16804Krishna on Meditation
- Sep 22, 2009Those who aspire to the state of self-discipline
should seek the Self in inner solitude through
meditation, controlling body and mind, free from
expectations and attachment to material possessions.
Select a clean spot, neither too high nor too
low, and seat yourself firmly on a cloth, a
deerskin, and kusha grass. Then, once seated,
strive to still your thoughts. Make your mind
one-pointed in meditation, and your
heart will be purified. Hold your body, head,
and neck firmly in a straight line, and keep
your eyes from wandering. With all fears dissolved
in the peace of the Self and all desires dedicated
to God, controlling the mind and fixing it on Me,
sit in meditation with Me as your only goal.
With senses and mind constantly controlled through
meditation, united with the Self within, an aspirant
attains Nirvana, the state of abiding joy and
peace in Me.
Arjuna, those who eat too much or eat too little,
who sleep too much or sleep too little, will not
succeed in meditation. But those who are temp-
erate in eating and sleeping, work and recreation,
will come to the end of sorrow through meditation.
Through constant effort they learn to withdraw
the mind from selfish cravings and absorb it in
the Self. Thus they attain the state of union.
When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering
like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.
In the still mind, in the depths of meditation,
the eternal Self reveals itself. Beholding the
Self by means of the Self, an aspirant knows the joy
and peace of complete fulfilment. Having attained
that abiding joy beyond the senses, revealed in the
stilled mind, he never swerves from the central
truth. He desires nothing else, and
cannot be shaken by the heaviest burden of sorrow.
The practice of meditation frees one from all
affliction. This is the path of yoga. Follow it
with determination and sustained enthusiasm.
Renouncing wholeheartedly all selfish desires
and expectations, use your will to control the
senses. Little by little, through patience and
repeated effort, the mind will become stilled in the Self.
Wherever the mind wanders, restless and diffuse
in its search for satisfaction without, lead it
within; train it to rest in the Self. Abiding
joy comes to those who still the mind. Freeing
themselves from the taint of self-will, with their
consciousness unified, they become one with God.
Bhagavad Gita 6.10-27
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