Remember this always, we must meditate upon God. He is all pure. When we focus our mind upon him, our mind will also get purified.
People here question, this mind is made of Maya (illusion)and the world is also made of maya they are both of the same nature.
So just like the gravitational force of beer will pull a stone that has been thrown away from, it similarly the material mind will naturally run towards the material world.
Today we shall discuss the king of mind management techniques, which is none other than meditation.
But before I teach you, how to meditate on God, first let me clear some of your doubts related to meditation. Like- What is the best time to meditate? In which direction should we meditate? What is the best posture for meditation?
At the end I will teach you the best way to meditate upon God. So, are you ready? Let’s start…
What is the best time of the day to meditate
The best time of the day to meditate is the Brahma-muhurta. Two hours before sunrise, till sunrise roughly.
Brahma means god and this is the time for communing with god. In the morning the world is yet sleeping, the environment is calm, the atmosphere is pure and you have just woken up.
Your mind is like an empty slate. As the day proceeds images, thoughts, emotions will start filling up in it, but right now it is clean.
If you take advantage of the moment, and implant in your mind the image of God, you will find it will help you keep your consciousness divine through the day.
So before sleeping every night for five minutes sit down in your bed, and bring the image of the lord in the temple of your mind. That will make your sleep meditative, and then when you wake up, make it a practice to engage in your meditation so your day becomes meditative.
Hence the best period of the day for practicing Meditation is the early morning.
However there can be exceptions to this, if somebody says, “I have a night shift, the morning is not available for me or somebody else goes to office early.”
That’s all very well, decide another time period in the day. Make your daily schedule in accordance with your needs and your convenience.
In which direction should we face when we sit for meditation?
The answer is any. Bhakti is so pure and sublime, in bhakti meditation there is no impure direction because god is everywhere.
Our Vedic heritage illustrates this through examples. One of the 24 avatars was Narsingh avatar (Hindu God), where the lord made the pillar of a demon’s palace as his father and manifested from there to show that he resides everywhere in this world.
The whole of creation is his temple. So, rather than getting entangled in which direction, emphasize the purification of the chitta.
What is the best Posture for Meditation
The answer is given by Maharishi Patanjali in his yoga darshan. He says “sit alert and sit still.”
If your posture is too restrictive, it will create discomfort and your mind will get distracted from the meditation.
If your posture is too comfortable, you will become lazy. Hence sit down and meditate because someone may say that it’s all about the mind, the direction doesn’t matter.
Can I lie down and meditate? The answer is No. The problem in lying down and meditating is that initially, the mind is not so much under control.
It will tend to go off to sleep, and to ward off that laziness and indolence he says, sit alert and begin your meditation.
What should be the object of our meditation
Remember this always we must meditate upon God. He is all pure. When we focus our mind upon him our mind will also get purified.
Whereas I am (Krishna) beyond maya. When you attach your mind to me, your mind will also rise beyond the three gunas and become divine, truly transcendental. The question then arises-
How will we meditate upon god
Utilize the power of visualization. Bring the image of your worshipping God. Your Ishtadev before you as you close your eyes and that will provide you the basis on which you can rest your mind.
People here questioned, we have never seen God, how can we bring his image before us?
Well the fact is even the biggest yogis and Munis cannot bring the actual image of god before them because the lord is divine and our material mind is made of maya.
Wherever this mind goes is all the realm of maya. So, how can anybody ever actually meditate upon god?
But the lord says “Never mind you create an image of mine with your mind as you wish. You can make me blue complexion, fair complexion, dark complexioned, tall, short, fat as you wish and create the bhav, the divine sentiments. That bhav will purify you.”
And with the help of this practice as the mind starts getting attached to finally reach the stage of complete surrender the lord says “I will then bestow my divine grace upon you.”
When we receive that energy the yoga maya shakti the mind then will become divine. Which means after god realization the mind will be divine, and we will truly see the lord.
Before that, shri Krishna says, “You visualize me as you wish, I have got infinite forms, I am ananta namurupaya. Those infinite forms include the one you make for me in your mind.”
So now, with the image in-front think about his beauty, about his kindness, about your relationship with him, and then finally you can even serve him in your mind. This is Manasi seva, service in the mind. This is the perfect simulation.
You know like the astronauts before they actually go into space they are put into simulators, where the environment of the cosmos is created to enable them to get used to it.
Similarly, when in future we meet the lord, we will serve him directly, but right now we have the opportunity to practice serving him in our mind.
The story is from the Brahmavairtakh Puran. There was one brahman who learned the importance of Manasi seva.
He would sit down bring his lord in front massage his feet, bathe him, clothe him, feed him, many years went by one day lord Narayan thought of a joke.
The brahmana was cooking sweet rice and just to check that it should be not too hot to offer to the lord, he put his finger in it, in his meditation the lord got his actual finger burnt.
The brahman’s divine meditation broke and he looked, “Ahh, what is this?” The lord called him over to Vaikunt and said, “Explain to Lakshmi how your finger burnt.”
The story has been described by Vedavyas in the Brahmavaivarta Purana to emphasize the importance of Manasi seva serving in the mind.
So in this way we meditate on the Naam, Roop, Leela, Guna– the names, forms, virtues of the supreme lord.
Let’s move ahead. The problem that will arise- you sat down and brought lord your lord’s image before you, and after five minutes you became aware that lord was no longer in your meditation and your child’s head was there.
What happened? You had taken the mind to god the mind wandered off back into the world. Why does this happen? Firstly, the senses are outwardly oriented.
They run for their objects on the outside and the mind that is enmeshed with them is made of maya.
Jagadguru Shri Kripaluji Maharaj says “This mind is made of maya and the world is also made of maya. They are both of the same nature.”
So just like the gravitational force of the earth will pull a stone that has been thrown away from it. Similarly, the material mind will naturally run towards the material world that does not require effort.
In the Bhagavad-Gita Arjun placed exactly this problem before the lord. He said, “O Shri Krishna, this mind is so difficult to control. It seems to me more fickle than the wind.”
Now, who can ever control the wind? Arjun says, “My mind oh lord is so restless.” This is that arjun who in his guru’s ashram had come out with flying colors.
When Dronacharya lined up the Kauravas and the Pandavas and asked them to take aim at the eye of the bird he then asked Bhimsen what do you see? Bhimsen said, “Gurudev I see the tree, the bird and its eye.” Duryodhan, “What do you see? “Gurudev, I see the bird and I also see Bhimsen from time to time.”
Yudhisthir, what are you viewing? “Gurudev, I see the bird and it’s eye.” Arjun tell me what are you seeing? Arjun said, “The Eye.”
That is how focused his mind was. But that arjuna admits here in the Bhagavad-Gita the nature of this restless mind. And in response lord Krishna said, “Arjun, what you are saying is undoubtedly correct. The mind is difficult to control.”
Lord Krishna has carefully used the words did not say it is uncontrollable he says it’s difficult, but then so many things are difficult in the world.
To get a graduate degree all the way from nursery, isn’t that a difficult effort? To make a house, to establish a business aren’t they all difficult feats? When we accomplish them, why can we not succeed in this endeavor as well?
So in the second line he says what we will have to do- “By practice and detachment, the mind will be subdued.”
So, what are the steps involved with the help of the intellect you take the mind away from associations hey, “This is detachment” and lift it up to the divine. Both of these steps will require effort.
They go against the nature of the material mind. The third step will need no effort. What is that? The mind will come off from god back into the world.
Now, when that happens we are not to become disturbed, again take it away, again lift it to god.
It has come off, take it away again, lift it to god yet again. This is the practice. Maharishi Patanjali has echoed the words of lord Krishna -“The goal will be achieved through detachment and practice.”
You have to practice it, there is no alternative to it, as you go on practicing slowly, the neural pathways will be developed in your brain which will create the habits and when the habits are established that behavioral pattern will come to you naturally.
In the beginning we have to forcefully take our mind in the desired direction, and when we repeat that practice again and again the habit kicks in until the behavior becomes automatic. That is why success in meditation requires practice.
- Always meditate on the all pure God.
- Meditate sitting down in a comfortable position.
- Mentally serve God in your meditation.
- Daily practice is the key to master meditation.
All the credit goes to my Guru- Swami Mukunanda.
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