reply to post by Raoul Duke
First of all, and it's not a minor quibble, nirvana
is not the same as "enlightenment" - and I doubt very much that it is what you're
really looking for. Unless I am mistaken, you are looking for a certain level of contemplation (of what the world "really" is).
is the opposite of that: it's complete fusion with Being, following complete annihilation of the Self.
(And, lest some of the ubiquitous Ego-bashers try to convince you otherwise: your Self is the only way for you to identify, well... yourself
Your Self is your consciousness of your-self
: the root of all pain, yes... and also of all pleasure and joy. If that's what you want to lose,
then nirvana is absolutely the way to go. Of course, it'd still be a mighty long way.)
If what you really want is "enlightenment", I'd suggest (highly respectfully, despite appearances) forgetting all about notions such as "fast"
and "slow". The pace of Time (in real-time) does not allow for such distinctions.
There is no FAST enlightenment - but it CAN be instantaneous.
(See Saul / Paul for reference. ; )) However, there are no recipes for the latter. Well, except this one, which is fool-proof: being and staying
On a more practical note: after you've conditioned yourself to let go of certain mind frames such as fast/slow and such polarities, you can try any
number of techniques - but it would be best if you'd find it yourself.
In any case, the first and very important step will be to dissolve any aversions - not to mention "hatred" - that you might be harbouring. It's a
step you cannot skip.
Then (or simultaneously) you'll have to learn how to stop the activity of your your mind. After that, walking meditation
, for example, is
absolutely superb practice to brush on your "skills" AND enjoy the NOW.
And by the way: anything that you read in the New Testament (the Gospels, not the rest of the material) is as valid a "tool" as any other, and
infinitely better than most. Everything that you've always wanted to know about meditation, enlightenment, the higher Self... it's there.
[edit on 11-1-2008 by Vanitas]