MEDITATION AND YOGA IS NOT COMPULSORY FOR BABA LOVERS
Following text is all reproduced from the book titled “Lord Meher’
Meditation means to forget the self, by not thinking of anything but the Self.
Meditation is good. If you love and meditate, there is no harm. If you love and do not meditate, there is no harm. But if don’t meditate as if you have taken a quinine powder! Meaning is that it is something to somehow or other be done with and gotten over. If you are interested in meditation, you ought to do it with joy. If you do not like meditation, then you have to take My name; and if you love Me, taking My name ought to give you joy. Do it when and where you like.
Benefits of meditation
- Meditation serves an excellent purpose of counteracting the might of Maya. One who mediates with sincerity may sooner or later become free from the clutches of Maya and be drawn to the truth or God.
- If along with sincerity meditation is practiced with regularity and sufficiently for a long time, it is capable of making one’s mind pure and permanently inclined to the divine path.
- The third advantage of meditation lies in the fact that if the meditation is very deep and intense it is likely to produce the state of Yoga Samadhi. Though Yoga samadhi has nothing to do with Nirvikalp Samadhi (State of God-realization) and must not be confused with spiritual perfection, an aspirant is likely to derive some benefit from it.
- Last but not the least, greatest advantage of meditation is that which lies in a chance for direct God-realization! It is not impossible to get the Nirvikalpa Samadhi, Hakikat, the complete realization of the state ‘I am god’ through meditation! But it is possible, provided that mediator has come under the influence of a living Perfect Master, has pure and spotless character, and is possessed of dogged determination that knows no defeat, even if it comes to the question of giving up the very life in the cause. With these qualities, one must mediate without any other object in view that of becoming one with the Almighty.
Meditation or anything done in the cause of truth never goes in vain. It is bound to bear fruit sooner or later.
Shortcomings of meditation
Meditation has never made a person one with God.
I attach more importance to love than meditation. Love without meditation is more than enough. Meditation without love is not enough.
The meditations, yogas, concentrations do not teach what Baba teaches you through everyday living; that is, to be kind to those who ill-treat you and to love those whom you dislike.
Those who can meditate should do so, those who cannot, should repeat My name for half an hour. You must meditate daily. For some meditation is suitable, for others, it is not; and a very few enjoy it. The meaning of meditation is to go within yourselves, right inside of you. Those who love God that love takes them within.
One may be misguided by meditation
Meditation is the concentration of mind over any object. Concentration over formless God is difficult. When we meditate over a physical form of saint Sadguru or Avatar it becomes easy. It is an attempt to constant remembrance but it is fraught with its own dangers of getting misled by its effect and false experience. That is why Baba said meditation is superfluous and not necessary. In higher state of meditation one temporarily enters the subtle world and hears music and smell fragrances and enjoys but comes back to normal conscious after some time. Coming to normal gross consciousness the gravity of his action is increased however he gets addicted to meditation to enjoy the experience subtle experiences of music and smell, and gets false impression that he is making progress in spiritual path and he may take it as final destination of God realization. Only Avatar or Sadguru can save him if he is meditating on Him.
Meditation is not necessary for Baba lovers
Baba did not make yoga compulsory for everyone but it is meant for individual who are inclined toward it. According to Baba Yoga is a mechanical exercise and much less spiritual
When one is in contact with a Sadguru, yoga is meaningless and totally useless. What is the use of fasting for even a hundred years to attain God? What is the use of dying a physical death for God? Just remember my one instruction: remain bowed – submit to My wish. You have to become like the dust beneath My feet.
Remember Me wholeheartedly and continuously while attending your worldly duties. This is best form of Meditation which is natural and spontaneous.
Does not desire occult powers; they are obstacles on the path. Take a spider, for instance. It is all right as long as it remains still, but the moment it starts weaving a web, it gets so entrapped it cannot free itself. The more it tries, the more it gets entangled, caught in its own web. (Lord Meher, 1st ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 3, p. 833)
Yoga in broad sense is path or way to proceed toward God realization.
Volumes and volumes have been written on yoga and more can be written. Baba has defined yoga in simple words “You go and yoga will come.”
Yoga implies separateness. Yoga means annihilation of the Ego by control of senses.
Yoga means control, which is more difficult than cutting off your arms and giving up your eye.
True Yoga means detachment from world and leading of life of total renunciation or self-abnegation.
If you seek to live perpetually, then crave for the death of your deceptive Self at the hands of complete surrender to the Master. This yoga is the essence of all yogas.
To follow the path of the true yogas (karma, dnyan, raj and bhakti) is the remedy for the uprooting of this heritage of evils derived from past impressions, expressed by constant actions and sustained by the continual formation of new ones.
Yoga means poised and balanced so that success or failure does not upset you in the least. In karma yoga one tries to lose ones "self" in selfless service for others; in dnyan yoga one tries to lose one's self in contemplation and meditation. In raj yoga one tries to lose one's identity with the individual self and establish identity with the Universal Self by aiming, through constant mental poise and non-attachment, to be in the world and yet not of it. In bhakti yoga one tries to lose one's self in devotion to God. Even in these yogas, only when the zenith is reached can the individuality of the lower self be lost yet consciousness remains.
No yogi can gain eternal freedom or emancipation, even though he might have reached the highest yogic state of samadhi through his practices, because sanskaras (bindings) are still there and all ties have not yet been snapped.
Any soul can reach up to the 6 th plane of conscious through yoga with or without help of Master but can get on to 7 th plane of God realization without help of Master as explained by Baba in forgoing para. For example, Aurobindo Ghosh may be quoted who had reached to 6th plane through yoga without Help of a master. But he came in contact of Meher Baba was drawn to 7th plane of God realisation by Meher Baba.
But the easiest and safest way to lose one's self is by completely surrendering to the Perfect Master.
Three types of Yogis
- Those who long for the Goal and shun powers
- Those who long for the Goal and also for powers
- Those who do all yogic exercises merely for powers
There is only one true yoga.
Baba explained to a professor of French from Deccan College, “There is only one true yoga and that is 'you go’.” The meaning of yoga is as simple as that.
I know of no other yoga than “You go.” You are your own curtain, and only when you go can you come. The problem is how will you go? The only solution is love. When you 'go' (annihilated) through love for God the Beloved, you 'come' (emerge) as you really are."
Nowadays, there are many yoga ashrams. People think that yogas help in their spiritual progress. Actually, yoga can help in your physical health, but not spiritually. If you come into contact with a real yogi, you can make spiritual progress, but it is very, very difficult. This progress is from the back side, and it is very dangerous.