HEALTHIER attitudes or positive attitudes are cultivated over a long period of time. It is not something made to order at any given moment.
Master (Chariji) emphasizes that attitudes play a major role in our success, more than the practice itself. If practice contributes five percent towards success, then attitude contributes ninety-five per cent! We spend so much time preparing our homes for a guest or a visitor. Depending on the guest, so much time is also spent in the kitchen or running here and there to fetch things to impress a mere visitor! When I am sure that my beloved master visits me every time, I close my eyes and meditate, am I at least as restless before beginning meditation as I am for a mere visitor?
As soon as I wake up in the morning, what am I thinking? Am I worried about going to my office or am I worried about meeting my beloved during my meditation? In order to have a peaceful and uninterrupted meditation, I must find a way in my circumstances to have this peaceful and loving union of two hearts during meditation. Once I wake up, spend forty-five minutes in the bathroom, by that time the other family members are up, and we have seen what happens then. Before my attention drifts towards other day-to-day affairs, is it not wise to make use of the quieter hours for my meditations?
I should look forward to my morning meditation as if I am really meeting my master; all the preparations that go towards this will also help in strengthening the outcome of such meditations. Then, after meditation, am I rushing to get up and finish off various things before running to the office? It is highly recommended that we should brood over our condition after each meditation for a few minutes till we have a grip on that condition. Otherwise, the condition earned will be lost in no time. It is very much like when your child gives you a lovely gift and you throw it on the shelf or into the garbage without even opening it! What would happen to this relationship?
Master gives a unique spiritual gift during every meditation; are we able to become one with It? How can I become one with that unless I can comprehend it? If we are not able to become one with It, then it is as bad as throwing your child’s gift onto the shelf or into the garbage. The condition obtained through meditation must get a chance to settle; it needs a few minutes to settle (or for me to become one with It). Babuji Maharaj (Shri Ram Chandra, Shahjahanpur) used to give the example of freshly poured concrete on the pavement. It must settle before the pavement is usable. Otherwise, walking on freshly poured concrete will spoil it with footprints, etcetera. If such is the case with a grosser object, imagine what can happen to sublime spiritual conditions from a mere thought of other things, or simple carelessness! In a split second, we can lose that condition.
Only when I brood over this spiritual gift, this condition, can I have some grip over it. I should get up slowly while holding on to this condition and promise myself that I shall at least maintain this gift of condition, if not make it more intense during the day. When I approach it like this, I do not have to struggle to remember my master mentally! Now it becomes a matter of the heart, simple and enjoyable.
(Kamlesh D Patel is the fourth spiritual Guide in the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga meditation. He is a role model for students of spirituality who seek that perfect blend of eastern heart and western mind. He travels extensively and is at home with people from all backgrounds and walks of life, giving special attention to the youth of today)