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Some Essentials of Dhya’na

Date: Wed, 02 Sep 2009 10:39:14 +0530
From: “Pandit_Sudhakar”
Subject: Some Essentials of Dhya’na


PS Intro: In the life of a sadhaka sometimes sadhana is good and one feels
very close proximity to Parama Purusa– Baba. Then everything in life is
pleasing & charming: Blissful. Naturally though, over the course of their
systaltic movement, sadhakas inevitably experiences a phase of pause in
their sadhana. In that time deep, devotional spiritual ideation and strong
sadhana are almost impossible; instead the mind becomes dry. One’s
surroundings become tasteless and in the heart the sadhaka starts to feel
that ‘something is missing’. Because in the absence of the Divine Entity–
Baba– one’s surroundings become bland & mundane. Even then in the hearts
of good sadhakas, they still have deep longing for Parama Purusa– Baba.
And that blissful, devotional yearning is known as melancholic longing. In
the following song, this entire idea has been expressed through the
metaphor of the bakul flower garden etc.

“Jabe ei path diye esechile, viithika’ pus’pe bhara’ chilo…” (PS 2141)


Baba, when You came to my home by this path, that time the garden lane
was full of sweet, fragrant flowers. By Your divine presence, my mind
became spiritually intoxicated with the divine aroma of those flowers. On
that occasion also the flow of songs was floating in the air.

Baba, since You did not come, even today that bakul flower lane is just
lying there vacant– unused. Innumerable flowers have fallen and become one
with the dust. Where has that sweet flower fragrance of the bakul flower
gone. Now all its aroma is completely dried up. O’ my dearmost, since You
have not come to this lane for so long, everyone has forgotten how
beautiful and charming that garden was. Because of Your presence.

Baba, anyhow still today the flowers on the trees are surviving, but due
to Your absence, the garden lane has lost all its charm. So those trees are
just weeping thinking how the days of old were so charming and blissful in
Your presence. Because in those days You showered Your grace by coming down
that garden lane. Those days were so magnificent and blissful. But now You
are not coming. So by remembering Your august visit those trees are very
unhappy. Their melancholic tears have totally drenched the garden lane. And
those trees repeat again and again that despite having everything: The
flower, the lane, the atmosphere, and greenery– despite all these things,
in the absence of the One, i.e. You Baba, this entire world becomes utterly
meaningless and empty.

Baba, please be gracious. Do not remain distant– always remain inside
my heart. Baba, please grace me so that I always feel Your divine presence…


AM sadhana is the key point in the life of any true aspirant seeking to
really move along the divine path. Here Baba talks how pointedness on Him
is that unique pathway to eternal life– remaining always on His Lap.

Baba says, “Try, O Sa’dhaka, to know only Him, in Whom are held the sky,
the world and the void, in whom are ensconced the mind, the five vital
forces and the sensory and motor organs. Shun all other pointless
considerations except your efforts to know Him. You are mortal, subject to
death. Your desire of establishing yourself in deathlessness has been with
you from eternity. And that very Brahma is the bridge leading to that state
of deathlessness. So you will reap the real good, if you can only know
Him.” (SS-2, p.30)

So dhya’na ultimately brings one up to the crowning glory of spiritual life.
Thus it is first lesson which leads to liberation (mukti & savikalpa
samadhi) whereas it is dhya’na that carries up to that highest stance of
salvation. By the practice of dhya’na sadhakas reach to the ultimate goal,

BABA says, “Dhya’na yoga which elevates human beings through constant
self-analysis, obliterates the very existence of the non-spiritual, and
expedites one’s elevation into the supreme spiritual stance.” (MVNS, p.92-3)

Hence in AM the practice of Guru dhya’na is unparalleled.

BABA says, “Dhyana is the unbroken flow of the mind-stuff, or citta, in one
continuous stream, like the flow of oil, where all the propensities of the
mind are fixed on the goal.” (CC, part 1, pg 11)

And in out dhyan Baba guides us that a special sort of devotional
determination and longing are needed.

Baba says, “Both Pran’idha’na and Anudhya’na come within the scope of
Dhya’na, come within the scope of Abhidhya’na. “Tasya’bhidhya’na’t”. I said
Abidhya’na. Abhidhya’na means that you have accepted that Supreme Self as
your object of ideation, but suppose your Lord does not want you, suppose
you are a sinner and your Lord does not want that you should get Him, He
will try to dart away from you, but in that case you will have to chase Him
mentally. This chasing of yours is called Anudhya’na. You must say, ‘O my
Lord, I may be a sinner but I won’t spare You, I must catch You’. When this
mentality functions it is anudhyana. So without anudhyana one cannot get
Him.” (SS-18, p.86-7)


Note 1: Here below is one further special guideline. By remembering Him we
remember all.

Baba says, “…The psycho-spiritual approach strengthens the memory, and
makes the intellect omniscient. A good way to stabilize the memory is to
meditate on someone you have seen or heard about who possesses a unique
photographic memory. This will increase your own memory.” (Faculty of

Unruly Free Mixing between Males and Females?

Baba says, “It does not require the harnessing of any elaborate logic or
reasoning to convince people that the final outcome of permissiveness is
not healthy. But it is also true that the result of free mixing in society,
without self-control, is bad…Hence, along with the recognition of the
freedom of the two sexes, a well-judged code of self-control will also have
to be associated with their mutual mixing.” (HS-1, p. 35)

Note: Baba’s has given the dharmic code for how and when males and females
may socialize. Remembering that all females are the mothers of males, all
women– irregardless of their age– are to be looked upon with utmost
respect and reverence. At the same time males must be ever-ready to lend
their physical strength to protect and uphold the prestige of women. These
are some of the basic points. Needless to say loose gossiping between the
sexes is not at all appreciated or supported by Baba’s teachings.
Unfortunately still this looseness or casual way of dealing is evident in
our western sectors of our AM society. Unmarried males & females are living
together and carrying on relations and sometimes even producing children
out of wedlock. And even at our retreats this looseness between the sexes
is clearly evident. The worst part being that it is rampant amongst our
youths– 13-18 year olds. So all around this is a point of awareness.
Because promiscuity is the undoing of any society. Now is the time we
should rise to the occasion and step by step work to instill Baba’s dharmic
guidelines on this important aspect of life. This will be beneficial to
all– and a positive example for the society at large.


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