What is the Purpose of Meditation?
Meditation is a process. It is a process which we undertake to reach a
destined goal, a predetermined goal. I don't say, "Well, this train is going; let
me go wherever it goes! I will end up in Howrah, instead of Vijayawada, and
there also I will get down only because the train has reached a junction or a
Meditation is a training to apply the mind for the purpose of regulating the
mind by our efforts. If it is automatically regulating itself, why should we
meditate? We are already rishis! As Babuji said, the whole purpose of
meditation is to make a reversal in this fact of life that the mind is our Master.
We have to become the Master of our mind. It is only this much, just reverse it.
But this we have to do, you know. It is like riding a horse. You have to ride it
and train it. You cannot show a book and say, "Allow me to ride you properly.
This is what a good horse should be!" You have to ride, you have to risk being
thrown a few times, you have to ride it gently, but with total control over its
reigns. You must be kind, yet you must be firm.
The mind should be regulated by our sadhana; and this can be possible only
by the initial discipline of applying it to meditation. This means that a little
discipline is first necessary to bring about the bigger discipline and the
ultimate discipline. So, this little discipline is what we need, first physically,
that little discipline of coming to meditate first; mentally, that little discipline of
trying to meditate on what we should be meditating upon; thereby achieving
greater and greater regulatory control over our own mind; which leads to
greater and greater physical discipline resulting out of that. Because it is the
mind which feeds into the body its actions, its desires.
Therefore, meditation is the most important activity, if we want to discipline
ourselves. Because initially, it makes mental discipline possible; that makes
physical discipline possible, regulating our lives; bringing order into it;
generating more and more mental discipline; resulting in a self-sustaining
cycle - you know some sort of cycle which sustains itself which makes our
goal achievable. Therefore, without this little discipline, the goal cannot be
achieved. So the goal is possible as long as we have some discipline within
If there is no mental discipline, physical discipline cannot exist. That is why we
meditate; to achieve regulation over the mind, make it disciplined, make it
possible for us to apply the mind where we choose, apply it, not use it, apply it
- and thereby achieve a 100% strength of the mind, which makes possible
that promise of yoga , that a yogi will be skillful in anything he does.
WHY WE DON'T MEDITATE ON OTHER POINTS? The point between the
eyebrows - at this point there is a plexus, a yogic centre located which is
responsible for distributing power through the system, the power of existence
- shakti as we call it in Sanskrit. When one meditates here, one has the ability
or one achieves the ability to control shakti as such. The same reasoning
applies to meditation on the point of the nose, where we are told, you can
acquire certain different siddhis, for instance the ability to see things which
you don't see with the eyes, smell things which you don't smell with the nose.
In Sahaj Marg , power has nothing to do with spiritual evolution. In fact one
evolves to the highest and one has, one day, to slip out of one's body into the
hereafter. All power, all other achievements are left behind here. So what
does one do with power? Power is something that one uses so long as one is
in this temporal world, temporal existence and it falls off.
WHY WE DO NOT MEDITATE ON OTHER OBJECTS AND FORMS? How do I
meditate on the Divine? My Master says, "So long as you meditate on limited
forms, limited names, there is a limitation. The moment you say Shiva, he is
only a Shiva, may be, with Trishul and this and that and the snake around the
neck. The moment you say Vishnu, he is only a Vishnu." So my Master says,
"Go beyond these forms, they are only functionaries of Nature. One is the God
of creation, one is the God of preservation, one is the God of destruction. They
are functionaries. The ultimate principle is that which you call the PARA which
has no names, no forms no attributes." He has no form; so, we don't have a
form. He has no name, so, we don't have a 'mantra' in our system.
When we try to meditate with two systems, or two gurus, or two different
warring things in our mind, even if one is good in itself, we are damaging
ourselves. Therefore, bear in mind, meditation only according to the system -
which ever system you adopt. If you want to take to Sahaj Marg meditation
you should take to it completely, fully, to the exclusion of everything else. We
cannot have two Gods; we cannot have two methods; we cannot have two
concurrent currents in the mind. It is like trying to create vegetarian beef. It's