The Experience Of Meditation
 

Friends.  Without the seed of divinity within us, no human being would exist.  Because of the divinity within us, we move, think, love, give and receive.  Do not b e misled by what you see in the world around you: the passing show with its violence, commercialism, greed for possessions, lust for power.  We are incarnations of the life Energy of the cosmos, evolving as we, here and now, transform ourselves. 

For this transformation which is Self-realization, we need meditation.  In meditation, we enter, we experience, we prepare to express our divinity.  This  seed of divinity within each of us is the Creative Force, but each of us must contact it.  Each of us must commit himself to living as a source of love and of light.

There are many forms of meditation.  Often the start of meditation is concentration on a point of light, or a word, or a mantrum, or a phrase or an idea, or an image.  However, concentration is not meditation.  Concentration can take us to the threshold, but we must go beyond.

Meditation takes us beyond mind, beyond words, beyond ego.  In meditation, the confining shell of ego is split.  When the shell of the ego is cast off, the core which is within-which is your true Self, your spirit, your soul – shines forth with dazzling brilliance.  When will the ego shatter?  When you enter deep within yourself; when you reach the core of your being.  The Kernel of coconut, its sweet milk, can  be had only when you break its outer shell.  The ego is a shell; within it is the nucleus, the essence of your real Self.  Self-love belongs to the ego, love of all living beings, to the nucleus.  The ego aims to “get what is coming to me;” the nucleus aims to give all that it can to the world.  The ego is a façade-become-prison.  When we shed it, the essence, or nucleus, emerges in freedom, offering itself and contributing to the bounty of the universe.

We glide into meditation.  We cannot force thoughts from our minds, or force bliss to come.  It is as though we are sitting on the balcony of our apartment, or on the porch of our house, and see people passing in the street.  We  let many strangers  pass.  If a friend appears, we invite him to join us.  Now we are not even aware of strangers in the street, as we concentrate on communicating with our friend.  Then, finally, we become silent.  Communing with our friend in the silence, we find we are communing with the Infinite.

First, let us concentrate on the concept of the seed, and then glide into meditation…. The glory of the earth includes almost limitless varieties of plants and trees, all of which start from tiny seeds.  We share this richness of diversity, this divinity in many forms, each individually unique.  The seed is nourished by the dark earth which is broken up by  earthworms, watered by rain, warmed by the sun, cooled by the gentle touch of the night.  The seed splits its shell, and a form of life emerges which begins to expand and actualize its  potential.  Now go to the law behind the maturation of the seed.  There is a benign harmony in the cycle of its flowering and bearing fruit and  its decay-only to grow again.  The inter-relatedness of seed and sun and earthworms, of birds that eat the superfluous seeds, of people who eat the fruit, and  of all that lives on the earth is the inter-relatedness of one with all.  Without this inter-relatedness, this harmony of the whole, we would not be here.  We not only eat the fruit of the tree, we rest in its shade, and we also enjoy its beauty, which completes the tree.

Over two thousand five hundred years ago, Mahavir said, “Since you received so much more than any other form of life, it is inevitable that you should want to give more.”  We not only have senses that open the whole expanse of the universe to us, but we also have articulate language, the capacity for abstract thinking, and the freedom to choose and to move ourselves in the  forward direction.  But we have to recognize the forward direction, we have to confront ourselves, and we have to come to know ourselves.

So now, having concentrated on the object, the seed, we must turn to the subject, which is ourselves.  The eternal questions that stand before man in all ages and in all parts of the world are these:  “Who am I? Why am I here?  What is the meaning of life?”  For centuries, all the seers, saints, sages, prophets and philosophers have been pondering these questions.  Circumstances have changed, but  the questions have not changed.  Civilization have been going through  many stages and  great turmoil, but these questions remain standing before each and all of us, like a mountain.  For these questions, there is no purely verbal answer.  If there were, we would have a beautiful statement and we would not have to keep searching.  The secret is that we have to go deeper than mind or words.  These who have seen, become silent.  For the answers, there is no  vocabulary, no verbal expression.  We find it in the silence of meditation. 

Friends, the universe wants something from you.  You have your place in the cosmos.  You are significant.  Each day you are adding something to the world – your thoughts, your emotions, your words, your actions.  The same light that was in the enlightened masters and great teachers is in you.  The same spark is there, only they used it to their full capacity.

I believe that you will not find out who you are without meditation.  I do not mean any one specific form of meditation, for according to the Jain principle of relativity, different meditations open  different doors to reality as realized during certain epochs and in certain places.  However, meditation is that which leads us from the small self, the ego, to the larger Self.  Ego is perverted Power.  We need the love and the light of the large Self that reaches out to all mankind, to all living beings.  With this light and love we grow the fruit we are capable of bearing, as our gift to the world.

Constantly we need to keep in mind the immortal question of who we are, for at various stages of life our purpose may be different.  At one stage it may be to grow alone; at another it may be to raise a family.  All levels and varieties of human effort and contributions are necessary to consume Karmas: bearing children, raising them go; studying art composing or playing music; or perhaps deciding, as Albert Schweitzer did, that music is not enough, and going on to establish a hospital in Africa.  We may leave the world for an hour a day, or for ten years, and then return.  Having learned who we are, we are ready to give all we feel by making our contribution to building the earth.

Only you can decide on your focus.  You may change your mission, or retire from one and go into another one more satisfying.  Do not think about age.  Some of you will find your goal earlier, and some later.  Only not to find it at all is a tragedy!  It is the intensity of experience that matters, not the length of time.  Moments can often be more enlightening than years.  But each of you is here to nurture the seed of divinity within yourself.

Now let us glide into meditation, and enter the divinity within…. We are one whole, one with the seas and  the stars, one with life, with all life. … Let us meditate and find the bliss of being alive and having the full  inspiration of our receiving and giving…..

Let us enter meditation by first concentrating on the thought,  “The whole tree is in the heart of the tiny seed.”

THOUGHTS  

  • When the shell of the ego is cast off by entering deep within the self, the spirit will  shine forth with dazzling brilliance.

  • “Since we receive more than any other form of life on the planet, we should to give more.” Mahavir

  • As unique individuals, each of us must commit him – self to living as a source of light and love.