey to liberation, discipline is the tool which moment to moment allows the spiritual seeker to overcome the persistent attacks of the ego, which will begin to happen after the seeker decides full heartedly to give up all thought completely.
Practice is discipline.
Practice lifts the seeker out of the realm of ego thought, and allows the individual to maintain a connection to the Reality of God while withstanding the attacks of ego. Through practice, the mind of the seeker will gradually become disciplined, gain a foothold in the Reality, and become less prone to fall into ego thought patterns.
Discipline is to be utilized at all times.
When the practice falls, the ego regains control. The ego will be undermined through consistent effort in the form of vigilance. Vigilance is maintained through the constant application of rotation between practices.
Morning and Evening Meditation
Morning and evening meditation is the base of your devotion to the liberation of your own mind.
In the room you sleep in, designate a place where you will practice twice a day. A small rug or folded up blanket with a pillow or meditation cushion will work well. Place the set up against your bed or wall, so it will be possible to lean back at the end of your meditation. You may also place a small pillow behind you for this purpose. An altar can make your space more enjoyable. I personally have a small altar consisting of a tiny table, candle, sage, and picture of Sachi Sa, along with The Practices written out and posted in front of my sitting place, on the wall.
After waking up in the morning, use the bathroom (I splash some water on my face) and proceed to your meditation space. It is useful to have a glass of water next to your sitting place from the night before so you can keep your movement before the meditation to a minimum.
Sit upright on top of the pillow in a cross-legged position. Put the tip of your pointer finger to gently touch the tip of your thumb and in this position place the hands facing up at a comfortable place on top of your legs. Close your eyes. Allow the body to relax into a gentle yet firm position.
From here you may use several practices, beginning with the first ones listed below.
At first, sit in the morning between two to five minutes, gradually leading up to between twelve and fifteen minutes. Longer than this is not required nor recommended for the morning. Consistency is important, rather than length of time. Devote yourself only to as many minutes, up to fifteen minutes that you can commit to doing every morning. A good starting tip is to sit until you begin to feel mentally or physically uncomfortable, and then sit just a bit longer, and then stop. Lean back onto the wall or bed and relax. I sit back around ten to twelve minutes and use the remainder to continue with the practice I have chosen for the morning in a relaxed position. I also put my knees up into a bent position with feet on the floor.
It is not recommended to “push” yourself too much at first as you will not develop consistency if you do this. For example, if you start out with two to five minutes for one week and then jump up to fifteen minutes on the eighth day, it is less likely that you will ne able to sustain the fifteen minute practice for the coming month. Start smaller and build your confidence in your devotion to the practice. Of course though, you cannot go “wrong”, in the sense that whatever effort you put in is better than no effort. The point is to develop consistency, something you can rely upon to assist you in your liberation. These small building blocks will gradually add up to a solid foundation upon which to build your house, that house that God Himself will reside in, within your own being.
Evening meditation has the same fundamentals as the morning meditation. Prepare yourself for bed, completing your evening routine by sitting at your designated meditation spot in your bedroom. Sit between two to five minutes at night. This is all that is needed to make a contact with the Inner, set the mind clear of all the daily activities, and prepare it for the sleep time. Use the same format to sit, practice, and lean back.
At first I had some difficulty committing myself to this twice daily practice. Many thoughts come into the mind upon arising, such as “Oh, I can skip today,” or “I’ll make it up later,” or “I don’t feel well enough to meditate.” Some common thoughts in the evening could be, “I’m just too tired,” “Im too drunk,” or “It wont really make a difference.” All of these are provided to your mind by the ego in an attempt to delay your liberation. Become aware of these thought patterns and just observe them while continuing your devotion to the practice. Forgive yourself for falling into these thought patterns, and pick right back up at the next opportunity. You will see immediate results upon resuming your morning and evening practice. A general sense of feeling better, ability to handle situations that were before stressful, and many other subtle “proofs” that will be specific and personal to the student.
The Cleansing Process
When Things Come Up – The Glass Pitcher
As you begin to devote yourself to morning and evening meditation, undoubtedly, issues will arise in the mind. They may be subtle, such as a general unease, or a physical pain, or a memory from the past. From now on, all things that arise in the mind, or in the body are to be overlooked. Overlooking is forgiveness, and it is the process of taking the observer position and allowing these thoughts, ideas, sensations, visuals, voices, to pass through as if you were watching these things on a movie screen. You are sitting in the audience as the observer, allowing the movie to pass in front of you.
The practices described below will greatly assist in this process of overlooking. It is a difficult job, yet doable to the student who devotes themselves to the practice, and not the seeming existence of the ego.
When these issues come up, immediately attach yourself to a practice. The basics of breath, crown chakra, eighth chakra, and thinking of God can be used at any time throughout your mediation experiences, and also throughout the day as issues arise.
It can be quite frightened and unnerving when the deeper issues arise. In my experience, they can almost seem to “take over” or revert me into a lower consciousness even though I “know better.” This is ok. Imagine that there is a nice glass in the kitchen sink, but it is dirty, especially at the bottom. The bottom has some thick sludge that has hardened and cracked. Meditation is the experience of allowing the glass to be cleaned by turning on the water in the sink and allowing it to run directly into the glass. The first time you turn on the water, some brown water flows out of the glass, taking with it the slight smudging around the top of the glass. Already the glass looks cleaner. The next time, some more dirt comes out and the glass again looks clearer.
Bit by bit, each day, as the water is turned on, the glass gradually becomes cleaner. One day, a large chunk of the hardened sludge is uprooted. As it comes out of the glass, the water is turned an extra dark brown. These times of uprooting can be particularly difficult for the student. As the bigger karmas come out of the glass, the glass becomes very dark, as these larger and deeper issues are unlodged. The mind of the student becomes temporarily clouded as the dirt is washed away. It can seem sometimes as if the cloud will never be removed or that ultimate destruction is imminent. I have sometimes experienced such difficulty that I was not certain how I was going to make it through such a difficult emotion. However, it will be removed, and the degree of difficulty you experience will depend upon how attached to the practice you are. The degree of reality you are giving to the “sludge,” the emotion, the thought, the memory, is the degree of suffering you will experience as it is being removed from your consciousness. This is where attachment to the practice is imperative. Stay with the practice to the best of your ability while the dirt is being removed from your own mind. The practice is your line to safety, the “rope” The Master has thrown to you while you are drowning. Hold onto the rope.
Through experience, you will learn how to hold onto the rope while your glass is being cleaned. You will also get better at applying the practices right away as things come up during your meditation or throughout the day. The ego will use any possibility, any opening to thrown its dirt on you, and practice, beginning with just morning and evening meditation, and extending to from the moment you awake to the moment you go to sleep, continuously through the day, will be the means in which you detach your mind from the past, and attach it to Your Divinity Now.
Practicing Throughout the Day
Morning and evening meditation set the foundation for you to apply the practice all throughout the day. These times allow you to be in a contained, comfortable position in which to slowly begin to address the ego issues that will arise in the mind as the practices are applied.
As confidence is built upon this foundation, you may begin to desire to cleanse your mind faster. To have “the water turned on all the time.” Or more of the time. As you notice the progress your morning and evening meditation has provided, such as a more joyful sense of being, less irritation at things that provoked a more intense reaction before, or a deeper sense of peace within your own self, you will begin to see the correlation between practice and progress. This will happen naturally within your mind, and the desire for more progress will arise. You may already see yourself applying practices that were just designated for morning and evening meditation to specific periods of time or situation throughout the day.
The goal will be to eventually be in practice all throughout the day. This si accomplished gradually. While the urge or thought may arise in a natural way, such as “Focus on the crown chakra,” or “I should follow my breath,” it will take a concerted effort on your part to actually engage in the practice. At any point in the day you begin to think about doing a specific practice, that is The Master throwing you a rope. Grab the rope! Engage in the practice for as long as you can. You will forget, and be swept back into ego thought patterns, however, with determination to apply the practices as much as possible, the temptations of the ego will gradually be diminished and you will notice yourself being in the practice more and more. It will become easier, and you will actually begin to enjoy the practice, as it is the only safeguard against all the illusions that would keep you prisoner.
The amount of time it will take for this stamina of nonstop practice to be achieved will depend on the devotion of the practitioner, which is affected by his or her karmas. Regardless of the karma, the student must continuously, to the best of their ability, apply themselves to the practices. It is a wrestling match, where you must keep a tight chokehold on the opponent, the ego. It is not a pretty job, it is not fluffy, and there is no easy way. Pure force, strength, devotion must be used to achieve this job. You will become stronger as you continue on the path, and evolve the strength required to hold the ego in a chokehold until it dies. Yes, you are killing the ego. That is your job, as if you do not kill it, it will take you as prisoner until you realize that you must completely unmercilessly destroy it. The practices are the techniques in which the ego will be destroyed. A complete annihilation. That is the goal. If the practices are dropped for even a moment, the ego has now got you in a chokehold.
Worry not, as your stamina will develop gradually and there will be nothing that you cannot do with time and devotion. Devote yourself to as much practice as possible, beginning with morning and evening meditation, moving into application of practice during specific experiences in your daily life, and gradually moving into more and more dedication to the practice at all times. This does not mean that you will give up your job, or any of the regular activities you perform, although your spiritual progress may prompt you to make changes in your life as you have now outgrown certain situations or people. Practice throughout the day means that no matter what you are doing, you are engaged in the practice. One foot in this world, and one foot in the practice.
Where to Start – Beginning with the Breath
The breath practice is the basic practice for those who are completely new to meditation, as well as those who have been meditation practitioners for longer periods of time. Sachi did not teach me this practice, as I had learned it already from previous teachers from the Buddhist perspective. We have decided to include it for a more complete description of meditation practices.
It is recommended to begin here if you have no previous or limited meditation experience. For those with more advanced experience, this section can still be reviewed as it contains some nice pointers to be applied during sitting meditation engaged in other specific practices.
The body should be position in an upright and straight position. The spine is straight and the head is aligned in a perpendicular position to the floor with the chin slight down. The position should be comfortable yet firm. If you are experienced discomfort in the back or legs, add another pillow to your seat.
While seated in meditation position (crossed leg, pointer finger to thumb, and eyes closed), begin to notice the breath. Observe the breath. Do not try to alter the breath, but if you do, just observe that as well. Watch it going in and out, out and in, naturally. It may be shallow or irregular. Just observe. Allow it to pass through your awareness, just being with it. Relax your face and body if you notice it getting tense. You may even notice your head tilted forward or backward, or the body in general becoming unaligned. Notice this, and adjust your spine into a straight line. The unconscious focus onto ego thoughts may tip the body into an unaligned position. When you become aware that you are focusing onto thoughts, images, or voices in the mind, come back to the observation of the breath. If you notice that they body is tilted, adjust it accordingly. However, do not pay an excessive amount of attention to your posture. The goal is just to observe the breath.
At some point along the student’s journey, they may choose to forgo the breath practice in favor of a practice that transcends the identification with the body, such as the crown chakra practice. If this feels too abstract for the beginner meditator and promotes too much fear, the breath may be used as long as needed.
The practices listed below are to be used as a guide as promoted by Sachi Sa, and practiced my self. The beginner practices are recommended to all students, novice and advanced, who want to break down the layers and levels of ego thought and make a permanent, growing relationship with The Master Self.
Being the Observer
The practice of observation is simply executed by watching. Observation is a key component of all the practices listed. In a sitting meditation or throughout the day, observation will help you being become present and aware of the voices, i.e. thought patterns, constructs, images, or ideas, that pass through the mind. The goal is not to attach onto the thoughts as they pass in from the ego, but to just allow them to be there, watching everything. Getting to know the ego in a sense.
Gradually, you will be able to become aware of yourself. Your beingness. Become aware of a sense of peace within you, although at first, you may not feel that, as you are just concentrated on staying in a present observation mode.
Crown Chakra – The Final First Observation Point Towards God
The Crown Chakra and Above practices are the core practices the student recommended to follow to initially contact The Master Self and to maintain contact throughout the entire journey of liberation.
Begin by focusing directly on the top of the head, in the very center. If a book were balanced on the head, this is the point at which the book would touch the crown. Focus your attention slightly above the physical head, so that your attention is not on the head, but above the head.
The crown chakra, in combination with the eighth chakra (which will be described in a later posting), is the means in which I attained a contact with The Master Self. Sachi taught me these practices and I used them occasionally for about six months, while gradually developing a morning and evening meditation practice. After those six months I asked him to be my Teacher.
What the Core Practices Lead To
Contacting The Master Self
The primary goal of the disciple of God is to come into contact with The Master Self within their own mind. This is their Guide on the journey to Liberation.
Begin with the crown chakra practice. When confidence has been built in this, move onto the eighth chakra practice (to be described soon in a new posting) Devote yourself to these two practices until The Master makes a contact with you.
How One Knows They Have Contacted The Master Self
Through the crown and eighth chakra practices, the student signals to The Master that they are willing to begin a relationship, and that they are also willing to let go of the habitual ego mind patterns through their devotion to the practice. The Master may begin His introduction above the head, around the area of the eighth chakra, and the disciple will become aware of a Presence, an “alien entity” of Divine Origin. The Master Self’s Presence is kind, benevolent, and always consistent in His “appearance.” There may be doubts about whether or not the student has actually contacted The Master, yet with determination in the first two practices, crown and eighth chakra, these doubts will be replaced with a joyful knowing.
Beginning Stages of Master Self
The Boat of Safety
Practices are given to engage the mind of the disciple above the “battlefield of the ego.” The goal is not to engage the ego in any way, but instead to overlook it completely, as it does not exist. These practices help to “anchor” the disciple in The Truth, making a connection point to the Reality, while The Master Self does the job of removing the ego from the mind of the disciple. The student is drowning in the ocean of illusion, and The Master Self has dropped an anchor attached to a rope from Its boat, which is floating on top of the illusion. The student merely needs to grab the rope and hang on, while The Master Self pulls him up to the safety of the boat. The student may become afraid of the monster in the deep dark and let go of the rope, thus sinking back down into even darker parts. Worry not, for The Master Self will again and again throw the anchor back down to wherever the student is, and the process is repeated again. Eventually, the disciple will learn to hang on to the rope regardless of the monsters that seem to be attacking him from within the deep. Soon enough, through relentless persistence and gaining strong arms to hold to the rope, the student will be on top of the water, breathing deeply from the fresh air of The Truth. The process is one of up and down, meaning the student may come up for the fresh air, and then drop down again, only to come up for air once more. This process will repeat itself until The Master Self has removed all karmas, attachments to the monsters of the deep of the student. The disciple will be then trusting completely of The Master Self, and completely untrusting of the monsters, able to sit aboard the boat and throw ropes down to his fellow brothers and sisters.
All practices above are “ropes,” with the exception of, “Contacting The Master Self Directly.” (to be described in a later posting). This practice is in fact not a practice, but the goal of all the practices. Contacting The Master Self directly can be described as swimming up to the surface through your own will, and holding out your hand as The Master holds out Its from the boat. The disciple may experience this for a short period of time, and subsequently jump back into the waters. These experiences of direct contact are not up to the disciple to decide, as The Master Self chooses these moments. Further, as the entire path is predestined, even the idea to “Focus on the Crown Chakra,” or “Think of God” are being given to the student. The student will be given all the circumstances required for his complete Liberation.
The ego, seeing the disciple of God retreating from its grasp, will continue to use guilt to delay the process of liberation. As the disciple begins practices, the ego will come up with new forms of guilt, planting thoughts into the mind of the student such as “I haven’t practiced enough…I’m never going to become enlightened,” or “I’ve been in the ego and not in the practice,” or “ Any feelings of inadequacy, self judgment, desperation, and general not feeling well are all symptoms of the ego. The path of enlightenment is laid out perfectly for the student of God, and he need worry not that his path is not complete. Although, he will worry and continue to fall for these traps of the ego until he doesn’t.
The Master Self knows all of this and is carrying out the perfect plan, as Created by God, to help the student out of the dark.