LAST week, we tried to understand the importance of fixing the goal. Let’s now try and delve a bit more.
True liberation, as grace, people say is when you are freed from your ‘self.’ Even ‘I’ is missing. It is not just crossing the Pind Pradesh, crossing the pancha bhutas. It is not just crossing these five chakras. But as these five chakras are more and more refined through cleaning and a proper lifestyle, the ego-lessness must prevail even while we are on the second chakra, even when we are on the first chakra. That defines what it really means by a good condition. A good condition means where you don’t impose yourself, where you become more receptive, where there is greater vacuity.
A vacuum attracts grace automatically, when I have nothing in mind in my heart to ask for. Then He comes down. He descends and takes us further. There is a beautiful aspect of Sahaj Marg when we reach, with His grace, the tenth chakra, the eleventh chakra etc., where the Prabhutva (the Godly condition) prevails, after having total saranagati. Having arrived at this state of total saranagati, one desires nothing any more. Yet there are many stages to be covered. How will you attain them? When you have no more desire left and there are many stages to be covered, in that absolute state of humility, where you have totally adopted the saranagati state, it becomes the Guru’s responsibility. He would say, “Oh, this fellow is totally merged now, he has no more desire to move forward.” So he carries us further.
Our job is to create this vacuity. After that, whether he carries us further or not is his business. So drop all the goals. The highest goal to me is when the Master is happy with us. That is the end of everything. I hope we take this to heart, and pay our respect, homage, to our great Master that we will try to cultivate a lifestyle. Even one per cent of his lifestyle will be good enough.
Concluded (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