Sunday, November 20, 2011

Stage – 2: Mediation

Types of Meditation in Sukshma Sharir Vishram
1. Meditation – Meeting with God

Now resolve firmly that you want to meet God today. Pray to your Spiritual Master for His grace, to enable you to fulfil this resolution. Also, resolve strongly that you will stay attentive and not fall asleep. Imagine that your body is beginning to fly. You are experiencing this in your subconscious mind. Miraculously, you are lifted off your feet and you are now rising up in the air. Look down and see the people lying in Shavasan on the floor. Soar up, watch the clouds roll by and you roll with them. Keep climbing higher and enjoy the silence.

The vast expanse of mother earth, the never-ending sheet of clouds and the surreal horizon! Your city now resembles a matchbox from above. The glowing Sun washes your face with its gleaming rays. Your flight intercepts the path of birds, who are amused to see a unique creature emulate the flight of Icarus. Smile at the birds and continue to fly. It is such a perfect day and it is now imminent that you are going to meet your beloved and revered Guru.

High up in the sky, your Guru appears from a cloud ahead. Your heart leaps with joy at His gracious presence and you prostrate at His lotus feet. Place your head softly on His feet and pray to Him, Oh! My beloved and revered Gurudev! Please take me to God’s abode as I yearn to meet Him today. All I want is a fleeting glance. Your Guru blesses you with His hands on your head. He is now leading you further into the skies. The turquoise blue skies seem to reach beyond the heavens, and there is not a speck in the skyline.

You are now breaking the forces of gravity and zooming past the stratosphere. A great event awaits you as your Guruji takes you beyond the outer edges of the galaxy. You are now seeing hundreds of other galaxies flashing before you. Is this Star Wars! How strange they all look to the naked eye. You are now headed for Golok, Shree Krishna’s Divine abode and your heart races in anticipation of the Divine rendezvous. As you draw closer, you can see a glow up ahead in a distance. This must be Golok Dham. You slow down and come to a stop.

Imagine that you have now reached the Divine abode of Golok. Like a beacon on a moonless night. Golok illuminates everything in all directions. You enter inside, anxious to see the sights. As you step inside, a surreal world greets you. It is completely different to what you saw a while ago, on the celestial journey till here. The Divine Yamuna flows majestically through lush greenery and thick forests. Serene ponds dot the place. Everything you see is an eternal part of Radha Rani. Even the leaves seem to chant the Name, ‘Radhey’ with every breath.

Remember your oath. You had prayed to your Gurudev to help you meet God today. Now too far away, you can hear the melodic sound of a flute being played and it is undoubtedly Shree Krishna’s. The bewitching melody increases your anxiety to meet Shyam Sundar. Your Gurudev is now leading you toward your soul-Beloved, past the Divine trees. Every tree chants the Name, “Radhey Radhey.”

As you walk eagerly, you arrive at an open area. On the other side, Tribhangilal Shyam Sundar, Murali Manohar is standing under the Kadamb tree. You heart skips many beats at His very sight and you are now seeing His wonderful Divine form. Your eyes begin to admire His bluish colour and beautiful crown made of peacock feathers, perched so perfectly on His tender head. He is also looking at you. Desiring to get closer to Him, you leave your Gurudev’s hands and rush toward Shyam Sundar’s feet and prostrate. Embrace His feet and hold them in your arms, as this is the moment you have been waiting for, since eternity.

Overwhelmed with love for Shree Krishna, tears of joy run down your face. They seem to trickle down gently and cleanse the feet of Lord Krishna. All this while, you are holding the Lord’s feet close to your chest. Pray to Him fervently, “Oh Lord! Please make me a speck of dust that sticks to Your feet all the time. I am an eternal part of You and my sins have led me astray in this materialistic world. I have now realized that Your love and service is my only goal. Oh! Shyam Sundar, please have mercy on me and grace me so that I will be Yours forever in Your abode.”

Shree Krishna is holding you in His arms, as He helps you stand up. You are now looking at Him closer than ever, and your eyes fall prey to His mesmerizing gaze, melting your heart in an instant. You have never felt this way before and your heart races for your Beloved. Every inch of Shree Krishna’s presence overflows with love for His devotees and realizing this fact, you feel closer to Him. You are now admiring everything about Shree Krishna. His beautiful blue skin, the peacock feather crown, the little earrings dancing at His slightest movement.

Unable to resist the temptation, you embrace Shree Krishna. This is the greatest and the finest moment of your entire existence! Tears run down your face, as Shree Krishna consoles you. You feel the biggest of the burdens being taken off your chest. The love of your life is in your arms, what else can you ask for? You are now weeping uncontrollably and Shyam Sundar is pacifying you. An eternal journey has now come to fruition with this Divine meeting with God. A lost and wandering soul has now met its true source and eternal companion.

Lost in love, you have not noticed time racing by. Your insatiable thirst for His love keeps you stuck to His shoulders, nestled in His arms and craving for more. Shree Krishna smiles at you and whispers into your ears, “Do not worry my dear child. Continue to increase your surrender and devotion, and you will one day reach a stage where you will be with Me forever. To get there, you will have to practice sincere devotion and listen to your Gurudev’s instructions. Surrender to Him and you shall come to Me. I promise.” With these blessings, you return home, brimming with sweet memories of a meeting that will linger in your mind forever.

You now walk toward your Gurudev, who had been watching this scene from the distance. A great sense of satisfaction fills the heart of your Gurudev’s to see his disciple being greeted by the Lord Himself. This is also a day of great joy for your Gurudev. You prostrate at his feet and thank Him profusely for His grace without which this meeting would be impossible.

You are now returning back from Golok, and swoop across the skies in a flash. You are descending toward the solar system and you can see the nine planets revolving around the Sun. You have now reached the point where you can see planet Earth just as you left it some time ago. Descending further, you are now entering the earth’s atmosphere and rapidly losing altitude. You can now sight your city, and soon, you can see the spot where your body is lying, unmoved. You can also see others lying next to you, as still and calm as you are.

Slowly, enter your physical body.

Conclude the practice as explained in Stage – 3

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