I Know That I Know Nothing – Explanation & Full Guided Meditation | Dhyanse

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The more you know, the more you know that
you don’t know. The more you know, the more you know that you don’t know, the
more you know the more you know that you don’t know. Do you know who said that? Anybody? I’ll answer that but before very
warm welcome to all of you who are here in this meditation session happening
every Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. I see a couple of people are new to the session.
Can you please raise your hands who are new here. Welcome to the group!
We intend to here in this session learn meditation from different perspectives.
We’re not promoting any religion, we’re not promoting any spiritual cult or
anything like that. The idea here is to have a space for ourselves that we
could learn, introspect, explore and meditate together. In every session we
choose a theme and we try to use the theme to introspect, to go into a mode
where it’s easier to move into meditation. Because if you directly from
where you are you’re coming from office you’re coming from other things other
discussions. If you just sit down right now
into meditation, it’s very hard for you to suddenly put everything off and sit
in silence. So what we do here is try to find these different ways into entering
into meditation using different techniques. In the last six months of these
sessions we have gone through several different ways. We have used objects, we
have used many different props, breathing techniques, concentration
techniques, awareness techniques and many other things.
Now back to the answer to my question. This statement the more you know, the
more you know that you don’t know is from Aristotle. Which means or which
gives a hint that today’s session is a bit philosophical. So bear with me if I
get carried away with philosophy. Stop me if you feel that it’s too much or ask.
But it’s important to go into these philosophies. There were three Giants of
Greek philosophy that were living in 300 to 400 BC: Plato, Aristotle and Socrates.
Imagine 300 to 400 BC is 2,300 to 2,400 years away from now. That’s a long long
time ago. And their work was so phenomenal that these
three are considered as the founders of modern philosophy. Whatever
philosophical work that we do today is all dependent on what they had done
before. Just like today is the era of Science and Technology. The progress that
we are doing in the last 50 years hundred years in science and technology
is the foundation for generations to come
on what has been done in science and technology. So every decade, every
century, every era has its own golden period. The golden period of philosophy
was this 300 400 BC when these Greeks they came in and they did their work.
Another or one of these three was Socrates and his work was the most
prominent because he was the oldest of all these three. He was so revolutionary
at that time, his thoughts, his words that he was sentenced to death by the
society and by the government in the name of corrupting the minds of people. So
he was charged to bring in ideas that were disrupting the society. They
so revolutionary that he had to accept death than changing his
ideas, changing his way and changing his philosophy. But today after he’s dead we
still remember him for all the work he has done.
We still base the modern philosophy on all his thoughts, on his findings and all his
work. That’s the significance of what he had done
2,300 2,400 years ago. And there’s one particular sentence that he brings in
which intrigues me the most. It’s known as the Socrates paradox. It’s the
sentence: I know that I know nothing. It’s a very very powerful sentence. If
it’s just the thought then maybe it’s not so significant. But if it’s a
realization, if it’s something that you come at in your introspection, that I
know that I don’t know anything or I know nothing. It’s a place where new
things are possible. It’s a starting point for many many many
many new things. Just take a moment and ponder over this sentence: I know that I
know nothing. For a philosopher it might be just a philosophy, for a meditator
it’s even more significant because every meditator who goes through this journey,
who goes through an inner introspection comes to this realization at some point
in time where he comes across this fact that, I know that
I know nothing. There are four stages which can be roughly broken down for a
meditator generally from all different directions and in different ways to
approach the same journey of introspection, the same quest of
understanding Who am I? or understanding what is this world, what is the purpose
of my life, what is the purpose of all this? And these four stages are the first
stages. When you say I know and this is where when you have read something
somewhere, when you have heard somebody saying something and you immediately
have a lot of information about things with you and you are in the mode of I
know. This is a sign of ignorance at least for a meditator and you can see
this also in our general behavior, in other aspects as well beyond
spirituality, beyond just meditation. Then the second stage is I
don’t know. When the mind expands a little bit more, there is more exposure
to information to also a little bit of understanding of oneself comes a time
where you say: Hmm, I don’t know. And this is significant. But you’re still
within the realm of mind, you’re still trying to find the answers within the
realm of mind. When you move further, when your consciousness expands
further, when you go deeper into yourself comes this third stage which is: I know,
that I know nothing. And this is the beginning of really understanding,
knowing of having your consciousness experiencing directly what it is, how it
is, things the way they are. Once again the sentence I know that I know nothing.
This means that in the realm of your mind, in your
own version of things there is no answer possible. And now it’s time to go beyond
the mind because there is nothing in this mind that satisfies the query, that
satisfies the question and is the possibility to go out of it, is the
possibility to go beyond, is the possibility for new ideas, for new
experiences, for going beyond the mind and when you do that, then comes the
fourth stage which is complete silence. Every meditator has this goal in a way
given to him that he reaches to the silence, where all questions, any
question becomes shorter, falls short, becomes smaller than the silence of the
meditator and there is no need to answer any question. It doesn’t mean that you
have ignored the question, it simply means that your consciousness has
expanded to that extent. And it is so silent, your all inner space, is so silent
that there are no questions anymore. What is the practical implication for
this, for us, all this philosophy? Let me give you an example of a spiritual
question and then we can translate this to our practical questions. The simple
spiritual question is, Who am I? When you start with the first stage, when the
meditator is in his first stage he says I know. And how he says I know. He says I
know I am my name, my descriptions, my gender, this and that all
descriptions, all labels, all information. Then he goes deeper to the second level
for this question: Who am I? Then he realizes, I don’t know. I don’t know who I
am. And that’s the phase where he’s maybe feeling uncomfortable.
His mind is trying to find the answer because the mind always tries to give
the answer before actually the answer comes, before actually you move
into realization the mind tries to give you all the answers it can possibly give
you. Then when the meditator goes to the third stage where he realizes that I
know that I know nothing. Even about the question: Who am I? When you come to this
realization, then not only this question, everything else, you say I know that I
know nothing. And then comes the fourth stage which is silence. In this silence
this question dissolves and you have in a way you can say the answer or in a way
you can say your home, in a way you can say you are who you are and many many
different versions of how people have described this state. The practicality of
it we all have several questions in our head. We are not talking about mundane
questions of what am I going to eat later after the meditation session, the
pizza or spaghetti but more deeper questions each one of us have. Maybe it’s
not the question: Who am I? Maybe it’s another question. You need to
find out what’s your question which is in a way in your Innerspace alive and
often whenever you get a chance you think about it. It comes to your surface
once in a while when you’re sitting alone, when you’re relaxed, when you are
in a meditative mood, when you’re in a philosophical mood and then it goes back
and you go back into your mundane cycle of things. So each of those questions can
be approached with these four phases in a similar way. All these phases
meditators go over a very very long period of time, 5 years, 10 years, 15
years or 20 years of meditation. What we are going to do today is to simulate that in
a twenty minutes session and try to see if we can from these four different
perspectives, four different stands four different phases, see our question
and observe ourselves. How does it feel? If you take a question for yourself
which could be if nothing comes to your mind just simply ask yourself
Who am I? or what is the purpose of my life? or what makes me happy? or what do I
want? A simple question like what do I really want? Even that kind of a question,
we will look with these four different stages in the meditation. I will guide
you through. The first stage is where we will look at this question with the
stand that I know, I know the answer to that question. We will observe ourselves,
how do we feel in this introspection. Then we will look at this question from
the second stance which is I don’t know and see how do we feel, when we look at
this question from I don’t know, how do I feel.
Third stance, I know that I know nothing. We look at this question from the third
stance and then we will see when we are completely silent, how does it feel to
have this question. Do you feel the need to answer this question? What
do you feel? So experiment openly with whatever comes to you, whatever is your
natural feeling about each of these different phases for your question. Is it
clear what we are going to do today? Sounds complicated but I will guide you
through so it’s not that complicated. As long as you bring in a little more
introspection into this session, into the next 20- 25 minutes and I hope you
will have some revelations about how you are actually thinking, how you are
actually processing and what is going on in your Innerspace when you have these
fundamental questions of life and when you answer them from different stances
and move into silence from these different ways. Is it clear how we are
going to do that? Shall we try that? Alright then
close your eyes. Take a couple of deep breaths to relax your body. Keep your back straight, shoulders relaxed and face also relaxed. Take another deep breath and relax. Now choose a question that will be your
introspection for the next minutes. A question that is significant to you. Bring your awareness to this
question. Try to focus on this question. For the next minutes forget everything
else and keep your attention on this question. You may mentally repeat this question to
bring your attention more and more on this question. As you arefully attentive of this question, respond to this question with I know. And
observe your Innerspace, how you feel about this response. I know. Keep your attention at the question and
your response, I know. If you get distracted by anything simply
bring back your attention to the question and your response. Keep your attention on the question and
change your response to I don’t know. I don’t know. Observe how you feel when you respond
with I don’t know to your question. I don’t know. Keep your attention at the question and
your response, I don’t know. I don’t know. Allow this response to settle in you. And observe how it feels. Keep your attention at the question and
now change your response to I know, that I know nothing. Allow your awareness to go deeper into
this response: I know that I know nothing. Attention back on the question and your
response: I know that I know nothing. I know that I know nothing. Allow yourself to settle in this
response: I know that I know nothing. Keep your attention and the response: I know that I know nothing. I know that I know nothing. I know that I know nothing. Leave the question and slowly move into
silence. I know that I know nothing. Allow yourself to relax and become more
silent. I know that I know nothing. Even leave the response and for the next
minutes just remain still and silent. Remain aware of yourself and remain
silent. No more movement. Absolutely still and silent. Remain aware of yourself and allow
yourself to be more silent. Keep on breathing very naturally and
softly. Remain in the silence for a couple of
more minutes. Maintain the state of calm in silence as
you gently and very slowly open your eyes. Now we take a couple of minutes and if
you have any questions, if you have any comments, if you like something, if you
disliked something that we did today, we share it with everyone so that we
learn and we continue further. Any questions? Any comments? Was it so good or was it so bad? Yes. Yeah Yeah yes that’s the.. Yes I mean this is exactly how one
experiences these different ways or these different phases and as you
mentioned when you move from I know to I don’t know that’s the hardest part.
Because you have no answer and we are not used to not having an answer in the
ways we live in the kind of work we do, we always have to have an answer. And
that forces us to answer everything, even if that answer does not make any sense.
More importantly for fundamental questions if we force
ourselves to immediately answer then the possibility of actually the answer
revealing to us is dead and in a way we are trained to do so, in a way we are
trained to come up with the answer before the answer comes to us. You know,
in a way we are forced to come up with the answer from our mind than
actually the experience or the expanded sense of things allowing us to reach to
the answer. So that’s the difficult part and for some people even more
difficult is when you say I know that I know nothing. Because we have such big
egos that we don’t want to come to a point where we say I don’t know anything
or I know nothing. This is where a lot of people get stuck.
They can’t face that, they can’t say to themselves that I know nothing.
It sounds like I’m a fool or an intelligent person. On the contrary this
is the sign of intelligence, this is the sign of wisdom and we all know deep down
that that’s true. Even if we don’t want to accept it on
the surface so it’s again a very philosophical approach to silence. Maybe
not to everyone’s liking, maybe not to everyone’s taste. But those who are
somewhat philosophical in nature, those who like to think through things and
go through these topics more introspectively, I think it’s a valuable
way to go through these steps. Anything else? Yeah that acceptance has
also good taste. It’s not only a bad thing to accept. It doesn’t mean that you
don’t grow anymore, it doesn’t mean that you have failed. That acceptance is not
the failure but rather something that opens up new paradigm, new
possibility. Because you have closed the mind, you have said okay, within the realm
of my mind there is no answer to it. But other people get stuck in, they want to
find the answer within the zone of the mind they don’t move. But you, if you say
ok I accept that within my mind I have no answer for this then you can go
further. And yeah it’s hard, you have to face fears that you have to
face many many things that arise in your own mind in your own process. But we have
to go through that and we don’t have to even share it or talk
about it, but even if we remain honest with ourselves about it that’s more than
enough. And then comes the next step which is to for a while put this
away and just remain silent. There is a reason why I am so much
emphasizing on the silence in this session and in previous sessions because
the moment it starts settling in in you, you will see that it has
its own potency, it has its own aliveness out of which everything else
that was missing that starts filling in. Anything else? yes yeah I’m glad that you enjoyed that. If
there are no more questions I just have one announcement. We will not have the
session next Monday but I hope that you will at your home or wherever you are
would give yourself a few minutes just sit down and shut yourself off from
everything else, be with yourself and I will see you in two weeks. This would be
I think one of the exceptions that we are missing Mondays, after this we have
regular every Monday sessions as we do every time. Thank you very much for
joining me in this meditation. See you in two weeks.


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