YOGA OF MEDITATION
11/01/2011 Comments Off on YOGA OF MEDITATION
O beloved Ram! You are within a strong fortress now. A spiritual fortress where no temptation can influence you. You are absolutely safe. Now you can do vigorous sadhana (spiritual practice) without fear. Kill the foe - the mind. Wear the spiritual laurels of peace, equal-vision and contentment.
You are already shining with Brahmic bliss. The all-merciful Lord has given you all sorts of comforts, good health and a guru to guide you. What more do you want? Grow. Evolve. Realise the truth and proclaim it everywhere.
Be silent. Know thyself. Know that. Melt the mind in that. Truth is quite clear and simple. Solitude and intense meditation are two important requisites for self-realisation. If sadhana is interrupted, make up the deficiency later.
Practise self-restraint at all times because, all of a sudden, the senses may suddenly become turbulent. This is why Krishna says: “O son of Kunti, the excited senses of even a wise man, though he be striving, impetuously carry away his mind.”
The wandering habit of the mind must be controlled by making it stick to one place, by one method of sadhana, by one guru and by one form of yoga. A rolling stone gathers no moss. When you take up a book for study, you must finish it before you take up another one. When you take up any work, you must devote your whole-hearted attention towards it and finish it before you take up any other work.
Do not cause pain or suffering to any living being, whether through greed, selfishness, irritability or annoyance. Give up anger and illwill. Give up the spirit of fighting and heated debates. Do not argue. If you quarrel with somebody you cannot meditate for three or four days, because your balance of mind is upset. Thus much energy is wasted in useless channels. Also the blood becomes hot; the nerves are shattered. Keep a serene mind always. Meditation proceeds from a serene mind.
An aspirant must be sensitive and yet possess a body and nerves completely under control. The greater the sensitivity becomes, the more difficult the task. Noises which pass unnoticed by an ordinary person are torture to one who is very sensitive. Develop the inner power of the self. Centralisation of ideas will stop the outgoing habit of the mind. – Swami Sivananda