Revised By Maharishi
June 1974 Switzerland
December 74 Switzerland
Not to be given out except by initiators through verbal dictation in training checkers.
The purpose of checking is to give the experience of right meditation. For this it is necessary to give the experience of the right start. To give the right start, first the meditator experiences how he thinks. To experience how he normally, naturally thin ks, let him sit easily, comfortably. Then indicate to him that thinking is a process that is effortless in that quietness.
Checking does not involve talking. And we don't investigate into any faults. Just give him the experience of effortless natural thinking. Whatever is the complaint against meditation, whatever is the difficulty take the man through the necessary steps for checking, and he will feel better.
Before you start checking, just one or two minutes listen with interest and patience to the story of his meditation, but only if he is eager to talk, so that he may know that you are interested in him. Otherwise don't embark on questioning and don't try to find the fault in his meditation. Just say: "Yes, but now this will be better," or "All right, we will see how it is."
Many meditators only come for a routine checking with no special complaint. In both cases, whether he complains or not, it will be good to ask him:
" How long have you been meditating?"
"When was the last time you meditated?"
" It doesn't matter, we will see how you feel after checking" - have you been meditating each time?"
" About how many minutes have you been meditating each time?"
" Yes, good, fine," etc. and then start checking.
" Let's close our eyes."
" Let's open our eyes."
" Now, again let's close our eyes."
"Let's sit comfortably, easily and again close our eyes."
"Open the eyes."
" Again close the eyes."
" Slowly open the eyes."
" When we close our eyes, naturally we feel some quietness, some silence, yes?"
"Did you notice that the mantra came effortlessly? This is just the right start of the mantra -- effortless thinking. Now close the eyes and take it as it comes."
"Did you try to repeat the mantra?"
- (He will say no because the mantra just came naturally when he closed his eyes).
- Then say:"This is what we mean by effortless thinking" and then continue with "this is just the right start of the mantra -- effortless thinking. Now close the eyes and take it as it comes."
- Let him meditate 3-4 minutes then go to pt # 21.
"All right, now close the eyes, sit easily, not minding anything, take it easy."
" Slowly open the eyes."
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