Tag Archives: Listening to God

How Know GOD is Speaking to Us

Came across this post which expresses Quite Well How We can Know that it is God Who is speaking to Us, and Not Our Own Ego misleading Us. Below, an Excerpt from the post. Emphasis mine. Link given at bottom as I could not find the ‘Reblog’ button. Hearty Kudos to Chanel Walker-Bailey.

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I ask myself a series of questions to serve as confirmation that the instruction or leading is indeed from him:

1. Does the instruction line up with his word complimenting scripture?

2. Am I being lead out of my comfort zone? (His will vs. my own)

3. Am I being Urged to stop trying to be in control? (Whoa this is a biggie for me!)

4. Will what I am hearing benefit anyone besides myself? (Complete selflessness!)

Read the full post at:

https://therealliferealtalk.com/2016/01/31/soulful-sunday-1312016/

GAD, (Guha Anubhav Dhyaan), …and HOW do Dhyaan

This post is for those who SERIOUSLY WANT PEACE, because Peace is one of the First Effects that one gains by Dhyaan.

This is actually the third one, part of a series on Dhyaan, under:

My Method Verbalises certain points, which I have Not seen in other teachings of Dhyaan.

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The Method of doing GAD is Simple enough, as it is with all its counterparts in Dhyaan, Zen or Vipassna. Learning the Method is Not Difficult; Doing it Is. As in this picture!

cute-baby-trying-to-lift-weights

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The Method of doing GAD

GAD is Different from Classical Dhyaan in Two Aspects. One, GAD does not have ‘Dhaaran,’ which all the classical schools have. Two, GAD has an ‘Intention,’ which other schools do not have!

In Practicing GAD, We have Two Main Points:

  1. METHODS of Silencing the Mind, and
  2. The REASON for Silencing the Mind.

1. The METHODS of Silencing the Mind

We have seen that the Human Mind keeps moving about, even on points that it has already examined and thought about. This is the Tendency of the Human Brain.

When Thoughts come, it does not work for Us to tell the Brain things like:

  • Keep Silent
  • I Shall Not Think about this, etc.

Because Each of the above is an Activity, so, instead of Silencing the Mind, We would have only Done some mental work, however tiny that may seem. And considering that We shall have to keep telling these things Countless number of times, that becomes heavy work indeed!

It would Not do to ‘Ignore‘ the thoughts. When they Keep coming/arising, with the Adjoining Emotions, We would see that Ignoring them is Nigh Impossible.

Let Us Learn from what We do when We are paying attention to some Spoken or Written point. We Pay Attention to that, and All External Stimuli seem to Vanish! Thus, Paying Attention is the Key, the Key to Silencing the Mind! …

If We were Expect a Child to Remain Quietly in some small space like a Play pen or something, it might do so for a mere Few Seconds. After that it will be Scampering away, or raising a din. Older Children might Obey, but would get bored, which would only give rise to Intense activity later.

Bored Boy

The Thing to do is to Surround the Child with some Toys or Eatables. The Child would become Engrossed, and Become Quiet, at least for some time!

Child with Toy

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In the Same way, The Mind has to be Offered a Tiny Anchoring point, and has to be Ordered to Pay attention to that, and Nothing Else.

That is How and Why We have the Lamps, Music, Breath, Movement, Mantras, etc, etc, as points of Concentration, Anchoring points if You like, as Methods of Silencing the Mind!

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2. The REASON for Silencing the Mind.

In Dhyaan, We might think that one silences the mind so that one could dwell on, develop and understand a point at hand all the better. This does happen in Most of the systems. And the Role of the Divine in all this is denied.

One takes up a point, (holds a point, Dhaaran) with Unwavering attention over a period of time, and believes one reaches Realization. We do the Work, and We think that that is Enough. Thus it again becomes a point of Puny man trying to Reach the Mysteries of the Universe using his Puny Brain.

GAD differs from ALL OTHERS in that it does Not have a Dhaaran point. It Only has an INTENTION.

In GAD, one Silences the Mind so that one can Listen to the Divine well.

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DHAARAN

Dhaaran is the Sixth step of the Raj Yoga, and wrongly translated as Concentration. Dhaaran means to Don, to Put on, Hold, etc.

The person doing the Dhyaan has been brought up on a line of Teachings, in Classical Dhyaan on the Advaita, in Zen and Vipassna on Buddhist teachings, etc. Thus, a Mind that is Already Chock Full of teachings, is asked to Assume a particular Verse or Thought again at the Time of Dhyaan. That is Classical Dhaaran.

In GAD, as said, We Do Away with Dhaaran altogether. The Mind Is asked to Start with a Thought, which is Not a Teaching.

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The Thought the practitioner of GAD is asked to Start his/her Dhyaan is this:

In GAD, One Asks GOD to Clarify His Words.

In Classical Dhyaan, one Expands on the point of the Dhaaran either Consciously or Subconsciously.

For instance, We are taught to say, think and hold the thought: “Day by day, in Every Way, I am getting Better and Better.” Over a period of time the Subconscious picks up this message and Effects changes in Us! Similarly, if I keep saying to myself, or hold, Constantly, in mind the thought: “I am Napolean,” my Subconscious will Oblige me by Convincing me that I Am that!

In GAD, the Mind is JUST THE RECEPTOR. It does No Other Work. The Divine Reveals, and the Human Mind Receives. In GAD, one Silences one’s mind Just so that it might Listen to God!

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CONCLUSION:

In GAD, one does Not enter Dhyaan with Dhaarans of ‘Realizing that one is god,’ any of the mahavaakyaas, Nihilism, or anything.

In GAD, God Realization means Experientially Knowing God’s Love, What He Wants, His Plans,  etc.

To Realize this, Silence of the Mind is Needed.

To Achieve this Silence, one ‘Concentrates On’ the smallest possible Thought or Activity, doing this, at the Same time, Without Expanding the thought even the tiniest little bit.

If one takes a Mantra as a Method of Silencing the Mind, ALL of one’s efforts are concentrated on Uttering and Pronouncing it Reverentially, Prayerfully and with Love, without in the Least trying to go into Why the Mantra was selected, What it would Achieve, How it would do so, or Anything of the sort.

VERY IMPORTANT: See more on this in: ‘How Achieve Happiness,’ by clicking here.

Counting the Breath is the one Best recommended by GAD. In this, one has to be Careful NOT to Deepen or Make Shallow one’s breath, Nor Speed it up or Slow it down. Just gently pay attention to them, and keep counting them.

Counting the Breath has the Added advantage of being able to determine the Time one wants to spend in Dhyaan. This makes it possble for The Busiest to Do Dhyaan.

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SUMMARY

Dhyaan, the discovery of Indian Sages, is one of the Greatest Gifts to Mankind. Dhyaan is Not Meditation in the proper Western sense of the word, nor is it Contemplation. Dhyaan is the Silencing of the Mind. Click on links at bottom for more on these points.

GAD, the Guha Anubhav Dhyaan, differs from Classical Dhyaan, is Much Simpler to Practice, and Most effective.

In GAD, one enters into it with the Stated Intention of Asking God to Take Over the exercise, Asking Him to Speak, Explain, Guide and Run one’s Life. Holding, (the Dhaaran) of any verse or thought like ‘I am god,’ etc, is Expressly Taboo in GAD.

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So this is What We Can and Should be doing:

  1. Stop thinking and Developing Un-necessary thoughts. We can do this by Any of the Methods of Silencing the Mind, like Observing Our Breath, Counthing the Breath, or Saying a Mantra, etc.
  2. ALWAYS Carry the Thought and Intention, of Asking GOD to Speak to Us, Explain things to Us, Guide Us and to Rule over Our Thoughts, Actions and Life. MAKE THIS A HABIT, and HABITUAL.

If We Succeed in doing this, We shall Achieve GA, Guha Anubhav, and shall be progressing to RA, the Roop Anubhav.

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Terms, like GOD and man, Prayer, Meditation, Contemplation, Dhyaan, Yoga, Dhaaran, etc, might mean differenet things in various systems. These links will help You see Just they mean in GAD.

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Wish You All Happy GAD, Happy Guha Anubhav Dhyaan, and God Realization. Regards.

For the First post in this series, Pleace click here.

GAD… Its Aim, seen from Two Angles

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[You will notice that I am taking an almighty amount of time in coming to the ‘Method’ of doing Dhyaan. But believe me, All these preliminaries are Absolutely Necessary before We can go onto that.

Dhyaan, literally, means Paying Attention. But will paying undivided attention, even to a Sacred Verse, bring out its Deepest and Richest meanings, the Mysteries of the Universe? By Our Own Effort? Using Our Brain? Our Limited, Finite Brain? Aha!

Considering that Dhyaan is ‘Silencing’ the Mind, Just How is it that We Strive to Pay Attention to, say, a Flame, Our Breathing, the Sensations, or a Verse? Is that not putting the Mind to Work? The Opposite of Silencing the Brain? …Thus All these preliminaries!]

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GAD is Being with God, Walking with God, being In Contact with God, Knowing what He wants, and Allowing Him to Do it In and Through Us! 

The Great Patanjali had said in his Yoga-Sutra:

Yogash-Citta-Vritti-Nirodhah.

[Yogash – Yoga Is, Citta – Broadly, the Mind., Vritti – Revolving, Nirodhah – Stopping. Thus, Yoga is the Stopping of the Revolving of the Mind.]

We All have Our Pet Projects, Problems and Banes. And they are not actually Too many. What happens is that the Mind keep on going round and round the Same points, points that it had thought of earlier, – Without making any meaningful progress in them, again and again, Ad Infinitum.

Here is an interesting picture of the Active Mind(!)

Busy Mind!

Graphic from: debifeinman.com

Patanjali says: “If We can Succeed in Stilling this tendency of the Mind – that is, going round and roung the same points, then We would have Achieved Union with God, namely Yoga.” Yoga after all means Union.

That Union with God is the Aim and Objective of GAD.

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Let us see it from another perspective, a Very Christian point of view.

It will be remembered that in the Christian definition of Prayer, it is said to be Talking to God, And Listening to Him.

And if We recall, We will see that We have said to God: “I Adore You, I Praise You, I Thank You, I want this and that from You,” and what not, Ad Nauseam. For How many Seconds have We Succeeded in Trying to Listen to Him?

It will be accepted that God would want to Talk to Us, too. If We had succeeded in Listening to Him, We would have learnt the Meaning of Love, Peace and Happiness.

To Listen to Anybody, one has to Ignore Any and Every Other Input. If I am to listen to You fully, I have to switch off my phones, may be Instruct my secretary not to allow me to be Interrupted, the same on the Home front, etc, etc. That was why our ancients took to the Forests (and Hills), became ‘Vaan-prast,’ for the Isolation and the Silence.

This works fairly easily and well when We have somebody in front of Us, Speaking. In the Absence of Active Inputs, as in the case of Trying to Listen to God, where one does not have any ‘point’ to concentrate on, this becomes very difficult.

But, Difficult or not, Listening to God, and Knowing His Mind, His Love for me, His Plans for me, etc, and getting and having the Strength to Live according to them, – from Him, is the Aim and Objective of GAD.

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Thus, Silencing the Mind and ‘Listening’ to God is the Aim and Target of Dhyaan, particularly GAD.

Various Techniques and Methods become Important to ‘Silence’ the Mind, not just in GAD, but in All Classical methods of Yoga, Zen and Vipassna! We shall examine these Methods in the next post.

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