- Meditation is the ancient art of inner contemplation,of focussing the mind in
order to reach the true inner self.
Many kinds of meditation with different objects and intentions exist in the
modern world.some of this claim to be new,some very old.at some level,most
of them are related to the ancient Indian science of RAJAYOGA.
Modern civilization,particularly in the west,places little value on spritual
growth,but a great bdeal of emphasis on physical and material matters.It is
clear that this imbalance lies at the root of many of the ills currently afflicting
Humanity needs both kinds of values to grow and develop.Like a bird,we
need two wings to fly - material wing,and a spiritual wing.Neglect of either one
spell disaster,on a personal or a global basis.Meditation is a simple and
natural process to achieve the much-needed balance.
The Natural Path,or the simple way is a form of RAJYOGA,the yoga of the
mind or KING of YOGAS.The practice is simple,without rituals or
ceremonies,and is centered on the heart.It uses the power of the mind,that
is,thought,to achieve the highest spritual goal - the inner perfection,which is
synonymous with God Realization.
- In raja yoga we generally start with meditation.There is a great
in it.We find ourselves all the time busy with the worldly things.If
we are not doing
anything,our thoughts seem to have wings in the leisure hours.We are
tumult and disorder.Our individual mind has become used to such type
and thus we have made everything topsy-turvy. Our actions and
much in our wrong making.When we remain in contact with ideas and
different kinds, they leave impressions upon our emotional feelings
and senses. All
senses are spoiled and adopt a wrong course. When such practice
continues for a
long period, we make them worse. The marks we thus make upon the
indriyas turn them solid like a rocki, having no bodh or wisdom. Soul
is, no doubt,
not acted upon, but we create such obstacles and coverings with keep
all round like the cocoon of a silkworm. What happens then ? We
cannot even peep
into the soul, what of realising it.By the effect of our sence of
right cognition. Those who have reached this state of solidity, as
said above, do not
like to come under the teaching of raja yoga. This is why people turn
a deaf ear to
what we say. If somehow or other they make a firm determination to
Reality, the power of Master shall effect them. At the same time I
want to add that
these things can be shattered only by the help of such a Master who
has the power
of transmission to break open the wrapped-up things and to remove
(from the book of EFFICACY OF RAJA YOGA by RAMCHANDRA )
- Now we want to go back through downward motion to the condition from which we
had come down.We use our central force at one point just as the Almighty did when
He created the world by issuing forth the powers of creation from just beneath the
Centre through the force of His will,in differentforms and colours like the fibres of the
net,to copmplete the crteation.It has been at His centre and shall be there when the
things,which have come down go back in Him,or to the original point called the
Centre ( as explained later in the book).We began to weave our own fibres of
different hues and colours and we are all the time with them.Now we want to return
to our own centre.The process naturally will be to draw these things to the p[oint of
origin.We do the same thing in meditation and try to gather ourselves at one and the
same point to create our pralaya,which is the state we were in when we came
down.By meditation we make a will in our heart covering thereby the suroundings
around the heart region.It begins to expand,extending over to all the chakras
(lotuses) located in our body.Thus all the chakras begain to glow.The circle goes
onward passing through region after region till all begain to be absorbed in the
inneermost circle.What you feel there is dazzling light sometimes,because you have
made the passage from the heart towards that region where you are now.The
dazzling light now begains to fade because you are going forward.You come in
contact with different stages of maya as well.The dazzling light is there. (cont.)
(From the book efficy 0f Raja yoga by RAMCHANDRA)
- When you cross it you find yourself in a totally calm atmosphere.Here the kingdom
of God begins.There are stages and stages after it which all pass through.Since it
seems out of place to discuss them here under the head of Meditation we leave
them aside.Now your meditation is leading you to the main goal.No practice of hatha
yoga can bring about such a result.It fails after agya chakra.Medition- a part of raja
yoga-is the only thing that can lead you to the end.There is no other means of
approaching the Centre.We have got within us the same central force,though marred
by our wrong doings.We utilize the same power which is automatic in us.We take
work from the same foirce through meditation.This is how we proceed naturally and
with Nature'sforce,so to say. (cont.) From the book efficacy of Raja Yoga by
- When we meditate,the central power we have remains in force.It disperses the
owerwhelming clouds which are greatly fried up by its force,only can abhyasi can fell
it.Thias can only be known practically.You will soon find yourself swimming in
everlasting peace and hapiness.Everything ends here.There is no attachment with
the world.The mind is disciplined. It is automatically regulated Senses begain to
come under control,and you gain mastery over them.To master yourself means to
master Nature.When the passage becomes clear you feel the Natue's work within
your bounds and limits,rather you begain to work yourself.
(From the Efficacy of Raja Yoga by RAMCANDRA)
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- What is Meditation?
Meditation is the ancient art of inner contemplation, of regulating the mind in
order to uncover the true inner Self, which is Divine.
In materially developed nations, little value is placed on spiritual growth, while
a great deal of emphasis is placed on physical and material aspects of
human existence. This imbalance lies at the root of many of the ills currently
afflicting our societies.
People require both spiritual and material sustenance to live in harmony.
Neglect of either one can spell disaster on the personal, familial, social and
What is Sahaj Marg?
Sahaj Marg, meaning the Natural Path, or the Simple Way, is the ancient Raja
Yoga, simplified and modified for people of today's world. The practice is
simple and without rituals or ceremonies. It is centered on the heart. The
power of the mind is used to reach the spiritual goal of complete oneness with
the Ultimate - God.
Sahaj Marg does not promise powers, or financial success, or better health,
etc. The only promise and purpose of Sahaj Marg is spiritual evolution.
The practice of Sahaj Marg integrates the physical, mental and spiritual
the human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family
and working life.
What Does the Practice Consist Of?
The daily practice of Sahaj Marg consists of an hour of meditation in the
morning before the day begins, a half-hour of cleaning practice in the evening
after the day's activities are complete, and a short prayer at bedtime.
Weekly attendance at group meditation and regular individual meditations
with a preceptor also form part of the practice.
After practicing the system for a time and receiving the benefit of transmission,
a person begins to feel a state of calmness and inner peace. This is the first
stage of the spiritual journey.
What is Transmission?
An essential and unique feature of Sahaj Marg is the transmission of divine
energy from the Master to the aspirant.
This long-lost technique, called Pranahuti in Sanskrit, was rediscovered by
the Grand Master of the system, late in the last century. The Master, who is
himself merged with the Ultimate, is thus able to transmit the spiritual essence
into the deepest level of the aspirant's heart.
Who is the Master?
There is a need for a living realized Master to effectively train an aspirant in
spirituality. It is for the aspirant to read, associate and accept a Master.
The present living Master of the Sahaj Marg system is Shri Parthasarathi
Rajagopalachari of Madras, India. He is the President of Shri Ram Chandra
Mission. He works for the spiritual benefit of all, and travels to centers both in
and outside India as well as welcoming those visiting him in Madras. He is
assisted by some individuals called preceptors, whom he has permitted to
transmit to aspirants.
What is Shri Ram Chandra Mission?
Sahaj Marg is taught and practiced worldwide through the organization of
Shri Ram Chandra Mission. It is a non-profit organization with branches in
many parts of the world. The Mission was established in 1945 by Shri Ram
Chandra of Shahjahanpur, U.P., India, and was named in honor of his Master,
the Grand Master of the system who also had the same name.
How to Start the Practice?
Training in Sahaj Marg is free of charge, and is open to all over eighteen
years of age. The only qualification is a genuine and abiding interest in
spiritual growth and the willingness to participate.
To begin the practice of Sahaj Marg it is necessary to receive introductory
meditation sittings from a preceptor.
For more information on the system and to begin the practice, please contact
the center nearest you. Main international and local centers are listed in this
"God is simple, and therefore the way to Him must also be simple.
God has hidden Himself inside your heart and exposed you. Hide yourself
and expose God."
- Shri Ram Chandra
"Remember, you are not only a tenant of this house, you are a tenant in this
body itself. Prepare your next residence, before you leave this. Otherwise, you
will be a houseless person, with nowhere to go."
- Shri P. Rajagopalachari