Panje maihal, panjaan wich chaanan, Deevaa kit val dharee‐e hoo Panje maihar, panje patwaaree, Haasil kit val bharee‐e hoo Panj imaam te panje qible, Sajdaah kit val karee‐e hoo Je sahib sir mange Baahoo, Hargiz dhill na karee‐e hoo
Within me are five great mansions‐ All five brightly lit; What need have I of another lamp? I am no longer accountable To the five lords and tax collectors Who barricade the inner path. Five prayer leaders call the faithful To the five mosques within. What need have I of another mosque? IF the Lord calls for your head, O Bahu, do not hesitate; offer it at once.
‐‐‐Kalam e Bahu
The journey of eternal life begins & the soul finally decides to take the steps back home, back to our source. This inner journey of mystics, is one of wonders & amazement. There are worlds upon worlds, many countries, many sights & many mansions to explore. The traveler after entering the inner door, steps into a world of beauty, light & music. No words, no description, but simply a feeling of awe towards that great power that brought into being this glorious creation & gave us the opportunity to explore its marvels.
The need for a perfect master under whose guidance one must undertake this journey into higher realms cannot be neglected. One must find a True Master of the path to make further progress within. Still the basic method of meditation can be used by seekers of the path to train themselves, for further research into the path. One cannot expect that the doors within shall open so easily without the master’s grace behind them, but yes one can achieve a certain amount of mental peace & faith by meditating & along side continue their search for a perfect master who can further initiate them into the worlds of higher spirituality.
Since we know that there are probably millions of books available on the internet about astral traveling etc. & a true seeker will try to meditate using some form or the other until they find a real master, so why not practice the right way, practice the path of the saints instead of wasting our time with useless meditative techniques which generally lead us nowhere. That is why a student who is very keen on entering the worlds within can use this information to build their practice of meditation until they find their master but the reader must be aware that one must not think that only by knowing the technique of meditation, it can lead you into the highest realm. The fact is, the real journey begins only when one is initiated into the path of the mystics by a perfect master. This information is only provided, to give you an overview of the meditation process.
Just as in any new activity we are learning, it takes time to develop the habits and strength needed to grow in our new endeavor. The same is true with the art of meditation. With meditation, we are learning to still our body, shut out the world, and still the mind. These are new exercises, and it takes time to develop new habits. Here are some tips for your meditation practice.
Try to meditate at the same time each day. Early in the morning after you have rested is best before you begin the day.
Find a spot and sit in the same place every time you meditate. Make this a sacred place, a place of prayer.
Meditate when you are wide‐awake and do not meditate on a full stomach as this may cause you to be sleepy.
Set a spiritual atmosphere before meditation by reading from the scriptures, singing a spiritual song, saying a prayer or poem. Try to put yourself in the mood of devotion and longing for God.
Sit with all humility knowing that it is God's will to bless you with divine experiences.
Start with shorter sittings and build to a half hour, an hour, and eventually two or more hours.
Leading an ethical life creates the conditions conducive to meditation.
The number one helping factor in developing one's spiritual practices is the guidance of a living, spiritual Master, one who has completed the course of meditation and who is competent to give direction along the way.
This simple meditation technique can be practiced at home every day. Meditation is a process of concentration by which we come in contact with the divine
Power within us. It can be practiced by people of any age, religion, or lifestyle. Each religion contains references to this power, the divine Light and Sound, that flows out from the Creator. Contacting this divine Power through practicing this simple meditation technique fills us with peace, love, and bliss.
We can learn to meditate by carefully following the five steps in this guide:
STEP ONE: Choosing a place, time for meditation
You can meditate at any time and at any place you wish. At first, it is best to sit in a quiet area free from noise and away from other activities. As you develop your concentration, you will be able to meditate even in noisy surroundings. Sit in meditation when fully awake, so do not fall asleep.
STEP TWO: Choosing a position
To meditate, you must first still your body. Select a pose that is most comfortable for you in which you can sit for the longest time without moving. You should be relaxed, with no tension in any part of your body. Lying down is not recommended as it is conducive to sleep.
STEP THREE: Concentrating
Close our eyes very gently, just as you do when going to sleep. Focus our attention into the middle of what lies before you. Do not put any strain or tension on your forehead or eyes. It is not the outer eyes but the inner eye that sees. Your gaze should be loving, sweet, and penetrating. Look straight ahead, keeping your eyes on a horizontal plane around eight to ten inches in front of you. Do not turn your eyeballs up as this will create pressure on your forehead, which may generate heat or cause a headache, interrupting your concentration.
STEP FOUR: Silencing you thoughts
When you close your eyes and focus your attention in front of you, the mind will interrupt your concentration by sending you thoughts: thoughts about problems, work, family, about the past, present, or the future. Our soul is our real self; it is that part of us which is of the same essence as the Creator. The mind tries to keep us from learning about our soul and God, and has many ways to distract us. To help bring your attention to the eye focus and still the mind, repeat the charged Names given to you at the time of initiation. If you are not initiated, just sit with your eyes closed, looking at the darkness within & remember your master, contemplating on his form or just sit in sweet rememberance of God while looking at the darkness in front of you. Keeping your gaze still in the darkness within is the key to proper meditation. The mind may lead us astray by taking our consciousness towards thoughts, but our job is to get our consciousness back to the screen of darkness in front of us within. This will keep the mind occupied and prevent it from wandering. Repeat the Name mentally with the toungue of thought, while gazing into the middle of whatever lies in front of you. Repeat the names slowly, at intervals and not in quick succession, so your gaze is not disturbed.
STEP FIVE: Concentrating on the inner Light and Sound
We need to experience the Light within us. Our situation may be compared to a light bulb with four or five coverings over it which prevents us from seeing the light from the bulb. In meditation we remove these coverings one by one. When we realize how much luminosity there is within us, we will want to see more and more of it. There are two meditation practices: concentration on the inner Light and concentration on the inner Sound. In the first practice, we repeat the Names given to us by spiritual Master. We should not pay any attention to our breathing; it should go on automatically, just as it does normally. Our job is to sit quietly, and lovingly gaze into the darkness lying in front of us. As we do so, the attention will collect between and behind the eyebrows. It requires no effort. Any effort will only interfere with the process, for it means our thinking is activated. We should continue repeating the Names and gazing. While concentrating on what lies in front of us, Light will sprout forth. We may see lights of any color; red, blue, purple, green, yellow, orange, golden or white light, or flashes of light. We should concentrate in the middle of whatever we see, and continue repeating the Names. We will see various inner vistas, such as inner stars, moon, and sun, or have other experiences. We are to gaze into the middle of whatever we see, and the Light and Sound of God will guide us beyond the physical into the inner plane.
The second practice of meditation involves the listening to the inner Sound. We focus our attention at the seat of the soul and listen to the inner Sound Current. This Sound is the Power of God, and is referred to in the various scriptures as the Holy Word, the Naam or Shabd and other names. It brought all creation into being. Our soul is of the same essence as the Sound Current and God, and is attracted to the divine Melody. The soul travels on the Sound Current through the inner spiritual regions. During this practice the Names are not repeated.
Some more info about the two types of meditation:
An introductory form of meditation on inner Light, this method familiarizes students with the process of meditation by helping them to focus their attention at the single or third eye‐behind and between the eyebrows‐where divine Light manifests within.
For those wishing to further their meditation practice, Shabd meditation is offered. Through initiation by the living, spiritual Master, students meditate on the inner manifestations of the divine Light and Sound of God.
(Note: The Shabd meditation practice requires abstinence from alcohol and recreational drugs as well as adherence to a lacto‐vegetarian diet.)
By practicing meditation for an hour or two every day, we will find great rewards:
Increased concentration, which can be applied to our workaday life.
Increased attention span, which allows us to learn and process more information.
Physical well‐being and relief from stress that causes physical ailments.
A calmer, more relaxed attitude toward problems in our worldly life.
We begin to experience ourselves as soul, thus beginning our journey of self‐knowledge and God‐realization.
As our connection to our soul and to God deepens, we radiate profound love to everyone around us.
Some reflections on the process of meditation:
Sant Sevi ji
The practice involves a specific meditation taught by a qualified teacher. Dhyana (the meditation) has four levels of practice each building on the preceding practice:
The first stage is manas japa (repetition of sacred name meditation). This is a simple technique and has been widely taught and practiced in the East as well as the West. It has the effect of calming the “resteless mind” and preparing for the following stages of meditation.
The second stage is the manas dhyana—practice of focusing on a specific image. In this level its mostly the satguru's form which is to be visualized & comtemplated upon but even concentrating on any other visualization helps in keeping the concentration in the darkness & at the eye centre, although there's no substitute for the satguru's form.
The third stage is known as drishti yoga—uninterrupted concentration of an infinitesimal point. Here the two currents of our gaze converge at one point, think of it as when we use a magnifying glass & concentrate the sun rays on a piece of paper when the rays are at a infinitesimal point it creates fire & burns the paper similarly when our two currents of eyes or our inner gaze when kept steady at one point join at one point within in the darkness, it results in the inner light.
The fourth stage surat shabad yoga (the meditation of divine sound) is focus on celestial inarticulate sounds within, which ultimately leads to the final goal. In this level its better to be aware of all the subtle sounds you hear inside.
Masters advise us to be careful not to turn meditation into a ritual, into something that we do every day without even thinking why we do it. When preparing to get started in our meditation practice we can remember why it is that we meditate & what our goal is.
Masters give the following example to illustrate the importance of being still during meditation. They say that if we pick up a glass of water from a table & then place it back on the table, the water still continues to move even though the glass is not moving anymore. Masters call this ‘the ripple effect’. Likewise, if we move our body when we are meditating, even if it is a slight movement, that is enough to send ripples through the mind that disturb any calmness achieved. However if we gently keep our mind on the words & do not move soon we will experience how stilling the body helps to still & calm the mind, & conversely how stilling the mind helps to still the body. With the stillness of both body & mind, we begin to enjoy the peace that comes from concentration in meditation.
Meditation means trying to hold our attention at the eye centre & not let it come down to the senses. That is concentration, to keep the mind steady at the eye centre & not let it come down.
Masters say that the mind is like a computer; whatever we download into it, that is what we get. We input data of the physical world & the mind collects impressions of material things. We input data of spirituality & the mind collects impression of subtle things. The mind works equally well in both spheres.
When you close your eyes, you are there where you should be. Being there, do simran, concentrate. When you close your eyes, you are nowhere outside. You are just here at the eye centre.
Maharaj Sawan Singh ji
Your wildest dreams or imaginings cannot picture the grandeur of what lies within. But the treasure is yours & is there for you. You can have it whenever you go there. Take it from me & once & for all, that everything, including the Creator, is within you, & whosoever has attained it has attained it by going inside the eye focus.
‐‐‐Maharaj Sawan Singh ji
Excerpts from the book the Moth & the Flame by Arran Stephens
This book is available here http://www.mothandtheflame.com/
“Meditation is the process of withdrawing the attention from the
world outside, and focusing it at the seat of the soul in the body,
behind and between the eyebrows. This point is known as the inner
eye, third eye, the single eye, Shiv netra, tisra til, or the divya
chakshu. In order to withdraw our attention and focus it on this
point, mind must be controlled and stilled.
Maharaj Kirpal Singh ji
“Sit in one pose, a little apart from the person next to you so that if
they move you are not disturbed. And move not your head, limbs or
eyes. Sit straight but relaxed with no tension in the body below. Sit
still, please. To be still does not mean moving!” (Here, his tone is a
little crisp for those inattentive in the audience.)
Arms sweeping inward, Master’s hands contract to form a circle in
front of his eyes; he then taps the point between and a little above
“Close your eyes as in sleep, and look sweetly, lovingly, intently
into the middle of the darkness lying in front of you. You will see
a dark veil. That which sees the dark veil within, without the help
of your physical eyes, is the inner eye. Do not put any strain on
your physical eyes, nor turn them upwards, for that will result in
headache or heat in the head. Pay no attention to the breathing
process...let it go on naturally.
“There are two currents working in the body; one of motor‐currents
or prana or the vital‐airs, and the other of surat, or attention,
which gives us the sense of feeling. The Saints do not touch
the prana currents which govern breathing, circulation of blood
and growing of hair and nails. The pranic system of breath‐control
is the way of yogis and not that of Sant Mat [the Path of the Sant
Satgurus]. The Saints’ way is to concentrate surat or attention at
the single or third eye while mentally repeating the mantra of five
charged names which act as an ‘open sesame’ to the higher planes.
“As you look within, you will see a sky, or blue sky. If you look
minutely into it, you will find it studded with stars, or pinpoints
of Light. If so, locate the Big Star out of them, and fix your whole
attention on that. Then you may see the inner Sun or Moon. If so,
focus all your attention into the middle of it; it will break into
pieces, and you will cross it. Beyond you will see the radiant form
of the Master or his Master...”
He continues with the esoteric instructions, until everyone is
“...Become the eye itself. With eyes closed, go on looking constantly
without a break directly in front of you. Those who are initiated,
repeat the five charged words, one by one, very slowly, mentally,
internally, at intervals, so that your inner eye is not disturbed.
Those who are not initiated, just sit in sweet remembrance of
God...repeating with the tongue of thought any name of God or
Saint which you hold dear. Any effort on your part stands in the
way; let yours be an effortless effort, and you will find that your
soul will be withdrawn from the body as easily as a hair drawn
from [soft] butter. It is by the grace of the Guru that we see.”
Excerpts from the book The Enchanted Land by Dr. David Lane
This book is available from the spiritual links page on this website
Mataji exuded a sense of joy and happiness. We talked for more than three hours about a variety of subjects, but I was most intrigued with Mataji's experiences on the inner spiritual planes. I asked her what it was like to leave the body. Mataji responded with a beautiful description of how consciousness can be released from the mortal frame by attaching itself to the stream of celestial music radiating from the top of the head and beyond. To do this, she said, one first must be initiated by a genuine mystic who has gained access to the higher realms. The practice itself, although it may take years to master, sounds relatively simple. The body should be kept perfectly still with one particular posture held for at least three hours. One may choose a cross‐legged position (like the yogis in the lotus pose) or a more comfortable, relaxed position in a chair. Keeping the back erect and the mind alert, one continuously repeats God's name as given by his/her guru. This simran, as Mataji termed it, should be done with one's attention centered behind closed eyes.a
Coupled with this physical stillness and ceaseless repetition of God's name, the next step is to contemplate the light within. At first, Mataji pointed out, there will be only darkness but eventually light will appear in the form of either small flashes or small star‐like points. In any case, one should focus on the radiance, keeping one's simran intact and allowing the light to draw the soul inward. The third and most important step, Mataji said, is to listen to the sound that issues forth from the light. It is this internal music which will numb the body and allow the consciousness to leave its ordinary dwelling. By riding this current of light and sound, like a fish going upstream, the soul will be able to go back to its original home. On the journey within, however, the soul must be guided by a true master so as not to be detained in any of the lower illusory regions. According to Mataji, what near‐death patients experience is only the beginning of a vast sojourn into great universes of light, love and beauty.
Personally I was overcome with the profundity of Mataji's account. Although it seemed plausible, especially given the findings of near‐death patients who have been resuscitated, the soul's journey in the beginning stages appeared too difficult. How can one sit so still, repeat only holy names and think of God constantly? "By falling in love," Mataji answered serenely. "Because when one is truly in love nothing but the beloved can enter one's mind. So the secret of surat shabd yoga and of mysticism," she goaded, "is not necessarily practice and more practice, but love. To be so devoted to one's Lord that nothing can stand in the way‐this and nothing else is the truth of Sant Mat," Mataji stressed.
Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes & the grass grows by itself.
Shri Bhagirath Baba on Manas Jappa - Simran - Name Repetition Done With Devotion and Love (Prem-Bhakti)
There are three layers (coverings) over the Jeevaatmaa (Individual Soul). Those are: darkness, light and sound. Darkness is the shadow of the light. This darkness is the first layer on the Jeeva (individual soul) whom all beings see. One who crosses this layer of darkness through a special kind of meditation sees the inner Light within oneself. This inner Light is called Aatma-Aalok (Light of the self) or Brahma-Prakash (Divine Light), on achieving it, Divya-Drishti (Divine Eye, Third Eye) opens completely. One should repeat (reiterate) the Guru-instructed mantra within the mind, gazing into the darkness that appears while closing the eyes. This process is called Maanas Jap. In doing this process neither lips are oscillated nor the tongue. Instead, the mantra (word or name given by Guru) is repeated within, through the mind. This Jap is actually a kind of meditation. Repeating mantra through the mind is to call the Ishta (the tutelary deity, most beloved, Sadguru) near oneself. So, Jaapak (a practitioner who does Jap) should perform Jap with great love. He (Ishta, Guru) becomes happy/merciful if one does Jap with immense love and devotion, and he appears at will.
The practitioner who does Jap sitting in a secluded place with the right method and immense love, becomes the excellent devotee. Sant Charan Das says:
"Sakal shiromani naam hai, sab dharman ke maahi |
Ananya bhakta wah jaaniye, sumiran bhoolai naahi ||"
[Name (Jap) is the crown of all and has been described in all creeds.
Know that person as the superior devotee who never forgets Jap.]
By doing Jap, the mind and heart become devotionally pure, morale is uplifted, one gets strength in inner meditation. Japaat Siddhi (divine power after getting perfection in Jap) is obtained. By doing Jap, so much sanctity begins to flow within the body and mind of the practitioner (Jaapak) that the vibration or wave of Jap (mantra the practitioner repeats) penetrates (flows into) whatever the practitioner touches.
(Gurusevi Shri Bhagirath Baba)