The word Yogi is used in many senses: two are prominent: one is to be equiminded, to be satisfied through knowledge; and the other is to be wholly and solely devoted to the contemplation of the spiritual truth. There are certain things, which we can obtain by physical exertion, but other things we obtain by the exercise of the quality of our mind. This contemplation which means voluntary concentration of the mental energy on the shining element in our spirit, is the one way to obtain what is higher, most shining and truthful. Therefore, you will know that great stress is laid on the life of contemplation.
Unless you have a love of isolation you will not be able to achieve anything great in life. Isolation means to shun the useless society, which teaches us nothing. You must find time to be yourself. Emerson has said that a man is sincere only when he is alone. When we are with other people, we are not ourselves. Therefore, let us be ourselves and let us use our reasoning power in order to know what is the real spiritual truth.
You stand on the bank of a river. Imagine it is rather a stormy time. The wind produces countless waves. Suppose one of the waves became self-conscious and said:
” O I will die very soon: O there are much higher waves than myself. What a pity I am not so big as they are. Ah me, how miserable I am “. What is the best thing for the wave to do? The best thing for the wave is to contemplate: ” I am water, I am not the wave.”
A verse in the Gita says: ” That which was before the manifestation, that which really is during the course of manifestation, and that which still persists when manifestation has subsided, that is truth, that is reality.”
Such is the case with man. Let man feel that he is the truth, he is the spirit and not the outer objects, by study, by devotion, by detachment- vairagya- and in this way if our meditation is complete we begin to find light in ourselves and the problems of life are solved.
Here is a short meditation.
Meditation means to take a concept or an idea, to close your lips and if possible to close your ears also and then to let the mind dwell only on the text. The concept underlying the text becomes you. By contemplation we find what we have forgotten.
OM In the ocean of limitless consciousness I am a wave.
In the ocean of infinite awareness I am a wave.
I am reality infinite, I am bliss. OM