Are you ready to live for few days without the following?
- without mobile phone?
- without TV, internet?
- without wallet and credit cards?
- without talking to others in silence? Be in silence with group of people ? Not even use sign language or any other means of communication.
- without reading, writing and signing or doing heavy physical exercises.
- without food for taste. You are provided food to live.
Can one live within a bounded location accepting to live without all the above? It will not surprise me if your answer is “No”. Sharing in this blog of having lived in bounded location for 10 days agreeing to be without all the above.
Enrolled myself in 10 day meditation program at Dhamma Setu Vipassana Meditation Center, Chennai. Check this link to know more about location and facilities. Took oath/promise to adhere strictly during course duration for 10 days.
- To adhere to all rules and code of conduct of center
- To not leave meditation camp till completion of the program ( 10 days).
- To abstain from killing any being, stealing, all sexual activity, telling lies, using all intoxicants( like alcohol, drugs, etc).
- To observe Noble Silence from the beginning of the course until the morning of the last full day. Any form of communication with fellow student, whether by gestures, sign language, written notes, etc., is prohibited.
Effectively rules focus to take great care of the participants so that their actions do not disturb anyone and they do not notice distractions caused by others. I attended the program(9 Aug To 20 Aug.), where I am going to learn of myself working in isolation.
Prior to start, I handed my mobile, wallet and books for safe keeping. The program & facilities of shelter, food are offered free. Simple vegetarian food is provided 2 times a day at 6:30 am, 11 am and snack at 5 pm, along with purified water around clock. The day schedule starts at 4:30 AM( wake by 4:00) to ends at 9:00 PM(lights off by 9:30).
During mid course duration, I realized that rather than cribbing about pain or ache, it is better to walk into the pain and watch it. The strangest thing happened. The pain/ache just melted away. Some times, the pain/ache in one body part disappears and appears in another body part. Once you watch/observe, all of them melt away.
I survived 10 days of Vipasanna, finding my answer to be “Yes” for these questions.
- Can I walk with my minds only on our feet?
- Can I sit with back straight and not slouched?
- Can I sit crossed legs for 20 to 30 minutes closed eyes & not changing body posture?
- Can I live days without dinner and also reduce my food intake?
- Can I take time to chew food and eat, rather than gobbling food faster?
- Are other responsible or I Am I responsible for my miseries and my pain?
At end of program, I felt that program helped me to observe myself better and increased my awareness. Good, I neither has expectation of becoming happier or wiser at the end. May be I am more attentive to myself. While Sunday came with a sense of calmness, I feel getting the same lost faster in last 2 days. While I still find myself in to misery due to external scenarios, absent-minded, I seem to catch change that happens within me more quicker than before and attempt to get mind to arrive at state of equanimous.