Article by Gary Zalben
Some questions were presented about meditation and these are the answers from the teachings of a great spiritual master from India. Why is it so important for me to meditate? I am a very hyper person and I don’t have the patience to sit and meditate and besides, I do not have the time; I barely have enough time for my daily routine. What would I get out of it anyway?
The master says, “When you pull the ear, the head is pulled with it. Pull God into your life through meditation and then you will automatically pull in ever new blessings, wisdom and prosperity. That is the reason people should seek God first and possessions second for he is most likely to lose God. Your mind is comparable to a piece of blotting paper; as it is saturated with grimy mundane desires it becomes fully drenched and is unable too grasp the uncorrupted Divine Essence.
As I mentioned before I have no extra time to meditate. There are some who are the so-called extremely busy who will not bring themselves to take even a few minutes out of the twenty-four day to meditate. God looks at those who lose sleep over Him as heroes. By being too busy even until death in a childish pursuit of perishable riches to satisfy unproductive cravings or desires, continually collecting stocks and bonds will not get you through the pearly gateways of the afterlife. Unfortunately there are very few people who will live a disciplined life and without interruption meditate and harvest the everlasting rewards of God-contact in the short season of life. Only by spiritual labor of scientific yoga meditation not by blind beliefs or proxy nor an undeserved heavenly visitation nor by hoping to be in His omnipresence by the merit of death can the Lord of the harvest be attained.
My question is, “why meditate when I pray every day to be forgiven for my sins and bad karma?” The selfish fear of consequences along with shallow prayer will not bring God randomly to counteract the just and truthful workings of the laws of cause and effect. Man would c ontinue in error if permitted to do so without the consequences. God cannot be moved by bartered deals of good behavior for past misconducts or sporadic emotions of praise. Only by divine love and by devoted sincerity can any sin and its consequences be forgiven. What about people going to confession aren’t they saved? From the results of their transgressions, some credulous offenders want to be free of their suffering and consider it sufficient to seek confession from an everyday priest and receive divine amnesty by confessing their sins from their evil deeds. There is mental consolation that confession confers on them, but the operation of the karmic laws are too subtle for them to be seen and they deem themselves to be forgiven. Only God and His highly advanced masters or saints can forgive others and free men from suffering the consequences of their wrongdoing. Those who learn the advanced meditation technique of Kriya Yoga can burn off their bad karma. One hour of Kriya Yoga is equivalent to twenty four hours of prayer.
Another question came up, “I meditate every morning and night but I see nothing, hear nothing and feel nothing; what should I do?” Desires constantly agitate the meditator and wisdom can only be perceived when one stops moving. If you lightly touch the spring of a good watch, it stops. And when the movement of the watch is shaken, it will start running again. Likewise, as the bodily functions are motionless by calming the restless movements of the mental processes, intuition comes the moment you are still to guide you. That is why some people quit meditating; they cannot go deep enough to gain any results therefore they lose interest. Each time we meditate the master says, when we see the light in meditation, beneficial changes are taking place in our brain cells. Even if we do not see that light when we meditate, eventually we will. During meditation you must break the connection between the body and the mind. As long as you are conscious of your body you cannot go deep into m editatio n. You have to have complete forgetfulness of your body and that means a “state of absolute immovability.” As long as you move even once, like to scratch yourself, you have broken that magnetic field and you have to start over again at that point to gain depth in meditation.
Some have what is called the yo-yo syndrome. This alternating condition is when two tendencies over power each other then alternately like two lovers who sometimes become angry affect each other alternately with deep enthusiasm for meditation and then sudden dryness and indifference. Then in one moment they get very interested and drop everything else.
I just recently started meditating but it seems that whenever I meditate I am disturbed by someone or some thing. Is that normal? There are some devotees who find that when meditating for just a short time they are tempted by their bad habits of earthly pleasures or hounded by spiritual tests or poverty, diseases and afflictions of the body; they stop meditating for not forming deep rooted habits of meditation. Whenever there is unhappiness or misfortune, think of God as your highest resource, the same way the needle of a compass always points north, it does not matter which direction the compass is turned so must your thoughts be on God no matter what circumstances exist from minute to minute. Countless fools blindly go through the pathway of uninstructed impulses only to find themselves on the road of ignorant worldly actions. It is simple to perform worldly or evil actions as it takes no effort to roll down a hill. Every repeated evil or ignorant action guides one further down the pathway of evil or worldly ways.
Someone said, “if I could only witness a miracle, even a small one, I would definitely be motivated to be more spiritual. You should know that miracles are desired and held in esteem by earthly mundane mortals who have feelings of inadequacy and who try to challenge the Lord by proving Himself. But divine souls do not doubt him nor test His attention and l ove. If you want to know about miracles and motivate yourself read the chapter “The Law of Miracles” in the book “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda, a spiritual classic, which explains this in detail.
The question was asked. “I read spiritual books very often, what about that?” The answer is “If you don’t meditate but read, you have a huge, interesting, marvelous and philosophical knowledge stuffed with high metaphysics. It just won’t do you any good; it’s like having a nice book about food and the best menu in the world and you starve to death.”
How is it possible to get a real response from God? Infinite and formless, God is spirit and will not usually talk in words but manifests His awareness as divine perceptions through comprehensible vibratory sounds and comprehended only by devotees with heightened intuition in deep meditation.
One’s most important engagement is with God in meditation for it is impossible to keep any other engagement in one’s life without borrowing energy, muscular power and mental activity from God who is the giver of all these things. True meditation is absorption in God and it has absolutely nothing in common with the unscientific techniques of breathing taught by a host of ill-advised zealots. Once tasted the happiness of God-communion in meditation is more enticing than all mundane temptations.
Would someone eat rotten cheese? Would you prefer unhappiness to paradise? No. Because of delusion man yields to temptation thinking it will bring happiness. It is hard to differentiate counterfeit coins which have no value from the genuine article; it is the same way to seek pleasure from attractive but worthless vices. Real happiness takes discrimination to know the difference.
What is the fate of those who do not meditate? Those who ‘save their lives,’ keeping themselves identified with the demands and comfort of the body, and who are reluctant to make the required spiritual labor in the struggle to sit and meditate, will discover eventually he will ‘sa crifice his life,’ of transitory happiness that he sought after to defend and protect. At the end of his life the material man finds he is without God-realization as well as without riches by his worldly life.
He who spends his time with Guru given techniques of meditation will without difficulty reach the pinnacle of spiritual freedom.” What freedom do I have? You have none unless you go into your soul. Free will without wisdom is zero free will. Within your soul you have every free will possible. In fact, the moment there is a burst of soul consciousness, at that moment you have free will because the masters say the only time you are truly alive is when you commune with God otherwise all the masses of unenlightened people are just humanoids, pre-programmed by the sub-conscious mind and manipulated by all the computers of previous incarnations and past memories which automatically control their lives and that’s a fact believe it or not.
The masters say this is the penalty for those who refuse to allow their lives to be guided by divine laws. On the stage of life most people behave like puppet actors who are manipulated by prenatal instincts, environment, and karmic destinies from former lives. They do not know what role to play to be successful in life. There is a plan for your life. But lives which are governed solely by the laws of cosmic causation or the karmic laws are the hidden players in the game of life. You lose your independence and you cannot say yes or no when herded to the right path or evil ways. The key is listening to your conscience. Your conscience is God’s cosmic intelligence vibrating through you. Each time you interfere with your conscience you<--nextpage-->are back into ego consciousness, ignorance and duality. You have human intelligence which endlessly lies to you then you have divine intelligence and your conscience. There are two kinds of people in the world, those who meditate and seek God and those who don’t.
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