How Heartfulness Meditation Can Change Us Mentally and Spiritually | Daaji

How Heartfulness Meditation Can Change Us Mentally and Spiritually | Daaji


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Please Use Headphones! In India you need not know the why, what and how of meditation. Most people are aware of it that meditation is a way to spirituality. How to look within? Methods are there, but to explore the methods suitable to oneself is difficult to find. Most people are meditating actually. You name it a child to a… teenager to a lady, a student, people working in various environments they all are meditating on something or the
other. A business man is meditating on money; a student is meditating on whatever
subject he is studying, his education. The idea of meditation is to think of one object, God. That is how we first proceed with the
idea, with the thought. Now, this thought process
mustlevolve to the next level. Otherwise it is like using a
mantra, for example, I’m reciting: “Om Namasivaya,
Om Namasivaya, Om Namasivaya…” and it goes on and on. It is like phoning somebody – let’s
say your friend, or your mother, “Mother, mother,” and even when she
picks up the phone you keep on saying, “Mother, mother, mother,
“and don’t let her answer. So to me mantra is like that. “Om Namasivaya, Om Namasivaya,
Om Namasivaya…” God may be trying to communicate with you,
but you don’t give him a chance to reciprocate. In true meditation, you start with evocation. You invoke the presence of the Deity or whatever, and you wait for that experience to surface on its own in your heart. So you may start with the thinking apparatus “I am thinking on the presence of God” but the next step should be that this thought translates into experiencing or feeling the presence. So meditation allows you to move… forward from thinking to feeling the
presence of Divinity within. Though Divinity is everywhere, but it is wiser to experience it in your heart. Some people meditate on the forehead, some people on the
“swadhishtana” [chakra], some on the “navel” [chakra],
and some on the heart. Some actually meditate on an outside object, for example the statue that is there; people go on focussing their eyes on it, or on some deepam [light]. but how to move forward next? Let’s say when the idea is to feel something; Am I going to feel things with my forehead? The forehead prompts you to think. Can I… feel things with my nave, with my shoulders, with the candle in front? The only organ that prompts me
to feel something is my heart. So we start with this… idea of the presence of Divinity in
the heart and try to feel the presence. Now… How to move to the next stage? From thinking to feeling is the first step,
it is the biggest step one takes. For example, when you are worshipping a deity, you have a murthy [idol], and your father, mother or
grandmother may have told you, “This is God; remember this is God.” From childhood you have been
ingrained with this idea. You grow up a little bit more and then they inculcate you with the
idea that God is everywhere. Then you start questioning: I“Mamma,
you told me He is only here.” Then you start thinking,
I“If God is everywhere, then what is the use of this?” Okay, nevertheless, you still
respect, you worship and you revere, but the mind is not happy with the answer. Nevertheless, you keep on doing the
same thing out of respect, out of fear perhaps,
or out of temptation maybe. So whenever we have the end goal that, “I am worshipping because of this,” then there is a problem. Our ancient sages somehow invented various kinds of prayers and four fundamental prayers are to fulfil four fundamental requirements. First requirement, depending upon who it is. If you ask somebody,
“What is your requirement?”, “Oh, I need lot of money.” Another person, Oh, “I need to have my kamas satisfied.” Another person might say,
“My dharma has to be satisfied,” and yet another fellow might
say, “I want to achieve moksha.” So based on these four
fundamental requirements, we have the four main aims of life artha, kama, dharma, moksha.
(which together are known as purushartha) The beautiful thing is,
when we have fulfilment of artha, when we have a lot of money, the other three things may elude you. We may not have fulfilment of our desires, we may not have dharma,
and we may not have moksha. The next step: I suppose we are satisfied… with dharma (righteousness) but we are paupers, left without moksha, what are we going to do? Nothing. But if moksha is fulfilled, then other things remain irrelevant. So the goal is moksha. But according to this
tradition that I am following, it is the first step in spirituality. What is moksha after all? It is what we call in our
Sashtras as liberation. Why are we not getting liberated
after so many years of worship? Liberation has nothing to do with death but the feeling that “I am free from everything”,
“I am detached from everything.” Even the idea of freedom has to go away. Otherwise, we are trapped
with the idea of freedom. To talk about attachment and detachment also, sometimes makes us laugh: “Oh,
he is so attached to his non-attachment.” So tricky things develop
out of all these things, because of ignorance although the idea of moksha is there. What traps us here? Our own samskaras,
our own impressions about things, and because of this we take birth after birth after birth to get rid of all these samskaras. What are samskaras after all? I have some baggage that
I carry from my past life puniya [good] samskaras,
papa [sinful] samskaras, whatever they are. In order to dissolve them, ll take this birth. When I have no more
samskaras, it means that there are no more seeds
left to grow in my life, and then it will end, life will end. And then… the soul, without samskaras, pure in itself, will merge in the Ultimate. It will start its journey forward. We incarnate on earth, with whatever samskaras we have, so that we can undergo the bhoga of them, but in the process we make
more and more samskaras and it is a never-ending cycle. Through a proper method of meditation, we are able to erase the samskaras. It is almost like erasing your pen drive and putting some new programmes in it something like that. So meditation, as it is so widely understood
in the modern world, but its applications are much greater. Today you can ask anybody,
I“Why do you meditate?” and they will say, “Oh, I want to feel cool,” “I want to de-stress,” meaning, “I want to remove the stress from my system,” “I want to feel relaxed,” “I want my depression to go
away,” “To sleep better,” “I want to feel good.” But these are all peripheral satisfactions. The real thing is something much higher, where the minimum is
liberation and we go beyond. Suppose, let us say, on your journey from Hyderabad to Delhi, for example. you have attained or your destination is
temporarily Secunderabad, or your train is stuck there. So what are you going to do? Though the station is there, though the spiritual condition
to attain liberation is there, you are stuck. On an infinite journey, there is no destination. The destination always precedes you further and further, further and further…
There is no end to it. Well, we have termed this
Heartfulness meditation because it is all about the heart. There is no other way of putting it. It is all about heart. Our Guruji has named it Sahaj Marg meditation because it is so simple. The path is so simple… Heartfulness. Anything you do heartfully, we start with meditation. Heartfully done,
meditation teaches us something to do everything heartfully. You cook heartfully, converse heartfully, you perform all your daily chores
and daily activities heartfully. So this is how we are trained actually. Lord Krishna says in the Gita: “Yogaha karmasu kaushalam,” meaning, through Yoga all
your activities should become or will become – “kaushalam”, means perfect. Your actions will become skilled your actions skillful actions. So when you are in a meditative state, you are no longer grouchy. You no longer get irritated
by every little thing if you are in a meditative state. So one should be actually meditating actively and actively participating in daily activities
with a meditative mind. Meditation is just the beginning of it, as it must extend in our daily life otherwise it has no meaning. Heartfulness meditation differs from so many.
I would say – almost all sorts of meditations: Number one: the meditation is on the heart. Second, this meditation is aided, supported by pranahuti… called YOGIC TRANSMISSION. Third, this meditation is also supported by the cleaning process, or fine-tuning yourself. And another very important element is prayer. Now, prayer… Let’s begin with what is this “pranahuti” or “yogic
transmission” offered in this system. Heartfulness meditation
does not want you to believe in the system with blindfold. You must not believe just
because your mother says so or your friend says so; do it and see.
“Oh, it’s going to elevate you to the highest.” No! You believe it only when you experience it or you feel something. Like a scientist
does an experiment in his laboratory he goes to various conditions of experiment either proves it or disproves it. Likewise, when we meditate with this system of meditation with yogic transmission. Now… let’s talk about…. Before we understand transmission,
let’s talk about the placebo (effect). How are medications, drugs, researched in the laboratory? First they experiment with a placebo. If placebo effect is 50% (in an experiment) and the effect of the new drug is also
50% that means the drug is not effective. If the drug’s impact is about 90%, then you can say, yes,
it is better than the placebo and can be marketed for whatever reasons. So they compare the placebo versus the active medicine. Now, with meditation with transmission and meditation without transmission.
Meditation done without transmission is like meditation done
with the placebo effect. And with this transmission,
it is like with the active medical ingredient. So Now, when we offer the
system to the newcomer we say, Okay, you meditate, we will give you the method. It is like
a placebo; we will not transmit to you. Sit for 15 to 20 minutes or if you don’t want to waste your
time with this empty meditation, recollect one of your best
experiences that you ever had in your life through whatever system or no system. Try it, close your eyes
and try to feel something and write it down. Now meditate… through this meditation practice method with transmission and see the difference. What is this yogic transmission?
If I have to answer it briefly, it is spiritual food, I just as we have nutrition. We have a balanced diet, vitamins,
minerals, etc., for the body. For the mental enrichment,
we educate ourselves. What about spiritual enrichment? What would feed the soul? We have known how to feed the body,
we have known how to feed the mind, how you are going to feed the soul? This transmission does that job. Transmission enriches the soul. When it is…. enriched, is that just as we have… taken a nice meal after a good fast, you feel that yes, we are content. likewise, when the soul
is satisfied with transmission, so it will shower you with
so much grace and peace, a samadhi-like state, that it will be unparalleled. When you feel this, then you can say, “Yes, I am the scientist who
was experimenting on my heart and my experience will
only tell me whether it was right or wrong.” You are the judge. So I would like to say: don’t trust the system because somebody says so, but follow this meditation like a scientist would and prove it to yourself beyond any doubts that, “Yes, it can do so.” So this is what we are offering in a bold way, in a courageous way to all
the young minds, old minds all are welcome to try it out in the laboratory of their own heart. The second extraordinary feature
told you about is cleaning fine-tuning yourself. What is this cleaning? Suppose, I go to a theatre to watch a movie, and I come out with some sort of impression. I enjoy it so much that I keep laughing remembering the characters or I remember another character
and I feel like crying. These are the impressions I carry. I am not part of this whole scenario but the story
has impacted me so much. It forms an impression in my mind. On the way when I see, for example, in
the garden a rose flower. I look at it: “Oh, it’s a
beautiful rose flower.” The second day, when I am
passing through the same garden, it’s even better looking to there I try to hold it now. On the third day, I want to hold it in
my hand and smell it. See how it continues. On the fourth day,
l might be tempted to pluck it and take it home. This is how the first impression goes on marching and makes us do so many things. Or take, for example another person for example, a doctor making rounds in the hospitals, going up to patient
after patient after patient. Suddenly he finds one person looking apparently healthy but
complaining, “I am not feeling well doctor. I have this problem, why don’t you check me? My heart is pumping so hard.” The doctor says, “You look good.
I will come to you later.” And by the time he comes, the patient is dead. So what would go through the doctor’s mind at that time? “I had the opportunity, he was calling me, ‘I need your help’ and yet I avoided treating him.” So not only do actions make you form impressions in your mind, but many a time it is your inactions that… that form horrible impressions in your heart. I often remember the exam times, and so many of my friends would say, “Kamlesh bhai, last night I had a dream. And in the dream I am going to the exams
and I forgot the pencils or I forgot the pens. And then I had to go back home to pick them up but by that time the
examination hall was closed!” Things like that haunt us. The impressions cloud us. About the person, for example,
your mother shouted at you, and when you come back home, you are entering with the same mind-frame of: “Oh,
mother may be still angry today.” But she may not still be angry it was your morning impression. Likewise, many other people say,
“He is driving a Mercedes Benz,” for example not necessarily is he the owner of it. When we remove these impressions and
see the things directly without the filter of these impressions,
we are able to judge things better with total clarity. So we have to get rid of these impressions little by little, little by little… Because it is … only because of these impressions that we are not able to decide on things in an un-biased way. When you have impressions about something that will make us judge according
to the previous impressions. When we want to judge a person or a situation, let there be a fresh perspective. So, through cleaning, we are able to remove all these impressions. Often, there is a… moments… I mean… There can be so many moments in lives… in our lives where we form very, very deep impressions,
and these are arising out of guilt. What are the chain reactions?
How they are formed? have you seen… when you analyse yourself from morning to evening the moment you wake up in
the morning till you go to bed. Our constant preoccupation
is with likes and dislikes and accordingly we form impressions
about objects and people and so many things. With impurities in our heart,
samskaras in our heart, I don’t think we can fine-tune
our heart and play the Veena. No, it is not possible. There must be a relaxed state. Fear comes, tension comes; it is because of certain impressions
we carry about – whatever they be. We have to be out of all
these impressions of fear even extraordinary love all unnecessary. Not that we don’t love people, but not in such a way that
it destabilises our system. So that is about cleaning. About prayer: Often, people I would say without exception, they pray for themselves, even when they say, “My Lord, let there be peace in the world.” But often you are asking for your peace, even when you mean, “Let there be peace in the world.” But then we are expecting peace inside, though we offered prayer for the world. It is a psychological twist. When we say, “We would like to achieve the highest state,” when we pray on behalf of the family or the state or the whole universe, but then too, the mind is pre-occupied
with ‘my progress, my growth’. Words also fail – even when we say “we” we mean to say “I”. Somehow there is psychological twist. So the prayer we offer is also quite unique. But we will take up this aspect
of prayer much later, when the whole thing is ready
to accept this practice and how to offer prayers to God so that
the transmission can flow automatically. So these are, I would
say, briefly a few… characteristics that define what
Heartfulness meditation is all about.