|Meditation on God - the Ultimate Sadhana|
Enlightenment may be way off at first, but if we practice intensively, it is very near. Whoever practices meditation on God, His Names, Forms, Virtues, Abodes, Pastimes, and Saints, intensely will experience Enlightenment and its fruit, which is the Ultimate Bliss of God.
|Meditation means intense thirst for God|
Even among the eight limbs of Yoga – Yam, Niyam, Asan, Pranayam, Pratyahar, Dharana, Dhyan, and Samadhi, Patanjali has given the ultimate priority to “Ishvarapranidhan” while expounding the “Fourth Chapter – Samadhi,” which means Surrendering oneself to God and His Will alone can gift the practitioner – Enlightenment/God attainment. Permanently meditating on the Supreme Being constitutes the path of devotion. Here one’s actions and thoughts are to be surrendered and one’s feeling of love for the Supreme Being developed. The intense love (Bhakti) will attract the grace of the Supreme Being, who will bestow Enlightenment and the Immortality to the Yogi.
So there is no excuse and no time to waste. Orthodox tradition says that we need the gift of the last birth to be Enlightened/God-realized in this life. The gift of the last birth can only be acquired though effort in previous lives.
It is not possible for us, however, to determine from the outside what sort of practice someone has done previously. A person’s knowledge cannot be ascertained from outside appearances. Some of the greatest masters lived as beggars in outwardly crippled bodies. Others made themselves purposely ugly or behaved in a repulsive fashion so that they could live and practice in peace. So it’s is very wise on the part of the Yogi to discard the idea of gift or samskaras of previous lives for attaining Enlightenment and impromptu hasten for the God-realization with ardent intensity and thirst.