अपनी न की तलाश, बड़ी चूक ये हुई
बरसों किये खराब, खुदा तलाश में हमने
Without making an effort to know ourselves, we wasted years and years in search of God.
We consider ourselves nothing but body, mind or congregation of few molecules which had to be disintegrated sooner or later. The true Being is imprisoned within the walls of this mortal frame. The true Self is not dwelling far away in heaven or hell or skies but He is enthroned in the innermost core of our hearts. We hardly take care of Him who is the source of All Knowledge and Bliss. Only knowing Him, we can live knowingly.
To know Him, we have to look within and not without. Turn the eyes inwards one hundred eighty degrees and we have arrived home. Not a single step has to be taken. You are already there where you need to be but you are not aware, you are not conscious. When we close our eyes and start looking within, we find thick and grim darkness with no glimpse of light anywhere. Over and above, mind stats a film on its screen which has a beginning but no end. How can our true Self reside there? When we go on watching, watching and witnessing whatever is happening within without any evaluation, judgement or interference and without any effort, thoughts will start diminishing and darkness will evaporate. Persistent patience is required for that.
We must try to live in present.
Do not let the sadness
Of our past
And the fear
Of our future
Ruin the happiness
Of our present.
Two of the seven layers of ego behind which our true Being is hidden are the past and future. Generally either past haunts or we build castles in the air. The forest is gone but the heat is there. The later has not appeared and there is no assurance that it will or will not appear. Both are non-existent. So by living in them, we cannot live knowingly. It is the present, the moment in hand which is significant and which is the greatest treasure to us because once it is gone, it is gone forever. By catching hold of the moment and making the best use of it, we live knowingly. Mind will not allow us to stay in present. It moves either in past or in future. Present does not provide space for mind to move. Thoughts need space to travel and the present is too small for thoughts to move. They disappear and mind becomes no-mind.
Mind is constantly talking. If inner talk drops even for a moment, we are able to have a glimpse of no-mind. That is meditation. Meditation is not the concentration of mind.
It is not the faculty of mind. Meditation is going beyond mind. It is not controlling the mind. It does not wage a war against mind. In meditation, we simply watch whatever is going on within the mind without any condemnation or appreciation. Silently, without hurry, without any tension or anguish watch thoughts and move into inner centre instantly and step into inner Self immediately. Make meditation urgent. Unless meditation is made urgent, it does not happen. Put meditation on the top of your laundry list but at the moment it is at the bottom of laundry list which becomes bigger and bigger and is never finished. You will be finished. You will not have time for meditation and so meditation will not come to you. That is why make meditation most urgent.
ध्यान का ध्यान रखना, कहीँ टूटे ना ।।
We must make sure that our continuous flow of witnessing our thoughts is never broken. Even if we are lost in the thick forest of thoughts, we must come back to our source of witnessing as soon as possible.
Lament not if you do not see any light or image in meditation. Go deep into the perception of Bliss and there you will find the actual presence of God. Seek not a part but the whole.
मुझको कहाँ ढूँढे रे बन्दे मैं तो तेरे पास में,
खोजोगे तो मिलूँगा, पल भर की तलाश में।।
Swami Vishvas Ji recites: - Where do you search for ME in hills or dales? I am near you as much as I am you and you are I and there is nothing but I, Self or God. I am within all of you. Through deep meditation, you can find ME in the realm of your own heart. The meditation is not a fragmented thing apart from life. It spreads over all our life. Whether we are working on lap-top or walking or cooking or washing, if we are conscious of what we are doing or not doing, we are in meditation. Meditation means that we are all the time aware. We are aware not only when we are awake but this awareness spreads over our sleep as well. Even in sleep, we remain conscious, aware when meditation deepens.
When we reach that stage, we live knowingly. God is within all of us. If we hear His voice and act according to it, our worldly jobs will never be spoiled. We shall enjoy bliss if we follow and act according to His voice. Sometimes we make too much of feeling even admitting that the right kind of feeling is very enjoyable. What does it matter how you feel? Bear your lot as long as it is the will of God. Act rightly and one day the right feeling of peace and joy will appear. It is through meditation that we would realise that it does not matter how we feel. It is not just the feeling only but meditation will create a situation out of which peace arises, out of which silence arises and above all Divine arises. All these come out of meditation spontaneously. They are not the result. Meditation happens only when meditation is done for sake of meditation and not for sake of any gains. Of course flowers of consciousness and awareness will blossom and we will live knowingly.