This day (April 19) happens to be our Pujya Babuji’s (Ram Chandra, Founder, Shri Ram Chandra Mission) punya thithi (sacred ceremony). It is the day he decided to enter the higher world.
The methods he gave us – meditation and cleaning – are unique ones. Though the world talks about meditation, almost all methods fall short of creating a state of meditation. The meditative state is missed out. You may have the satisfaction of meditating for hours together, days together, months together, and you pride yourself on how long you can sit, how long you can fast, how long you can remain in seclusion. But here, with just a few minutes of meditation, in Sahaj Marg we are able to go into special meditative states which are indescribable. And this is his gift to the world.
How does meditation differ from cleaning? What state is created by cleaning which is different from meditation? We should reflect on this and try to see the difference between the state created by the cleaning process and the state created by meditation. How do you distinguish them mentally and have a hold over these states?
Cleaning creates a state of vacuity, it creates null-ness, it creates void within us. Meditation creates a different state. It makes us so meditative and so withdrawn, so absorbed within ourselves. We are so centred, focused within ourselves, and this centredness, this absorbency gets reflected in our day-to-day activities if we remain careful while maintaining this centredness.
Another name for this permanent centredness is constant remembrance. It is constant remembrance of the one who has gifted such a state of absorbency, and we remain grateful during these moments. It is this gratefulness that melts us away into something greater. It starts creating the resonance between ourselves and the great Master.
To be continued
(Excerpts from a talk given at Kanha Ashram, Hyderabad)
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