Meditation: The Greatest Secret of the
By Dada Vedaprajinananda
The goal of human life, according to yogis and
sages, is to unite one’s individual consciousness with the Supreme
Consciousness. This union of one’s small “I” with the Cosmic “I” is also
known as yoga. Anyone who has ever tried to meditate knows that achieving
the final goal of yoga is not as easy as it sounds. Many people, in fact,
give up the pursuit before they reach the goal. Despite this seeming
difficulty there is a simple technique that can put the achievement of
ultimate bliss within the reach of everyone.
Before I reveal the “greatest secret of the universe” it is useful to
understand how the process of meditation actually works. “As you think, so
you become” is the principle upon which meditation is based. If you think
about something that is limited or small, then your mind becomes small.
On the other hand, if you forget about the physical world around you, turn
your attention within and begin concentrated thinking on an infinite
object your mind begins to expand. If you continue the process in a
systematic way, regularly every day, then your individual consciousness
will one day merge with the Supreme Consciousness.
The greatest obstacle on this path is your own ego. Of course you need an
ego to even begin meditation. After all it only when you say “I will
practice meditation today” that you can get started. However, during the
process of meditation it becomes bothersome if instead of thinking about
the Supreme Consciousness you begin to think about “my job”, “my house,
“my car” and other things connected with your everyday life.
With constant practice you can overcome your attachment to mundane objects
and one day arrive at a state when there will only be one thought in your
mind, “I am the Supreme Consciousness.” This is a great achievement but
even in this state your “I” feeling still exists. As long as your feeling
of individual consciousness exists, you will remain separate from ultimate
union with the Supreme Consciousness.
Here is where the “greatest secret of the universe” can help you out.
Normally when you meditate, you are the subject and the Supreme
Consciousness is the object of your thoughts. If you turn it all around
and think that the Supreme Consciousness is the subject and you are his
object then your meditation will change dramatically.
It will become much easier to remain in a meditative state when you think
that the Supreme Consciousness is all around you, witnessing you,
meditating on you. Instead of trying to meditate on the Supreme
Consciousness, let him meditate on you! What could be simpler?
As simple as this technique is, it is the key to reaching a state where
there is no feeling of your individual “I” and only the oneness of
blissful union with the infinite.
There is an old story that illustrates this process. A seeker came to a
door and knocked. A voice asked, “Who’s there?” The seeker responded, “I
am here.” The door remained locked and there was no reply from within. The
seeker returned another day and tried once more. Again when asked “Who’s
there?” he replied “I am here.” And again he failed to enter.
Finally one day he knocked at the door and when the voice asked, “Who’s
there?” he replied, “Thou” and the door opened for him.
Dada Vedaprajinananda has been practicing and
teaching yoga and meditation for the past 35 years. He is the webmaster of
the Ananda Marga
meditation society’s website, and is the author of
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