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Practicing Moment to Moment Awareness  

The Knowledge of Space always keeps the mind at ease. Whenever the mind faces a state of existence which makes it unknowledgeable, it becomes restless. That is why, during the period of meditation, if one is to maintain easy, he has to remain aware of the moment.

For example, if one uses the mantr "Amaram hum Madhuram hum" and pays attention before the phrase "Amaram hum" is released, then he will be knowledgeable of that moment and of the next. When he waits for the second phrase, "Madhuram hum", again he is knowledgeable at the moment of waiting and at the moment in which "Madhuram hum" is being spoken.

If this technique is used, the meditator will not be uneasy in any meditation sitting. If, however, he starts with the awareness of the moment but becomes unconscious or unaware at any time of what is happening in the present moment or what is going to happen in the next, he will become restless. Why? Because the state of ignorance of the moment produces uneasiness, and the state of Knowledge in the moment produces easiness or restfulness.

Here is another example. Suppose one is counting 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 and so on. He is following the technique of remaining aware of the moment – as he becomes ready to count the number, as he counts the number, as he waits for the next number to be called in the next moment, and as he waits for succeeding numbers. If he does not wait and watch for the next number, and gets into a rut of the tongue, which can continuously repeat 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 without there being any knower or watcher during that period, then this technique will create uneasiness because the watcher or the knower is not aware; rather, it became unconscious, which is the state of uneasine   

It is observed in daily life that as long as one is aware of anything through the use of his eyes, ears, smell, taste or touch, he passes the time at ease. He also passes the time at ease when he is walking or sitting, or when his senses are functioning without his being attentive of the objects. He will also remain easy when he is dwelling in the realm of thought, being aware of what types of thoughts are going on. In the process, one remains easy and the time passes.

If a person does a task mechanically and remains unconscious, then he gets bored or uneasy because the principle has not been followed. And what is that principle?

The space of knowledge at any  moment keeps one at peace in that moment, whereas the space of ignorance at any moment creates uneasiness in that moment.

- Swami Shyam
Karon, 23 Oct., 1984