The Method I describe for Dhyaan is Really a Very Simple, and Practical one.
I shall give You an example. A young woman, whose husband had been horsing around, was naturally distraught. After she had shared with me, I had asked her to do Dhyaan, just the thing(s) I describe in my GAD series. See ‘Why do Dhyaan?’ …here.
She had asked me, When and Where am I going to find the Time? I go to work, and, on top of that, have to take care of the House and Home. (In India, though the households are small, because of the Dust, keeping the house clean is a Task. So, Cleaning the house, Washing the Clothes, Doing the Cooking – which in turn means washing up afterwards, etc, turn out to be Near Un-Ending work).
Bharati, (fictitious name, but the case is Real), was also taking care of their Son, a very active 5 year old boy, who had started schooling.
And, as We have seen, the husband, raising Not a finger to help at home, had lady friends, (plural). So her mind was Not in a Condition, We can say, to do Meditation.
After listening to All this, this is what I said to her:
“You get a Ten-minute period where You are Standing in the bus on way to Your Work. Hold on to the Strap, see that You don’t fall, (Indian buses can be quite Jerky), and Do the Dhyaan there, in the Bus, Standing.“
NOTE: Doing Dhyaan does not mean going into a Trance, though that Can happen. The Idea is to Be Aware of Your Surroundings, – Do not go and dash into a bus, for instance, And Use Your Time for Dhyaan.
This is the Kind of bus Bharati had to board en route to her work. You can Imagine the condition and situation Inside. Yet it could not Stop her from doing her Dhyaan. One has to Appreciate and Laud her Determination, of course.
I met her the next month. And this is what she told me: “En mind-u Blunt Aayiducchu.” This is in Tamil, with, as You see a great deal of English thrown in, and means: My mind has become Blunt. I have quoted the Actual word she had used. I was not a little Nonplussed. But when asked to explain, things became clear. She had said that because she does not know much English. What she had meant was that her Mind had Become BLANK, Silent, …At Peace.
Bharati is continuing with her Dhyaan, and has progressed quite a lot!
Some Important points:
As I have shown, Though Doing Dhyaan in Noisy, Boisterous surroundings is difficult, It Is Not Impossible. …I utilize my journey times, done in Buses, with Blaring music/movies, for Dhyaan. I take the aid of some surgical cotton that I always carry for the purpose of ear plugs, though they are not totally effective.
The MIND is More of a Block and Hindrance than physical surroundings. The Din that the Mind raises, by way of Questions, challenges, sad memories, fears, worries and such pose Greater Difficulties to doing Dhyaan.
YET these can be overcome too. It will depend upon Our Interest and Motivation.
Hence, Motivate Yourself; Keep Your Target, for instance that of Attaining Peace, in the forefront of Your mind, and Keep on Reminding Yourself.
If We pay attention to the words that are underlined, We notice that they call for Astonishing things! They also call for Trust, and if We do that, We will find that they are Fact Indeed! Dhyaan helps Us in this Realization.
But this is part of God’s Word. And in my own humble way, I Attest that they are True, and that I have found them to be True in my life.
[This is very much of a Photo Essay, and is Easy to Go Through.]
The Verb Pray basically means ‘To Ask,’ of course. But Prayer, has many, rich Connotations!
In Praying, One expresses one’s:
Awe, Adoration to God,
(Awesome Tanzi mountains of China)
Admiration and Praise,
(Extraordinary Purple Flower)
One’s Thankgiving for Gifts, Blessings and Favours received,
(Happy child with Gift)
(The Prodigal son returns)
Even Making Excuses(!)
(What do We say to this?!)
And Making Petitions, Asking favours from God, of course.
(Asking from God)
It is Unfortunate and Shameful that Most of Our prayer becomes Just Asking things from God. The above mentioned other elements of Adoration, Praise and Thanks have very little part in Our day to day lives. This has to be Corrected.
In All this, We see that We are supposed to be Speaking to God. But in Speaking to somebody, would it be right to have our say and Keep Moving, without any thought of What That Person might want to Say?
A Speech may be a monologue, but Speaking demands Participation of Both the parties. Thus, Real Prayer would be Only that in which one Listens to God, too. Since We have spent Most of Our life speaking to God, and practically have given NO time to Listen to Him, it would be Right that We give and Allott larger amounts of Time to Listen to Him.
In any case, Pray. Prayer is being in Contact with God, after all. And Prayer brings Miracles. And We All Need Plenty of these.
We have to Remember that Meditation is a Western word. Dhyaan is translated as meditation, may be for want of a better word, but there are Diametrical Differences between the two. The Wise would do well to Use the two words Separately. Let us see what Meditation is.
In Meditation, We take a Sacred Verse, Passage or Thought, and Use Our Own Faculties, namely, Our Brain, to reach the Depths of same. We examine:
Who said it,
Where and How and Under What Circumstances,
When and in What Context,
What are the Original meanings of the Words used,
How often and How Much the Thought has been Stressed, Where Else the Thoughts are mentioned,
And thus, finally, one tries to arrive at the Fullest Meaning and Richness (Sensus Plenior) of the Passage/Verse. To Repeat, one’s Brain has been the Instrument which has examined all this.
For the Difference seen in Dhyaan We shall go there shortly.
Contemplation is: “Seeing things As God Sees them.”
Take a Clump of Bamboos.
One can see this as:
Good for Stilts, as in this House on Bamboo Stilts,
As a Delicacy!
Bamboo having many Uses, like further Used for making Excellent Flutes, Kites, Matting, Fences, and even as Food for Pandas, may be in Your zoo, etc, in most cases it might be seen as Money in the Bank!
To be Able to see things As They Are is a Gift, but it can also be Acquired. God, the Sannyasi and the Master see things as they are. For them, a Tree is a Tree. This Simplicity of Vision makes for Uncompounded decisions and Well being.
In Dhyaan, the Mind is Just a Receptor. Dhyaan is a Method of Achieving Mental Silence, the ‘Chitta-Vritti-Nirodh’ for Yoga, the Union with God.
Silence of the Mind is the Key, not Physical silence. It would not do to go to the Quietest of places. It would Not do to Stop Talking. The Mind has to be Silent. The Mind’s Workings have to Cease. And that is Dhyaan.
If We think of Dhyaan just as the Western Meditation, and Use our Brain to reach supposed depths, then the one who thinks he is Napolean will end up thinking he is that, given time. The Subconscious will Oblige him.
If the Human Mind has Ceased to work, and If the Brain is Just Listening, then one has Succeeded in Dhyaan.
Jyoti Ashram has always been open to People in Need. Among the many who stayed with us, one Manju takes special place. Here she is!
Of note are Manju being So Full of Life; and the Closeness We can in this little family. The Girl holds her mother; the Mother, carrying her smaller child, has her hand on Manju, and even the little boy, less than a year old (meaning: he could not have been given instructions on ‘posing!’), is in loving contact with his elder sister! Rublev’s Trinity in Real Life!
For this post, Manju will be remembered for her words: ‘Naan UNNA Vida Matten,’ and the Way she spoke these. As she used to go dashing around the place, she would catch hold of me by my leg tightly, and say that. And the Way she said that was Poetical, Musical. You would enjoy it when I speak it to You!
And the Meaning of those words is this: “I will Not let You go!“
Just as Manju and Other Children have Expressed their Sentiments, Adults Love, and Express theirs. God Loves, and Expresses His Love for Us, Each and Every Moment. It is Only that We have not Realized that. Our Heart has Not Accepted it.
How many Retreats have We attended? How many of them began with the theme of the Love of God? Why so many times the Same point?
When I was searching for pictures of Fathers hugging their children, I chose this one, because this shows a Grown-up sort of Boy. God is Not Loving Just Toddlers. And He Loves Us Just as Madly, or, More Madly than this.
But We, on the Other hand, are more like this:
The Handsome Young Man in Tie and Full Pants would rather Play BY himself. Just like Us.
The Question is: “Have We Realized… ‘These’ Things?” Namely, Love, Peace and Joy, to begin with?
Naturally, once it is explained, We can Understand the meaning of the words: ‘Naan Unna Vida Matten,’ or any other. But Does it make Our Hair Stand on End? Make Us Breathless? Bring Tears to Our Eyes out of Sheer Joy? At Every Memory?
How Much and How Well have We Experienced the Love of God in That Way?
The Love of God is something that has to be Experienced, and Realized. The Same goes for Peace-that-Passes-Understaning, God as Our Father and We as His Children, and one of the very last graces, Joy. All these, and Many Other Realities of the Bible have to be Experienced, and Realized.
Dhyaan is the Best Way and Method to Realize the Deepest Realities. That is Why We should do Dhyaan.
Dhyaan is among those Supreme Methods of the East, which help us to Silence Our Mind. Dhyaan is the Method of Listening to the Spirit. This ‘Listening’ is Not a Physical one, of course. …Though Dhyaan Can and Should be followed All through one’s lifetime, it is Not the End or Goal of Life. Living, according to the Teachings of the Divine is the Goal of Life.
Dhyaan is Not a question of Sitting for Hours.
A Frog Sits. That does not make it a Master.
Dhyaan is Being in Contact with God.
GAD really offers You the Simplest and the Best Way of Practising Dhyaan.
Under this title, I begin a New series. The title could have been Bible Verses that Helped me, and that would Very Much be the Truth. I start with Psalm 23:6, which means the 6th verse of the 23rd Psalm. This is one of my Favourites, and one that Helped me Live.
I present my Own translation of the verse:
“Surely, Only Goodness and Kindness, Shall follow me, All the days of my life.”
Now a few words on the verse. ‘Only Goodness and Kindness!’ Is that not an amazing statement? Does life seem so? Would We even Imagine that our lives would be so?
But that Is God’s plan for Us. Given the Freedom and Opportunity (Yes, We Do have the Freedom even to Refuse God!), He Not Only makes Us Realize the Truth, He makes it a Reality in Our lives. I attest to that.
For Best Effect and Results, All these verses are meant to be used as Mantras for Dhyaan.
For an interesting instance of God’s Goodness in Real life, please click here.
I have shared with You that my computer has been giving me Trouble. As for these Trepidations…
For a longish time, I found my computer just shutting down, without putting in an Application for Leave, or so much as By Your leave! Haha. Jokes apart, I had been really fearful of Losing my Years of Writings.
There it is… Trepidations! But, is it OK to have Trepidations? The Answer is YES. Psychology would tell Us that Any and Every Emotion is OK, Except for Anxiety.
That is because Anxiety is a Nameless kind of worry, something on which We are Not able to Put Our Finger. We are Not able to get at it’s Roots. When We are able to go to the Root or the Source of a difficulty, We can Handle it. And Anxiety does not afford Us that handle. For all that, Anxiety too can be handled by Dhyaan, on which, more later.
To go back, I am a Sannyasi. Is it Ok for a Sannyasi to have Trepidations? Why Not? He is Not a Block of Ice. On the Contrary, though he might be as Cool as Ice, he Can and Will be Fire too!
[Graphic from Internet]
For more interesting thoughts on the Sannyasi, please click here.
I Already have a post on ‘The Way to Happiness!‘ This present post will help Us Imbibe, Personalise and Make Our Learning and Particularly its Effect, PERMANENT. And not just Happiness, but that of Love and Trust.
And it is Not only the Experience of Happiness that has to be Made Permanent. Those of being Loved, and Trust has to be made Stable too! The same method works for all of these.
Named my blog as Love, Happiness and Peace. And Most of the time have been writing on Current Affairs! But these have a Direct connection with the Subject of the blog! Am presenting today some thoughts on How We can Achieve Happiness.
I have been through thick and thin, (Who hasn’t?). If, in the Rainbow, Red is to be the Best, and Violet the worst, I have been through Violets too, many times, for long durations. In all this, Came to Understand that God Really Loves Us.
Achieving Happiness would require Many things. It does not come by waving some Magic Wand. If there is a Problem like Lack of Money, Discord in the Family, Lack of Internal Peace, etc, all those have to be Addressed as far as possible.
This post will be of Particular Use for those Who have Money, Things, and People Around them, yet feel a Vacuum in their Hearts.
Even if You do not Believe in God, Start by saying, ‘It is said that You are Love. That You want to Us give Peace and Happiness and Blessings and all that. If You are there, let me Experience them.’
Next, Start saying this verse from the Bible: [Note: Saying this does Not make You a Christian!]
‘Surely, Only Goodness and Kindness, Shall follow me, All the days of my life.’
You are supposed to say this Repeatedly, Whenever You have the time and the opportunity. Say it As many times as Possible in a day! Say it when You have difficulty in sleeping, as You are walking, waiting, etc, etc.
I would ask You to keep at this for at least a goodly Three months. Try to say it with Emphasis on the Underlined words. You do not have to say them Aloud.
Let HIM explain Why He gave Us verses like these. By Making You Experience those Good things.
WHEN YOU SAY THIS, DO NOT THINK OF YOUR PROBLEMS, WHAT WOULD COME OUT OF IT, OR ANYTHING.
Do Not think the Mind will Not go off on those Tangents. It is Famous for going round and round its favourite topics! Thoughts will arise in Your head, saying:
‘What foolish thing have You started?’
‘Do Your Really think that All those supposed things are going to happen Definitely? You are saying ‘Surely.’
”Only’ Good things are going to happen? Is it even possible on Earth? Why are You wasting time after seeing this one word?’
”All’ the days of Your life? No Breaks? Hahaha,’ and all that.
The suggested words, if Uttered with Love and Reverence, will Calm Your Mind, even Silence Your Mind. The Brain Cannot Multi-task! That is why they say Do not Talk on the Cell Phone while You are Driving! And other things like that.
We can do Only One thing at a Time. If We have told ourselves to just keep Pronouncing these words, and Keep our Attention on Pronouncing them, then our Famous Subconscious is Not able to bring up its subjects for one more viewing!
All this, Incidentally, is called ‘DHYAAN.’ To learn about this, please click here.
Image credit: www.indrayanikaathi.com
It is something like this: We would like to Lift Up and Hug a Child. But the Child might be too busy, and interested in other things. Our Subconscious Mind too is Too Busy with Other things, to pay attention to, and to Receive, What God would like to give.
If We give our brain big things to do, it will become active! Silence the Mind by giving it something Small to do. And Only in that Silence Can it Receive God’s Gifts of Love, Happiness and Peace.