Updated on: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:26 AM IST

Zen Buddhism: Law of attraction


Without the grace of the Master one only encounters misadventures and roadblocks along the path, writes RAVI VALLURI

Aeons ago a strapping youngster gained admission into an estimable temple of knowledge. He was fortunate to be imparted precious pearls of wisdom of Zen Buddhism by sagacious and prescient masters. Along with the other tutees, he was to learn the craft of breathing techniques, mindfulness, meditation, awareness and understanding various contours and shades of the human mind.

Over a period of time he attained a reasonable degree of compassion and insight into the human mind. During the course of his tutelage what struck him most was the simplicity, humility and truthfulness of his teachers. The tutee firmly resolved that honesty, modesty and straightforwardness would be his badges of honour; the trademarks of his personality irrespective of the depth of knowledge acquired. “True compassion and an awakened state lie in accepting everyone and I shall endeavour to do so,” he mused. By now his mind was no longer febrile but had become a fertile ground to assiduously pursue Zen Buddhism.


What is Zen Buddhism?

As per Norman Fischer Zen Buddhism is singularly:

“A special transmission outside the scriptures.
No dependency on words and letters.
Pointing directly to the human mind.
Seeing into one’s nature and attaining Buddhahood.”


The cornerstone of the practice is that over a period of time, through unflinching practice of the appropriate techniques, a postulant becomes aware and awakened. The mind of such a person becomes pristine and gains clarity in thought process. The mind acquires Siddhis to perform what seems Mandrake like magic. However, the Siddhis remain with a person only if these are deployed for public good.

However, it is well almost impossible to effectuate or reify such a state without the grace of a Guru, who can be thought of as the doorway to the ambrosia of divinity. Without the grace of the Master one only encounters misadventures and roadblocks along the path. Such an elevated state of consciousness is attained only when the mind is subjugated.

The human mind of such a gifted individual becomes absolutely irreproachable and unblemished.  He/she becomes clairvoyant, an authentic magnetic personality shimmering with abundance of radiance and luminosity.


The young monk upon was directed by the Masters of the monastery to spread the knowledge of Zen Buddhism.  Significantly, the now more spiritually aware monk uttered only truth and never denounced any one.

His heart and mind were transfigured and he metamorphosed into an angelic soul brimful with divinity and innocence. He then embarked upon the task of disseminating the freshly acquired wisdom and propagandising and heralding the knowledge in order to dispel tenebrosity and light the lamp of efficacious thoughts among ordinary denizens.

Powers of the human mind

Exhausted and weary after relentless travel, he sat under a majestic blossoming tree. The monk was feeling ravenous and wished that his hunger would be satiated.

Quite unexpectedly a maiden walking that way offered him a bowl filled with food, no sooner the monk expressed his desire. He was taken aback at the turn of events and expressed his gratitude to the damsel. After the hearty meal the talapoin felt extremely thirsty. He pined for a glass for water and sure enough a stripling youngster offered him juices to quench his thirst. The monk was extremely beholden and appreciative of this serendipitous act of kindness.

The mind of the monk was now suffused with jollity as his twin desires of food and liquid were satiated with remarkable ease. He now wished to sleep. Suddenly it darkened and there was a cloud cover across the sky. The weather which was arid and hot turned salubrious and he fell asleep.

After sleeping for hours together he felt sufficiently reinvigorated. The monk, when hungry was satiated with food, when thirsty was provided with energising drinks and was comforted by angels of sleep when he felt worn-out. So what was operating?

The Law of Attraction

The mind of the religieux through relentless breathing and meditation practice had become suffused with efficacious thought processes. The innocent streak in the monk made him a magnetic personality. He acquired miraculous powers and Siddhis and all his wishes materialised and assumed form.

His thoughts and words were resonating in the universe and the mind became a unique springboard wherein whatever he wished for, eventuated.

It is singular and preeminent that there is absolute clarity in our dreams for the Law of Attraction to operate. There should be no ambiguity in the thought process. The human mind should be extremely focussed and translucent like the bowman Arjuna.

Once trained, the mind should develop a few qualities. It should be luminous and radiant, light as a feather and not weighed down by the baggage of antipathetic thoughts.

The monk was hungry, thirsty and deprived of rest. He meant it; there was no dubiety or incertitude in his mind. The mind was not wavering and his desires did not oscillate between “hope to be fed” or “if provided will partake of food”.

Those following the spiritual path should not stop to check the veracity of thoughts incessantly. Once we plant a seed, water and protect it, the sapling would blossom into a robust tree one day. But if we are constantly anxious about the growth of the tree, willy-nilly we place impediments in its growth.

A brawny, robust and a radiant mind which can authentically develop the qualities of Law of Attraction is one which knows the art of letting go, dropping all affectation. It is innocent like a child and the universe responds to its call.

The unique mantra of this success is when an individual authentically believes in the materialisation of dreams and corrals thoughts to be efficacious ones. Pre-eminently the individual has faith in the technique, his Masters and that life can be radically altered. Blessed with these attributes, the Law of Attraction operates and resounds. “All that we are is a result of what we have thought,” said Gautama Buddha.

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Published on: Sunday, February 04, 2018, 09:19 AM IST