Saturday, July 16, 2016

Saint and the Common Man

It is really surprising that some people consider themselves to be too weak for spiritual practice, while  actually they are not so.  An ordinary man has within him the same power and the same soul-force that a saint has. 

The only difference between them is that the sage has torn off the coverings  round his soul while the others are just like a silkworm in the cocoon. 

And if one resolves firmly to throw off these coverings no power on earth can stop him.  What is required for spiritual growth of man is only an iron will.  When it is there, the goal is just in sight.  If we have these two things there can be absolutely no chance of failure.  

A powerful will once made is enough for the sure attainment of the REAL. Half the distance is crossed when a man enters the field with a firm will.  Nothing can then stand in his way.  So please give up dwelling upon the false notion that you cannot reach the goal.  Be firm like a rock and success is sure to dawn by itself.

Faith in the guide of course counts for much. But in this connection you must remember that only he can be a capable guide who has torn off his own Coverings, and at the same time possesses the powers of transmission to help and support others on the path.  

If few complexities are there,  they shall be easily removed if you go on with your practice. 

If you happen to trace out any weakness in yourself please think it to be mine and be bold and go in with your practice. The responsibility shall thus be shifted to me and you shall be relieved of its effect.

This is quite easy to do. Do it and watch the results.  Usually the intricate methods applied for the purpose often make matters far worse and more complicated. 

Realisation is a very simple thing which can be attained only by simplest means.  One thing is specially important here.  It is that the abhyasi must ever remain restlessly impatient for the attainment of the goal. This is the key to success and it strikes at the every root.

As for myself I may say that whenever I am on with my spiritual work, I never feel doubtful of success in the least.  For that reason I never had to face disappointment in my entire spiritual career. An unflinching  will was the secret of it. I want you all to develop that sort of unfailing will, and you can very easily do that.

Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj, founder of Sri Ramchandra Mission,Shajanpur  has given the above assurance  to his disciples who practice Sahajmarg.  To know what is Sahajmarg and its practice, go through the spiritual articles in this website.

Mind and Meditation

The concept regarding  mind is understood in many different ways by many cultural and religious traditions.  There is no fixed definition of mind  and about its  distinguishing properties. It is a non-tangible part of human body that thinks, feels, and choose.

The mind is the faculty of man's reasoning and thoughts. It has the power of imagination, recognition, estimate, and  process the feelings and emotions. 
Our mind determines the actions of the body. Also the mind being constantly active creates within us liking for the one and dislike for the other, introducing the two extremities of a thing.  Thus miseries come into existence. 

This is all the creation of the human mind which results from our ignorance of the right relationship of things.  Our passions, emotions and impulses too contribute a good deal in aggregating the troubles and at times cause fierce tempest strong enough to threaten a complete wreck.  We generally attribute its causes to circumstances.  But it is a wrong notion. 

Mind is the center of this outer expansion of man in the form of human body and everything which is exhibited through the medium of the body proceeds from the centre, the mind. If our mind comes to a harmonious state, circumstances and environments will have no effect on it and there will be no disturbance within. 

Every evil has its origin in the mind and which alone is, therefore, responsible for it, though at the same time that it is the very same mind that leads us to virtue and also helps us to realise our highest self. So it is not every evil alone that proceeds from the mind but also every good.

Hence those who condemn it in the bitterest terms have no justification for it at all.  It is really only due to the defective molding of the mind, and what is actually required is not the crushing or the killing of the mind but merely its proper training.

The mind is like the pendulum of the clock.  The clock goes all right so long as the movement of the pendulum is regulated.  If it is disturbed the clock is out of order. Similarly for this human clock it is necessary that the movement of the mind will be regulated and adjusted.

Really we have spoiled the mind ourselves by allowing it to wander about aimlessly during leisure hours.  The practice has continued for years and it has now become almost its second nature.  If we now try to control the mind by putting it under restraint we meet with little success.  The more we try to suppress it by force, the more it rebounds and  counteracts causing greater disturbance.

The methods to mould the mind and regulate its activities are also very simple.  The proper method to control the activities of the mind is to fix it on one sacred thought just as we do in meditation, and dispel from it everything unwanted  or superfluous. 

In course of time after constant practice, the mind gets disciplined and regulated and much of the inner disturbance is eliminated. The best course to free ourselves from unwanted ideas is to treat them as uninvited guests and remain unmindful of them.  They will then wither away like unwatered plants and ultimately the same sacred thought will remain predominant. 

The only way to accomplish it is, therefore, meditation under the guidance of a capable Master.  By constant practice in meditation the mind will become calm and peaceful and the unwanted ideas will cease to trouble us.

In meditation we are not suspending the mind but  moulding its multifarious activities. We do not want to stop its normal working but only to bring it to a regulated and disciplined state.  If the activities of the mind are stopped from the very beginning, we probably do not stand in need of practicing meditation at all.  Meditation is the only process to achieve that end. Concentration is its natural result in due course.

The proper method is to meditate all along remaining quite unmindful of the foreign ideas and thoughts coming to our mind during that time.  Mental struggle to keep off the unwanted ideas often proves unsuccessful for it causes a strong reaction which is often impossible for man  of ordinary capabilities to overcome and which is sometimes likely to result in serious mental disturbances or even insanity.

It may be possible for those who by leading a life of celibacy have gained sufficient ojas  to cope successfully with the flow of thoughts and to withstand the effect of their reaction, but for ordinary man it is almost an impossibility. 

If instead of struggling to keep off ideas we only remain unmindful of them, very soon they will lose their effect and cease troubling us.  They will then be only like dogs barking after a caravan which goes forward without paying any heed to them. When we are attentive to ideas to check them, concentration is naturally there which breeds power and thus they become stronger.

To know more about Capable Master, Meditation and its practice, please go through the previous articles of this website under spirituality.

A collection from the writings of Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj of Shajahanpur by Sri B.E.Sampath Kumar, abhyasi, Sri Ramchandraji Seva trust, Kadapa. 

What is Pranayama?

Pranayama is not, as many think, something about breath; breath indeed has very little to do with it, if anything.

Pranayama really means controlling the motion of the lungs, and this motion is associated with the breath.  Not that breath is producing it; on the contrary it is producing breath.  This motion draws in the air by pump action. 

The prana is moving the lungs, the movement of the lungs draws in the air.  So Pranayama is not breathing, but controlling that muscular power which moves the lungs. That muscular power which goes out through the nerves to the muscles and from them to the lungs, making them move in a certain manner is the Prana, which we have to control in the practice of Prnayama. 

Breathing is only one of the many exercises through which we get to the real Pranayama.  Pranayama means the control of Prana. Just as Akasha is the infinite, omnipresent material of this universe, so is this Prana the infinite, omnipresent manifesting power of this universe. It is the Prana that is manifesting as motion, gravitation, magnetism, actions of the body, nerve currents and as thought force.  From thought down to the lowest force, everything is but manifestation of Prana. The sum total of all forces in the universe, mental or physical, when resolved back to their original state, is called Prana.

He who has grasped the Prana has grasped  all the forces of the univese, mental or physical. He who has controlled the Prana has controlled his own mind, and all the minds that exist.  He who has controlled the Prana has controlled his body and all the bodies that exist, because the Prana is the generalised manifestation of force.

Great prophets of the world had the most wonderful control of the Prana, which gave them tremendous will power; they had brought their Prana to the highest state of motion and this is what gave them power to sway the world.

What moves the steam engine?  Prana, acting through the steam.  What are all these phenomena of electricity  and so forth but Prana?  What is the Physical science? The science of Pranayama, by external means. 

Prana, manifesting itself as mental power, can only be controlled by mental means. 

That part of Pranayama which attempts to  control the physical manifestations of the Prana by physical means is called physical science, and that part which tries to control the manifestations of the Prana as mental force, by mental means, is called Raja- Yoga.

How to control the Prana is the one idea of Pranayama? This body is very near to us, nearer than anything in the external universe, and this mind is the nearest of all.

The Prana which is working this mind and body is the nearest to us of all the Prana in the universe. If we can succeed in controlling this little wave of Prana, then alone we can hope to control the whole of Prana.

The Yogi who has done this gains perfection, no longer is he under any power.  He becomes  almost all-knowing.

A yogi who has controlled the Prana, has the power of bringing it into a certain state of vibration, which can be conveyed to others, arousing in them a similar vibration.

The whole scope of Raja-Yoga is really to teach the control and direction in different planes of the Prana.  When a man has concentrated, his energies, he masters the Prana that is in his body.  When a man is meditating, he is also concentrating the Prana.

To know more about meditation through Rajayoga please go through the spiritual articles of this website.

A collection from the writings of Sri Swami Vivekananda by Sri B.E.Sampath Kumar, Abhyasi of Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj Seva Trust, Kadapa.