Significance Of Meditation (Part 4 Of 7)
- SIGNIFICANCE OF MEDITATION - (Part 4 Of 7)
Meditation is a mind free from thoughts. Meditation is the heart of
yoga, the roof of Sadhana, the master key to knowledge the stream of
love, the sacrificial rite that earns the richness of the Guru's
Grace. Meditation is also one form of the Guru. Many will ask now to
meditate and for how long. These are primary and essential
questions. It is said in the Gita. The vision of the Self is
obtained through meditation. In the Srimad Bhagavata it says : "In
the meditation the Sadhaka becomes the form of God."
Just we have occupied in mundane activities, our mind also is
immersed in love for God in meditation. When the mind becomes empty
of thoughts and becomes one with the Self, we reach a very high
state. So we must keep our mind empty. When we wakeup after sleep,
we experience a few moments when our mind is free of thoughts. We
should make our mind peaceful and thought free, so that it becomes
no different from the Self. This progress is to come in meditation.
Does Constant Meditation Develop Great Powers?
"Constant meditation develops great powers. The letters of the
Mantra become prominent and are flashed before the mental eye and
they seem to burn like fire. Whenever repeated with an object in
view, the object will be attained with the help of the Mantra which
reveals itself as described above. Such a Mantra is usually known
as 'Siddha Mantra'. When uttered, it is capable of producing the
most extraordinary results. Similarly, when concentration is on a
deity for a long time and according to a fixed procedure with
devotion and under the guidance of a ,competent Guru, your Istha-
Devata will be realised. This Deity reveals itself before the
Sadhaka and offers him everything he desires. Your Istba-Devata
never leaves you and remains practically at your side always. The
concentration should make you entirely oblivious of the surroundings
and you should think of yourself as one with the Universal energy.
Your mind should think of yourself as one with the Universal energy.
Your mind should be akin to Susupti or deep sleep condition. When
this is practised for a long time, certain signs appear before your
mental eye and your Istha Devata show conclusively that the Sadhaka
is progressing towards the realisation of your Istha Devata. The
signs appear in five successive stages. The sign in the beginning is
the vision of mirage. This gives place gradually in the second stage
to a vision of smoke. In the third stage, the Sadhaka visualises
bright sparks in the space in the form of fire flies. The form of
light is seen in the fourth stage which is replaced in the fifth
stage by a constant light like that of the cloudless sky. That is to
say, when meditation is practiced for a sufficient length of time,
you see the vision of a constant light which does not revert to the
other four inferior stages. The light referred here is the Light of
Pure Satva. When the mind is deeply absorbed in that quality, then,
indeed, does this condition of Light which is free from all pain
follow. This is the Jyothi, light which is the sure sign of constant
meditation on the deity can now be practised with confidence in
order that the deity may appear before the Sadhaka in a vision. In
the beginning the vision will appear, disappear and again reappear.
By constant practice, the vision becomes permanent. Then you should
have reached perfection when this state is reached. The deity will
confer on you all that you desire and never leaves you. Thereby, you
become endowed with supernatural powers and acquire control over the
Law of Nature. To attain the above, one must have enough patience,
regular practice for years or perhaps for a whole life time.
Everything depends on faith and Sadhana. The Sadhana is the greatest
and most glorious mystic experience that can be attained in your
life. Your life would be aimless without pursuit of Sadhana."
These Golden words were preached by Sri Sankaracharya.
Our sorrows are our teachers. We must wipe of our ignorance and
passions. Ignorance is destroyed by wisdom. The desires and thoughts
are to be understood. When we observe highly bright colours during
our meditation we see a form in that colour. The brightness of the
colour equals to that of the Sun. The colour depends on our
thoughts. Each of Kama-Krodha etc. have a different colours. By
identifying the colour.in the meditation, we can know what Guna is
predorninant in our mind. After some time, these colours in
meditation embrace each other into one and we can see the form
clearly. We must practise to identify this.
"Do Sadhana to experience the state of thoughtlessness (Nirvikalpa
Sthithi) through meditation. This is definitely superior State. In
the state of Nirvikalpa Samadhi, every thing appears as 'Brahmam'.
When the illusion of life ceases we will experience the Supreme
Knowledge that we are 'Para- Brahrna'. Our Ajnana will be burnt in
the fire of that knowledge. We should not stop At that. We must
further know that 'Paramatma' is in us only. This .can be realized
by only Meditation.
We must cry for God to experience His sweetness in meditation. Our
sorrows drop off as we turn inwards deeply in meditation. If we
meditate on Sri Sai Baba wholeheartedly, we shall have a blessed
life. If we meditate on Baba through Nirvikalpa Samadhi, we will
become eternal and prove to be the sole Supreme Consciousness. If we
have faith in Sri Sai Baba and meditate, our mind shall be pristine,
pure (Suddha-Satvika). If we thus meditate, we shall experience
certain appearances such as Divine Light (Jyothi). Such appearances
are proof that our mind is sanctified.
Meditation does not mean a Karma done with the mind. Meditation is
looking into all the transactions of Karma generated in the mind.
This is the insight. The insight is the one that wipes out our
defects. This deep insight removes our sorrows and worries.
Meditative life is a blessed life and get Divine pleasure. We must
always make ourselves Atma Vimarsha by recapitulating all that we
have so far done in this birth.
Baba said to one of His devotee : "Have complete faith in Me and
give away your wants to Me. Who asked you to suffer? While 1 am
showing the right path, you are going in a wrong way. If you have
got confidence in Me, 1 shall reveal all the secrets relating to My
Philosophy. Perpetual meditation is the way of your life. Qualities
like anger, grief, greed are making you restless. By constant
meditation you can get rid them off. Selfless deeds and thoughts
purify your mind. Practise this through your meditation."
Baba also says - 'Those who take complete refuge in Me and think of
Me always in meditation, they are able to see the Universe in their
bodies and passions of mind as Chaitanya, but also 1 will show
various colourful visions, sounds and other worlds in the
meditation. To those who manage to see the external world as inert
in meditation, 1 will slow to such people the place of 'Diwividhya
Tyagi'. 1 am the 'Adwaitha Brahma'.
Baba says: "If you meditate on Me with perseverance and
concentration, you will get results. Such people can get over Maya
or the 'Tri gunas'. 1 am responsible for well being of those who are
devoid of egoism and attachment. Treat pain and pleasure equally.
Offer your mind and Buddhi to Me and then meditate with one-pointed
mind. Some. of you are inviting your own down fall by practising
sorcery against My devotees being foolishly prompted by arrogance,
jealousy and hatred. All of you must meditate on Me, with firm faith
that 1 am the father and mother of this Universe. Know that 1 am in
those who meditate on Me, with complete faith, then they are in Me.'
Sri Sai Baba always says: 'If one ever meditates on Me, repeats My
name, sings My deeds and is thus transformed into Me, one's Karma is
destroyed. 1 stand by his side always.'
It was Baba's look out to see that His nature and attitude towards
His devotees should be thoroughly well impressed upon devotees mind
and look after their welfare. Baba had to repeat his efforts to
ensure the thorough fixing of these valuable truths and impressions
in Chandorkar's mind. The most common and basic things one would
include in the list of ordinary man's needs are water to drink and
food to eat. By a kind act, act of Divine Providence, Baba provides
these two to His devotees.
In meditation, render your mind vacant and spirituous all of your
senses. Then only the world outside will disappear. In order to
reach the inner world, we transcend our mind and the senses. This is
possible only in meditation.
"Meditation' means - 'Releasing liberation from the shackles of the
Finite into the freedom of 'infinite'. This process is called
The aim of meditation is to make contact with the Reality. This is
possible only after the self of the body mind complex is duly
penetrated. This is possible only when the subtle as well as the
causal body surpasses, when the body-consciousness takes its place.
Concentration must not be mistaken for meditation. For
concentration, things are important. Purity of consciousness moral
awareness and spiritual discrimination. Concentration is below
senses and meditation is beyond senses. If we are interested in
meditation, we must undertake the journey from below the senses and
beyond the senses. When we experience Blissful consciousness, that
experience is meditation.
When the individual awareness is released from the clutches of the
body-rnind consciousness and loses its identity and rnerges with the
Divine Consciousness, that is called meditation.
So we must try to practise such meditation and thereby we will gain
Meditation is the name for a period of rest provided for the busy
and wayward mind.
The Vasanas i.e. recollection of past experiences, influences the
thought process, ie. the mind plays the time and the body acts out
the role through five senses of Karma Indriyas.
Detachment of the mind from the Sense,objects as well as the relief
from the consequent mental agitation, are essential for success in
We must be vigilant, never lose our temper, avoid pride, and
tendency of fault finding of others. A sense of joy is necessary for
concentration and, meditation.
Jai Sai Ram
Bow to Shri Sai-Peace be to all
Baba Bless you ever!!!