997More Swami Sivananda on Meditation
- Sep 3, 2002SIVANANDA DAILY READING FOR 2 SEPTEMBER
THE SECRET OF MEDITATION
Meditation is the road to the attainment of salvation (moksa).
Meditation kills all pains, suffering, the three kinds of tapas
(fevers), and the five klesas (sorrows). Meditation gives the vision
of unity. Meditation produces a sense of oneness. Meditation is the
aeroplane that helps the aspirant to soar high in the realms of
eternal bliss and everlasting peace.
Meditation is the mysterious ladder that connects heaven and earth
and takes the aspirant to the immortal abode of Brahman. Meditation
is the continuous flow of one thought of God or atman, like the
continuous flow of oil from one vessel to another.
When you sit for meditation, all sorts of worldly thoughts will crop
up in your mind; this will disturb the meditation. You will be
astonished. Old thoughts, old memories of past enjoyments will
bubble up and force the mind to wander in all directions. The trap-
door of the vast magazine of thoughts and memories, within the
subconscious mind, is opened up and these thoughts gush out in a
continuous stream. The more you attempt to still them, the more they
will bubble up.
Do not be discouraged. Never despair. Through regular and constant
meditation you will purify the subconscious mind and thus control
the thoughts and memories. The fire of meditation will burn all
thoughts. Be sure of this.
Meditation on the immortal self will act like dynamite. It will blow
up all thoughts and memories in the subconscious mind. If the
thoughts trouble you much, do not suppress them by force. Be a
silent witness, as in a bioscope. They will subside gradually. Then
you must root them out by regular silent meditation.
The practice of meditation must be constant. Then only will one
attain self-realisation, quickly and surely. He who practises
meditation, by fits and starts, for a few minutes daily, will not be
able to achieve any tangible success in yoga.
In the beginning, beginners fall down from meditation into their old
grooves. They must lift up their minds again and again. They will
have to fix the mind on the laksya (target). When the meditation
becomes deep and steady, they eventually get established in God.
Then meditation becomes sahaja - it becomes habitual.