Transcending means experiencing the cessation of a phenomenon (as it fades away) by virtue of realizing its gross nature, and going beyond it. For example, transcending thoughts means going beyond thinking (such as reasoning or logic) by realizing its coarseness (lack of depth), which is all it takes for thinking to fade away and for contemplation to arise.
Thinking generally involves a quick and perfunctory application of thought, as we customarily do it during our daily activities. Because of this habit, most of us live a superficial mental life. Contemplation, on the other hand, generally involves a sustained application of thought rooted in equinimity and free of personal views, prejudices, and past conditioning. Thus, contemplation is a transcendental activity and it always leads to the experience of joy and understanding.
Here are seven practicle ways to prepare the grounds for transcendence:
1. Graduate from sensual pleasures: To try to graduate from sensual pleasures does not mean to forget sensuality and become a vegetable. Simply make a consistent effort to realize the mundane nature of sensual experiences, such as feasting, entertainment, too much sex, so you can transcend them and experience higher mental states.
2. Neutralize the mind: To try to neutralize mind does not mean to become inactive and ineffective. Simply make a consistent effort to transcend excess and deficit in order to attain balance and moderation in your daily activities.
3. Non-react to life conditions: To try to non-react to life conditions (life situations and circumstances) does not mean to become insensitive to what occurs in your life. Simply make a consistent effort to transcend liking, disliking, craving, and aversion so you can develop calmness, composure, and equanimity—the sublime qualities that facilitate deeper contemplation and spiritual growth.
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4. Let go of plans, goals, and passions: To try to let go of your plans, goals, and passions does not mean to give up your dreams. Simply make a consistent effort to transcend your attachment to the outcome so you can better focus on the process and accomplish whatever you dream of without stress and striving.
5. Become desireless: To try to become desireless does not mean have no aspirations or wishes. Simply make a consistent effort to transcend self-interest and live a purpose driven life.
6. Go beyond family so you can serve others: To try to go beyond family and serve others does not mean to abandon your family. Simply make a consistent effort to transcend the sense of exclusive responsibility and duty towards your family, which is largely rooted in family attachments, and expand your love.
7. Renounce the world: To try to renounce the world does not mean to leave, reject, or abandon it. Simply make a consistent and diligent effort to transcend all worldly attachments so you can abide here and now with a sense of relinquishment and surrender.
If you try genuinely, you will mature in transcendence. As you mature in transcendence you are certain to experience contentment, a sense of blissfulness, a sense of equanimity, a sense of non-attachment, and ultimately peacefulness, in that order of increasing subtlety.
Transcending is not easy, especially for those who are not on a spiritual path or who do not meditate. Try following meditative practices to facilitate increasing levels of spirituality and meditativity so you can understand transcendence experientially and develop an ability to apply it in daily life.