14 Feb 2013

Meditation is the most enjoyable experience in life. Depending on prevailing sanskars and external demands of life, I have seen so many variations in my own form of meditation.

In these busy days, I am naturally converging to this form of meditation that I describe below. I am not sure if it appears in exactly this form in any other text of past. But then realities of my life are different from others. Demands of being extrovert are significantly higher. The forms of extrovertism have also changed significantly for people like me and youth of today. So much of exposure to mobile, laptop, internet, emails. For professionals, there is pressure and deadlines and quantity of work that is way higher than even in last decade. It is difficult to find out a completely quiet time for self. Hence the way of meditation is also adapting to these changed realities. Most importantly, I am getting good results.

Meditation is typically performed with closed eyes. That shuts down a major part of distractions. Being in a silent place shuts down another major component. And when these happen, typically the mind starts behaving as a monkey, frantically searching for a sense-organ to vent out its naughtiness.  Or it starts getting into shutdown mode. In fact I find many people confusing a nap with meditation.

Nap itself is a good thing, especially if your are tired and did not have a good sleep. But powers of meditation are revealed when you are not sleep deprived.

The goal of meditation is to control both sleepiness as well as monkeyness of mind.

Thus I find it beneficial to do a light warmup before meditation. Some light stretching and deep breath is good enough. If you can time it with your workout time, nothing like it. You can have some good workout you would be wide alert and more focused. Then after meditation, you can resume your workout depending upon the kind of workout and meditation.

This practically takes care of sleepiness to large extent. Now the next challenge is to calm the mind. To tame the monkey, surrender to God is the best recipe I have discovered. I simply start thinking about life, goal of life, how Supreme Lord is helping me and gradually I start getting immersed in His enjoyment. What is important for this approach is that we understand what life is, God is, purpose is at least on logical level so that the emotional connect can be generated. That is why Patanjali enlists Swadhyaya or study as an essential component of Yoga. That is why regular study of Vedic texts and introspection on them is so powerful. The articles on Agniveer were honest reflections on this study and introspection process. For a modern youth, this perhaps is the best material available on this subject currently. As one progresses, one can move to more technical stuff that have much more power but need basic mastery. Eventually immersing in Veda mantras is the best thing.

So as one enjoys company of God, understanding Him, understanding Self with eyes closed, emotions start flowing out. At times, if you have been too distracted with worldly things, you may have to forcibly start the initial flow of emotions. You can start randomly with whatever enjoyable experience you have had in past and shift yourself into that. And then focus on your feelings at that time or situation, irrespective to things and people around you. Now start thanking Supreme Lord for giving the capacity to feel such enjoyments. Now gradually realize that source of enjoyment is within and hence even when no external stimulus is there, you can still generate this enjoyment from within. Thank Supreme Lord for that. Now gradually flow with emotions thanking Him again and again.

You need not thank Him in poetic language. It is just a feeling with or without words. Ideally without words, but don’t force yourself. Simply flow as it comes.

Repeat with other enjoyment occasions if required. But soon you would be filled with exhilaration. I never required to think of more than one enjoyment occasion. Everything starts triggering naturally and I just enjoy.

Now start feeling what does God demand from you to provide you such enjoyments. What should be your responsibility to be a good team-worker with God. Now you gradually start feeling the Theory of Karma. You get what you do. And you do what you think. If you surrender all thoughts to Him – who alone is source of enjoyment – you will have continuous enjoyment. Feel yourself beyond time with Him always. He is always with you, and as you do, so he gifts.

Thus move towards cleansing your mind of negativity that is against the spirit of this teamwork with God. Clear out each negativity as it comes. Take strong resolve to be best now. Resolve to never give up and put your best in same manner as God is putting his best. Be specific if it requires to. Else simply flow with emotions.

The Yam and Niyam of Yoga Darshan are good memory tags to help the process. Think of each of them, resolve, thank Him, feel the happiness and enjoy!

By this time not one but multiple kinds of emotions will fill you. Don’t try to separate them. Holistically feel them all with silence. If an external noise or distraction comes, associate that also with enjoyment with Supreme Lord. To assist, at this point you can start reciting Om with each breath. I find it very powerful.

Now with each Om, emotional fun with Lord will keep increasing. Be there. Feel Him beyond senses, beyond mind, beyond everything. Simply He and Me.

After sometime, monkey mind will start jumping again because it is not habituated to keeping silent for so long. Open the eyes at this time and break the pattern. Then again close and start Om journey. Do it several times. Monkey will get subdued.

Now open your eyes, start resolving or repeating the resolves. Thank again. Look at world around you and see if that connect with Lord still remains. Since you have to live in this outside world for rest of the day, make sure you have Lord with you here as well. It is easy to practice meditation in silence with closed eyes. But power of meditation must reach in this world that you will live in for 16 hours of your day.

If you feel the connect vanishing, close eyes again, reconnect, open eyes and check again. With practice, you would be able to maintain the connect in external world as well. Chant a few Oms loudly if possible.

Now start indulging in some activity.  Again check the connect. You would find that a basic connect gets established that is always there at the back of mind. You are done!

Now make a habit of stopping every couple of hours or so, closing the eyes, discovering the connect, and reestablish it externally. This acts like a constant power booster. If possible, repeat the longer version in evening as well, for say, 15 minutes at least. And once more before you sleep.

For sleep, close the eyes, repeat the same thing but allow sleepiness to overpower if it does. Simply surrender chanting Om with each breath. If thoughts start monkeying, ignore and continue the Om. Soon you will master them.

This is a basic meditation method that I personally found very powerful and bringing wonders in life, effectiveness, intuitiveness, success – everything. One can combine it with various other methods and customize for special requirements.

Once addicted to this, no other addiction is worth even thinking about.

May Supreme Lord provide this Soma Ras always!

Om Shantih Shantih Shantih

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  • @All including Agniveer

    Have any of you met ever in your life journey with a Yogi who reached state of Asamparjyat Samaadhi? If yes, please write your experience.

    • Sir,
      Honestly I don’t even know what this asamparjyat Samadhi is. However there is a person who visited Himalayas several times. So many types of yogis he saw. He wrote many books too . He says he did not write all his miraculous exp in his books as people will not believe.

      Some of his claims seems to be hard to digest . Not sure you will like this person because he may not agree with all your beliefs. It’s hard to find a Hindu who exactly believes like another Hindu and unanimously say the same thing. For instance we have difference of opinion right?

      Visit below site.

      http://www.mkramachandran.org/ – Not sure how to contact this person. But I am sure he has rich exp with Himalayan yogis from authentic ones to fraudsters. Some you may be interested not all.

    • Abdu ex muslim Sir,

      This excerpt is from Patanjali yoga sutra.

      “svadhyayad ishtadevatasanprayogah”. What does this mean? To me ishta devata means my desired deity, family deity etc

      • @Hindu

        Rishi Vyas Exlains Savadhaya in commentary of Sutra 2/1 , Savadhaya is repetition of scared syllable (Paranav Jap with Bhav) and studying scriptures contain science of liberation. That leads one communion with God who is “Ishat” of all.. Rishi Patanjli said Aum is indicator (Vachak) of God who never comes in bondage of body. Read Sutra (1.26 to 27).

  • Wow- nice point brother agniveer- negativity is against the spirit of my team work with God- and since he is with me always -on the mat or off/ eyes open or closed- I should never be negative!

  • Hi. Though I’m a Vedic, I practice a form of meditation where the “Mindfulness” of Mahatma Buddha, “Preksa Meditation” of a Jain Acharya and Contemplation and Concentration on The Gayatri Mantra with understanding, all are combined with the Nirankari Meditation of Sikhs.
    Though i revere Maharishi Dayananda on Vedic wisdom and translations, I equally respect the other doctrines of Buddhism, SIkhism, Jainism, Taoism, etc.

  • Yogdarshan says that the mind is calm as ‘satva guna’ of prakriti is the major component of it. In Mahabharat there are instances which shows that Arjun was the one who had a great control of mind but still in Geeta Arjun says ‘chanchal he man Krishna’ means my mind is wavering. But if we look at it from the perspective of Arjuna then he is right, as he is facing a difficult situation where his own relatives are in war with him. So it was not a generic statement about mind but was specific to Arjuna only in that particular situation.

    Now in Yogdarshan ‘bhasya’ Mahrishi Vedvyas writes that ‘Chitt satvam’ means mind by its own nature is calm. Geeta was also written by Mahrishi Vedvyas. So how come the two statements by Vedvyas Ji be true ?. Also if we look at it Yogdarshan is all about mind control so the statement made in Yogdarshan is direct where as in Geeta the situation is of war where emotions are running high and context has to be known to understand the meaning. Hope this will help in understanding a little about mind in the correct direction.

    So in order to be more effective in meditation and life we must free ourselves from all ignorance otherwise even if we work hard we won’t achieve anything significant. I suggest those of you interested in meditation must listen to the audio lectures on Yogdarshan and other Darshanas by Swami Vivekanand Parivarjik , SwamiVishvang and Acharya Satyajit of Darshanyog mahavidyalaya Rojad Gujarat. Also listen to the lectures of Swami Satyapati Parivarjik , Swami Satyapatti ji is the one who has reached the satge of Samadhi. Here are the links for the audio lectures.

    Yogdarshan says ‘Abhyas vairaagya-bhyaam tann-nirodh’ meaning by perseverance and ‘vairaagya’ (true knowledge ) the ‘vritti’ (thoughts) of mind can be controlled. The main cause of misery is ignorance . Will write more later …

  • http://www.dharmmargdarshan.wordpress.com इस ब्लॉग पर ध्यान-उपासना (कालावधि केवल १० मिनिट) के लिए लोगों को एकत्रित किया जाए और इस उपासना को नित्य आयोजित किया जाए तो सारा हिंदसमाज संगठित होगा

    • @Nikunj, read a book “The Laws of the Spirit World” written by Late Mrs. Khorshed Bhavnagari. You can purchase it in Hindi also (Jeevaatma Jagat K Niyam)

      Depression also happens due to “Knowledge of Ignorance”..

  • Sanjeev Ji
    Excellent ,i alwyas tried to do meditationbut this monkey mind think indulges as explained by you,
    i thank u and also Agniveer for doing such a wonderful job.

    • Try Sudarshan Kriya taught in Art of Living Workshop, It teaches a simple technique to tame your mind through breathe, Its easy and effective

  • first of all, thank you so much for writing this wonderful article. It’s 100% true about your practice and it works every time. In this materialistic and busy world, only meditation, yoga and spirituality can help people from all the suffering.

  • Hey Sanjeev,

    I am going in and out of meditative practise due to lack of time and motivation perhaps. However when do find that patch of time when I meditate it does wonders to me on all fronts of my life.

    Thanks again for this great article.


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