Meditating with eyes open

Did you folks have a chance to experience the open eye meditations with Guruji? Meditation and Open eye seems like an oxymoron, but it isn’t. For the last several months, most of the meditations that Guruji has taken in Satsangs have been open eye meditation sessions and it was inevitable that someone had to question Guruji about the open eye meditation and this is what he had to say:

Gurudev, until now, we kept our eyes closed while meditating, so we could go inwards. What is the reason for keeping our eyes partly open during meditations?
Sri Sri: Many times, when you close your eyes, you have the tendency to go into your mental fantasies, or drift off into a dream, or sometimes fall asleep. This is called Mano Rajaya in yogic terminology. Mano Rajaya is a state where the mind starts creating its own kingdom and reels in it, either in conflict or in pleasure. You sit in your own mind, thinking, fantasizing or recreating something that makes you feel happy or upset. Either you think everybody is against you, the whole world is against you; your mother in-law, father in-law, husband or boyfriend; everybody is out to get you. Or your mind thinks about how you should convince or impress somebody. These sorts of things go on in the mind. When your mind is stuck in Mano Rajaya, it transpires all the more during (close-eyed) meditations.  In this meditation, where you keep the eyes partly open, you have very little chance to drift into Mano Rajaya; a different quality of meditation starts happening.
To begin with I had difficulty in keeping in my eyes open while meditating, but then after a few sessions it has become easier to meditate with eyes open and as Guruji explains the mind stays focussed on the scenery rather than drifting away.

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