Begin at the beginning. Right here and now, without resorting to conceptual thinking, what is there that is lacking? - Isn’t there a naked presence of awareness or awareness of presence that is perfect whole and complete just as it is? - Can you negate this pure knowing awareness that you already and truly are? - No, you cannot negate THIS ineffable essence of Omniscient awareness that you truly are, nor can you ever grasp or understand it with any thought or mental concept. - This being the case, wouldn’t it be wise to allow it to pattern and function you as you appear to be, as that illusory separate entity "me”, without trying to change, alter, modify, correct or perfect it in any way.
Can I correct, improve or perfect what is already naturally perfect, and that is this natural or primordial state that sages like Nisargadatta Maharaj never tired of pointing to? Of course not! - This empty essence of all knowing awareness is not a 'thing’, it is no thing, yet it always "is”, and you are THAT always and ever. - This un-manifested Noumenon or non-dual Absolute is empty of all content and is the reality that every seeming person is seeking. - Emptiness suffused with awareness or Rigpa as it is pointed to in Dzogchen, the highest expression of Buddhism, is infinite, self-existing, self-shining intelligence or naked knowingness (Jnana Prajnana in sanskrit). This is what you truly are, are you not knowing right now? However this activity of pure knowing or pure experiencing doesn't contain any 'knower' or 'experiencer' as such. The knower and the known imply duality, and experiences come and go but the pure knowing and experiencing never comes or goes and remains unchanged throughout eternity. This is Advaita, the home of non-duality and you have never left it. - Awaken to or re cognize this fact and be free of psychological suffering. There is nothing to be done, nowhere to go, nothing to practice or meditate on. Can you empty this emptiness? - And what is emptiness empty of? - It is empty of a separate, permanent self or soul. - It is also empty of any god, and god, as he is usually conceived of, can only exist in consciousness or manifestation, which is the domain of duality. No self, no me, no Mr or Mrs So and So, - then no problem! - Problems exist only in duality and there is no duality in non-duality, no islands, if's or but's. - Suffering only happened to a "me”, and when it is investigated and clearly seen that there is no me, there never has been and there never could be, this itself is the end of sorrow, the end of suffering. This alone is self realization already realized. - The realization of the fact that I alone am the Honored one above and below the heavens, I alone exist non-dual One without a second. This is not arrogance but true humility, am I separate from my Self, not my apparent ego self but my true non-dual essence? - The answer is, no I am not, I am THAT, and so are you. - Wake up now, right this instant or continue to hold on to your limited identity or suffering engendered by self imposed beliefs and limitations. - All that is needed is the courage to look directly at what is seemingly limiting you, question and investigate all your preconceived concepts and beliefs and they will fall away quite spontaneously without any effort on your part. - However, if they are not questioned or challenged they will continue to hold sway over you and cause you unnecessary psychological suffering. All this is about is suffering and the end of suffering. - This need not be, it is as simple as that, everything is in your hands, come home to the place you have never left - nearer than hands and feet. - This aware 'no thing' is the most intimate and THAT thou art! - End.
What is it that I want to express and who is the 'I' that I am referring to? - Isn't this I just a phantom, an imagined conceptual entity and isn't everything already perfect just "as it is"? This “As it is” or "what is" that is being pointed to or described presently with these seeming words and concepts is nothing perceivable or conceivable yet it always "is", you cannot negate this inconceivable essence that is Omnipresence, Omnipotence, Omniscience. This that is being pointed to is pure Advaita, the very home on non-duality, so to speak. - There is nothing simpler that non-duality, or One without a second and there is nothing separate or apart from THAT, that you truly (and ever) are, right here and now, always and ever. So start from the 'fact' that you already are THAT essence that you are seeking. - This that is being referred to is the very livingness, the everlasting life pointed to in the scripture, the unchanging essence of everything and anything whatsoever. What can be more simpler? - You cannot grasp this all-knowing presence, which expresses through the mind as the thought or concept "I am", nor can you ever negate it, as its Omnipresence has to be there whether there is affirmation or negation This is the whole crux of the matter under consideration, but is this where you look for your Self? - Usually not, for one is mesmerized by the content of the acquired mind of memory which only comes into operation around the age of 2 and a half years! - The mind is time and can never and will never grasp the timeless, the non-dual Absolute. - This is all that truly needs to be seen by no one. Realize that everything is happening quite spontaneously; seeing, hearing, breathing, smelling, touching, without the input of any separate person, entity, or thing. - You, as that person or entity have not, will not, nor will ever, do anything at all! You, as that person or entity, are the child of a barren woman and have no substance or independent nature of your own apart from this timeless non dual, non-conceptual, all knowing essence that is presently being described or pointed to. You are nothing at all, yet you are an aware nothing, because you cannot negate this aware no thing that you truly are. - You cannot say, “I am not!” because what is allowing you to say that? You cannot know yourself because you are not a thing, you are the aware no thing that contains every seeming thing. - You are the Source, so to speak, from which everything comes and to which everything returns in this ‘Maya’ the play of apparent manifestation.
This means that you alone exist, non-dual One without a second and all the gods, all the different religions are only your own concept or imagination because, before there can be any god, you as the non dual unchanging reality have to be there first. Do you realize the implications of what is being said? - Can you realize the implications of what is being pointed to or hinted at? One doubts it, because you are too hypnotized by your own self-importance or life story and that is all it is, a fictitious made up story no matter how grandiose or full of pain and suffering it may appear to be. I would like to know myself. - Are there two selves that one could know the other? - You are your Self whether you know it or not. - Have you lost your Self and are now anxiously looking for it? - Will you never find your Self? - The so-called seeker will never become a finder, because what the seeker is seeking, he or she already 'is'! Simply realize and acknowledge this fact and the seeking will drop away by itself, there will be no need to end the search, as is being trumpeted around on various Advaita websites. Again, don't pretend to be what you are not – you are not this miserable, limited, separate person or entity - and don't refuse to be what you truly are, the deathless, non-dual essence or the very livingness itself. - End.
Notes from Kings Cross, Sunday 9th to Wednesday 12th Nov 08 and Thursday 20th November 2008 -and Saturday 10th October 08.
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Notes from Kings Cross Sunday 9th to Wednesday 12th Nov 08. Waking,dream and deep sleep states endlessly recurring, what a bother!
These three states and the consciousness are the only capital one seemingly possesses. - Aren't these three states and the consciousness itself, intermittent, inconstant and impermanent? - Who is it that knows or is aware of this fact? - Have a good look at it, look into what is being pointed to here. - If I loose these three states and the consciousness, have I lost anything of any lasting value? - This craving, thirst or lust to live, this insatiable desire to be and to continue to be and to exist as a physical body-mind organism indefinitely is what the Buddha referred to in his first noble truth as suffering. - Thana (sanskrit for thirst, craving or desire) is the cause of psychological suffering. - Who is it that awakens, dreams and sleeps and is born and dies? - This is what is to be inquired into. -
Only when it is clearly seen that there is no entity with any substance or independent nature apart from the all knowing unborn awareness, which Nisargadatta Maharaj referred to as the natural state - and which Banki the 16th century Japanese Zen monk called the unborn buddha mind; only then will there be an end to psychological suffering. This body-mind entity that appears and disappears is in the final analysis, nothing but the unborn essence that is animating it and allowing everything to seemingly occur in the manifestation. - Nirvana and Samsara are inseparable. -
The forms that appear are nothing but emptiness,and paradoxically for the mind, this emptiness is form at the very same time. - This emptiness is suffused with awareness or pure unlimited intelligence. - This space like awareness or endless activity of knowing is everlasting life, unlimited potential or capacity. - This all knowing, ever-lasting essence or suchness is ineffable, inexpressible, inconceivable and beyond life and death as they appear to the unenlightened to be. - Salvation or liberation is nothing other that the knowledge of oneself as the only One, the non-dual Absolute itself, so to speak. - When this dawns upon you as it did for Banki, Nisargadatta Maharaj, myself and many others throughout recorded history, you will directly realize that you have never been born, nor have you carried out any worldly activities at all. - The belief that you have done any of these things and that you are the doer of your actions is pure ignorance and unreality. - All so called problems are spontaneously resolved in THIS unborn buddha mind or natural state. -
Why then swap this unborn essence that you truly are for thought, thinking that 'I' as this illusory separate entity am going to work things out, figure things out in the mind of memory and recently acquired knowledge, run the whole show by my separate self, so to speak. - Your mind is not your enemy, it is a useful tool for functioning in daily life - but by itself it cannot grasp this unborn essence or buddha mind, if you want to call it that,that you always and ever are. - Seeing this what do you do? - Nothing at all,simply relax into this pure awareness that you already are and allow it to live you, breathe you and function you quite effortlessly as it has always been doing all along. - Leave it alone and let it run the show instead of getting all uptight and anxious and trying to second guess every petty little thing that happens. -
This very consciousness, I am So and So, a limited sentient human being is something new to us is it not? - Even if it has seemingly been there for 90 years, this so called span of time is less than an instant when seen from the timeless background of this already pure space like all knowing awareness that has never changed or altered in any way and that is being totally ignored by the apparent separate entity or person. - 90 years has a beginning and an ending but this non conceptual empty essence of all knowing awareness that you truly are has no beginning or ending. - This awareness that I am pointing to is not a thing as such, as it contains all apparent things and nothing contains it. - Can you grasp this awareness that is animating the body mind organism and everything else both animate and inanimate? - Of course not! -
Things perish but this aware 'no thing' that you truly are cannot perish, it is unborn unceasing without any beginning or ending and you are THAT non dual Absolute, you cannot possibly be anything else separate or apart from THAT. - This alone is self-realization, liberation, or any other term you would like to apply to this unchanging reality that is pure Advaita,the essence of non duality. - Reality is THAT which never changes, comes or goes. - THIS is it. - TAT TVAM ASI (the Sanskrit Maha-Vakya,or great statement from the Upanishads) meaning THOU ART THAT! - The Supreme Reality. - End.
Previous note: There can't be even the slightest duality in this non duality that we point to in all these so called exchanges. To know for certain,that no one ever did exist before me - and that I alone exist, non dual, One without a second,is all that truly needs to be seen. Don't I exist infinitely and eternally as this always present pure knowing awareness? Can I recall a time when this awareness did not exist? Now,whatever speculation is presented by the time bound mind,for example - 100 years back or 1000 years back, I did not exist, or I was not aware;where is this statement or speculation being presented from? Isn't this being said or presented because of the presence of this always present awareness? This is what is to be re-cognized or realized and that is the actuality of the undeniable fact that you have never left this naked, non conceptual awareness and in the final analysis, that you are THAT non dual Absolute or reality that you have endlessly been seeking through your family,friends,society,guru,religion and all other extraneous factors. You cannot negate or deny this self evident fact of your very own being. This being (SAT) in sanskrit, that I always and ever am, this ineffable non dual essence that is enabling these very concepts to be expressed,is my very own. I do not owe this empty all knowing essence of awareness that I truly am to my parents, society or any other external thing. The fact of the matter is, that I, this impersonal, formless essence that I truly and ever am, am not the result of sexual intercourse between so called human beings. This you must realize for yourself through thorough investigation or self inquiry. You yourself must know this truth or reality, no one else can know it for you. You cannot take what is being said on blind faith or unsubstantiated erroneous belief. What is being pointed to is the truth that will make you free but do you earnestly want this boundless,unlimited freedom? To have this,the "me", the illusory self center Mr or Mrs So and So, must be seen to be non existent. If you are not prepared to die,not physically but psychologically, then what is being said here is not for you. Living and dying go together,but this essence that you truly are is deathless and changeless, nothing has ever touched or changed it in any way. This alone is Advaita or non duality. - There is nothing simpler than this incontrovertible fact that there there is no such thing as duality at all; there is no duality in non duality, so what is it that needs to be done - and by whom? Nothing and no one at all, even though the very opposite may appear to be the case. Look, see and investigate that what appears and disappears is not you, the changeless pure being or essence. Don't you, as that aware essence or aware no thing, ever prevail? Aren't you there eternally and timelessly? Can you ever recall a time when you, as this non conceptual presence of awareness were not there? I think the answer is clear and obvious, as you cannot negate THIS that you truly are. You cannot say - I am not, or I was not, as there is some inconceivable essence or presence there that is allowing you to say this. Just realize or become aware of the fact that, yes, I am awake, I am aware and relax into this awareness that you always and already are and let it spontaneously live you, breath you and function you, quite effortlessly, as it has always and ever been doing anyway, in spite of all your so called personal efforts. - End. New Audio from Mark:
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Do I come from anywhere, and do I go anywhere, and who and what is the nature of this "I" that I am referring to? - Isn't this 'I' that I am referring to, just a thought, a mental concept? - This ‘I thought’ which becomes active around the age of 3 years onwards, takes on a seeming substance and substantiality of its own that in reality it doesn't actually possess. - If this ego 'I' is taken to be actual or real, then all the apparent trouble begins from there. If there is 'I', then there is also ‘other than I’, and this is (sin) separation, isolation, anxiety etc. If this I is not inquired into, questioned, and seen to be false, then there is no possibility for genuine freedom and an end to suffering. - So long as this false 'I' is holding sway, there is self-improvement, honor, duty, morality, piety, filial responsibility, national pride and every other evil under the sun. - As long as there is another, there is always going to be fear and hatred rife in the illusory world appearance. Who am I, who are you, who think that you have destiny and free will and are personally running the show, so to speak? Don't look at me or run to someone outside yourself, some priest or pope to find the answer to this riddle. - Look to your own Self, find out for yourself what you truly are. Do you need someone else to confirm your own existence? - You 'know' that you are, that you exist. - Good enough, start there, stay there and don't move away from this fact into thoughts and mental concepts. - Investigate the fact of your own being. How did I come to be this miserable creature that I appear to be, this limited sentient human being? - How did this happen without my permission and has it truly happened or is it simply appearance only and not an ultimate reality? These are the kind of questions one needs to ask oneself in order to see what is clear and obvious and staring you in the face, so to speak. - Contempt prior to investigation is keeping you in everlasting bondage and this need not be so. There is an end to psychological suffering and you don't have to wait until you are dead for this to happen; but there has to be earnestness or even a sense of urgency on your part first, before this can happen or occur. How long are you going to remain locked up in the prison of religious beliefs and various other beliefs before you have the courage and gumption to question all these erroneous beliefs? Start right here and now with the only fact that you are absolutely certain of and that is the fact of your own being, 'I am'. - This is the key to the whole seeming mystery. Be in this I am, stay in this I am and don't be drawn out or distracted by any extraneous thoughts and mental concepts. - If you listen to your own yapping conceptual mind, if you get engrossed by this ceaseless flow of mental concepts and thoughts thinking that they will help or benefit you in some way, then these very concepts will strangle you and lead you to an early death before your allotted time.
Your mind is useful as an instrument for daily living, but in itself, it cannot grasp or understand this non-dual essence or deathless spirit that you truly are. - You will never find the answer in the mind, realize this fact and be free right here and now, not at some future time. - Your mind is time, memory and anticipation and it can never grasp the timeless, which is this presence awareness, the direct activity of knowing, this knowledge I am! - This pure knowledge, I am, has no shape design or form and you are THAT. - This is all anyone needs to know. - All other knowledge is only a form of ignorance. - Scientific, spiritual, and religious knowledge is only ignorance and not true or actual knowledge or Jnana. - This alone is the Jnana of the Jnani, pure and simple, you know that 'You are', not just for 70 years or so but infinitely and eternally; this is non duality, God, Truth or any other concept you would like to apply to this fact of your own being. - End. Interview with Mark on the next page.
Notes from Kings Cross Friday 30th May to Thursday 5th June 08.
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Notes from Kings Cross Tuesday 20th to Sunday 26th May 08. -
Is there anything to know, anywhere to go, anything to do? The answer is, no, there is not. -There is just this ever present being which is always and ever whole or complete in itself, what is referred to in Advaita as One without a second. If there is no second or other to this being that you already are right here and now, who then is the separate person with destiny and free will that you presently and mistakenly take to be your identity? Look into this for yourself and solve this riddle of apparent separation or sin, as it is referred to in some of the religious traditions. - Are you separate, are you a miserable sinner or a virtuous saint? - Perhaps you are neither? - Are you separate from the animating life force, or what we refer to as consciousness? Is consciousness personal (yours or mine) or is it universal? - I think it is rather obvious that consciousness, sentience, nature or life itself is universal and isn't the property of any person or individual. No separate person or individual has control over life and death, so called. Life has us, we as these seeming separate entities, don't have it. - That means that we as these phenomenal objects, humans, animals, nature in general, are being lived or animated by this utterly impersonal life force or universal consciousness. - If this is fact is realized, it results in freedom from this bondage of self, this phantom entity "me" that we had been shoring up, protecting, and investing all of our energy into. This frees everything up and life or living becomes an effortless, endless flow of pure functioning without beginning or ending - a timeless throb (Sphurana) of pure presence awareness. -This infinite vibration, this ever fresh, ever new, ceaseless I - I, this unbroken and formless I that is always and ever present, pure functioning, cognizing emptiness, is what you truly 'are'. - THIS is nothing to the mind and that is why it is constantly being ignored. THIS that is being pointed to is nothing perceivable or conceivable. THIS emptiness suffused with awareness, this aware no thing cannot be understood or grasped by the mind of the so called individual simply because the mind as such is a thing, a bundle of memories, past experiences and concepts and it does not want to know or be introduced to this aware no thing which is the actual non dual Absolute or reality that alone can resolve or solve all problems and bring about genuine liberation and spiritual satisfaction. The reason why the mind the mind doesn't want to know about what is being pointed to here is that it will loose it's illusory power and will no longer be running the show as it had always mistakenly assumed itself to be doing. - No "me", no problem! All problems are problems of relationship - "me" and the so called other, but if there is no me there with any substance or independent nature of it's own, then how can there be any problems? The simple answer is - there can't be! THIS all-knowing presence awareness is no thing to the mind or the so called "me" of memory. -This reference point, this acquired me of dead memories, concepts and past experiences is invalid; it doesn't exist when it is fearlessly looked into. So when I say I like this or I don't like something else, what is this 'I' that I am talking about? -Isn't it just a dead image, a concept given by your parents and society to which you then added all the past events and experiences of your made up life story?
Have a good look at it, don't just go off half baked, don't run back into the mind of dead language and acquired thoughts, learning and concepts and say, yes, but what about this and what about my bad childhood etc, etc? That's just a cop out, a load of make belief and untruth, because in truth nothing has happened at all. -THIS self-shining, non dual pure knowing awareness has never ever changed or been affected by anything; it's undeniable. - intangible presence is enabling you to read these words here and now. -You have never left this all knowing awareness. THIS is THAT non dual Absolute. The TRUTH that makes you free, but do you want the TRUTH or do you prefer the lie of limitation (birth and death) and separation (sin)? - End.
What is my true position? - Where am I actually located? - Isn't it a fact that I exist in and as space itself? - Does space have any centre or circumference? - For anything to exist it would have to be in space, and space itself is nothing, it has no location and is all pervasive.
Everything arises and is finally subsumed in that sky like space. - This space that you are seeing right in front of you is indestructible and invulnerable because it has no dimensions and is nothing or no thing. - Things perish, but the space that they are appearing in is imperishable - vast emptiness that wasn't created by anyone or anything.
This space-like awareness which expresses through the mind as the thought "I am" is formless. - The basis of this knowledge "I am" is unborn empty-awareness-knowing-ness. - True knowledge (Janna) has no shape or form. - I am THAT by which I know I am. - I am infinitely and eternally without any shape or form; nothing can touch me or know me because I alone Am - One without a second. - THIS activity of knowing, the knowledge "I am", doesn't have any shape, form, or design. - Trace any thought back to its origin, there you have all the love, all the power, all the knowledge and abundance you can ever need. - Eg: you are! Always and ever.
Realize that what you are seeking - perfection - you already are. - The concept or thought "I am' is the news spontaneously announcing your true condition or natural state of perfection, which in fact, you have never left. - Have a look at that - I am is not I was ( past ) or I will be ( future ), but I am here and now Absolutely and eternally - before Abraham was I am. - A step closer - before Jesus Christ was I am. - I am always and ever, and so are you. - I am THAT, you are THAT, there is nothing now or ever that is not THAT. - Isn't this clear and obvious to no one by now?
You know ' you are '. - That is the teaching in a nutshell. - Has anyone ever left that pure being-ness (Sat)? - Can anyone negate their being-ness? - It is quite obvious that they cannot. - However Being-ness or the non dual Absolute cannot know itself objectively - That which is seeking is that which is sought. - Objectively it's not there. - That's why you will never find the answer you are seeking in the mind, because you cannot find something that you have never lost - your own Being, your true identity - I am.
You are not what you have taken yourself to be - this corpse like physical body and it's illusory mind - the "me" of memory. - The past is dead and never really happened, so who are you? - What do you hope to achieve? - From where have you come and to where are you proceeding? - Ask these questions of yourself and the vice-like grip of the illusory self-centre will loose its hold on you and fall away without any effort on your part, leaving you here and now, Omnipresent, awake, and aware as you have always been.
You have never left this presence awareness except in conceptual speculation and memory. - Even then when the past is being recalled or the future is being anticipated, this is only happening presently. - You never actually go to the future or return to the past except in conceptual thinking (mind). - You can never live in the past or future, you can only live presently. - The past is dead and the future has not yet arrived.
When the future arrives it will be presently - NOW. - This is the only instant there ever is, there is no other time but now no matter what position the hands of the clock are in, and every instant is the best instant, the first instant of knowing, ever fresh, ever new, uncontaminated by any imagination
The Omnipresent, unchanging equal-ness of this space like activity of pure knowing is Advaita. - This knowing has nothing to do with the knowing of the mind which is time, past and future, knowing facts like this or that, he or she, the duality of phenomena. - No one can negate this presence of awareness nor can it be grasped with a thought or concept. - Therefore it is immediately seen to be true, as it is continually pointed out and alluded to in Advaita, that you will never find the answer to the riddle of existence and non existence in the mind as such. - This is all anyone, so called, needs to know.
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How did I come to be? - Do I personally play any part in the appearance and disappearance of this consciousness "I am", or did all this play ( Lila ) of consciousness and it's content come about spontaneously without any volition, choice, or knowledge of any so called separate individual? The consciousness itself is fully manifest. Everything exists in the light of this conscious knowing-ness. In other words consciousness is everything there is. It is important to see that there is nothing apart from consciousness and no object,person or thing can exist apart from this conscious presence.
Consciousness is it's content, therefore nothing has ever existed,because for something to exist permanently it would have to be apart or separate from consciousness and this is an impossibility, for everything is consciousness as we have just pointed out. This consciousness expressing as the concept I am So and So, is illusory, time bound, impermanent.
There is no thought or concept that can stand on it's own apart from the being-ness - consciousness which is itself time - bound.However THAT which knows the consciousness is the reality or non-dual Absolute that everyone, so called is seeking. All the play in the consciousness including the illusory separate individuals and the phenomenal universe is Maya - ignorance. So when the consciousness disappears do I who know this disappear? Whatever is happening from the Absolute standpoint, without the knowledge "I am", is very profound,unlimited,expansive. This is what is to be abided in,not by any entity or person but by the apperception that there is only One state or reality,not two. This is genuine Advaita (Unicity).
There is no compromise, simply because there 'is' no duality in non-duality.
In the Absolute the I am-ness arises spontaneously and then experience of duality takes place. In the Absolute there is no individuality, no memory that I am this or that, but there is a continual stirring,an endless activity or movement without beginning or end, and this the mind of the individual or person (so called) can never comprehend.
The Absolute state, so called cannot be obtained. THAT is your state - THIS is it. To the Absolute state witnessing of the consciousness happens. Nothing needs to be done by anyone, just be as you are in this natural stateless state,unperturbed by the ceaseless arising and passing away of conceptual thoughts and images.
What remembers and forgets is not you. You are the changeless background or screen upon which all these changing things of phenomena, are projected. Do not think of even the actual act of seeing all these changing things of life, birth, death and phenomena, but rather of THAT which makes all these things possible. Keep your mind fixed on THAT Omnipresence that is untouched any passing thought, thing or fancy. This may seem impossible at first,because of the incessant habit energy of belief that has been invested in these conceptual thoughts and images.
However the false can not stand up to investigation, and when the falseness of these changing phenomena are directly seen,they will lose their power to distract from this ever present awareness,that prior to this investigation had been ignored, taken for granted, or simply overlooked. Relax without conception or reference point in un-distracted non meditation. Don't even bother to meditate.If there is no distraction - moving away in thought from this Omnipresent I am-ness, then meditation is spontaneously taking place - the meditation of being, or what in Dzogchen, the highest expression of Buddhism refers to as 'un-distracted non-meditation'. - Effortless presence with what is!
Meditation is your natural condition, and it is taking place ceaselessly, like oil being poured into oil - an endless unbroken movement without beginning or ending. Nirvana is extinction - no permanent entity or thing to meditate or not meditate - unborn,unceasing beyond all transformation - the highest happiness, the peace that passes all understanding - the Buddha smile - the unborn Buddha mind or essence which Nisargadatta Maharaj calls your natural state. Why swap THIS for thought, trying unsuccessfully to find this boundless space of non conceptual knowing awareness which cannot be found because it was never lost, as it is every-where - every-when?