Crossing the Metaphorical River
Here we provide proof that the core self and the
mind are distinct entities.
During meditation we sit and listen to our mind.
Normally we would have a conversation with our mind, but now we just
listen to our inner voice. We don't respond.
By only listening, we step back from the mind. We sit in silence
or we sit and chant.
We sit and concentrate on our breath.
As we are not responding to the inner voice
of the mind, the mind will try harder and harder to get us to respond.
The thought grow more and more profound.
When we start chanting, we are only responding to
the chant by chanting the same thing over and over again. Since
the core self can only think one thought at a time, the chanting
becomes the one thought and thoughts from the mind are effectively
Now we are unattached.
Over time the mind will give up. As we get
better at meditation we acheive the power to turn off the constant
chatter of the mind. Now it is quiet inside. Now there are
no thoughts. We just sit.
One Buddhist chant carries the message of crossing
over the river to enlightenment.
Buddhism is a religion which incorporated
meditation thousands of years ago. Like all religions it has its
superstitions. But meditation really works and with practice one
can control their mind. Want quiet? By meditation and
chanting, the mind can be silenced.
Technically, chanting busies out our connection between the
core self and the mind. When we busy out our core self, we block input
from the mind.
This concept is like a computer that is so busy,
it does not allow any interruptions to take place.
One unique Buddhist chant
describes the process of stepping away from the mind. This chant is a mantra is taken from
a well-known phrase found in the Heart Sutra. This Heart Sutra
is found in the
Buddhist scripture entitled "Mahayana Buddhist Canon". It is
The chant repeats: "Gate, gate, para gate, para sam gate,
"Gate" is pronounced as "gaa-tay"
The Buddhist translation of the this mantra is "Gone, gone, gone
all the way over, everyone gone to the other shore, enlightenment, all
In modern English it means: "I am gone,
gone, gone all the way from my mind, crossing the river and arriving
at the far shore. Here I am enlightened, just being. I have
stopped my mind from talking and I am just observing my mind. In this Enlightened
state we are all pleased.
So the mantra says we have crossed
the metaphorical river
and have climbed up the bank on the far side. We
enter a pure state of meditation. When we allow the mind to
talk, we learn about ourselves and our own particular mind. Our
core self now can study the mind. The core self can feel the emotions
that energize what the mind says. There are many departments in the
mind and they struggle to get recognized and are able to talk.
Listening to what is said gives us self understanding.
Having control over our mind allows us to focus on
whatever we do with more intensity. We can fall asleep quicker.
We can listen more attentively. We can learn quicker.
Western psychology is slowly picking up on
chanting and meditation. It has been noted that chanting and
meditation affects the prefrontal cortex, the temporal
lobes and the limbic system within the brain.
Western religions practice chanting. For
example, during Catholic Mass, Gregorian chanting of the psalms and
hymns is performed.
Chanting is also an integral part of Jewish
worship and tradition. It is most commonly associated with the
chanting of Torah and other sacred texts during synagogue services.
The cantor (or chazzan) is responsible for leading the congregation in