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People sit to
meditate, but do they have a goal in mind?
They haven't even visualized the goal,
so what can they meditate on, a buffalo? To meditate without a goal
is called updhyan. God has not instructed anyone to
meditate on the Soul in the form of words. What is the definition of ultimate meditation? It
is when you have the awareness of all the characteristics
(guna) of the soul at a time. The attributes of the
Soul is called dhyeya (aim or goal) and when you yourself
become dhyata (the one who has the attributes), only then
can your meditation be called dhyan. All this cannot
remain in your awareness at the same time. These people cannot
attain samadhi (a state free of all effects from the
non-self) when they are in aadhi (mental agony) by day,
vyadhi (physical suffering) by night and during a wedding,
in upadhi (problems brought on by others)?
Questioner: They tell us to focus
our attention on our breathing, exhalation and inhalation. What is
Dadashri: What do they tell you
to do? They tell you to concentrate on the air that flows in and
out of your nostrils. Breaths flow in and out, but what in the
dickens are you going to do with that focus? What in the dickens do
your nostrils have anything to do with it? Let go of this
foolishness! Why don't you do this when you get an asthma attack?
How can you? They say that when the breath goes in, it makes the
sound 'so' and upon exhalation it sounds like 'hum'. From
that you get 'sohum' 'sohum', 'humso', 'humso', and they
tell you to meditate on that. But the Soul is neither 'sohum'
nor 'humso'. The Soul is not to be
found in that word. Vitarag Lords have used the word
a way for us to understand the Soul in a word form. However, the
Soul is not to be found in Books or in the scriptures, here only
the word 'Atma' is to be found. The real or true Atma is to be found
only with the Gnani. Do you think that by observing your
breaths in and out, you will remain in samadhi? No. What
happens there? The mind gets destroyed. The
mind is like a boat; it is necessary to cross the ocean of the
worldly life and reach across to the other shore. Meditating as the
Self is the true meditation. And the other thing is that if
you keep dhyan (pay attention) in making
khichadee, then your khichadee will be ready for
you eat. Just keep these two dhyans. All others are crazy
(useless) meditations. If one remains in the dhyan of
'Dada' it is fine, even if he does not have any other
understanding, because he will then become 'that'. The Gnani
Purush is your own Self; therefore, you will gradually
the Soul is atmadhyan i.e.
meditation as the Self. And in worldly meditation you
are to meditate on the work at hand. For example while
cooking pay attention to the items of food that you are cooking.
All other dhyans being taught elsewhere become burdensome.
Meditation is only meant for those who suffer from an agitated
mind, but where is it necessary for others? Who knows where this
kind of meditation will lead one?
The Lord has said for one to pay
attention to (dhyan) one's meals and one's husband in the relative
life, and if not these then the Self. Besides, what will you
do with all other dhyans? Why do you need other
dhyans for internal peace? All others are
meditations that have nothing to do with the Self. They merely
sound pleasing to the ear. Some people find it pleasant to their
mind and for others it appeals to their intellect. It all depends
on one's mind.
Spiritual Quotes by Param Pujya Dadashri:
1) Yama, niyam, asana,
pranayam, pratyahaar, dharna, dhyan and samadhi are
eight parts of the Yoga. When you attain knowledge of
the Self through Akram Vignan, you have already
surpassed all these eight stages. Beyond these eight steps, you
have even attained the awareness of the Soul (your own Self).
2) There are two types of
meditation. One is the meditation associated with the body complex
(pudgal), such as meditation of the kundalini
(corporeal energy), meditation of a guru, meditation of a
mantra, etc., and the other type of meditation is the
meditation as the Self. This meditation leads to the nirvikalp
samadhi (the egoless state).
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