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Purpose and Benefits of Meditation and Yoga

Any focused mental activity is mano-yoga (meditation). But it has no benefit if it is done without a goal (dhyey) in mind. When you go to a train station do you not have to give the ticket master your destination for your ticket? Do you not have to give him the name of the station you want to go? People keep telling one, "Do dhyan (meditation). Do meditation." But at least tell us what we should meditate on (dhyey)! What is purpose and benefit of such relative meditation? The peace and happiness one attains from relative meditation will break the moment one's mother-in-law tells her, "You have no sense" or when one incure any loss,  then all turmoil and agitation will start. These relative meditations will not get your 'work' done; they will not give you eternal bliss.

This relative dhyan (meditation) is temporary and helpful to increase concentration. The other is the real dhyan and it can only be attained from the Gnani Purush; the real dhyan will give you permanent peace. Read on to know this real dhyan...

 

 

Spiritual Quotes on "Purpose and Benefits of Meditation and Yoga"

  1. What is true dharma dhyan (righteous or true meditation)? Is it doing worship, prayer, penance, samayik (introspection), repentance and listening to religious talks? No. All those are overt and tangible acts of rituals; they are material practices. However, what is of importance and becomes recorded as one's karma is where one's dhyan i.e. one's attention or inner intent lies while one is conducting such rituals. While worshipping God, if one pictures God in his mind along with the picture of his shop or his business or the shoes he left outside the temple, how can that be called true meditation (dharma dhyan)?
  2. The Lord does not take into consideration your external actions but rather your inner attentive intent during all your activities (kriya). The actions being carried out at present are the result of the meditation (dhyan) done in your past life.
  3. When you tell a lie, the awareness about doing pratikraman, is the meditation that is considered dharma dhyana (positive meditation that takes one higher spiritually).
  4. If you become angry with your son, your bhaav (intention) should be, 'This should not happen.' This means that you have changed negative meditation into positive meditation. Although you were angry, the result turns positive internally because you have changed your true inner intent.
  5. If you want liberation, then remain as the Self (shukla dhyan) and if you want the worldly life, then maintain an attitude of helping others and avoid negative meditation (artadhyan and raudradhyan).
  6. You do not know God so how will you meditate on him? Instead, you should meditate on the guru. At least you are able to see his face. In this case, it is better to do meditation of the satguru because you cannot 'see' God.
  7. Whenever he practices his religious austerities (meditation, fasting and penance), he can never see his faults. The mistakes only become apparent when the Gnani Purush gives you the knowledge whereby you realize the Soul.  
  8. What are the benefits of yoga? It helps prevent external garbage from setting in and will make the mind stronger, however, without atma-yoga there is no liberation.
  9. To remain as the Self is atma-yoga. Realization of the Self is atma-yoga; it is your own abode. The rest are union with the body (deha-yoga) the non-self. Fasting, penance, renunciation etc., are all deha-yoga.
Dada's Life Example

Dada's Life Example

Questioner: Are religious books not written to free us from worldly entanglements?

Dadashri: Yes, but nowhere in the religious books do they show you a way to become free from worldly entanglements. They are there for you to do good deeds and be helpful to others; with them bad deeds and hurtful action will not overcome you. So they teach you something good. With them you get worldly happiness, you get food and sustenance; you will not encounter any obstacles. They keep teaching you to be good and to be helpful to others. Very rarely is there a Gnani Purush around. What I am saying, you will not find anywhere, not even in books, because it (knowledge of the Self) is indescribable. Only the Gnani Purush has all that. Whatever he explains, you will grasp through the intellect and if your Self accepts it; then only believe it.

You will have to shape up in front of the Gnani. There obstinacy (aadayee) will not do at all and if your worries go away, if the divisiveness due to differences of opinions (matbhed) go away, then realize that it is something worth listening to. But ordinarily not a single matbhedhas gone, one's meditation (dhyan) has not improved at all, he continues to have artadhyan (that which hurts the self) and raudradhyan(that which hurts the self and others), which means that one has not attained even a word of dharma (religion) and yet he believes he has been practicing dharma for forty years. For forty years he has been going to the temples and he remains in upashrayas (place of worship). But it is all meaningless. He is wasting his time. One is full of mistakes and yet he cannot see a single mistake of his own.

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