Messages from the chief of Pluto.. “The essence of meditation”Giving sermons from the chief of Pluto about the essence of meditation, that being passed the voice messages through a human, is a simple statements, but a practical guide that need a wisdom to understand the truth or the nature. These are suitable for working among chaos in the world.10 October 1998 at Kaokala hill, Nakhon Sawan province, Thailand(Mr. Apichart) Sir, could you please teach us how to meditate in the right way?(The chief of Pluto) Again! For this science! I will tell you. I’ve been visiting earth and surveying, because I’m the one who also practices meditation, with a long period of time, because of long life.Therefore, the practices of meditation that you all have been learnt, and the concepts of meditation in 40 ways that Buddha taught you, those are the way for practice meditation for any aptitude of your mind.But the values of meditation, or called the popularity of the practice of meditation, the values of good meditators, that could have special abilities, such as traveling their own spirits, or seeing something beyond normal perception. So, some people focus too much on these values. It is helpful but minimal, not essential. And let’s consider about it, some people have been practicing for 10 or 20 years, but still can’t have these special abilities, and you all have little time left, if you focus on practice in this way, will you accomplish the essence?.. Think about it!I will tell you the secret of meditation, the core or the essence of it.
Have you ever seen a dartboard? There’re many circles, right? The first, second, third, fourth, fifth and the target, right? The small target
So, when you dart, you want to approach the point of the middle, right? That’s called excellent, if someone can do that.
Therefore, which ways do you want me to teach you?... Darts around the outside of the central core or the target (The target, Sir)
The target.. OK.. If I teach you, don’t focus on practice outside the core ever again. You know? If you learn the target, let’s approach only the target. Thus, the essence of meditation, let’s listen carefully.
What is the essence? I’m not trying to teach the core of meditation, because the way of practices must depend on an aptitude of any person or be based on mental state. It doesn’t provide for only one. Thus, there’s not only one way, but many ways to follow.
But the essential subject is the subject of reducing, leaving and quit. Do you understand? Reduce.. leave.. and quit on what you still have or hold on.
Actually, when you have to travel, and you carry so much baggage with you, compare to leaving those baggage for feeling lighter, it’s easier than carrying or adding something more, right?But nowadays, what are the values of meditation that people misunderstand?
Actually, the essence of meditation for understanding the truth is reducing, leaving and quit. But you, when you practice yourself, you still want something more, more baggage, such as clairvoyance, celestial ears, flying or other special perceptions. What is the purpose of all these things? Why do you want to carry more baggage?
Therefore, the core of practice is reducing what you still remain. Your passion, can you “reduce” it? Or “leave” it?
Your attachment, can you leave it?
Your wrong practice, can you “quit” it?
With these 3 cores, you will be free so easily.
Let’s consider about something, I will tell you based on memories of this body. She used to read about Buddha’s history. So, I will use this memory to be an example.
There was a woman, you might have heard about her, if you read Tripitaka or Jataka (Buddha’s history and past lives). She had a husband and 2 children. Her husband was bitten by a snake and died. Soon after, the children drowned and were taken by a hawk. What’s her name? Who know the answer?
(Mr. Wirot) Patajala, Sir
Let’s look at her state of mind at that time, her husband had just died, and also her children, she could hardly bear her state of mind at that time. Therefore, she became mad or briefly lost consciousness. In the near future, humanity will face this state of mind, lose consciousness briefly, but not become lunatic permanently.......................................
Her state of mind at that time, do you think she could concentrate? No. She couldn’t. She only lost consciousness and missed her children and husband, became aimlessly, tried to get into the temple that Buddha was staying, then, Lord Buddha granted his halo for her to calm down her mind. So, she could realize and focus on only that moment. Do you think she could meditate, travel her spirit, become clairvoyance or even fly? No, she couldn’t. It was good enough that she could hold her consciousness and focus at that time.
What was the thing that Buddha gave to her? It was a warning and intelligent teaching. It made her aware of the truth. Lord Buddha could know how to teach people at the point of their problems.......................................Therefore, what did she enlighten to? She became Arhanta (Buddhist Saint or a person who can achieve the highest Dharma practice or Cosmic Laws), with a sudden enlightenment. Do you think it was fluke? It can’t be fluke to be Arhanta.
But it was from that person who could focus on the core target. Buddha taught her the key, and it coincided with the problem that she was facing, and it was known by Buddha’s intuition.
So, what do you want? The core target, right? Therefore, there’s no need to be an expert on meditation to be enlightened. That’s another thing.
But what people really achieved in Buddha’s era was the intellectual contemplation, and followed that discreet wisdom with practicality. By this action, you will see the result soon.
Thus, what a person can achieve is the truth that can be known by the wisdom, right? Because it is wise to know that this is not own child, this is not own husband and ourselves is not our own. So, that person can achieve the law of nature or become Arhanta.
If the person meditate and born in Brahma’s world. You don’t know that you used to be in that world before you reincarnated in this world. So, why do you want to meditate and stay in Brahma’s world again. That is called at par.
I’ll give you a few minutes to think back. Do you really want to be a meditation expert and live in Brahma’s world again? Have you never ever been bored about cycle of birth and death down here?
Thus, only intelligence is important. And now, you have a very good chance to know the intelligent way by the guru. This chance is really rare and unobtainable in this world.
But meditation practice is something you can easily find in this world, even in Hinduism. Therefore, let’s focus on practical intelligence here.
Patient practice for pursuing happiness is the second importance next to the intellect. If you have intellect without patience, you can’t arrive here, because it requires much patience.
And for the spiritual practice, it depends on your aptitude, such as walking meditation, concentration on breath or something.
But the practice of meditation, you should consider that your practice is for a peace of mind, in order to have a peaceful thought, and can ponder the teachings of Lord Buddha, in order to achieve the enlightenment, to reduce and leave passion. Let’s think like this way. This is called a concentration on the core.
If you practice meditation seriously just for supernatural abilities, you know? Some magicians, they can move their spirits out of body, because their concentration ability is better than yours.
That is the meditation outside the core. The magicians, they are very good at meditation. So, they can move or travel their spirit out. But what are they missing? They lack of intelligence. Their meditation practice leads them to the deepest hell, because of what? They have good meditation without intellect.
Therefore, you must survive first by the wisdom, and compound with the concentration, that’s called the essence of meditation.
Any time you meditate, let’s keep in your mind, I need only peace. No need to see extraterrestrials while meditating. No need to be clairvoyant. No need to see a spirit from another dimension. If you can see them, only because those spirits want to congratulate for your intension. But your main purpose is to have peace of mind.The core for meditation, the point of the middle or the main target of a dartboard, I have already advised you, reducing, leaving and quit.
Actually, reducing, leaving and quit, it’s very easy, but what you actually do, you try to make it harder. You want unnecessary things more, like you try to use a magnifier. Your meditation practice is like using a magnifier with unnecessary, adding something more. If you can find binoculars, you will definitely use it too, right? That’s just the value of meditation, not the essence.Whoever practices in the way of reducing, leaving and quit, will have wisdom and virtue of mind concentration, and may see spirits in other dimensions, like clairvoyance, but that is just an outgrowth of meditation.Therefore, the main purpose and the outgrowth are different. The expectation for special abilities is a waste of time. On the other hand, the expectation for reducing, leaving and quit, and if you can see something while meditating by this expectation, become clairvoyance and celestial ears, that is just a component of what you will get from meditation. It’s a normal thing.........................................Therefore, you can practice meditation in every ways. There’s no just one to be advantage than others, but it’s up to your attention and aptitude. If you think the concentration on breath is practicable for you, you can test it by yourself. If you feel lethargic when you try this way, you can try walking back and forth or concentration while walking.Why Lord Buddha wouldn’t give you only the best one way for reducing, leaving and quit? Because your karmas or actions aren’t identical, hundreds of people have different hundreds of actions, they have different ways. Therefore, 40 ways of meditation that Lord Buddha gave you was right and neutral for everyone. Let’s study by yourselves.Whoever cares too much about their own beauty or bodies, they should consider on disgusting carcass or corpse. Why should they do this? Thinking about decomposition of human bodies is not for being a meditation expert, but for reducing, leaving and quit. You understand?So, why there’s a way to remind the merit of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha (monk), or recall the merit of angels, these are not the ways for being a good meditator, but are the strategies for reducing, leaving and quit.Therefore, the main purpose of Buddha’s teaching is leaving passion. It is the best leaf of all leaves in the forest. Only one best way, “leaving passion”, but when you say that you want to leave all passions, you’re still having something being hidden in your mind. You want to find more tools to help you to leave passion. Your mouth speaks that your baggage that you’re still holding on is too heavy, and you know you should put it down. Instead, you’re still finding more tools, making things harder. This is human!But this is not their fault, because you all learn in this decadent age. You understand? You have been learning things on earth in decadent era. So, if someone has been learning wrong things, you can’t blame them, because they can’t avoid misunderstanding.Therefore, the values of the meditation in these modern times, I have seen what’s happening here, most of your practice are just values, not the essence. So, what you should do while you meditating is listening to Buddha’s teaching or Dharma from other monks that you respect, and considering those teaching. You will have the concentration, the patience and the wisdom at the same time.Therefore, this is an important thing that should be a first step for someone who is a beginner in meditation, because you all have little time left, if you practice meditation without wisdom, you will have only few concentration. In the near future at the time when disasters come, and you have only beginning step of meditation, and if your family has to straggle from you or even is gone, can you concentrate at that time? The answer is no, you will be distracted................................But if you have the brilliance with concentration, know the laws of nature or karma that everything is impermanent, joyless and non-self, know the cause of birth and death of your family, accept and consider the truth, don’t try to force the laws of karma, you will have the concentration with the wisdom by all these knowledge. You will not regret too much and will not be lunatic at the time of the great disasters. So, don’t ever say that I never teach you!