Make the Mind Quiet
(This offers some very helpful insights about meditation and exploring the world of within, inner space.) A meditation talk given April 4, 1985 by Santji, recorded in, The Ambrosial Hour, pages 177, 178, and 179.
Make the mind quiet as only a quiet mind can meditate. Don’t understand meditation as a burden, do it lovingly. Don’t pay any attention to the outer sounds during the meditation; concentrate at the Eye Center.
The dear ones who have difficulty in finding the Third Eye should know that when they close their eyes, whatever they see within – it is their Third Eye which is seeing all those things. When you have to focus your attention, you should be looking exactly in the center of your two eyebrows, you should not take your attention upwards or downwards or on the left or right side, it should be right in the middle of what you see.
Some dear ones have this complaint, that the Light sometimes comes and sometimes goes; sometimes it becomes very brilliant. They should know that it is not the Light which comes and goes. When our mind is still, when our mind does not run a lot, then we find the Light still there, but when our mind is not there, when it is running all around, then we feel that the Light has gone away. Light is at one place; it is always our mind which comes and goes.
You know that the reflection of the trees or things on the shore of the sea can be seen clearly only when the water of the sea is still. If the water is moving, if there are many waves in that sea, we cannot see the reflection of the things on the shore. It does not mean that the trees or other things have gone somewhere else, they are still there, but it is only because the water is not still, all the waves are moving it, that is why we cannot see the reflection of those things very clearly. We see them only when the water is still; in the same way, as long as our mind is still we see our reflection, we see the things very clearly. But our mind is also like a very big ocean, in this ocean there are many waves of lust, anger, greed and all the things, many thoughts are also coming up, and they are always moving around our mind, and that is why we are not able to see our own image, our own reflection very clearly. We have to still our mind with the Shabd, with the Naam, with the Simran, and only then can we see our image and the inner things very clearly.
Often I have talked about the training which I got in the army when they were teaching us how to shoot. They would teach us that first of all you should keep your body, the gun, and the target all in one line, and then you should keep the crosshairs of the two sights in one line, and it should be in line with the target. And you should hold your breath, and you should not look here or there, and very slowly, very lightly you should just pull the trigger. Those who shot according to the training, keeping all the things in one line and doing it very gently and smoothly, would always become successful. But some people who did not keep their body, the gun, and the target in one line, who would move, those who would not hold their breath, those who would not do it correctly, they would never become successful.
The same thing applies in the practice of Sant Mat also. If our body is still and our mind is still, what is the target we have to hit? The target is the Eye Center, and after hitting the target we have to go further, we have to go to Sach Khand. So if our body is still, our mind is still, and if we are concentrating correctly at the Eye Center, then only after a few sittings you will know that you have progressed a lot.
Those who used to change their aim at the target again and again would not become successful. This is my personal experience; we had to shoot five bullets, placing them in an area of one inch. And I myself have done that only by keeping one target all the time, only by trying to hit the same place again and again. And the same thing helped me a lot in the Sant Mat, because my Master taught me, “Dear Son, if you will go on changing your contemplation, if you will go on changing the place where you have to concentrate, you will not become successful. You have to go on looking at the same place, you have to concentrate at the same place if you want to become successful.”
You should try to understand this: when our thoughts are stilled, then the Light also gets manifested within us and it also remains still there. And when such a thing happens then the Sound of the Shabd also starts coming within us. Only in the beginning do you need to close your ears, later on when the Light is manifested the Sound starts coming from within that Light, and even if you have not closed your ears still you will hear the Sound of the bells or of the conch or some kind of Sound. And whatever Sound you are hearing you should always try to listen to that, you should not go on changing the Sounds. Whatever sound you have caught, you should continue with that same sound and concentrate on it, because even if it is a smaller sound, or a little sound, still it has the connection, it has the contact with the higher Sound.
When the soul sees the Light and hears the Sound of the bell, then all the impurities, all the dirt of the soul is removed, and then the mirror of the soul becomes very clean, very reflecting, and after that, all the forces of the mind which were pulling the soul downwards, all the chains are broken one by one, and after that whenever we sit for meditation, just in a moment our attention goes straight to the Eye Center.
I hope that you will sit in the meditation according to what I have tried to explain to you. You should meditate here as well as when you go back to your home, because those who will meditate according to these instructions, they will definitely get success and it will be very helpful.
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Salvation-By-Calendar, Apocalypses, Second Comings, and Yugas
Pink Floyd – “Time” (2011 Remastered): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwYX52BP2Sk
I have this old book published back in the 1920’s and it gave me a eureka moment about this topic of prophecy, the never-ending fixation about the end of days. It shows a sketch of the Great 19th-Century Meteor Shower and in the caption is a verse of scripture about “stars falling from the heavens”. It also has an old black n white photo of a steam engine train and in the caption underneath a passage from the Book of Daniel: “But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.”
“Same as it ever was.” (Talking Heads lyrics from “Once in a Lifetime”)
Look busy, [Treta Yuga, Aquarius, Jesus, earth changes… fill-in-the-blank] is coming: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0869/1920/products/10054_Mug.jpg?v=1539973718
“His disciples said to him: ‘When will the resurrection of the dead take place, and when will the new world come?’ He said to them: ‘That resurrection which you are awaiting has already come, but you do not recognize it.’”
That’s saying 51 of Gospel of Thomas, a somewhat Buddhist-like or mystical version of a gospel that places emphasis on the now, the present moment. Copies of it have been found at Oxyrinchus, Egypt and near Nag Hammadi, also in Egypt. http://gnosis.org/naghamm/gosthom.html
There is no salvation-by-calendar presented in the Gospel of Thomas.
While Mayan calendar mathematicians, polyester clad prophets, black rock city shamans, vague Nostradumbass quatrains, and the National Enquirer predictions for 2019 (2018, 2017, 2016, etc….) are never impressive, there are some very real apocalyptic concerns, and those are the ones we already know about and have been living with for awhile now.
The Anthropocene Age, the epoch we find ourselves living in: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropocene
Climate Change: https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence
Climate Change, it’s always ahead of schedule and worse than the earlier predictions: https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/new-research-is-out-on-thawing-permafrost-and-its-worse-than-climate-scientists-thought/70008749
Two Minutes to Midnight: https://thebulletin.org/doomsday-clock/current-time
An Atomic Tidal Wave at the End of the World: https://www.businessinsider.nl/russia-drops-first-video-of-putins-poseidon-doomsday-nuclear-torpedo-2019-2/?international=true&r=US
Vasili Arkhipov, the hero of the Cuban Missile Crisis who deserves much greater recognition: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/27/vasili-arkhipov-soviet-submarine-captain-who-averted-nuclear-war-awarded-future-of-life-prize
Mossy Ledge: “Departure”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyidDlPVwjQ&ab_channel=MossyLedge
The Mystic Traveler Transcends the Universe (Ocean of Samsara) Through Meditation
“Association with a true Master [Satguru] is a prerequisite for the attainment of true spirituality (Parmarth). If the Sant Satguru is not met with, one may also achieve one’s object by associating with a loving and devoted satsangi (initiate, disciple, representative of the Satguru) who has himself associated with him, is engaged in spiritual (Parmarthi) pursuits and is chosen of the Supreme Being Radhasoami Dayal [Compassionate Lord of the Soul], i.e., who is the recipient of his grace and mercy. When a sincere seeker learns the secrets and methods of practice from that satsangi and commences meditation practice (Abhyas), Radhasoami Dayal will take him under His protection and augment his love and faith by giving him palpable (perceptible, incontrovertible) help internally and externally.” (Huzur Maharaj Rai Saligram)
“Raise your Surat [attention faculty of the soul] to higher regions where Dhun [the inner Sound] is audible all the time.
“Then you will make your human life truly fruitful and you will find rest and peace in Shabd [the Inner Sound and Light, Surat Shabd Yoga].
“The drum of breath is beating perpetually as a warning to eventual departure from here.
“Radhasoami has made available a boat. Get across the ocean of the universe free of any charge.”
— Soamiji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Volume One
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Examine the Nature of Existence — The Opening Verses of Sar Bachan Radhasoami Prose in Two Translations
Examine the Nature of Existence — The Opening Verses of Sar Bachan Radhasoami Prose in Two Translations
This world is perishable and so also is all that pertains to it. A wise man is he, who, having closely examined the nature of existence here, has realized that it is all transitory and illusory, and consecrated his human form by devoting himself to Bhajan and Simran (listening to inner sounds during meditation practice), and repetition of the Holy Name of the Supreme Being, and who, taking the fullest advantage of the various faculties which the Supreme Father has graciously endowed him with, has translated the invaluable jewel within him, which is Surat (spirit [see note below]) or the essence of his being, to its Original Abode [Realm].
1. The soul or spirit is known as Surat or Ruh. It has descended from the highest region, that is, the regions of Sat Naam and Radhasoami, and has taken location in this body. It has got enmeshed here in the mind, the three Gunas (attributes), five Tattwas (original conditions of matter), ten Indriyas (senses and organs) etc. and so tight are the bondages of the body and things connected therewith that it has become difficult for it to extricate itself. Freedom from these bondages is called Moksh (liberation). Inner bondages are the mind, indriyas, tattwas, etc., and the external bondages comprise property, family and kinsfolk. The soul, that is, spirit, is so much entangled in these two kinds of bondages that it has even lost consciousness of its original abode. So remote is the destination that it is now difficult for it to return to its original abode without the Mehar (grace) of a perfect guide. Now, all that a man has got to do is to take his Surat (spirit) back to its reservoir and place of origin, that is, Sat Nam and Radhasoami. Until this is attained, there can be no escape from joys and sorrows and pleasures and pains of this world. (Radhasoami Satsang, Agra)
This jagat (phenomenal world) is perishable (nashman) and all its causes and effects are also perishable; that the wise and shrewd man is he who having carefully examined the burden of its activities (karobar) and having discovered that this is a fantasy world (kalpit) and mythical (mithya), has fruitfully and gainfully employed this human body (and its related instruments and material) in the remembrance (sumiran) and contemplation (bhajan) of the Absolute Lord; that having benefited from things with which the Supreme Doer (the Absolute Lord) has equipped this human frame, he has restored his invaluable core (jauhar-i-be-bahaa, i.e. the quintessence of his being or tattva vastu which is the surat or jivatma) into its real, original abode – the Radhasoami Sphere whence it descended.
1. Jagat (the embodied spirit), i.e. surat*** is called as ruh (literally, breath or perfume). And having descended from the highest sphere, i.e. the sphere of Satt Naam and Radhasoami, it has come to abide in this body. And it has got tied up with three gunas (sattva, rajasa and tamas corresponding to oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen respectively) and five elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth), and ten indriyas (five instruments or senses of knowledge and five of action or karma indriyas) and mind, etc.
Such bonds (bandhan) have come about between it (i.e. Surat) and the body (sharir) and its related objects of pleasure (padara- thas) that release from them has become quite difficult. This release is called moksh (emancipation). The internal bonds refer to cords that bind the surat with senses, elements and the mind. The external bonds imply the strings which tie up the surat with object of pleasure, family and clan (qabila).
In both these bonds, the jivatma has become so entangled that it has lost all remembrance and consciousness (denoting or relating to a part of the human mind that is aware of a person’s self, origin and history, environment, and mental activity) of its real abode. Its destination (original abode) has become so distant that its return to its original abode has become extremely difficult without the grace of the perfect murshid or Satguru. All that man has to accomplish is to take back his surat or ruh to its head spring and source, i.e., the spheres of Satt Naam and Radhasoami. Until and unless this task is accomplished, there can be no release from the worldly gaiety and grief (khushi and rani) and all the pains and pleasures pertaining to this (phenomenal world). (The Quintessential Discourse Radhasoami, M.G. Gupta)
***NOTE: “Surat”: The surat is a drop from that Ocean – The Supreme Radhasoami. Anami, beyond space and time, void of vikalp, of boundary, of lineament (roop-rekha), of motion, of modification, of within and without, the Formless, even Soundless and Nameless, in a State of perfect bliss – “So Am I”. When surat assumes body and form, it becomes known as jiva (soul, entity) or jivatma. (M.G. Gupta)
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