The Secret of Meditation
man in general sits in meditation or prayer, all kinds of thoughts come,
unnecessary, useless, wrong, misguiding thoughts. He sits before his own
thoughts. Such a prayer is useless. Such persons have no idea of the
existence and presence of the Divine.
When a lover of God sits
in meditation he finds himself face to face with the Divine. Suddenly God
whom in deep-sleep we experience as timeless silence stands before his
eyes. The witness of the witnessing intelligence in him stands before him.
Even during our waking-state this witness is always present, watching our
thoughts, our intelligence, our feelings. It is the reality of realities.
It is the wonderful and only Reality, because it is unchanging. It can be
experienced at all times - every time when we sink into this witness in
deep-sleep state we experience the same timeless stillness. Mind on the
other hand is ever changing and unreliable - thoughts and feelings come
and go; they never remain the same.
The spiritual aspirant
meditates and reflects upon the true nature of this timeless silence. the
witness in us is the Light of lights. Thus he sits before the Light of
lights when he meditates. He may imagine the sun before his inner eye to
help the intelligence to concentrate. Within this sun he may see the
picture of the Divine Mother Parvati, or Shiva, or Narayana and find in
this image timeless stillness and the witness of consciousness. This
picture is omnipresent, omniscient, all-loving, all-encompassing. It is
there in all beings, outside, inside, everywhere. It is there in the soul
of water, in the soul of the mountains, in the soul of the grass, in the
soul of everyone and everything. Thus even while working the lover of the
Divine is always face to face with the Divine and the prayer goes on
For the lover of the
Divine the Divinity is the Reality of realities, a living presence, a
source of constant joy, constant growth in wisdom, a source of constant
growth in all virtues. Again and again he observes his attitude towards
his surroundings and finds that it is the same attitude he has towards the
Divine. Worldly people are very different. They react differently from
person to person. There ensues disharmony, hatred, envy, greed, fighting,
etc. The lover of the Divine is beyond forms and characteristics of people
around him. He is in contact with the witnessing consciousness in all and
everyone. he is in contact with the timeless silence and consciousness
that is in him and in all. Therefore his prayers and meditations are
powerful and render immediate fruits, peace, joyfulness and greater
motivation for service.