Meditation Theory and Effects

That which is bright and is subtler than the subtle

"That which is bright and is subtler than the subtle, and that on which are fixed all the worlds as well as the dwellers of the worlds, is this immutable Brahman; it is this vital force; it, again, is speech and mind. This that is such, is true, it is immortal. It is...

Meditation in Crisis

These are practises that Dr Shastri recommended; they are well proven and reliable, and the book that they come out of is "Meditation Theory and Practise", which was written by Dr Shastri. One can be showered with different practises or presentations, but if one does...

I cannot control my mind. I drift away from Yoga

You say: "I cannot control my mind. I drift away from Yoga." It is a legitimate question and a sincere one. There is a verse of Sheikh Saadi: "In the early hours I make up my mind to meditate on God but then the thought comes 'What will my children eat in the...

Meditation on OM

Swami Rama Tirtha made OM his main method for realization. He said, ‘For one moment throw overboard all your attachments and anxieties, and chant OM. You will find yourself transformed into light.’ The practice of the eighth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita presents...

Fear of losing individuality is unjustified

 The Universal Self In Gaudapada’s Karikas, Books 2 and 3, there are several verses on this. The essence of the individual self is not lost but expands, finally into the Universal Self. Fear of losing individuality is therefore unjustified. But when first heard, the...

The third gift is the gift of wisdom

Three Gifts Words may not be needed. There are people who, when you visit them, say almost nothing so that you think perhaps you’ve wasted your time going to see them. But when you get home, you find something you’ve been frightened of doing is now not so frightening...

By meditation, that which is hidden becomes manifest

 Inspiration The great point is, not to rule ourselves out but to follow the instructions and make the experiments. The sceptic may say, “There is no Rama, no such God in reality. What is the proof? Rama and Krishna were simply mythological dark-skinned South Indian...

Learn to bring the attention to the heart centre

 Mental Twitching  Even physically, if we have to wait an hour or two, and then go into decisive action, during the waiting period our body feels it must do something. We cannot just sit, fighting phantoms of what may happen, and what we will have to do to meet it in...

Sengai Willow picture

  The poem reads: PATIENT ENDURANCE Winds may come that are not pleasant - The willow! This poem is not to be read as an indication that there are storms before which any resistance is useless, so that we must be prepared to hopeless suffering. The willow branches are...

Meditation in Japanese Zen Temples

In Zen great stress is laid on posture, not only during the formal meditation sittings night and morning but in daily life. To the eye of an expert the posture and movements of the body reflect the inner state infallibly; conversely, the inner state is affected by the...

Sit in the meditation hall of Moon in the Water

Among Zen sayings there is this one: " Sit in the meditation hall of Moon in the Water, and do the practice and do the sky-flower practice". The saying describes the practice and its fulfilment: it has a power profound and noble. I believe that these two phrases can...

Still Water, Bright Mirror

When we look into a pool of clear water and it is agitated into little waves, of course we can’t see through to the bottom. In human terms, this corresponds to the mind agitated by desires and thoughts that prevent us from seeing through to what is at, and beyond, the...

Concentration and Meditation

It is often recommended, that before we begin a study the Holy Truth, we should bring the mind to the central line of the body, and one of the ways of doing it is to isolate the point in the centre of the chest: just below where the ribs meet. This is technically...

God is all, and things have only a nominal value

In the ancient classic called The Conference of the Birds, by Farid Attar, the Persian poet and philosopher, there is a verse which says : “ God is all, and things have only a nominal value ; the world visible and the world invisible, are only Himself, there is none...

How you can keep the mind steady

How can a man, in the present circumstances, achieve realisation of the Spirit? The answer will be dependent upon the nature of the man himself. Men in this world may be broadly divided as possessing three kinds of tempers, three kinds of minds. There are some whose...

Realizing the point of the sacred sound syllable AUM

“Archimedes,” says Swami Rama Tirtha, “used to say: ‘I can move the whole world if I can get a fixed point,' but the poor fellow never found it. The fixed point is within you; get hold of it, feel it, feel it, realize it, realize that you are the Divinity, that you...

Cease to make distinctions this is it, and this is it

I was neither asleep nor fully awake ; nor was it a dream. This is precisely what happened. In a green valley there was a vast field. It had rained, but was it rain ? It was something that fell from a large planet, invisible matter which was neither solid nor liquid...

The one soveriegn remedy of all spiritual ills

The mind begins the quest after Truth. It applies the law of cause and effect to discover the Reality. A little reflection shows that the effect is contained in the cause, and that the cause is superior to the effect. By inference we ascertain the priority of cause to...

Making The Desert Bloom

The great Thar desert lies in what is now Pakistan and is almost completely barren. There is a tradition in the ancient Vedas going back to over 1000B.C. that a great river, the Sarasvati, which rises in the Himalayas, flows a long way underground. Recent prospecting...

The need for spiritual education

In this age, more importance is attached to education than ever before. It is agreed by all parties in the state that everyone should receive the highest degree of education of which he is capable. One might think that now at last we were on the way to becoming a...

Absorption Meditation – Laya Dhyana

Clay is the cause of a jar; it is made out of clay. The waves, bubbles and foam are produced out of water and are not different from the water. The law that the effect is not different from its cause must be understood. The cause of all is Ishwara, the Lord, and I am...

What is the appeal of Yoga and meditation to man today?

Could it be that in the midst of this hurly burly 21st century that it supplies an oasis of peace and quietude which is more and more difficult to find in this modem age ? Yoga teaches that this peace and quietude is within and when contacted is the real Self of man...

What is the meaning of meditation?

The first thing is, early in the morning, to sit down and to meditate. What is the meaning of meditation? First to create silence, then to fill that silence with light; and that light is the light of affirmation. Then again to make the mind silent so that the text of...

Learning to use new senses

One of the things that science has taught us is that we can perceive nothing unless we have the necessary sense organs. We are completely unaware of those parts of the universe which we are not equipped to perceive. One of the latest instances of this is the discovery...

Man is born to transcend his apparent nature

The practice of worship is, in its beginning, a triumph over egoism, and its culmination is the transcendence of the worshipper. One can almost hear an astute listener thinking :           “ Transcendence ! Surely worship should be considered as an offering to the...

Meditation: time, place, posture, method

Is meditation an invasion of pleasant thoughts which takes place during a visit to some beautiful garden or during idle moments, or is it, as described in the Dictionary, “to think quietly” and “reflect”? References are made nowadays to meditation in these...

The yogi rides his mind as a rider his horse

Yoga is the ascension of the mind from its present state of turpitude, passion-struggle, and final equilibrium, into the higher state of illumination. The word ‘ascension’ has no spatial connotation; it just means lifting the mind from one state to another. It is a...

Behind the Mind is Spirit

There are two entities which compose the whole Universe, the comprehensible and the incomprehensible Universe. The perceptible is only a small part of the imperceptible, unimaginable. These two Universes are really one. It is not that they have split themselves into...

The law governing life is unfoldment

The law governing life is unfoldment. Man can acquire inner enlightenment, and satisfy his mind forever, by knowing the supreme Spirit within him, his own Self. There are three ways by which the Self may be known:—the way of action, called Karma Yoga; the way of...

The obstacles to meditation

Why do some earnest and eager students of the Vedanta philosophy, who have accepted a Teacher, are intent on Yoga and determined to pursue the path of discipleship, still find that they are unable to concentrate during meditation ? Why is it that, not only desirable,...

Chebetken Buddhist Monastery

While I was teaching at the Waseda University in Tokyo, I received an invitation to visit a monastery called Chebetken. I went there and was received by the Abbot, an old man of deep classical learning and a most kindly heart. I took an interpreter with me. The monks...

Unfold the deep abiding divinity in your being

In order to unfold the deep abiding divinity in your being, you must apply yourself to contemplation and selfcriticism, and practise meditation and devotion. As a ship-wrecked man searches for rescue with his whole being, so must you search for the divine Essence in...

The spiritual nature of man is divine.

The spiritual nature of man is divine. It is above all woe and joy and is pure Intelligence and Bliss. It has not altered and will not alter. It is One without a second. Then why is man in grief, greed, anger and stupid attachment to the passing objects? The reason is...

See Christ’s qualities arising slowly in your soul

Meditation prepares the mind to receive the light of the higher Self behind the mind : and the more light the mind receives by attuning itself subjectively to the real Self behind it, the greater peace and tranquillity it has, and the more inspiration to produce...

How to practice interior silence and find the light within

Someone has said that the mind is a machine for secreting thought, and this description corresponds to our experience of it. The secret of the practice of interior silence is that if the secretion of thought is stopped, not permanently, but for short periods, the mind...

Vikshepa veils the world of Joy

We all have some conception of the highest good, but owing to the paucity of our intellect or to want of experience, for want of right penetration into the problem, we make errors, and what is temporal and transient we take to be our highest good. And unless the...

How to hear great spiritual truths that are life-saving

Listening was the earliest means of teaching. Before writing was developed, the history of the races was told in stories. The bards sang songs of past events; story-tellers travelled from place to place recounting legends, myths and amongst them, many truths. Men...

Fulfil the disciplinary antecedent

The expression ‘Inner Light’ is used by the followers of George Fox, but there is a slight difference between their interpretation and that which is being offered here. Fox meant by inner light the faculty which interprets the biblical texts, independent of any...

In meditation there are at the beginning three components

Self-Realisation seems to have two components: first, an external world which we perceive, and second an ego which we feel perceives it. Initially we may feel that the body and mind belong to the ego; later when death has become more real to us and we have understood...

Remembrance of the Lord is necessary

THE Self is bliss, free, all pervasive. As long as the soul of man is subject to the not-self it is said to be in bondage, and when the soul is freed from the not-self and becomes its own real nature within the soul, then the soul is said to be free. Some people call...

Constant remembrance effects transformation in the heart

There is story of a king who caught and held prisoner a parrot. It was a sweet speaking parrot but it had only one theme, the beauty and perfection of its former mistress, Princess Padmani. Day after day the king listened to the paean of praise from the parrot. Slowly...

Two paths to God

Before he leaves the body man should acquire the experience of God-vision—Beatitude—the Kingdom of Heaven within— Christ. All these words are names for one experience, which takes place in the region of the Spirit—although the mind can help. The spiritual region, in...

He who is the spleandour of the sun

Let us have a short meditation so that the truth which I have the privilege to offer to you may be understood and your mind may be soaked in it. Meditation means knowing how to relax the mind, rid it of all its activities and focus it on the spiritual principle within...

The sound which rises without a clash

There is a sound which people hear when all apertures of knowledge have been closed, when the passions have been hushed, when desires have been lulled into a long dreamless sleep, when ambitions have been obliterated, and eyes, ears and lips are closed. In this state...

Meditation is the immediate precursor of Knowledge

In his Gita, commentary and elsewhere, Shankara declares repeatedly that meditation is the immediate precursor of Knowledge. Verse 8 in the Chapter of the Self runs: The yogi who practises realization of that in everything, and always holds to firmness in that, Will...

How to get a hint of samadhi

In discussing samadhi, it has to be recognized that descriptions of yogic states, not part of ordinary experience, will be increasingly unsatisfactory when judged by ordinary experience and its standards. A man who has never seen the sea will find descriptions of it...

How to apply yoga to make a significant change

It takes six weeks of keen application to yoga to make a significant change, three months before the change is apparent to the man himself. In three years there can be a complete and lasting change of the whole roots of the personality. Thus each stage is first...

Mastery in Samadhi is when the mind can be steadied

Mastery is when the mind can be steadied on anything from the ultimate in smallness to the ultimate in greatness (Sutra 1.40 ) The Upanishadic verses quoted in the Chapter of the Self describe Brahman: Subtle, finer than a lotus-fibre, he stands covering all; Greater...

Meditation on the chosen form

Sutra 1.59 or (by meditation) on the chosen form The word for meditation is dhyana, which is the second step of the three stages of meditation. The first was dharana, ‘supporting’, ‘maintaining’, where the attention has to be repeatedly brought back to the location of...

Knowledge of dream and of dreamless sleep

Sutra 1.38 or on the knowledge of dream and of (dreamless) sleep One commentator understands the first part of this sutra as meaning that when a man awakens from a dream of a god, he should remain as long as possible in the memory of that dream; the dreamless sleep he...

Meditation on a mind free from passion

Passionlessness Sutra 1.37 or (by) meditation on a mind free from passion Some commentators explain the practice as meditation, ultimately with a sense of identity, on some saint who is free from passion. One way is to live through incidents in his life vividly...

He becomes aware of something like a lotus, made of light

Sutra 35 or (by) the sorrowless radiant (mental perception) Shankara explains this as a much more important practice, and many teachers make it the first step, omitting the previous ones. The centre of attention (dharana) is the ‘heart centre’, roughly where the ribs...

The Self-terminating experiences in meditation

Yogic practices for preparing the mind for knowledge are not necessarily concerned with ultimate truth, but may be just to purify and steady the mind as it now stands, with all its present preconceptions. It is found that in many cases there has to be some definite...

Control of prana is not the same as control of the breath

Prana cannot be translated exactly into present-day English , the original sense of ‘spirit’ might come close to it. Control of prana is not the same as control of the breath, but one of the movements of prana is in phase with breathing, and the prana movement is most...

Compassion towards suffering

Compassion towards suffering is the second of the four bhavana exercises. Bhavana in Sanskrit has the sense of saturating, steeping, completely infusing, psychologically it means something which permeates the whole mental life. The yogi exercises compassion in his...

Friendliness towards the happy

Shankara in his commentary explains that these are meditations which must actualize themselves. Until the reactions in ordinary life have begun to modify themselves along the lines of the meditations, the cultivation of intensity has only begun. Friendliness - maitri,...

The four feelings

The meditations on four feelings which are to be intensified through meditation are called bhavana: they are: friendliness towards the happy, compassion for the suffering, goodwill towards virtue, and overlooking sin.  

In samadhi, the ‘I am meditating’ vanishes

Samadhi is the third step in meditation. The first is called dharana, holding the attention on to one place. The second is dhyana, when the attention rests there continuously, and does not have to be recalled with more or less frequency, as it does in dharana. But the...

The meditation is then going into samadhi

Suppose a yogi takes one of the verses of the Chapter of the Self, to use with repetition of Om: The world is not different from him, who is ever standing as the supreme, who is to be known, who himself divides into many. From him the bodies all come forth, he is the...

Repetition of Om and meditation on the Supreme Lord

Through Om-repetition through repetition of the syllable, having his mind bowed before the Lord, let him practise yoga let him meditate on the Lord who is expressed by Om. And then, he whose mind has become unwavering as a result of his meditation on the Lord, who is...

Even a little of this yoga frees one from great fear

Worship produces energization and clarification of the mental processes, and a view of the world as purposeful. The worshipper becomes dimly aware of the part he is to play in that purpose, and can experience in himself the strength to play it. As his ship begins to...

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