Are Scientists natural Meditators?

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Tattva knowledge requires the ability to recognize abstractions

Are scientists natural meditators? Yes! per Vigyan Bhairav Tantra text. Vigyan Bhairav is a compendium of 112 different meditation techniques. One of the techniques in this text is about scrutinizing about the subtler aspect of the visible creation. Scrutinizing is a skill of a scientist. Let us look at this technique.

A biologist thinks of the human body as consisting of molecules. Secondly, a physicist understands the reality that the human body and the rest of the creation is made up of atoms. Thirdly, an atomic scientist knows how that space pervades the gap between a nucleus and the electron rotating around the nucleus. Finally, a quantum expert views this universe as a wave function.

Expert taught something to students in a subject called “Tattva Gyan” in the Indian subcontinent before the time of the British rule. They encouraged students to cultivate a worldview similar to a scientist’s. However, a student gained this viewpoint slightly differently. They saw the human body as a mix of five rudimentary principles or Tattvas such as the Earth, Water, Fire, Air and the space element. They then understood the distinction between of the sensory organs, the sensory perceptions and the processes of perception. Gradually the mastered the ability to “switch” the mind from the ordinary mode of seeing the world to a Tattva view. Besides, a Meditators sinks into deeper meditations by switching their mind to the Tattva view which is also the view of a scientist.

Tattva View and Meditation Skills

We see a reference to this in the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra text

“Dharana on those constituents which comprise one’s own body and the whole universe, such as the tattvas and Tanmatras, from subtle to subtlest, leads to the source of existence. (In this way) Paradevi, the supreme goddess, (is revealed) at the end of meditation.”

A scientist’s view of this creation and the Tattva view is similar. The similarity is because both can lead someone’s intellect to the level of abstractions. Yogis call this the subtle level of the intellect. Experts on Tattvas therefore could meditate easily. Consequently, can a scientist be able to meditate effortlessly as well? Yes, with some training. It only takes the guidance to acknowledge the ability to “switch” the mind. I was amazed to know of of this technique because of Sri Sri. Sri Sri also taught several other profound techniques during the “Unveiling Infinity” sessions in 2018. Any scientist can easily turn into a meditator. They ony need to understand a few practical techniques from such sessions.

स्वदेहे जगतो वापि सूक्ष्मसूक्ष्मतराणि च | 
तत्वानि यानि निलयं ध्यात्वान्ते व्यज्यते परा || 54 ||

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