Role of Love in meditation-Sai
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Do not be carried
away by the term Meditation. It is not something that one does by sitting for a
couple minutes or hours. It should be always at all places (the contemplation on
the Lord). It should not pertain only to Mandir/meditation room. Wherever one
goes, be it market or classes, one should be totally absorbed. We should be
totally sacred in our feelings.
This is possible only through the path of love. Speak lovingly to all people.
Even such a speech should be in moderation. This is because mind begins to
change as words become many.
One sage came from the Himalayas and declared that he had conquered anger. He
met his friends and told them that he was totally at peace and that he had no
anger in him at all. One came and asked him - "Sir! Have you conquered anger?"
"Yes! I have controlled" came the guarded reply. That person reiterated, "Sir!
You of all the people! Have you really conquered anger?" "Yes, it is true" came
the gruff reply. "What sir! It is really impossible to believe. How could you
conquer anger?" Asked the man for the third time. "Ai! Can't you understand when
I have said so?" Came the hot reply. "Sir! When this is the case, how could you
have conquered anger?", asked the man for the fourth time. "Are you out of your
senses? I told you that I have conquered". So, while saying that he had
conquered anger, due to repetition of words, he lost control over anger. If
words were not expressed, anger might cooled down. But as he expressed them,
anger grew. Due to lack of patience, anger emanates. There is no other remedy
for anger. Only cultivation of patience is the answer.
Today man is bent
upon conquering/vanquishing/controlling anger. This is wrong. He must inculcate
patience. Then anger will automatically subside. If darkness has to be expelled,
light has to be brought. Similarly, to expel anger, patience has to be fostered.
So, make efforts to develop patience.
Patience or sanctity can be attained only through love. There is nothing that
cannot be attained with love. One can attain all with love.
Everything is dedicated/subordinate to love. Hence it is said LOVE IS GOD; LIVE
IN LOVE. If the concept of love is perfectly understood, it in itself becomes
Meditation. Meditate on love. But the love should be selfless. It should be
dedicated to the Lord. Any kind of love once offered to Lord becomes sanctified.
We have made sweet pongal at home. We call it sweet pongal and eat it. The same
sweet pongal once it is offered to the Lord in a temple, we call it 'prasadam' /
blessed food. The moment you offer it to the Lord, it becomes prasadam. All
defects - defects of the ingredients, cooking and the vessel would get removed
after such an offering.
For the sweet pongal made at home, there may not be cleanliness of the vessel,
ingredients or the cooking process itself. In order to remove all defects from
the food cooked - we do not know wherefrom the vegetables have come; may be they
were stolen; may be the intention of the seller was not good. We assemble all
food items and pray to Lord that everything be blessed. Then it all becomes
prasadam and all defects run away from the same.
There is a small clause in meditation. All cannot do the same type of
meditation. Meditation changes from person to person depending on their state of
evolution/capacity. All doing one type of meditation is not proper. Each has his
own form to worship and the way he goes about it may also differ.
Some worship God as Mother of the Universe; some consider Him as Father of the
Universe while others consider God to be their friend. There are those who
worship God as Master/husband. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Gauranga are examples of
this nature. Jayadeva and Gauranga had not done any meditation. They felt no
need for meditation as they could see God everywhere.
There is a small anecdote. This happened to many great men in all the yugas.
Gaurangada entered a small village called Nava Dweepa. He could not find a place
to live. If he were to go the streets to do bhajan, mischievous boys would throw
stones at him. They troubled him in numerous ways. To avoid all this, he entered
the temple of Lord Eshwara. Keeping his legs on top of the Lingam - image of
Lord Shiva, he lay down to sleep.
In the morning the chief priest arrived. Considering him to be a mad man, the
priest beat him. "O fool! How dare you put your feet on top of the Lord's image?
Could you not find any other place to keep your feet?", asked the priest. Then
Chaitanya replied - "Sir! Please show me the place where Eshwara does not exist
and I shall gladly place my feet on that spot." Saying that he would show him,
the priest dragged Chaitanya by the feet and dropped him aside.
Due to his merit, even there the image of the Lord appeared. The pujari dragged
him all over the mandir, wherever Chaitanya's feet fell, Eshwara's image was
seen to emerge. Then the pujari realised his folly. God pervades the universe.
How then can anyone define a place to be devoid or filled with God? For a true
aspirant God's insignia are seen everywhere.
Since God pervades the creation, there is nothing that is unsacred. But there is
bound to be a change in the way we utilise the same. Therefore, we can make some
changes in the society, house and people with whom we deal. Then alone can we
obtain peace of mind. It is not meditation if one were to close one's eyes/sit
in lotus posture/sit without movements.
The most important factor for meditation is to fill the heart with love. That
love is verily God Himself. Along with this love you must also sit in the lotus
posture and in the manner described earlier to awaken the kundalini power and
thus give more meaning to your lives.
You may go anywhere and do anything. But your heart must be filled with pure
love. Gaurangada, Tukaram, Nammalwar etc., have lived in this manner. If purity
of heart is one's property, one can question the Lord's ways as a rightful
gesture. After a lot of merit, we have acquired the birth of a human being. If
we do not make good use of it, it would be a sheer waste.
Gems in the ocean are not easily available. With a great difficulty if one were
to dive deep and brave the attack of sharks, one could manage to obtain rare
pearls hidden in the womb of the ocean. The pearl that is got after such a
strenuous effort, if one were to lose it, one would not get it back however much
one may pine.
"Sway! Lord Krishna! I have obtained with great difficulty the pearl of Krishna
from the deep ocean of samsara. Please shower your grace that I may not lose
it", prayed Meera. Since her prayer was such, Lord Krishna also granted her that
She loved and pined for Krishna so much that her anguish at the separation from
the Lord turned into penance and she merged into the Lord. Every human who would
like to turn the energy in him to divinity must participate in prayers. Prayer
for mind is as essential as food is for body. Good food strengthens the body.
Stale food brings about ill-health. Similarly, if we participate in prayers, our
heart becomes pure. If, on the other hand, one were to participate with
pomposity, ego and show, it would be like the bad food harming the mind.
Therefore youth must travel from slumber and inactivity to penance. Whatever we
may do, we must do with determination. One should not stop meditation after
having begun, in a span of 2 days. Whole life should be transformed into
We have come essentially for that purpose. We must discharge our duties. Along
with this knowledge we must seek worldly education also. One must accept the
basis of the worldly education. I have told many a time. I am repeating, observe
the message carefully.
There are many metals in the earth - Iron, steel etc. As they are deep inside
earth, due to heat, they are available in the form of liquid. Due to this heat
even iron would be in a liquid state. This we call as Chemistry.
As we gradually come to the surface, the materials solidify as the temperature
decreases and we call it as Physics. As dust and other particles join this,
plants begin to sprout in it. The study of these plants is called Botany.
Insects and birds come from everywhere to these plants.
The study of these birds and insects is called Zoology.
What is the basis for Zoology? Botany? The foundation of Botany is Physics which
in turn is based on Chemistry. So, for Chemistry also there must be some
foundation. Isn't it? There is water in this tumbler. For the water to stay,
there must be a container in the first place. If there is no vessel, how can
liquid stay put? Therefore the source of sciences - Chemistry has its foundation
Therefore, all the sciences have stemmed from the root of Divinity. So, for all
subjects Divinity is the primal basis. If we were to catch the vessel, Divinity,
all the contents, subjects, would easily become ours. Today we are ready to
catch the creation and investigate but have not ever thought of investigating
the nature of the creator. Even those that harm us become friendly in the
presence of the Lord.
Serpent adorns the neck of Lord Shiva. Since it is around the neck of the Lord,
we bow down to it also. Same serpent if seen in the bazaar would die due to the
blows received from us. Though it is a poisonous snake, since it adorns the neck
of the Lord, it becomes worthy of worship.
Once Lord Vishnu sent Garuda to Eshwara with a message. Eshwara's body is very
peculiar. His body is smeared with vibhuti/ash. He has moon as his crown jewel
and serpents as his other ornaments. To such Shiva when Garuda flew and landed,
the breeze created by his wings disturbed the sacred ash of the Lord which fell
into the eyes of the snake adorning His neck. The serpent, in anger, hissed at
Garuda. Garuda replied, "O snake! Since you adorn the Lord's neck you are saved.
Had you been in the bazaar/market place, I would have snatched you with my feet
and torn you to shreds. Since you are in the proximity of the Lord you have
earned the right to be forgiven."
Similarly, since you are enjoying Swami's proximity, people praise you. The
moment you leave Swami and go, people do not care a fig for you. Wherever you
go, you must absorb whatever has been taught here and keeping the discipline as
your shadow and Swami in your heart must create peace around you. Once in a
while to recharge your batteries, you can come to Swami. In this way, you can
enjoy Swami's Love and Grace. -
Complied from selections "Meditation as
explained by Sri Sathya Sai baba"
of meditation - Love is God - Live in Love'.
This process is
called Meditation or is referred to as Dhyana. However, today in the world many
people are teaching in many different ways the meaning of the word Dhyana. What
is the meaning of Dhyana? What is it that we are going to meditate about and who
is going to do it? For what purpose are we going to meditate? Unless there is an
object on which you could meditate, it is not possible to meditate. Such an
object on which you meditate or do Dhyana is referred to as Dhyeya. Without the
object of concentration, you can not concentrate. There is an object of
meditation, but who is meditating? Therefore, there must be a third thing -
Dhyatha, which is you. You, who would be called Dhyatha, through the path of
meditation or Dhyana, have to reach and experience the object of meditation or
Dhyeya. These three are being referred to as three factors, one who receives the
obeisance; one who gives the obeisance and the process of giving obeisance. When
the man who meditates takes to the object of meditation and goes through the
process of meditation, then all these three, one who meditates, the one which is
the object of meditation and the process of meditation - unite and coalesce into
one and only then you achieve oneness. The one who loves, the one who is being
loved and the process of love, are three factors. In Prema, one who gives Prema,
one who receives Prema and the process of Prema, we should regard all these
three as one, through which the Premathatwa or the aspect of love is flowing.
Even if any one of these three is missing, it is not possible to realise the
completeness. If two, the one who loves and the process of love are there and
there is no one to love, then it becomes useless. If the other two, the one who
loves and the one who can be loved are there, but if there is no love between
the two, then that becomes useless. On the other hand there may be the process
of love and there may be one who will be loved, but if there is nobody to love,
then also it becomes useless. So it is the oneness of all these three which will
be referred to as Dhyana or meditation. In all these three, Prema is present to
the same extent. This is referred to by saying 'Love is God - Live in Love'.
There is a need for us to make a proper enquiry into this path of meditation.
This is referred to by saying 'Love is God - Live in Love'.
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