Do Simran -- Do the Meditation
By Swami Harinandan Baba
Translation from Hindi Provided
by Pravesh K. Singh
Sant Mat/Spiritual Awakening Blog:
Perform virtuous acts, you will receive happiness. Also do 'sumiran'
(remembering God's name, or meditating on the Divine Sound) regularly.
The biggest advantage of 'sumiran' is that we do not have to pass
through the painful cycle of 8.4 million species again. Those who
perform true worship of God, meditate on His name, are rid of the cycle
of transmigration. The condition is that meditation be done with utmost
regularity. Get initiation from an adept Guru, meditate thrice daily.
Whether you see anything (during meditation) or not, never ever
discontinue meditation. Initially, it might appear to be a mere show, a
useless exercise. People often say that they are going to do 'dhyan',
but dhyan does not happen in the very beginning. Dhyan is in fact the
seventh limb of eight-fold Yoga* (as enunciated by Patanjali). We have
to start with 'yam', ** 'niyam', 'Asan', 'prANAyAm', 'pratyAhAr'; then
comes 'dhyAn'. Dhyan is followed by 'samAdhi' (the highest state of
meditation) which is the eighth limb of yoga. So dhyan does not happen
initially. First we make an attempt to do dhyan, and this process is
called 'dhyAnAbhyAs' (practice of dhyan).
NOTES About the Practices and Ahimsa Ethics
* The Eight Limbs of Yoga-Stairway to Heaven - these
steps and stages of ascension are used to varying degrees fairly
universally by Eastern spiritual paths:
** Ethical Foundation - The Five Precepts: Two and a half hours of
meditation per day*** and ethcial precepts of Ahisma (non-violence in
thought, word, and deed):
* Refrain from taking the life of
sentient beings. This precept requires strict adherence to a vegan or
lacto-vegetarian diet. No meat, fish, poultry or eggs (fertilized or
* Refrain from speaking what is not true.
* Refrain from taking what is not offered.
* Refrain from sexual misconduct.
* Refrain from the use of intoxicants. This includes avoiding all
poisons of any kind, such as alcohol, drugs, tobacco, gambling,
pornography, and excessively violent films or literature.
*** Daily Meditation, Ethcial Precepts, and Eight Limbs of Yoga in the book, Philosophy of Liberation, by Sant Maharshi Mehi:
88. Yama consists of five disciplines: satya (truthfulness), ahimsa
(non-violence), asteya (non-stealing), brahmacarya (continence), and
aparigraha (control of greed or non-possessiveness).
also consists of five practices, which are the following: sauca
(internal and external purity), santosha (contentment), tapas
(penance), svadhyaya (study of spiritual matters) and lsvara pranidhana
(meditation on God).
89. In following Yama and Niyama, one
exercises aversion from the five sins, serves the spiritual master,
attends satsang, and practices meditation as referred to in section 60.
90. A comfortable asana (a pose of sitting or posture) of keeping the
head, neck and trunk straight and steady is a must for meditation.
Without the ability to sit in such a steady posture for prolonged
periods, meditation cannot be practiced.
91. Meditation should
be practiced being alert, without being drowsy, shutting the eyes
comfortably and without turning the eyeballs or pressing them in any
92. The practice of meditation should be an essential part
of the practitioner's daily routine. The preferred time of meditation
is Brahmamuhurta ([Hour of God: Brahma-mu-hurta, or Amrit Veela: Hour
of Elixir]: very early in the morning: 3:00 A.M.). Likewise one should
meditate at mid-morning and then again in the evening time. While
falling asleep, one should also engage his mind in meditation. Further,
it is good to practice Manas japa [Simran] or Manas dhyana [Dhyan]
93. Before learning the Nadanusandhana
(meditation on inner Sound) in practicing Manas japa (mantra
repetition), Manas dhyana (focusing on the form of the master or deity)
and Drshti Yoga ([inner Light meditation in the Third Eye Center or
Eye-Focus] focusing on a Point that is practicing one-pointedness), one
should meditate with eyes and mouth shut. Upon learning Nadanusandhana
(Yoga of Sound [Inner Sound meditation]) from the Master, one should
also close the ears.
94..........In the initial stages of
dhyana (absolute concentration), pratyahara is practiced. [Note:
Pratyahara means to bring back. Bringing back or refocusing one's
attention during meditation, bringing the mind distracted by worldly
thoughts back to the Focal Point during meditation.] Through the means
of pratyahara, the mind is brought back repeatedly to the Focal Point.
By this constant practice of pratyahara, one is eventually able to
concentrate for a short period on the Focal Point. This state of
concentration is called dharana (steadiness of concentration or
absorption). When absorption is maintained for longer and longer
periods of time, then it is dhyana (absolute concentration). Then in
this state of dhyana, one is able to grasp the Streams of spiritual
Sounds (described in section 60) and finally achieves samadhi (Unity
[Union, Absorption, Oneness in deep meditation]). Drshti Yoga (seeing
the inner Light---the Yoga of Vision) will greatly facilitate
pratyahara and dharana...... ////////