Beginning to Meditate ?
Lesson 2 - Becoming
"Ruler of the Mind"
The experienced meditator
seeks out the unwholesome areas within himself, endeavoring to expose and
rid himself of each knot of karma. The beginning meditator may be
shocked and shrink from even continuing the practice of meditation as his
inner mind plays back unhappy thoughts that impose themselves upon his
peace. Many stop meditating altogether at this point and turn instead to the
distractions of modern life for solace.
But true meditation happens
because of soul evolution. We evolve into meditative practices from
bhakti, the yoga of devotion. The transition is earned through past good
karmas, not chosen as an intellectual or recreational pastime. As the
transition of external worship to internal worship is made, the devotee has
to face all bad karmas cheerfully and honestly in order to resolve
them and move forward.
Sitting in a state of real
meditation, one must be more alive and alert than a tight-rope walker
suspended without a net, on a taut cable 300 feet above the Earth. Do you
suppose that this man is sleepy, that he allows his mind to wander? No,
every muscle and sinew of his body, every thought, every feeling within him
is absolutely under his control. It is the only way he can maintain the
balance which keeps him from plunging
to the Earth beneath. He must
be the master of himself, all the while seeking to identify with his pure
soul being, not allowing attention to be pulled here and there--to the
physical body, to outside sounds, to thoughts of the past or to concerns
about the future.
In meditation, you will feel
the same intensity of purpose as the tight-rope walker. Every atom in your
being must be alive, every emotion under control, every thought seeking to
impose itself upon your mind set aside until your purpose is accomplished.
If the man three hundred feet up in the air feels a gust of wind coming
against him, he must exercise perhaps a hundred times more will and
concentration to remain poised in his precarious condition. Likewise, in
meditation your mind may be intensely concentrated upon a particular object
or thought, and yet you find an opposing thought seeking to divert your
attention. The opposing thought may simply be a wind from your subconscious.
You must then put more effort into the object of your concentration so that
the opposing thoughts will be set aside and not have power to topple your
balance. Upon entering a state of meditation, one may find that awareness is
enmeshed in a struggle between two states of mind: the subconscious of the
past and the conscious, external, waking state concerned with the present
and future. The experienced meditator learns that he is the watcher, pure
awareness. When concentration is sustained long enough, he dives into the
superconscious, intuitive state of mind. It enables the meditator, in time,
to unravel the mystery. An integrated, one-pointed state of being is the
goal--a state of inner perception without vacillation, with the ability to
move awareness through the mind's various states at will. To become the
ruler of the mind is the goal. To then go beyond the mind into the Self is
the destiny of all living on this planet, for most in a life to come.
Meditation can be sustained
only if one lives a wholesome life, free from emotional entanglements and
adharmic deeds. Intensive, consistent meditation dispels the antagonistic,
selfish, instinctive forces of the mind and converts those channels of
energy into uplifted creative action. The same force works to make either
the saint or the sinner. The same force animates both love and hate. It is
for the devotee to control and direct that one force so that it works
through the highest channels of creative expression. When this soul force is
awakened, the refined qualities of love, forgiveness, loyalty and generosity
begin to unfold. In this ascended state of concentrated consciousness, the
devotee will be able to look down on all the tense conditions and
involvements within his own mind from a view far "above" them. As the
activity of his thoughts subsides, he begins to feel at home in that pure
state of being, released from his identification with and bondage to lower
states of mind. A profound feeling of complete freedom persists.
Meditation is similar to
watching the play of light and pictures on television. Identify with the
pictures, and emotion is experienced. Identify with the light, and peace is
experienced. Both light and energy forms have their source in God. Begin
this evening, while watching the news on TV, by keeping awareness more
within the light than the pictures. By all means, begin this ancient,
mystical art, but as you progress, don't be surprised when regrets, doubts,
confusions and fears you hardly knew you remembered loom up one by one to be
faced and resolved. Perform the vasana daha tantra: simply write down all
the regrets, doubts, confusions and fears in as much detail as possible,
then burn the paper in a fire place or garbage can. Claim the release from
the past impression that this tantra imparts. Begin searching within now.