|Keeping the Line of Yoga Clear|
Everyone, whether young or old, remembers many things in life. We even remember that which is not essential for us and that which gives us sorrow. For a human being to remember is something natural and automatic. It is essential in life to define what is essential for us to remember and what we don’t need to think about. We need to remember only that which gives us power and not which saps our energy. Many remember people and situations that have given them sorrow again and again. Sometimes the pain is so intense that you are not even able to cry. When those things of sorrow are remembered and one is not able to release that sorrow, the person becomes depressed. To remember such things is not at all helpful in life.
We have a head(intellect), a heart and a mind. We know that with our head we should be able to stabilize the mind and concentrate and yet the mind often becomes like a small child wandering here and there. Then we understand that we are not able to be peaceful. Sometimes the heart may not like something. If someone dislikes me I don’t like it; sometimes even if someone loves me I don’t like it. It is the heart which feels and experiences these things. When the mind wanders, the intellect often gets tired in trying to control it. The person then experiences hopelessness.
We need to clarify all these aspects. Some people get confused about the meaning of the word ‘Meditation’. In fact, Meditation means to forge a connection and relationship with the Supreme. When we have a relationship with someone we start to really understand and connect with him/her. In fact, God is the one with whom I can have all types of relationships, viz. mother, father, child, friend, etc. because He is unlimited.
All religions talk of God as the Father and yet some people feel that they don’t have that relationship with God yet. In India especially, God is known as the Mother and the Father. There is only One being who can belong to all. In fact, all souls belong to God and yet if someone doesn’t know how to experience that they will feel alone in his life. They may have many other people around them but until someone forges a relationship with God, they will not feel true power or support in their life. Although they may have many relationships with others, (yet) they will not have the feeling of belonging to the Supreme and inside there will often be the feeling of being alone.
When I understand God and get to know Him as the One with whom I can experience all relationships, then my intellect becomes clear. Yes, God is the Father of all souls and yet He says to me personally, “You are my child. Come to me”. Then the internal feeling of belonging comes. Christ had the awareness of being the child of God and so was able to become the messenger of God. So let me now give myself the time and space to think about these things and to establish such a relationship with God so that I can really know what He wants from me in this life. God is such a mother who will care for and take care of you for your whole life. When you establish this relationship with Him, there will be an amazing sense of security inside. You will feel that God keeps saying to you, “Oh my sweet, sweet child’.
Now learn to take yourself into absolute silence. The quality of silence is where there is only the awareness of ‘I’ and the Supreme. Meditation means to understand. When I really understand something well, my intellect works properly. The intellect works well when my mind is peaceful. My heart has feelings and whatever is my feeling will be visible through my eyes, through my gaze. These feelings cannot remain hidden - whether they are tears of love or anger or anguish. These are aspects of practical life which apply to every human being. If I really want to have a good quality of life, I need to learn how to focus on God and to stop thinking unnecessary thoughts. I have to leave all feelings of animosity towards others. Pitashri Brahma explained these things to us very clearly when he started getting inspirations from Father God Shiva.
When I learn to focus clearly on God and experience the intense love He gives, on this basis, I also know that everything in this world drama will be fine. There will then be the conviction internally that everything about me (internally) and my life (external) will get sorted out. This is an aspect of experience and when this happens, faith really starts to develop in God. If I cannot focus my attention on God, then whatever religion I may belong to, whatever type of leader I may be, my mind will not be able to be peaceful. As a result I will worry, have fear or become unhappy about something or the other. This is the state of the world today. In the whole world today, there is no corner which is totally free from sorrow, from worry.
Thanks to the experiences I have had from the Supreme that I have had the fortune of doing service throughout the world. Since I was a young child, I had two wishes: firstly, to be able to focus totally on God, and secondly, to be able to recognize the purpose of my life. I wanted to know what God wanted from me in my life. I knew that I had taken this life not to stumble around here and there in a state of peacelessness. The purpose of my life and life of everyone else also, is to be able to stay peaceful and to be able to always remain smiling and cheerful. This can be said to be a good human life. Let “I” be such human being that every single person in the world identifies with me and feels that I am their brother or sister. In some places they think I am their mother. The relationship of brother and sister is one that brings great joy. In fact, we are all children of the one Father and so we are naturally brothers and sisters. It cannot be possible that the purpose of any human being’s life is to be peaceless or to give sorrow to others. No, the purpose of life is to remain happy and peaceful and to let others have that experience through me and to have love for God. This is God’s hope from all of us.
If you have feelings of selflessness and love for someone, they will definitely feel that from you. They will feel that you are their true friend. When a friend has no selfish motives, then we feel a greater affinity towards them. Whilst living in this world, in relationships, we should be able to share happiness and peace without any selfish motive. It is selfish motives that push us away from one another and create disturbances in relationships. When there is selfishness inside me, I want to get temporary pleasure from others. Then, I will also be able to give temporary pleasure to others. I will be dependent on them and want to make them dependent on me. When I get what I want, I feel pleased for a short time. If I don’t get what I want there is displeasure. Yes, we need to give co-operation to others but not in a selfish way. Co-operation in life is a huge thing and it is an essential aspect of life.
Many people come here every year because they want to make their lives such that others can learn something from their life. So that, on seeing their life, others can learn to live a good life. This a very good karma (action).
When the mind is peaceful, the intellect works in the highest possible way. When a mother sees that a child is peaceless, she will sing to the child or swing the child so that the child is quiet and she can carry on with her work. In the same way, the intellect feeds the mind with good thoughts so that the mind stays quiet and happy and the intellect can get on with other work.
So, what is meditation? It means to keep the intellect clean and the line of the intellect clear. Your intellect can only remain clean if you learn how to keep your mind peaceful. If a mother wants to clean her home but her child keeps crying, she won’t be able to. She has to cajole the child. So the first aspect is to know how to really keep the mind peaceful and quiet. To do this, feed good thoughts to your mind. Let your mind rest, let it be restful, not restless. Remember: my mind is my own. I mustn’t let my mind cause me distress. I cannot slap my mind (suppress the mind); I have to give it love. By giving your own mind love, you will make it peaceful.
There are 4 types of thoughts. Firstly, negative thoughts. Negative thoughts are like poison to the mind. They are ‘violent’. I may have these thoughts about others or even about myself. Negative thoughts are sometimes so severe that will not allow me to sleep. This type of thought will damage me as well as others. Realise the danger of creating this type of thought.
Secondly, wasteful or unnecessary thoughts. Realise what this type of thought is. I actually don’t need to have this type of thought at all. When I have wasteful thoughts, I take everyone else’s responsibility on my own head. In fact, I have to learn to take care of my own self. To look around and comment in my mind about what others are doing, this one shouldn’t do this etc. is to create wasteful thoughts. I am wasting my time and energy when I do this. When you have wasteful thoughts, you cannot accumulate energy inside.
The third type is ordinary thoughts. Many think in an ordinary way but they think that they are very good. They may have ego due to body-consciousness, i.e. I am this, I am that. They may even have values but there is ego which accompanies those values.
The fourth type of thoughts are good thoughts or first class thoughts. Only pure and positive thoughts can be called can be called first class thoughts. This is the type of thought we create when we remain in a ‘soul-conscious’ stage. It is the type of thought that arises when my mind and intellect know their roles and are working accurately. It is this type of thought that I can create when my conscience is in the right place and knows what is right and what is wrong…this is true, that is false; this is charity.. that is sin.
Soul-consciousness means that my conscience is awakened. I am aware that I am a spiritual being. There is a vast difference in the quality of our thoughts in the state of soul-consciousness and in the state of body-consciousness. In soul-consciousness, there is truth, purity, peace, love and power.
As soon as I associate myself with this body of mine, ego and attachment arise. Both ego and attachment separate the soul from God. This is why we need to understand these things clearly. In the state of ego and attachment, I will feel that this one, that thing etc., is mine and I will not be able to feel close to God. In the state of body-consciousness, all the things related to my body such as other people and things of the past will keep pulling my mind and so I will not be able to be soul-conscious and remember God. In the awareness of the soul, my thoughts center in my forehead; I use my eyes and ears as an instrument and my face begins to shine. My face totally changes in the state of soul-consciousness.
The whole purpose of spiritual knowledge is to allow us to have realizations. It is to allow us to fully recognize myself. How can I recognize myself? Firstly, I point inwards. There will then be attention on the self. I can then go up above and see others with the vision of spirituality. Learn to do this and you will stay in unlimited pleasure.
Whatever corners of the world you may live in, just remember - I am with that One. Everything and everyone belongs to that One. I am from the sweet silence home where the Supreme resides. When we maintain such a spiritual attitude, the atmosphere becomes very powerful and the vibrations reach across the distance.