Om Mani Padme Hum : The Tibetan Mantra for Meditation

“Om Mani Padme Hum”

Om Mani Padme Hum in Hindi text
Om Mani Padme Hum in Hindi

 

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Here is an excellent rendition of this powerful Mantra from Tibet.

On the meaning of: OM MANI PADME HUM

“The jewel is in the lotus or praise to the jewel in the lotus”

(by His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso The Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet )

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t is very good to recite the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM, but while
you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the
meaning of the six syllables is great and vast.

The first, OM, is composed of three pure letters, A, U, and M. These symbolize the practitioner’s impure body, speech, and mind; they also symbolize the pure exalted body, speech and mind of a Buddha.

Can impure body, speech and mind be transformed into pure body, speech and mind, or are they entirely separate? All Buddhas are cases of being who were like ourselves and then in dependence on the path became enlightened; Buddhism does not assert that there is anyone who from the beginning is free from faults and possesses all good qualities.

The development of pure body, speech, and mind comes from gradually leaving the impure states and their being transformed into the pure.

How is this done?

The path is indicated by the next four syllables. MANI, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factor of method- the altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love. Just as a jewel is capable of removing poverty, so the altruistic mind of enlightenment is capable of removing the poverty, or difficulties, of cyclic existence and of solitary peace.

Similarly, just as a jewel fulfills the wishes of sentient beings, so the altruistic intention to become enlightened fulfills the wishes of sentient beings.

The two syllables, PADME, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom. Just as a lotus grows forth from mud but is not sullied by the faults of mud, so wisdom is capable of putting you in a situation of non-
contradiction where as there would be contradiction if you did not have wisdom.

There is wisdom realizing impermanence, wisdom realizing that persons are empty of self-sufficient or substantial existence, wisdom that realizes the emptiness of duality (that is to say, of difference of entity between subject and object), and wisdom that realizes the emptiness of inherent existence. Though there are may different types of wisdom, the main of all these is the wisdom realizing emptiness.

Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable, HUM, which indicates indivisibility. According to the sutra system, this indivisibility of
method and wisdom refers to one consciousness in which there is a full form of both wisdom affected by method and method affected by wisdom.

In the mantra, or tantra vehicle, it refers to one consciousness in which there is the full form of both wisdom and method as one undifferentiable entity. In terms of the seed syllables of the five
conqueror Buddhas, HUM is the is the seed syllable of Akshobhya- the immovable, the unfluctuating, that which cannot be disturbed by anything.

Thus the six syllables, OM MANI PADME HUM, mean that in dependence on the practice which is in indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech and mind into the pure body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.

It is said that you should not seek for Buddhahood outside of yourself; the substances for the
achievement of Buddhahood are within. As Maitreya says in his SUBLIME CONTINUUM OF GREAT VEHICLE (UTTARA TANTRA) all beings naturally have the Buddha nature in their own continuum.

We have within us the seed of purity, the essence of a One Gone Thus (TATHAGATAGARBHA), that is
to be transformed and full developed into Buddhahood.

(Taken from a lecture given by His Holiness The Dalai Lama of Tibet at the Kalmuck Mongolian Buddhist Center, New Jersey.Transcribed by Ngawang Tashi (Tsawa), Drepung Loseling, MUNGOD, INDIA )

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Gayatri Mantra : The purest and most potent of all Mantras

“Om Bhur-Bhuvah-Svah,

Tat-Savitur-Varenyam,

Bhargo-Devasya-Dheemahi,

Dhiyo-Yo-Nah-Prachodyaat”

Gayatri Mantra in Hindi
Gayatri Mantra in Hindi

 

Rishis have selected the words of various Mantras and arranged them in such a way that they not only convey some meaning but their chanting also creates specific energies. Gayatri is a mantra which inspires righteous wisdom. It means that the Almighty God may illuminate our intellect, which may lead us on the righteous path.

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Here is a beautiful rendition of Gayatri Mantra :

 

 

This is the most important prayer. All the problems of a person are solved if he is endowed with righteous wisdom. Having far-sighted wisdom, a man is neither entangled in avoidable calamity nor does he tread a wrong path. A wise man intuitively finds solutions to his problems. Those who lack this clear-sightedness find themselves always facing problems and ever living from crisis it crises.

The worship of Gayatri mantra bestows the boon of righteous wisdom. The teachings of and the powers incorporated in Gayatri mantra fulfil this purpose. Righteous wisdom starts emerging as soon as Jap of this mantra is taken up as a Sadhana.

Om       ~       Brahma or Almighty God
bhuh       ~     embodiment of vital spiritual energy (Pran)
bhuvah      ~     destroyer of sufferings
svah     ~     embodiment of happiness
tat      ~     that
savituh     ~     bright, luminous like the Sun
varenyam     ~     best, most exalted
bhargo     ~     destroyer of sins
devasya     ~     divine
dhimahi     ~     may imbibe
dhiyo     ~     intellect
yo      ~     who
nah       ~     our
prachodyat      ~     may inspire

In short it is a prayer to the Almighty Supreme God, the Creator of entire cosmos, the essence of our life existence, who removes all our pains and sufferings and grants happiness beseeching His divine grace to imbibe within us His Divinity and Brilliance which may purify us and guide our righteous wisdom on the right path.

A man gets imbued with divine qualities contemplating and meditating on this meaning of Gayatri. One should contemplate on these feelings daily and regularly. Three prayer-filled meditations are given here which should be silently recited and projected on the mental screen through imagination.

1.        “The Almighty God, who is known as pranav pervades all the three Lokas, viz, Bhooha-lok, Bhuvaha-lok and Swaha-lok. He is Omnipresent. The cosmos is physical manifestation of God who pervades its each and every particle. I am seeing Him everywhere. I would always refrain from evil thoughts and evil deeds and perform true worship of God by extending cooperation in promoting happiness, peace and beauty in this universe which is His creation”.

2.         “This (tat) God is extremely bright (savitur), most exalted (varenyam), devoid of sin (bhargo) and divine (devasya). I visualise this Divinity within me, in my soul. By such contemplation, I am becoming illumined, virtues are growing  in all the layers of my being. I am being saturated with these virtues, these characteristics, of God.”

3.         “That God may inspire (prachodayat) our (naha) intellect, wisdom (dhiyo) and lead us on righteous path. May our intellect, the intellects of our family members and of all of us, be purified and may He lead us on the righteous path. On getting righteous wisdom, which is the greatest achievement and is the source of all the happiness in this world, we may be able to enjoy celestial bliss in this life and make our human life purposeful.”

We should contemplate and meditate on these three prayer-filled meditations slowly and pausing for a moment on each word and an imaginary picture of that word should be drawn in the mind.

While contemplating upon the first meditation, it should be imagined that God pervades all the three Lokas, the earth, heaven and Patal (nethermost world). God should be visualised pervading these Lokas in the form of light, heat and electricity, life force (Pran) etc. This vast universe is the living physical image of God. The Sadhak should try to visualise in his imagination a glimpse of the All-pervading Omnipresent God just as was given to Arjun by Lord Krishna.

He should imagine that God is all around him and he is sitting in God’s lap. It should be pondered how evil thoughts and evil actions could remain lodged in his mind and body in the presence of the Omnipotent Divinity. He should imagine that each and every manifestation of this universal Godhead is adorable and that well being lies in selfless service of this universe, this vast humanity and in beautifying God’s creation.

While reflecting on the second meditation, one should imagine the extremely bright and luminous, supremely exalted God adorned with all divine qualities, seated on the throne of  Sadhak’s heart. God can be also visualised in the form of Virat Purush. (2) Ram, Krishna, Vishnu, Gayatri, Sarsvati etc. and (3) in the flame of a lamp. God can be meditated upon  in male or in mother’s form according to one’s own sentiments.

God is female as well as male. Gayatri Sadhaks prefer to meditate on the Almighty God in the form of Gayatri Mata. Brilliance, supreme excellence, utmost piety, purity and divine righteousness should be visualised in the beautiful image of Gayatri Mata. It should be imagined that such a beautiful and virtuous divine power permanently dwells in the sadhak’s heart and permeates all the pores of his body.

While thinking on the third meditation, it should be felt that the divine power of Gayatri has caught the intellect and feelings of our head and heart and is guiding them on the path of righteousness. We are pure, concerted and enthusiastic and are getting attained to move in the direction of righteousness with the grace of Gayatri Mata (mother).

These three kinds of prayer filled meditations embodied in Gayatri are symbolic of Gyan-yog, Bhakti -yog and karma-yog. In fact, contemplation of the meaning of Gayatri amounts to immersion in the Triveni of these three kinds of yog.

By such contemplation, the meaning of Gayatri Mantra is fully assimilated in the heart of the Sadhak. The result is that in a short time his mind gets diverted from evil thoughts and evil deeds and he starts taking enthusiastic joy in righteous thinking and good actions. Howsoever little this tendency may be in the beginning it is  almost certain that if the practice persists, the inner-self of the Sadhak becomes more and more awakened and the ultimate aim of life  draws closer and closer.

GAYATRI DHYAN (MEDITATION)

Human brain is an extremely wonderful cosmic computer. The activity, movement and potentiality of each of its cells leaves even the greatest of scientists awestruck. Great energy is generated in the direction in which these cells are applied. All the physical energy of a person is diverted in the direction of his desires, aspirations and cravings. Emotions first arise in human mind.

When the mind concentrates on such emotions a magnetic field is created which attracts the desired elements from the atmosphere. This is the science of meditation. On this basis (AdiShakti) the power of the primordial energy  pervading the interior of the nature can be attracted by the Sadhak towards him and retained by him within himself. Gayatri should be meditated upon daily at the time of Jap or at any convenient time.

The Sadhak should sit for meditation in a secluded place having calm and quiet atmosphere. Mind should be steady and the body relaxed. While meditating during Jap one should sit in cross- legged position, keeping the backbone straight. When not meditating with Jap one can sit on an easy-chair or take the support of a large round pillow, wall or a tree. Body should be relaxed, as if it is lifeless.

Eyes should be closed, both the hands should be rested in the lap and it should be visualized that nothing but a vast blue space exists everywhere. At the time of Pralaya (universal annihilation) nothing survives except the blue sky or space. A mental picture of such a stage of universal annihilation should be drawn in imagination and when it is fully established, a small round mass of light should be visualized in distant space by inner vision. Thus Gayatri should be meditated in the form of a small brilliant star, as bright as the sun.

With development of concentration in meditation this round mass of light comes more and more closer and becomes bigger and brighter.

On minute observation, black spots are visible in the middle portion of the Sun or Moon. In the same way in the round mass of light of Gayatri a faint image of Gayatri should be visualized in the beginning. Slowly and gradually this image appears to be clearer – smiling, speaking, sensitive and lively to the Sadhak.

Before starting meditation the picture of Gayatri Mata should be examined minutely, lovingly and repeatedly along with its each and every part and it should be firmly established in the mind in such a way that the Sadhak may be able to formulate a mental glimpse of that image within the round mass of light. In due course of time a beautiful and enchanting image of Gayatri Mata surrounded by a round mass of brilliant light will be visible to the Sadhak.

Just as a person sitting in the sun feels warmth, similarly the proximity of Gayatri in the form of a mass of light suffuses the Sadhak’s mind , his inner-self and his entire body with divine light. Just as iron, when put in the fire, becomes red-hot, so also, when the Sadhak retains the brilliance of Gayatri within himself during meditation, he becomes one with the Almighty Goddess, becomes a rishi, radiant with Brahmateja.

He feels as if his whole body has become red hot like pure gold and a celestial, divine, sun-like light shines through him. The impurities, sins etc. of the Sadhak’s soul are burnt out in this light . He feels himself god-like, pure, fearless, pious and detached.

In this meditation, lights of different colours are seen. Sometimes small and big stars of different colours are seen appearing and disappearing in this light. They are seen moving from one direction to other, sometimes traversing back in opposite directions. Sometimes, they are seen moving round in a circle and also shooting fast like an arrow.

These are all good omens of progress in meditation. With the growth of the energy of Gayatri within the soul, several potentialities and qualities start developing which are reflected in the form of small masses of light of different colours.

When this Sadhana becomes more mature and profound, the brilliance of Gayatri stabilizes in the middle of the brain or heart. This is the stage of attaining Siddhi. When the Sadhak attracts that brilliance from the outer space and settles it within himself, a stage is reached where his body and Gayatri’s life force combine at  one point.

Just as a person, under the influence of an evil spirit, acts according to the will of the latter, so also after establishing Gayatri within himself, the thoughts, actions, behaviour, feelings, tastes, desires, aspirations of the Sadhak are oriented towards selflessness and universal good. Progressively, animality decreases and divinity increases. This is the ideal form of meditation of Gayatri.

When the Sadhak meditates on Gayatri in the form of a mass of light, he should feel that along with its rays, wisdom, virtuousness and divine energy are being infused in him. When the Sadhak comes out of such a meditation he feels that the proportion of wisdom, purity and refinement has increased within his mind and body.

The Sadhak in due course, becomes a store of divine light (Brahmateja). This divine light is like a bank draft which can be instantly got encashed at any bank of Shreya or preya and divine or material riches, as the case may be, obtained in lieu thereof.

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Let us read a bit controversial view on a meditation technique that uses Mantras as its prime tactic.

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An independent view on Transcendental Meditation :

Friends ! here is an independent, unbiased view on ‘Transcendental Meditation’ also known as TM® . In this article at many places, I have used the acronym TM for Transcendental Meditation

TM
TM : Is it the best meditation ever ?

Transcendental Meditation : The most popular Meditation ?

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Well I am not sure but it appears that this ‘Transcendental’ thing has been one of the most popular crazes in Western world. Just type any of the keywords related to meditation in  Google  and you will be surprised to see the numbers of  TM® related  websites on the results pages.

Or, alternatively, have a look at  ‘Google’s Groups on Meditation. Compare the sheer numbers of posts (and level of activity) in the Transcendental Meditation’ Group with other Groups on Meditation. As compare to other  Groups, the ‘Transcendental Meditation’ Group is a behemoth with numerous discussions going on at any given moment.

But being a behemoth does not always mean the best and the brightest.

Transcendental : “Of or characteristic of a system of philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual about the empirical and material”

Transcendence : A state of being or existence above and beyond the limits of material experience

Transcendental Meditation (TM®) was  introduced to the Western world by Maharshi Mahesh Yogi. The TM movement began in 1956 in India and is now worldwide, claiming more than 5 million followers, though the actual number of TM advocates is probably much smaller

Despite it’s being so much visible and dominant on the world of Internet & other media (including Print & Television), there is not even a single instruction of Transcendental Meditation available  for the use of General Public. If you want to learn it – you’ll have to spend a few hundred dollars for learning it from any of the authorized TM®  centers spread world over.

Since I didn’t have enough money to spend on learning TM®, I decided to find some free resources for learning Transcendental Meditation. I was hoping that may be there exists any good informational (and free resource) on Transcendental Meditation. However, my search for any good & free informational resource about Transcendental Meditation led me to a surprising revelation.

Though, I could not find any instruction on TM, I came to know (by reading various discussion groups, articles and other opinions) that this Transcendental Meditation ( with all it’s glittery & world-wide appeal) is just a form of Mantra Meditation.  Basically it a set of meditation techniques which primarily involved chanting a ‘Mantra’ as per the instructions provided by the TM Center.

TM : Scientifically validated – Really  ?

When the TM student pays the money, he is given his personal mantra to chant along with  detailed instructions (such as pronunciation, place and timing) for chanting the mantra. He is told not to reveal the mantra to anybody.

The condition of not allowing the chanter to reveal his mantra to anybody defy any logical explanation. Rather, it appears contradictory to  the claims of TM website that it is a ‘scientific validated’ program. Now if something is scientifically validated, it should be able to withstand all scientific tests in all conditions and places.

I could not find any validated (or even invalidated ) scientific study that shows that revealing the mantra to others will lessen it’s effects. In fact there is nothing scientific about it. In an excellent article on TM at the Skepdic.com I found the following explanation of  the above:

“After a TM student pays up to $400 and receives his own personal mantra, he is told never to reveal it to another. Why? Because the same “unique” mantra has been given – on the basis of age – to thousands of people.”

This explains the whole thing. If people can share there mantra with others, who ‘ll pay the  money ?

In my opinion, Transcendental Meditation is a good thing to learn provided you have enough money to spend. Basically it involves chanting of Mantras which are very good tools for achieving a meditative state and in all likelihood, you will be benefited from it. However, use your own discretion while reading  various TM recruiting literature (which is full of charts and graphs demonstrating “scientifically” the wonders of TM.

You will find things like metabolic rate, oxygen consumption rate, bodily production of carbon dioxide, hormone production, brain waves, etc. all measured and charted and graphically presented to suggest that TM really takes a person to a new state of consciousness.)

Meditation is an individual’s  journey to his/her true self. All techniques (be it TM, Vipassana, Zen, Dynamic or Death Meditation) are just simple ways to help you understand your true nature – self. (Read Central point of every meditation technique)  Stress-reduction, relaxation and better health  are just few positive outcome of it. You can get them free of cost if you just try a little bit and explore your inner self.

Don’t depend on any organization, cult or religion for your inner journey. In spiritual path, all of us should follow the last advice of Gautama Buddha – “App Dipo Bhav” which means “Be a light unto yourself.”

What you read above is the opinion of an ordinary student of meditation. He may be absolutely wrong.

This ends our series on Mantra Meditation under Meditation Techniques Section. Let us learn proceed to another  technique.

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Letter from Swami Muktananda

Letter from Swami Muktananda to Franklin Jones

April 23, 1968

Dear Franklin and Nina,

My loving remembrance and blessing to you.

All is well here, hope the same there. Through your letter I received all the news. It is a matter of joy that you consider me as your Guru. You are inclined to Self-realization, you are devoted to Truth, you have practiced penance to obtain the joy of Self — this is very good. Yours is a praiseworthy endeavor because the Soul is an inner-treasure, It is perfect, It is One. This Soul is the Knower of all thoughts, It is Omniscient, yet It is neither a subject of logic nor can It be known through the intellect, because who can reveal THAT which reveals all? Who can bring to light the Sun which itself lights up the entire Universe? The Soul is the Light, the Enlightener, and the Enlightened. It reveals Its own nature and reveals other things as well.

There is a Divine Light within you which is as shining as the flame of a fire, as bright as the light of the Sun, as radiant as the red-hot Gold. The Soul is not a thing to be strived after — It is ever present in us; but not visible to those who have not received the Guru’s grace. The Soul IS. Because of Its presence in the body men love each other, they get mutually attached and feel satisfied through cordial relationship.

The Soul, which gives inner joy, is in reality the Divine Light of God. The devout see Him in varied names, forms, and colors. However, He is not many — He is One. Though He has many names, He is “So’ham”. Although He belongs to the Hindus, Mohammedans, Christians, and Parsis, He is different from them all, and similarly, though belonging to the Yogis, He is different from the Yoga, though grantor of the fruits of actions He is different from the doer, though bestower of the reward of the sacrifice He is different from the sacrificer, though understood through the Scriptures He is different from the Scriptures; in the field of Knowledge — though realized through knowledge — He is different from the Knower and the Known.

All the various creeds and faiths, all the religious organizations and societies the world over, worship Him, through their own set rules and disciplines. As a matter of fact He is the all-adorable, the ever perfect, the inner essence, the Atman of all. Some people search Him in the sky above, some in the Earth below, some in the monastery, temple, mosque, church; some others in the forest, in the seclusions, in the caves and mountains, in the rivers, lakes, streams, oceans, and even dry deserts; still others try to find Him in the sweetness of fruits, in the fragrance of flowers, in the song of the cuckoo, in the dance of the peacock, in the beauty of the butterfly, and so on. Thus, through various paths, in various things, everyone is searching Him only.

My dear Franklin and Nina! But He is within you. He, the Atman of all, is the Inner Being of yours and mine too. He is the darling pupil of the eye. That Atman is a clean place for our rest and respite, the strongest fortress for us to live fearlessly and peacefully, the liberator from bondage. That very essence is named by the Vedanta as Sat-chid-anand (Absolute Truth, Knowledge, and Bliss). That very Atman or Essence is Ram and Rahim, Krishna and Karim, Jesus and Moses as well. He is the sole support of all. This universe is a manifestation of His infinite play. Putting on the twine forms of man and woman, He — the Great Being — exists in both. Verily these are like the two facets of the self-same coin — named Purusha-Prakriti or Shiva-Shakti and this world is the expansion of these two.

He and He alone is in you and in your wife; and He again pervades the entire world. Usually an unfortunate one does not have the desire to know Him. But those who are greatly meritorious ardently wish to know Him (to know the Atman) and they do succeed also.

Just as there is fire (latent) in a dry stick of wood (which ignites by friction and burns up the stick completely); just as oil lies hidden in the sesamum seed; just as there is butter in the curd; in the same way the Divine Shakti is lying hidden in the human body. It is active in the ordinary sense — but to awaken the same through the Guru’s grace, to experience Its uncommon activities, and to realize It directly is the highest religion of men. That which helps to manifest the inner Divine Shakti is “TRUE RELIGION”; and he who perceives that Divine Shakti, in Its innate form, is “TRULY RELIGIOUS”.

This inner Shakti is known as Atman, and is worshipped by uttering “Om” or “So’ham”. So’ham is the means for Its meditation, So’ham again is the mantra for Its worship. Heart is Its church. The natural sound So’ham does not belong to the Indians and the Hindus alone, the same word-sound exists in all living beings and is active too. Really speaking with regard to mantra there is no consideration like community, creed, or country. If someone thinks that a mantra belongs to a particular faith or country, believe me he knows nothing.

A great Yogini of Kashmir has said: “A devotee who believes that the universe is the manifested form of God and that He resides in all beings as their own selves, for him which place will not be a temple? Which mantra will not bear fruit?” In other words, any mantra that a devotee would utter or recite will surely be fruitful — for mantra is the form of God. When even an abuse or a mean word affects a person (mentally), how can a mantra which is a holy word not achieve its sacred purpose?

Dear Franklin, sitting calm and steady repeat the mantra together with rhythmic breathing (i.e., the inhalation and exhalation of air — pran and apan). Harmonize the repetition of mantra with the breathing as follows: With “So” take it in and with “ham” bring it out. Throughout the mantra-repetition one should follow this practice. Simply sitting peacefully and applying the mind to the pran and apan one enters into deep state of meditation.

When one’s mind is fixed on “So” with the incoming breath and on “ham” with the outgoing breath it is mantra-japa. The regularity with which the breath comes in and goes out is pranayama. And if a person is skillful, intelligent, and alert — the (1) repetition of mantra (japa), the process of (2) pranayama, and the (3) meditation — all the three can be achieved simultaneously without difficulty. This is like the kingfisher bird whose sole attention is the fish in water. The bird is known for its all-exclusive concentration, a kind of meditation. And when it suddenly dives to catch the fish, two more things are achieved simultaneously — he has a good bath and enjoys a hearty meal.

This is a great Yoga, the best among all: known as Siddha Yoga. It means “the path of the Perfect Ones” or “the Yoga which begets perfection”. A dextrous and highly intelligent person can practice it easily. As explained above, the regular practice of meditation with a concentrated mind will awaken the dormant Kundalini Shakti in a very short time. As a result, some inner activities also begin to operate. Day-by-day as the Shakti develops more and more it takes the aspirant to the ultimate perfection. Just as a child grows daily, with due nourishment, and becomes a youth in course of time; just as a seed sown in the soil gradually develops into a tree; in the same manner the daily practice of sadhana (spiritual discipline) leads one to Perfection by the Guru’s grace.

In the “So’ham” mantra — “So” signifies God or Guru, and “ham” denotes ‘I” or “me”. Thus So’ham means “I am He”. Let your practice of meditation be accompanied by the ceaseless reflection on the above meaning of So’ham. in every human being there lies a hidden store of unlimited contentment, inexhaustible love, and infinite joy — these can be realized through the regular practice of meditation. As one thinks so one becomes. If a man thinks all the time about his faults and sins he would become sinful. Similarly the constant thought about woman, man, meditation or Guru would make him womanish, manly, meditative or the Guru — respectively. This is quite natural because a person gets transformed into the likeness of the object on which he constantly ponders, by absorbing its qualities.

Man is indeed great. But he has lost his greatness and has fallen due to his constant dealings with the external world and attachment to sense-objects. Internally he is not lacking anything, he is full and perfect with the Divine Light and yet in vain he is searching for the “Fulfillment” outside. The factory, workshop, business office, and shop; the varied professions like engineering, medicine, legal practice, and many other trades — all these are merely means to livelihood, they cannot procure things of lasting value to men. As I said above, man is perfect within, and this can be directly experienced through meditation, whereupon one feels fully contented. just as you become entirely free of the outside thoughts and anxieties in deep sleep and feel happy; similarly in the introspective tendency or in the meditation on Atman lie peace, respite, and undisturbed equanimity.

The real beauty, the essence of savory taste, the celestial music, the most soothing touch, and the sweetest fragrance — all lie inside. The Yogis who have experienced them within consider the outer things just ordinary. When through meditation the Kundalini is awakened then, by Guru’s love and his grace all the latent faculties are automatically activated and one attains perfection in due time. Besides, he also obtains the power of omniscience which lies hidden in the heart.

In what words can I express the beauty of inner Light! It is unparalleled; all lights of the outer world are too dim and unpleasant before It. Similarly, in front of the inner celestial music our worldly music is crude and jarring. The relish of a drop of inner juice is so wonderful that all the worldly savors put together are really nothing in comparison. This inner nectar is a Divine ambrosia, the inner touch is too subtle and great to be described, for it is a Divine touch. You attain through meditation this supreme ambrosia-of-love on which the inner Shakti is nourished and which is a gift from the Guru obtained by the disciple through penance.

Dear Franklin there is not anything in world which cannot be achieved through meditation. In the practice of meditation, there is a highly miraculous and splendid Shakti which is beyond human comprehension. It is best to practice a natural meditation or dhyan. I will explain to you what it is or how it is to be practiced: Sit quietly, calm and composed, if you like in padmasana, or any other comfortable posture. You may look and fix the eyes on a photo or may keep your eyes closed. The mode and posture in which you can be restful, mentally free from the objective world, and introspective, that is the best asan for you.

What I mean to convey by “Don’t do anything” is this — remove the mind from its activities, arrest all kinds of desires and surrender to whatever is happening of its own accord, observe everything as a witness. That is why I say practice the meditation in a natural way. The meditation done by the inner Shakti is the meditation of Guru’s grace, it is the real meditation of “So’ham”, indeed it is the meditation of God — these are not different kinds of meditations but they are synonymous expressions.

Tell me, if the man is not aware of this Shakti or is not awakened to It, what is the purpose of this body of flesh? If this Shakti were not there one would not have liked or been attracted to the body made of flesh, bones, blood, muscles, skin, etc. Activator of the breathing process, Inspirer of the intellect, Contemplator of the mind is the same as inner Shakti, inner Consciousness. The only worthy purpose of this otherwise impure physical body is to dedicate it wholeheartedly to seek the Inner Being.

Your beauty, your energy, your duty, your religion, your Guru and guide; your study, worship and prayer — all lie in engaging yourself to the remembrance and repetition of “So’ham”, “So’ham”. This is my instruction, this is my precept. This is to followed or practiced, and reflected upon devoutly. The deeper and deeper you go in meditation the more and more of the Divine experiences you will attain. Therefore, seek your inner Self, therefrom you will have the fulfillment you cherish.

With blessings,
Yours
Swami Muktananda

April 23, 1968
Ganeshpuri India

(To know more about Swami Muktananda visit this website )

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Mantra Meditation : The power of repetition of sound

Detailed Clarification on mantra meditation

How to use mantra meditation in a busy & complex life

Some Mantras for Meditation

Om Namah Shivay

Hare Krishna Mantra

Om (AUM)

So’ham

Om Mani Padme Hum

Gayatri

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