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    Tour the Amazing Inner World of Brilliant Lights & Breathtaking Melodies
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      Tour the Amazing Inner World of Brilliant Lights & Breathtaking Melodies


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      {"Repeat the Name of your Beloved, day and night, again and again. With care in thought, word and deed, you will cross to the other shore." -- Dadu}


      [English translation of awonderful verse composed by Maharshi Mehi Paramhans ji Maharaj(28.04.1885- 08.06.1986) , based on its Hindi Translation by Maharshi Santsewi Ji Paramhans, in which Maharshi Mehi depicts beautifully his own experiences of spiritual meditation (Meditation on the Yoga of Divine Light & the Yoga of Divine Sound), excerpted from his book "Mehi Padavali" (Poems of Mehi).

      -Translated into English by Pravesh K. Singh (http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/sant_ santati , http://blog. 360.yahoo. com/praveshksing h ) ]

      N.B.

      To prevent the post from getting lengthy, the original verse is not produced here.

      Translation:

      Aril

      I (Maharshi Mehi Paramhans ji Maharaj) illustrate the precepts of Santmat for the beneficence of spiritual practitioners.
      I describe these principles in the form of
      aril verses (a literary style of poetry), knowing & practicing which correctly, the practitioners will become truly fortunate or blessed.
      These precepts, each one of these, are invaluable or priceless.
      Bowing my head, says Maharshi Mehi Paramhansji Maharaj, in obeisance at the lotus feet of the sants I am going to describe whatever I desire to say. ||1||

      Serve the sants daily and attend satsang in their noble company.
      Listen attentively to their life-giving words and imbibe them whole heartedly.
      Reflect upon these discourses. And, if you are not able to understand these fully, go back and learn again from them (
      sants).
      Inline with the knowledge thus gained, advises Maharshi Mehi Paramhansji Maharaj, mould your behaviour/conduct accordingly. ||2||

      Having gathered knowledge (in Satsang) thus, search for a true teacher (Guru) and select a true preceptor/Guru.
      All the ways of, or efforts at, seeking Self-Realisation without (
      or, in absence of) the guidance of a True Guru are incomplete, imperfect, doubtful (of yielding desirable results).
      I am going to narrate, states Maharshi Mehi Paramnsji Maharaj, in the form of the following kundaliyaa chhand (
      another literary style of poem composition) as to how to identify a true Guru.
      If you finally get one such Guru with the grace of God, serve him throwing away or sacrificing your personal ego. ||3||

      Kundaliya

      He who knows the way to liberation, he who practices meditation everyday
      And while doing so lives in this world with a true & pure heart.
      Who loves Satsang fortifying his detachment (
      with things worldly) everyday…
      Who destroys faulty thinking or evil thoughts (
      of his disciples) by imparting the right knowledge…
      Who firmly implants the precepts of Santmat in our minds clarifying all our doubts…
      He and he only (
      who is gifted with all the above virtues), having a true & pure heart, says Maharshi Mehi Paramhansji Maharaj, can be a Guru.

      Aril

      Utter pleasant truth, and shun stealing.
      Give up taking to, or consuming, intoxicating substances, renounce adultery and do not commit violence.
      Meditate, as taught by the Guru, with a pure mind.
      Iam going to tell about, pronounces Maharshi Mehi Paramhansji Maharaj,how to practice meditation, so please listen with rapt attention ||4||

      Sit on a pure `aasan' (small square piece of mat, carpet, cloth sheet etc.) with your back, neck and head held in a straight (vertical) line.
      Then keeping your mouth and eyes shut, internally chant the name of the deity (
      or Guru) you worship and internally visualise the form of your (Guru or) desired deity.

      Doing so regularly with loving devotion, with perseverance, the mind gradually gets purified.
      I will now describe, Maharshi Mehi Paramhansji Maharaj articulates, what is to be done next, so please listen attentively. ||5||

      The mind (while trying to focus it on a fixed target) often strays to numerous other thoughts. In all such cases when the mind wanders away from the target
      Bringit back again and again, as soon as you realize its flight to objectsor subjects other than the target, and focus it on your target.
      Thus
      practising the `pratyaahaar' (the process or practice of repeatedly bringing the mind back to focus on its target every time it strays away), move up to or acquire the state of `dhaaranaa' (the state of mind staying focussed on the target for a small length of time).
      Moveahead and ascend yourself, counsels Maharshi Mehi Paramhansji Maharaj,holding on to the current in the inner sky, then move furtherahead.||6||

      Very alertly grasp the prime current in the inner sky
      And consciously behold the resplendent wonders or plays there (in the inner sky).
      Still your gaze, your currents of seeing, at the bank or wharf of
      Sushumna or the Tenth Door.
      And, yes, swiftly ascend through this door, exhorts Maharshi Mehi Paramhansji Maharaj||7||

      Bravely practising thus, rise higher into the 'Brahmaand' (Cosmos or Macro Cosmos or the Universe) leaving the `pind' (our body or micro-cosmos) behind.
      (
      For this) make your sight focussed and penetrate into the Sushumna, just as an arrow pierces its target.
      Getting there once (
      that is, on entering into the Sushumna), explains Maharshi Mehi Paramhansji Maharaj, `bindu' (refulgent point visualized in the inner sky when the currents of vision meet at a point in the Sushumna) and `naad' (Divine Sound or Vibration) would escort or lead you ahead (as guides) and take you on a trip to the realm of Divine light along with the realm of Divine Sound ||8||

      Tour through the sphere of light, and see the glittering light.
      In the proximity of the
      `til' or `bindu' (brilliant point) is seen the light of `jugnoo' (glow-worm), see it fixedly.
      Lightning is also sighted there and it becomes very difficult to fix the gaze at this (
      lightning).
      Howwould the sight be able to fix or still itself at the glittering point,remarks Maharshi Mehi Paramhansji Maharaj, at that brilliant light solong as the surat (
      attention, current of consciousness) keeps trembling (that is, is not stilled)?||9||

      Through regular & rigorous practice of `drishti yog' (Meditation on Divine Light within
      The trembling or shaking of
      surat would automatically go away as it would mature slowly (and become absolutely fixed or stilled).
      Til Dwar (Tenth Door or The Third Eye) will break open by gazing at it with great effort…
      Under the thrust of constant, fixed gazing, says Maharshi Mehi Paramhansji Maharaj. ||10||

      Closing the three (eyes, ears and the mouth) look at the resplendent point as well as perceive the current of sound within.
      Beingdrawn or attracted by this current move on from one sound to anotherand listen to (with the inner ear) a wide variety of sounds…
      Such as the chirping of cricket, humming of black beetle…
      Ringing of bells, sounds of
      `shankh' (conch), `shehnaai' (great pipe) etc, recounts Maharshi Mehi Paramhans ji Maharaj. ||11||

      Current of sound is perceived along with sighting of star and the flame of a burning lamp.
      Majestic divine sky replete with supernatural moonlight opens up (
      to the practitioner).
      Howit feels, Maharshi Mehi Paramhansji Maharaj remarks, to perceive the various sounds there, how does it feel to behold the astonishing fullmoon (
      full moon is seen in the region of sahastraara or thousand-petalled lotus
      Can be known to, or experienced by, that perseverant and brave practitioneralone who is wholly immersed in inner meditation. ||12||

      He who gets very profoundly or deeply engrossed in meditation…
      Loses awareness of his gross body…truly steadfast and resolute is he (
      who experiences this).
      Suchan inwardly-turned practitioner, avers Maharshi Mehi Paramhansji Maharaj, is not even aware of the time – whether it is evening ormorning, day or night.
      Externally he appears to be stationary, ormotionless like an inanimate or inert being, though, he is fully alertor conscious internally. ||13||

      In whose face or comparison this external sun (of the outer world) appears quite dim, without light, or pales into insignificance…
      Beyond the zone of moon is seen such a majestic inner sun (
      in the region of Trikutee situated above the sahastraara - the thousand-petalled lotus).
      Who can describe those loud roaring sounds that are heard there?
      Oh really, narrates Maharshi Mehi Paramhansji Maharaj, sounds resembling the `mahaa nagaadaa' (
      giant sized drums) beats and thundering of clouds keep reverberating there. ||14||

      Further ahead is attained the state of `shoonya samaadhi' (in the region of Void) where there is sound and sound only.
      Only such a devoted servant of sant who is driven by an ardent desire to goback to his primeval or original home attains to this state.
      Here the practitioner gets to listen, through the ears of attention, to the melodious tunes of
      `muralee'/'murli' (flute).
      Listening to such melodies, Maharshi Mehi Paramhansji Maharaj affirms, gives rise to great curiosity or intense desire (
      to tune into more and more of such enchanting melodies). ||15||

      When we find a true Guru who knows the right skills or secret (to realise Him), he gives us the hint to "Naada Dhyaan or Shabda Yoga" (Meditation on the Divine Sound Current).
      That which can not be likened to anything else and that which never undergoes any change is called the
      `saar-shabd' (Quintessential or Primeval Sound/Word).
      Even this Quintessential Sound gets dissolved or merged in
      `nihshabd' (soundless state).
      Sants have sung (
      in their verses) the praises of, utters Maharshi Mehi Paramhansji Maharaj, this very soundless entity variously referred to as `Addhvani', `Ashabd', `Anaam' etc. ||16||

      Accompanying the Quintessential Sound, the surat (individual soul) also merges into the `akah' (indescribable soundless realm), the Highest State.
      The nature of this Highest State, which is also termed as `
      Adhwani', `Ashabd', `Anaam' etc., is entirely different or distinct from anything else and is unique.
      Having attained (
      and merged into oneness with) that Supreme Sovereign God who is devoid of all sorts of dichotomies & dualities…
      Surat (the soul)has never, Maharshi Mehi Paramhansji Maharaj asserts, to come back into this world, that is, does not need to take birth in this world. ||17||



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