I have a couple of questions. First, what are the these methods to get initiated into meditation? Is the Moola Bandha exercise you recommended enough to get into meditation?
We have good and bad in the world. We have positive and negative. We have hate and love. They exist. In pursuit of morality and being ethical we choose one (usually good) over the other. But I have read many times, that it is best to be thinking out of this cycle. Look at something without it being positive or negative. But how is this possible? Religion teaches morality but true realisation teaches total detachment? But isn’t religion a way of achieving the true god?
Thank you Guruji.
With best regards and love,
Beloved Arun, The first question you asked is worth a reply which can be as lengthy as a book however you need to get an answer and so do many others who keep writing to me separately to keep anonymity so I will try to be as brief and direct as possible yet these words, for that matter any words even if they are spoken by Messiahs, Prophets or Avatars can make a Guru or Master redundant.
If we understand clearly the process of preparation as adopted by Maharshi Patanjali in his treatise Yog-Sutra; Much before you can get into dhyan or meditation you have to adopt Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayam, Pratyaahaara and Dharanaa.. That means there are 6 steps to reach that stage where from Meditation is possible. It sounds too difficult and discouraging… isn’t it? But if you ask me Patanjali also says that Dhyaan or Meditation is something which will happen by itself when your Dharanaa is perfected thus indicating no one can do meditation but only preparations for it.
It is just like getting to sleep. You can not do the act of sleeping.. all you can do is lie down comfortably, close your eyes and wait. Sleep will come by itself… you can not force yourself into sleep. In fact you can not sleep if you try to sleep. Most of the people suffering from insomnia are those who have somehow made it a habit to do the act rather than wait for it. And how does this habit if formed? Out of their busy routine in the worldly affairs they develop a subconscious belief that everything needs to be ‘done’.. and out of this subtle deeper belief that try doing the sleep too. But you can not succeed this way. For getting a good sleep you have to be tired, you have to let go and just wait… the phase of sleep will overcome you. If ‘you’ want to remain there in the process sleep will evade you. Sleep is unconscious meditation and meditation can be regarded as conscious sleep. In sleep consciousness is lost in the phase but in meditation your consciousness stays alert… easy to say though. (laughs)
In the same way… meditation is not a doing. All the doings are in the way of it, some sort of preparation but meditation is not to be done. It just happens. It takes over your being… it is very natural state of yours. A child can meditate more easily than an adult. In fact a child will not be able to understand the difference between his/her waking state and meditation because even while he/she is awake her being is meditative.
To enter into meditative state is to become a child again. And what does that mean? What a child is like which you are not? Just pay some attention and you can find out.. A child is living moment to moment. He is not making big plans for future that means he is devoid of ambition. A child is able to accept anyone as her friend if love is seen and felt in him. That means a child doesn’t judge people on the scale of profitability. A child will in most probability speak the truth than a lie. It is you who will have to teach a child to tell lies. That means child’s heart is pure. A child is capable of spending hours playing in nature.. making castles of sand, appreciating the beauty of a stone, running behind colorful butterflies, listening to birds and so on.. It means child is connected to nature and playful all the times and capable of keeping his focus on any act or thing (Dhaaranaa) longer than you can. A child is not discriminating his friends on the basis of their sexes that means child is devoid of sexual thoughts. A child is capable of sitting in one posture (even if it seems uncomfortable to grown up ones) for long hours than any adult can, that means a child’s consciousness is not body-centric.
All the prerequisites given by Patanjali in Yog-Sutra are steps to make you a child-like adult. Yam – Niyama, Asana and all other processes/steps are directed towards making your being less body centric, your mind purer (with lesser thoughts and lesser engaged in selfish acts) and capable of keeping your attention on any object/thought for longer durations.
But today’s adult is not as disengaged as was one during the times of Patanjali and since society rules were not as restrictive as of today people had lesser blocks than you have today. Modern man has developed many more complexities and thus multi-pronged approach is required apart from your preparation by way of conducting yourself in the permissible limits of indulgences, selfishness and immorality.
When you sit to meditate. Two things shouldn’t bother you.. One – your body and Two – your mind. For the first you should perfect a asana or a posture which is comfortable to you. Such a posture should be so comfortable to you that you can sit for at least two hours in it without your body aching or getting numb. I must tell you it is not as difficult as it may sound initially. You may not have noticed but even in your office when some engaging assignment is being worked upon you forget everything and when finally it gets over you realize it had been more than two hours you sitting in the same posture without feeling the need to change the position. Same thing happens when you are watching an interesting movie in a theater. So, if you tell me that I am exaggerating the time limits I would not agree. You just need to sit and sit without feeling the need to change the position naturally.
The second thing which should not bother you is your mind. Now! This is difficult you say… and I agree. Your mind is really a nasty monster and too slippery a thing to handle. But your mind has become like this because of your own guiding principles in life. Read in detail about Yama and Niyama and try inculcating these in your life… I would say just become conscious about these and these will start seeping in your day to day routine. You don’t have to force yourself too much. Just be sincere in your approach. Stay hopeful and be consistent. Off and on endeavours don’t yield to any progress. But still it is not all..
There is yet another between your Mind and your Physical body. This is called energy body – And it is in this body where so many undesired energy currents, negative patterns of unexpressed emotions are harbored. These are the one’s which act as triggers for uncontrolled, unwanted thoughts in your mind and itches, pains, disease and discomfort in your body. All these come in your way of meditative state. It is here Tao of Creation practices come to rescue because it not only helps you understand complex anatomy and physiology of different layers (Panchkoshas) of your being but also gives you practical techniques to soothe, cleanse and balance them. In level – II initiation of Tao of Creation you have an extremely powerful technique called Sanjeevani Vidya, which cleanses and rejuvenates your whole energy body. Nevertheless those who are not yet initiated in Tao of Creation can still try some playful activities like dancing, laughing and some therapeutic precursors to meditation sessions and it might help them.
Arun, few things more – prayerful attitude, charity and service as loving responsibility is what makes you more likely to able to enter the temple of Meditation. Finally – Do not forget to invoke the energies of Master Dronacharya because that is how a tribal boy can aspire to be an Eklavya. For now you can assimilate these words and wait till I answer your second question.
- Ach. Agyaatdarshan