Prepare the Ground for
and Meditation are two aspects of the same movement towards God. Prayer is
indispensable, but it may not be the prayer that is generally understood
by people. There are hundreds of forms of prayer.
What really is prayer? A
means, by which you are seeking to commune with the divine presence and
power. It is a condition in you heart and mind, by which you put away your
little personality and its problems and put yourself in tune with the
Meditation is an advanced
development on this line. In meditation you have transcended the
conditions of prayer. You are not merely conscious of the divine power.
You are not merely contacting the divine presence, but you have become one
with it. Everything in you is lost in Godhead. In meditation you become as
God Himself. This is an advanced stage which is not given to one, unless
one constantly, by small prayers, goodness, service and divine knowledge,
seeks to prepare oneself for this condition and high attainment.
struggle and striving, all in us must be constantly prepared towards this
high aim. We should have prayed millions of times, before we can arrive at
the first step in meditation. Besides that, as nature has produced us, we
are very crude. Though our bodies are clean and neatly dressed, though our
minds are disciplined and trained by the university, yet the dangerous
devil of passion, lust, greed, selfishness, hypocrisy and falsehood have
to be completely thrown out of your system. It is only then, that we are
really civilised. It is only then, that we are cultured. It is only then
that we are eligible for the grand aim.
Everything in us has to be
transformed, transfigured and prepared. We have to throw out the roots of
nature, which are so ugly, nasty, barbarous. In order this may be
achieved, there should be not only growth in love and purity in us, but
growth in every refinement. There has to be an exaltation of the heart and
the mind, a readiness to take more pain and to work more hard, a readiness
to sacrifice animal functions for the sake of development of the higher
powers. Simultaneously with this grand process of transformation and
divinisation there must be continued prayer, and meditation. There must be
also some devotional act, deeds of divine love.
The point is, there are
many misconceptions. Unfortunately, people take up some book on meditation
and fascinated by this interesting subject, they try to meditate. Now,
they meditate for ten years. They come and ask, why there is no result.
Therefore I have sought to draw your attention to the grand preparatory
ground that has to be discovered. When you prepare the inner basis and
foundation, meditation comes to you automatically.
Sometimes it so happens,
as you are walking in the street, that your heart is uplifted and
inspired. As you walk, you feel: 'these human beings are expressions and
embodiments of God. Is this nature merely a material formation? Or is it
Such thoughts are
automatically thrown up from your inner heart. Let us not forget that you
are yourself undeniably the grand manifestation of God. Your heart is an
ocean of infinite knowledge. All the millions and trillions of books are
there inside yourself. When you have prepared the ground as I have just
described, automatically new ideas, new intuitions and illuminations
spring from your heart.
When everything in you is
ready and radiant, you will see that wisdom is being poured into you;
indescribable grace and strength are being poured into you. At this stage,
even if you do not want God, everything in you will be turned towards God.
At this stage, even if you do not want to pray and meditate, all in you
automatically sinks into prayer and meditation.
A time arrives in your
life, when even if you do not want to meditate, automatically everything
in you strives to meditate. A time arrives in your life, when even if you
do not want God, God will be working in you, through you, around you, with
you, and you will be able to perceive Him. Those who have arrived at a
higher stage of perfection, will be able to perceive Him in you. All that
you have to do, is to discover that the goal of God-Consciousness is
already in you.
Let us take away the
animal about us. Let us wash out all that is earthly and human. Let us
polish our mirror so thoroughly, that whenever we look into it, it is not
at ourselves that we are looking, but at Reality, at God.
Before we can experience
infinite Truth - God - as absolute perfection, absolute peace and joy we
first have to experience God as love in the heart of the people
surrounding us. We have to experience God as life and its endless dignity
within ourselves as well as in others. We have to experience God through
the unfoldment of great goodness and selflessness - selfless service and
selfless love for all creation. We have to experience God through the
unfoldment of higher virtues, through the power of great perseverance and
rare patience, for God dwells in these qualities. This is the base.
It is when this base is
erected that we can experience God in visions and intuitions. When the
base is ready and the heart is rendered pure then higher powers of
perception unfold themselves and one experiences what is hidden to others:
the presence of the Divine, a strength that is superhuman, a peace that
cannot be disturbed through the challenges and tragedies of daily life
however great they be.
Before we can experience
God as He is in Himself, we have to experience Him as He reveals Himself
in those around us. We have to grow morally and ethically through hard
work. And work means discipline, Yoga, sacrifice, a good character, a
character free from animal qualities like hatred, jealousy, envy, anger,
One has to experience God
in intense prayer and meditation, before one can demand the experience of
God as unending perfection, eternal life, endless, beginningless Truth.