Meditation is a practice that can be divided into four distinct phases, or rounds, that can be explained in terms of the subject and the object. As you progress through each stage, you will develop the skills necessary to become a skilled meditator. It is important to remember that, like sowing seeds, each stage of meditation requires the appropriate intentions to be planted in the mind. This article will provide a brief overview of the four stages of meditation and how intention works at each stage.
It will also discuss how to choose the right path when faced with a crossroads and how to reach the final stage of meditation. Finally, it will explain how mastering each stage can help you become a more skilled meditator. The first stage of meditation is known as Gross or Savitarka. This is when you focus on an object such as visualized images, sensations, breathing, energy, mantras, or attitudes.
At this stage, you may experience physical sensations such as intense tranquility or ecstasy. The second stage is Subtle or Savichara. This is when you focus on your own light and use mental instruments of perception. You may also experience feelings of joy and equanimity.
The third stage is Causal or Sananda. At this stage, you will radiate an unlimited golden glow of loving kindness throughout the universe. The fourth and final stage is Witness or Asmita. This is when you become the Observer and the Object that is sought in meditation.
When you have mastered this stage, you will experience effortless attention, mindfulness, joy, tranquility and equanimity even between meditation sessions. By mastering each of these stages of meditation, you can become a truly skilled meditator. Remember to choose the path to brilliant consciousness rather than the path to laziness and lethargy. With practice and dedication, you can reach the highest level of meditation.