Dealing with Thoughts | Heartfulness Meditation | Daaji

Dealing with Thoughts | Heartfulness Meditation | Daaji


The main problem with meditation, which
we all face at one time or the other, the biggest problem… people often complain about
thoughts during meditation. Thoughts are always
arising in the mind and this becomes very
noticeable during meditation. My guide used to say, just as eyes are to see, ears are to hear, nose is to smell, tongue is to taste, and so is the mind to think. So when we try to suppress that very nature of mind, which is to think, we are going against nature. Then what is the solution?
The solution is this: we need to regulate the mind. We need to train our mind in such a way that it rests on those ideas, those thoughts, those subjectivities, so that… we can dive deeper into those subjects only without being deviated into others. But in true meditation, we transcend beyond thoughts actually. When we realise this – how to
transcend beyond thoughts, moving… away from the thinking
apparatus – and try to activate the
heart and try to feel the very essence of the
object of meditation, then that meditation is successful. In a rightful meditation, when it is so effective, one will be able to deduce
from daily experiences that even though the meditation may
have been turbulent because of thoughts, yet a right meditation would result in a shift in consciousness. See how your consciousness
was before starting meditation and… after meditating for 20 to 30 minutes
with the help of this Transmission. Despite a turbulent
meditation, you will often see that the result of this
meditation is so refined; there is absolute refinement within,
there is so much of settledness within. Often we are troubled by
the thoughts from the past. Out of guilt perhaps, some unresolved matters
pop up in our minds, and often things that we have not
completed haunt us during meditation. Please see, during your daily activities, someone calls from home, “Please bring milk… on your way, from the supermarket,” and by the time you are going to
bed at 10 p.m. or 10:30 p.m., suddenly you realise,
“I forgot the milk.” Before going to sleep also, many things that we remember are related to unfinished tasks something that we missed out on. So, when such thoughts do
arise during meditation, should we get disturbed because
it reminds us of our duty? No. Let it come, make a mental note of it, and revert back to
this noble process of attending to the presence of
Divine Light in the heart. Let… Transmission do its job. When thoughts do arise,
instead of fighting with them, instead of struggling, it would be nice if we
gently remind ourselves that, “I am meditating on the Divine
Light present in my heart.” If we go on paying attention to the thoughts like the way we would pay
attention to a barking dog, it is not going to help us. We have to keep on moving, gently and softly, remaining unmindful of things around us. Be compassionate towards yourself, and let them arise; they will
drop off when you ignore them but ignoring them in a very… passive way. Trying to ignore it by “Oh, I will not think of this, I will not
think of this” is not going to happen. Often, things we try to evade come back. I would like to share with
you a beautiful story I heard about a little boy
who served his guru for years with the hope that one day his guru
would teach him how to fly like a bird. The guru attempted him to do so, that “When you are 15, on the full moon night, on your birthday, I will teach you how to meditate. Meditate in such a way that after meditation “you will
be able to fly like a bird.” So that fine day came one day and the boy was very excited, goes to his guru and says, “I am ready. Please teach me how to fly like a bird.” So his guru tells him, “I will tell you a method of meditation. You go home, take a shower, wear clean clothes and sit for meditation. But during meditation, don’t think of monkeys.” And there you go! On his way, he was very happy: “I will not think of monkeys.
How can I think of monkeys? I have never seen monkeys in my life. So there is no way I am
going to think of monkeys.” He goes home playing with this ‘how to ignore the thoughts of monkeys’, and just when he is about to start
at midnight and the full moon is… over his head, And… with so much of hope he tries to meditate. Suddenly he remembers Guruji said, “Please don’t think of monkeys,” and there you go, he’s full of monkeys in his mind. So the things we try to avoid generally
pop up again and again. The best is not to pay attention. We have to understand why thoughts come during meditation especially. You see it is like … It is not that we were not thinking
at other times and thoughts were not
coming during other moments. They are always there, but during meditation we
become more cognizant of it. Secondly, when the thoughts are there during other activities, they come but we are busy doing so many other things: we are watching things and not paying attention
to inner consciousness. So, thoughts, though they do arise, but they go unnoticed in our conscious mind. When we meditate, now you are face-to-face
with your own consciousness. Your mirror is looking at yourself, and it is difficult to evade… on this, especially during meditation. And… all kinds of thoughts would come,
especially negative thoughts something that you did wrongly, something… something that makes you feel
ashamed, sometimes guilty. Very rarely… some noble thought may arise. But whatever be the
thought, good or bad, any distraction, I think, disturbs our meditation. Let me read you a little passage, something from my first guide,
Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur. In the 1940s,
in his book called Reality At Dawn, he expresses ideas… and how to… wherein he deeply and very masterfully describes the reason behind these thoughts and
how to tackle them during meditation. So I am going to read out this particular passage from
Reality At Dawn by Ram Chandra. “Generally people complain of numerous ideas creeping into their mind at the time of meditation. They think, that they have
failed in their practice unless they bring their mind to a standstill. But it is not so. We are not practising
concentration, but only meditation. We must go on with meditation unmindful… of the foreign ideas that happen
to come to our mind at the time. The flow of ideas is due to the activities
of our conscious mind, which is never at rest. We are still busy in meditation
with our subconscious mind, while our conscious mind is roaming about and forming numerous ideas. Thus… we are not the loser in any way. In due course, after sufficient practice, the conscious mind too gets moulded and begins to act in harmony with the subconscious mind. The result thus achieved is deep-rooted… and lasting, and finally calmness, the characteristic of the soul, becomes predominant.” If we let our thoughts run riot during the rest of the day, how will they become calm
during one hour of meditation? So we have to train the mind so
that it becomes an instrument for our evolution. The mind can be our best friend or our worst enemy. Mastering this art of… keeping our mind focused on one idea is often a challenge. With the help of this… Transmission, we are able to move into a deeper
level of consciousness very easily without much being distracted by these thoughts. It is a matter of experience that how… such a simple path, a simple way of meditation, where we gently remind ourselves that “Yes, I am meditating on… the presence of the Divine Light in my heart.” That’s all. When thoughts do arise, we simply… remain unmindful of them and just divert our attention in
a very simple way, in a very… natural way, to drift the attention
towards the presence of… Divine Light. When these thoughts disturb us too much, when it becomes overwhelming, then at that moment it is best to… take a deep breath and hold your breath for some
time and see what happens, and resume your meditation. If then, too, your thoughts are disturbing, open your eyes for a few seconds, close them again gently, see what happens. Or… if it is still overwhelming, then take up some nice book, read a passage or two something that can remind you of Divinity, something that reminds you of humanity, something that can remind
you of love, compassion, and then resume meditation. Often we get carried away by some pious thoughts we think that the meditation will be wonderful. If such images keep coming to your mind, for example, some deity that you are worshipping, thoughts of that particular deity
may keep coming to your mind and you think that is meditation. I tell you, it is wrong. It is not a very good idea to entertain
any sort of thought actually, except this one noble idea of
the presence of Divine Light. And prayerfully we remain: “My Lord, whatsoever I am thinking during
meditation is my imagination. Whatsoever I am thinking and cooking up things in my head about your qualities, about your form, that is also my mental fabrication.” Because if you have a certain
belief in a certain religion, one would tend to think
of that particular deity, and by chance if you happen to think of some other deity
belonging to another religion then you think that your
meditation was spoilt. This is nothing but narrow mindedness. If we go on imagining things imagining the form, the quality etc…, of God, it is always based on our
imagination and our fancies. Our prayer should be, “My Lord, whatsoever you are, qualitatively, figuratively, I would like to feel your presence,” and remain waiting for this. We give the open invitation for such a moment to arise in our heart in its natural way. But if we go on thinking that the Lord is like this, Lord is not supposed to be like that, then the mind remains busy in fabricating states of meditation, visions during meditation. Then… that is not meditation. You are only daydreaming. You are cooking up things in your mind. In meditation, we remain patiently waiting; that’s all. And whatsoever happens in meditation with such a positive attitude is best for us. Practice in itself, whatsoever be it – any spiritual practice, rarely contributes more than five
percent towards our success. Ninety-five percent depends on our attitude. What are these attitudes we must have? And how can these attitudes accelerate or decelerate my… association with this practice? Wrongful attitudes also can create
stormy thoughts during meditation. A loving attitude, open mindedness, a joyful state all these make our meditations very fruitful, very effective, very… contentful. If you are angry and try to meditate,
see what happens at that time. Immediately after you are
angry, try to meditate. Will that meditation be deep? Per contra,
if you are so much in love, so happy, so joyful, and at that time you end up meditating. So We slowly realise that, yes, having a particular attitude prior to starting meditation can help us a long way, and the outcome of meditation each time we have a different attitude will be different. So we slowly understand… that certain attitudes
are good to have, and certain attitudes are worth ignoring, worth… denying. The most important attitude
that comes to mind is this that, “My Lord, whatsoever experience I have, I am here to experience your presence.” That’s all. This I found
to be the best attitude and I remain open. You Know, with… certain practices, people often have certain great experiences, but then the problem with spiritual
practice is the experience itself! The moment you have a great
experience during meditation, we tend to expect a similar experiences to arise
during the second meditation. This is not open-mindedness. This is like putting a condition that, “Yes, in this second meditation… I will have the previous experience repeated again.” or… even worse, “I will have a better
experience than the last time.” Nothing of that sort!
Remain open, whatsoever it be, and then see what sort
of experience you face, you come across and become
one with it. As we move on and on and on with this daily practice, and observing the kind of attitudes
we have before meditation, we realise that love runs supreme. In love, the other is always predominant, not yourself. In meditation it is interaction
between myself and the higher Self or myself and the Lord. And when in love the other dominates “What about me?” this selfishness will move away. We move away from selfishness to selflessness. We move away from thinking to feeling. The very thought we put in the beginning, the thought was “The presence of Divine Light.” It was an idea,
it was a thought, a suggestion that we made. It translated into a state of… feeling and we experience something profound. And later on, we also get fed up with
daily experiences, actually; one profound experience after
another profound experience. Just as in the beginning most people get tired of thoughts, advanced seekers of spirituality also get fed up with experiences. How many experiences, though they are so good! The heart is yet not fully satisfied. It is still longing for something great. We will explore all these
things in the coming sessions. I would like to walk you through today the Cleaning process: how to clean for a few moments,
maybe five minutes, ten minutes, before actually doing the Meditation. Cleaning thus… helps us to go deeper in meditation, where thoughts will not disturb us much. So I recommend that prior to starting meditation every morning, give yourself five minutes of Cleaning and then meditate. So I will walk you through today the Cleaning and then we will meditate together.

5 thoughts on “Dealing with Thoughts | Heartfulness Meditation | Daaji

  1. Thank u so much my Beloved Masterji So Respectively, Obidiently, Pranams my Masterji Pranams with LovePranams Masterji.🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

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