The best phase of consciousness is called dnyana or meditation. There is a verse from the “Chandogya” (7.6.); this is a very eloquent verse: “The earth meditates , the ether meditates, the mountains meditate, the water meditates, all meditate.” And when the whole world and every object is meditating, should man allow his mind to graze in the field of raga and dvesha, desire and slander and so forth?
Contemplation is superior to any other form of consciousness. The earth seems to contemplate, the waters seem to contemplate, the mountain seems to contemplate, time and space seem to contemplate, says the “Chandogya”. The whole earth is born of dhyana, the whole earth is constantly contemplating. This is the non-rational method of acquiring truth. Truth is acquired by rational method to a certain extent, by non-rational method, by the method called intuition, and by one thing more, the grace of God.
“O darling, not for the sake of the son the son is dear, but for the sake of the Self the son is dear . ”
( Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.4.5.)
In the “Brihadaranyaka Upanishad” (5.2.) when the holy Rishi was in his cave in the Himalayas, to the right and left of which were flowing two tranquil streams and a waterfall tumbling not far below, and the fawns had come for a dip in the water. Suddenly thunder came and crashed in the sky, saying “Da, da, da.” The Rishi, who sees the spiritual meaning in everything, says: “Practise self-control, practise charity, practise kindness.” These are in Sanskrit the meanings of “Da, da, da.” (damyata, datta, dayadhvam). The heavens are thundering forth this great lesson: “Practise self-control, charity and universal kindness.” To these Rishis, whose disciples you are, it was a lesson, an expression of God in every phenomenon of nature. Perhaps it is from them that the Chinese, who see also in Nature moral lessons, took their lessons.
Purnamadah, purnamidam, purnat purnam udachyate Purnasva purnam adaya, purnam evavashishvate.
(Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 5.1.)
Grant that we may depend on Thee, that if in a mood of complaint we may complain to Thee, if in a mood to cry we may cry to Thee, if to be silent to be silent in order to know Thee. Grant that any object other than this be a stranger to us.