PRESENT WAYS OF MEDITATION
We have learned scientifically in previous hubs that divine love devotion to God is the only way to attain Divine love, and this truth has been proved by all the scriptures and Saints. And I had mentioned in my hubs. Now I propose to talk about the various ways of meditating and the different styles of devotion which are popular in the world. As we have gathered enough knowledge from hubs, we shall now be able to understand how far the present day meditations and devotions are correct and what are their consequences. All the present ways of meditation can be categorized into two classes:
(1) Purely intellectual,
(2) Psychic elevation,
There are some organizations and groups of people who believe that the study of non-dualistic philosophy and its full understanding is enough to receive liberation from the bondage of materialism. They call it Gyan.
Such people affirm that it is enough to observe the world as it is, without any presumptions or assumptions. They say, "Do not think about its goodness or badness, and you will be free." Others say, "'This all led to material results because they are the products of your imagination."
The preachers who claim to be the followers of Shankaracharya say, "Believe that you are absolute, not an afflicted being, and you are free from the bondage."
Some of these are pure intellectuals. They go on studying the non dualistic books, memorizing the technical terminology of the Vedant, and considering themselves as absolute in their own thoughts when they are in a happy mood.
Some of these, along with their intellectual obsession of being absolute, try to subside their mental fickleness through meditation and follow certain methods of mental training to balance their minds into the thoughts of soul and absolute.
- MENTAL PLATFORM FOR HAPPINESS.
mental plane is the base to all our happiness. So we must understand the nature of our mental plane and grounds on which it works.
- SCIENCE OF MEDITATION
People often are unaware of all the sciences about doing meditation. Which when done does not give desired results. This is very deeply made understood here in this article.
- FORMATION OF MIND
It is very much important to know the nature of our mind. Then we can thing about why it is behaving alike or against. And how to get control over it.
Consider the first group of people who talk of observing the world as it is. Psychologically, it is impossible to observe without thinking, because observation is the result of pre-thinking. First, you think to observe, and then you observe. Every thinking is with some motive. A person in a coma can do such aimless observation, but a normal and sensible person cannot do it. The reason is that observation itself is an action, and there cannot be any action without a motive. So such ideologies are just for intellectual fun, not for practice.
The second group of people say that the world is a creation of one's own ideas. Then why do they not materialize their own ideas into the form of money and other things of their own utility and usability? In this way, they can become self-sufficient. But, actually, such people ,realize in their hearts that there is something wrong and that they are )bluffing themselves. So this ideology is also equally fanciful. The world exists as a reality; it is your experience. No one can believe that his body does not exist, and if he will concentrate upon such ideas, he will shortly become qualified to be admitted into a mental hospital.
Let us examine the third concept which talks about the Absolute. It is a fact that by mere thinking you can neither improve the quality of any material thing nor can you improve your own status. To attain anything one has to make some effort. Thinking oneself to be Absolute and running after sensuality and self-praise is like that person who, while living in a slum, imagines himself to be the richest man in the town.
Most of the impersonal thinkers know their weaknesses. They know that their hearts crave for sensual pleasure and their minds are enraged when there is any lacking in the fulfillment of their daily needs from their wife, children or associates. Still, they carry on their dry ideology of soul and absolute.
Nothing need be said of those who have chosen such a path for (heir ego stimulation and with a praise-seeking ambition; but those who are really interested in entering on the Divine path should know that;
(a) Such thoughts are unscientific, because a person first accepts his own identity (such as, "I am," and, "I am bodily alive,") and only afterwards does he think of something else. So, how can a man deny his own existence, that he does not possess a body but is Absolute'? It is like that talker who is trying to believe that he has no tongue in his mouth. Again, observation always occurs in duality. It is impossible to observe the objects of the world as the absolute expansion of one's own self. Therefore, after a whole life's effort in such intellectual speculations, a person remains at the same level where he started.
(b) Such thoughts are egoistical, and every egoistical practice belongs to the category of materialism.
It is thus advisable that such people who are honestly desiring to receive Divine happiness in their life should think over these facts deeply, lest it happens that this life, which is their only chance of getting Divine love, may end and they will be lost in the confusion of the Absolute. Such impersonalistic thinking or practice does not belong to the category of devotional action because it is not related to surrender to God. Moreover, it is neither a good nor a bad action, it is just neutral action. So, on its own, it has no good or bad results because it is mere thinking. Its side effect is dangerous, as the person, due to his vanity of absolutism, disrespects God, His deedsand His associates, and thus it amounts to huge spiritual transgressions.
2) PSYCHIC ELEVATION
There are many ways of meditation which have gained popularity nowadays, and which are particularly related to psychic powers or the psychic expansion of the mind. These are also a by-product of the non dualistic theory.
During the time of Ramkrishn Paramhans, Swami Vivekanand came to become his disciple. He was sincere and so he received powerful vibrations through his faithful association with Ramkrishn Paramhans, and thus his faith in Divine realization became firmer. Later on, he journeyed to America to propagate his mission.
His charming personality and fearless discourses influenced the western world. He spoke much about spiritual perfection and the soul, which was a result of his previous study of the Vedant.
After his last trip to the west, when he returned to India, he realized his mistake and accepted that he had missed the true experience of devotional love which he could have attained by following the exact devotional teaching of his Master. He then renounced his teachings and went to the Himalayas to attain devotional love.
In the letters which he wrote to his friends at that time (before he retired into seclusion), there is evidence of his feelings of disgust and disillusionment.
The people of the world remember his non-dualistic teachings but have forgotten the finer feelings of his last days when he was not an erudite exponent of Vedant, but was only a follower of the devotional path of his Guru.
From that time a wave of non-dualistic thoughts and a desire to know the mysteries of meditation has spread throughout the world. Such thoughts have given birth to many preachers who wish to enjoy the beauty and charm of the world under the cover of Vedant, and their followers feel delighted with the thought that they can obtain direct liberation without any devotion or sacrifice of their worldly attachments.
Due to these reasons, the teachings of meditation and Vedant gained much popularity, and, on the other hand, the propagation of divine love devotion was somewhat confined within narrow limits and the true philosophy of Divine love did not reach the common people of the world.
Nowadays, especially in the western society, a new trend is being developed in the name of spiritual meditations which is based on various ways of psychic elevation. We will now discuss them scientifically.
(a) Psychic relaxation.
Some people practice a relaxation method. They try to relax their mental tension by removing the thoughts of body consciousness, relational consciousness and their business consciousness etc., and surrendering their consciousness of self to a wide, spatial, and unknown power of unknown identity.
In doing so, they feel themselves united with some unknown, and they experience different bodily movements, vibrations, fantasies etc. Some of these experiences are pleasing, some are exciting, some are relaxing, and so on. Such results are easily obtained, just like a drink of instant coffee, but they are transitory.
(b) Psychic refinement.
Some people adopt another process of thought refinement. They take a word which may be a name of God, repeat it mentally with or without the harmony of breath, subdue their thoughts through or into the rhythm of the name (which they keep repeating), and try to transcend into a meditative state. There are some other techniques of meditation similar to it and of the same nature.
After a prolonged practice, some meditators gain some peace of mind and, after each transcending, they may feel a freshness.
(c) Psychic strengthening.
Some people strengthen their mental psychic force through a concentration technique. For instance, concentrating upon a very small object at a certain distance and making that thing move by the force of will. After prolonged practice, a person can do that. This is simply an example. By similar efforts a person can materialize his psychic force which he can impart through his eyes or hands, etc., and can use it for healing, etc.
(d) Psychic concentration.
Some people practice a technique to achieve some psychic powers. They form an image of that particular power in their minds which they wish to achieve and then they concentrate on that thought. Some try a concentration on breathing technique, with or without a word (name), and wish to open certain brain cells which can give them psychic powers. Some concentrate their mind with an intention to become clairvoyant and so on.
(e) Psychic unity with a spirit or a celestial being.
Some people adopt a certain formulated and disciplined process of meditation to obtain unity with the spirit world or with a celestial being.
In doing so, i1' the contact is made, the meditator can utilize the spirit's powers and knowledge on a small scale, either for his own material benefit or for increasing his celestial wisdom.
According to this discussion, any worship or association related the spirit world is impious and sinful, resulting in severe punishments. Pious ecstasies, related to a pious state, if are not associated with conceit and spiritual transgression they result in super psychic experiences or higher natural (yogic) power. Relaxation practices have no higher approach, they just result in inter refreshment of the mind. Their actions are neutral, having no good bad consequences, and so are the psychic strengthening process. Psychic concentration and the psychic refinement processes may gain mental peace or some psychic powers. But, the danger is that all such meditations are mostly based on the theory of absolute monism, and meditator cannot remain neutral. He deliberately or ignorantly enter into criticism of the personal form of God and the, deeds of God. Thus, he commits severe spiritual transgressions, which hold buck in spiritual progress and pollute his heart.