From time immemorial man has been in search of his
hidden powers. He knows intuitively that there is more in life
than what he is now experiencing. His deepest longing is to
discover that which is more, that hidden power, and ot bring th
at power into action to make this life as a happy, peaceful and
creative as possible.
There are many means and ways to embark on this journey but I
have found one thing common to all philosophies, faiths and
teaching—meditation. Meditation is at the heart of all
religious: Hinduism, Jain Dharma, Buddhism, Judaism,
Christianity, Taoism or Zoroastrians. This universality of
meditation points to ward the great potentiality of meditation
points toward the great potentiality and power it can tap.
Meditation opens the door to higher consciousness where our
treasure is hidden. Our real self is buried inside; our
strength is slumbering.
the help of meditation you discover your inner potentiality.
You explore that area which is untrodden and untouched. You
reach that core of peace where tranquillity resides. In
meditation you reach the summit of joy and bliss. You find that
there is nothing in the world which a can compare with that
blissful peak moment.
will find these beautiful experiences, if not human beings? Only
as human beings can we reach this height of of tranquillity.
There comes a moment when we experience the universe as our
home. Then we transcend any feeling that the universe is a
hostile place where we do not naturally belong. With the help
of meditation, we come home and settle into our own real self.
Now we are not at home; we are all in separate houses. You know
the difference between a house and a home. Houses are made of
bricks; homes are made of feelings. When you have a guest, you
use the expression “Feel at home”; but are you really at home
you meditate, you find your own real home, inside yourself.
When you learn to experience this, outside things do not disturb
you as they do now. You develop the power to keep them out.
You do not allow them to disturb your peace. You discover a
castle inside where you are safe from all attacks. This is the
whole idea of meditation. Meditation is not a religion; it is a
means of learning the art of living, growing and communicating.
you are very vulnerable, easily hurt and upset. One person can
make you laugh, another person can make you cry. One can make
you dance, another can put you down. You may think you are
independent, but you are reacting to somebody else’s words,
emotions, actions and reactions. You don’t know when you will
weep or laugh, be elated or depressed. Can you truthfully say
now; “It is up to me how I react to the acts of the world. I
have balance. I know how to live with myself”?
of you has a vast reservoir of energy. In fact, you are that
energy which reveals consciousness. In meditation, you unlock
this energy so you can grow. You begin to feel confident and
happy. Now you may become nervous over a small thing like a jo
interview. But why do you worry? What can the interviewer do
to you? He or she is a human being like you; once he or she
came for an interview also. With this attitude you can go
calmly and enjoy a conversation with that person or anyone else.
you maintain this awareness and this way of thinking, you break
barriers which you have erected. Slowly realize that what was
possible for any person in history is also possible for you.
You are also in the line of history. You belong to the same
species. You share the same energy, the same source, the same
light. The only difference is that some have developed their
full potentiality and others have not. Some have realized their
strength to do so, and others have not.
meditation we come from the circumference of our lives to our
center. Each of us is an individual world. We act and interact
with each other. We form relationships. The definition of a
relationship is this action and interaction between two worlds.
So far we have had time for everyone else—our children, our
husband or wife, our boss, our colleagues and friends—but we
have not taken time for the one who is working and relating to
all of these people. These people are on the circumference. At
the center there is one who pays attention to all.
Consciousness is this center. Meditation means becoming aware
of this center. It is finding our strength, this reservoir of
energy, our inner treasure, our own Self.
you may have control over yoour body, but you don’t have control
over your mind. When you begin to meditate you will be
surprised and shocked to know that your mind is not under your
control. Your car, your children, your office staff may be
under your control, but your own mind is not. You won’t be able
to focus your attention for five minutes on one thing. In five
minutes you will go mentally to five different place, or ten or
twenty. This demonstrates that your mind is not harmonious, If
your body were as uncontrolled as your mind, you would not be
able to cross the street. At least when we want to cross the
street we can coordinate ourselves and go there. But when we
tell our mind to do something, it will immediately do something
my school days I had a teacher who would say to one of the
students in the middle of class, “When the class is over, please
buy me some vegetables so on myway home I won’t have to go to
market.” One day I said to him, “We are here in school, and yet
youo are thinking of home and sending us to buy vegetables.” He
said, “Yes, and at home I am planning your lessons and thinking
of you here in school. “He was a good example of how the mind
works. In school he thought of his home. At home he thought of
at ourself and see if this does not apply to you. When you are
home with y our family, don’t you think of business and plan for
the things you must do the next day? And at the office don’t
you think of problems at home, of your spouse and children, and
of things you would rather be doing than the task at hand? This
also shows your mind lacks control. The incessant jumping of
your mind consumes your energy and misdirects it. When you are
not acting, with awareness, your energy is going in another
direction. Sometimes you do not use even a fraction of your
energy. That is why you make mistakes in driving, typing,
writing, calculating, or in talking to people without focusing
on your words or their impact.
These errors will be minimized by learning to concentrate and by
bringing the power of your whole mind to a subject. When you
are talking to someone but thinking of something else, you may
use harsh or wrong words. Later you say, “I’m sorry, I did not
mea it that way.” But if you did not mean it, why did you say
it? Nobody’s forcing you to say the wrong words or use the
harsh tone of voice, Your apology may erase some of the pain,
but it cannot erase everything. Some spot remains. It is like
the typewriter: we may erase and type the correct letter five
times, but still a reader can see that some error was made.
Meditation is used to educate our mind. This is basic. An
uneducated mind is as dangerous as a high-speed automobile with
weak brakes. It can create disaster at any moment. What we
learned in school was formulas, information, repetition. That
was a different thinking from negative to positive. Then we
know how to use all our information properly, precisely and