(4 Yogas Main) The Yoga of Meditation is for the experimental type.
The steps in this process are:
0. As a preliminary step learn physical stillness and mental focus.
1. Learn to direct the attention inward, shutting out the external world.
2. Focus on the object of meditation until there is no self, until forms dissolve. There is then only the object of focus.
Buddhism can be classified as a kind of Raja Yoga, in much the same way Christianity can be considered a kind of Bhakti Yoga.
The disadvantage of this kind of yoga, of course, is that it is hard. However, if you are the kind of person who likes abstract thought, you should know that it can be a vehicle to approach the Divine.
Godel is not known as a man of God, but that appear to be what he was. He seems to have used a kind of “math yoga” to approach the Divine.
Rudy Rucker, before he became a science-fiction writer, was a mathematician who met with Godel several times. This is of special value to us because Rucker was already leaning toward mysticism, and talked with Godel on the topic of using mental focus to contact the Absolute.
Rucker, in his Infinity and the Mind, reports asking Godel what he meant when he said he does “objective mathematics.”
Everyone believes that the Empire State Building is real, because it is possible for almost anyone to go and see it for himself. By the same token, anyone who takes the trouble to learn some mathematics can “see” the set of natural numbers for himself. So, Godel reasoned, it must be that the set of natural numbers has an independent existence as a certain abstract possibility of thought.
I asked him how best to perceive pure abstract possibility. He said three things. i) First one must close off the other senses, for instance, by lying down in a quiet place. … ii) It is a mistake to let everyday reality condition possibility, and only to imagine the combinings and permutations of physical objects — the mind is capable of directly perceiving infinite sets. iii) The ultimate goal of such thought, and of all philosophy, is the perception of the Absolute. Godel rounded off these comments with a remark on Plato: “When Plautus could fully perceive the Good, his philosophy ended.” More