Meditation is the way towards the inner journey but where is the final destination of a sanyasi? With whose support can one reach destination? Kindly explain.
Inner journey starts with meditation. But the destination is Nirvana. And Samadhi is in middle. As a matter of fact, a seeker should have a complete mental picture of the inner journey. I have very much felt this. For example, if a tourist goes somewhere he has its complete route map. But the picture of the inner journey has not yet been presented properly.
But for the first time in Oshodhara we wish to give the complete picture of the inner journey. From where should a disciple begin? Which milestones will be there, and then where he has to go? In short I would like to say that Meditation is the beginning, Samadhi is the middle, Absolute Love is the destination. So understand these three words properly.
Meditation begins with observation. When you start observing quivers of your consciousness, from here is the beginning of meditation. Vipassana of Goyanka ji comes under this category. It is the primary school of meditation. The beginning is from there – watch your quiver, watch your anger, watch your thoughts, watch your breath, watch your emotions, watch your imagination, watch your contemplation, be aware of your body movements- this is observing. Beginning is from observing. Meditation begins with the initial step of observing.
When you start watching your mind, thoughts and emotions, you go beyond them. You touch your silent inner space, your inner sky. You go to that part of your consciousness, where no waves are felt, no form is encountered. You touch the shore of your peaceful island. This is meditation. Understand in this way that meditation is cleansing of your consciousness. You clean your container so that one day container can be filled with the Divine Nectar; and you are drunk with it. As some farmer cleans the farm for sowing the seeds; so is meditation, preparation for sowing the seed of godliness.
When you will move ahead then witnessing will be there. Witnessing means watching your turbulence and at the same time watching your stillness. Watch your disturbances and start watching peacefulness. When you watch both of them together, it is called witnessing.
Now you have to walk ahead of witnessing. Charandas ji has been an amazing saint. He has said a lovely thing – How should a disciple do the journey? He says-
“Indri palte mann vishay, Mann palte budhi mahi,
Budhi palte hari dhyan mein, Feri laiy ho jahin.”
In these lines Charandas gives the complete map of inner journey. He says that all senses which normally go outside now return inside to the mind. From the periphery move within; from quiver, march ahead towards subjective awareness. Leave the objective awareness, and get grounded in your subjectivity.
What next has to be done? The journey has to go on; from subjective awareness to the remembrance of Hari, Divinity, Omkar, the divine sound. Hari is the soundless sound. Hari stands for the True Name. Only when the mysteries of “OM” are revealed then you become a player in the game of life in true sense. Any amount of meditation would not make you player of the game called spirituality. It is as if you are just moving outside and simply running. Ball is going outside the ground, so even you are bringing it, you are not a player. You are simply a linesman. You would have seen that when tennis players are playing, some children stand there and bring the ball and give it to the players. Similarly when you are playing the game of meditation, you are helping the players. You are doing the provision for the game of the players. But you enter the ground, when you know Govind. You can do meditation without the master but Omkar is always a gift from the master. Even if you knowingly or unknowingly hear the sound of one hand clapping somewhere, you do not become a bonafide player.
“Maan sahit vush khaye ke sundh bhar jagdish,
Aur bina maan amrit piyo, rahu katayo shish.”
That is not respectable. If a quest to experience divinity has arisen within, it’s possible to know it anywhere. Definitely a master is required. Try to understand in this way, if you get a rifle manufactured secretly, even if you keep it in your home, but you don’t have the license, so you will be caught one day. You will be behind bars.
License is given by the master to operate the rifle of Om. He gives you the license that now you can operate it. To be in tune with, in harmony, in accordance with Satnam – this knack is given by a Living Master.
A Sufi saint, says-
“Naam hi naam le liya, jaante usey vakai nahi
Kehte ho bas usey khuda khuda, dekha use kabhi nahi
Aise khuda ki bandagi kufra hai, bandagi nahi
Khali jo gujre ek nafz, Maut hai zindgi nahi”
This is what is happening in the name of religion. But that’s not even A B C of spirituality. It is as good as sin. Any moment passed without His remembrance is not worth living. It is as good as death.
Saint Charandas has rightly said –
“Indri palte mann vishay ,Mann palte budhi mahi,
Budhi palte hari dhyan mein, pheri Lay ho jahin.”
But now the question arises how will the sumiran or divine remembrance begin? How can one move from witnessing self to union with Godliness. When you know Govind through a master, the next step is to know the technique of drowning in the remembrance of Govind. On that day you will be filled with gratitude and you too start singing like Meera –
“Maine Ram ratan dhan payo”
From that day onwards benediction happens. On that auspicious day you become the player of the spiritual ground. Before that you are ineligible for spirituality. From that day you become the player of the spirituality and your journey moves towards Samadhi.
What is Samadhi? It is feeling oneness with the divinity, though for a limited time. It is just awareness.
But Samadhi is also a means, what is goal; the end? You have to go till where? Where is the destination of Samadhi? Enlightenment is the goal of Samadhi. But enlightenment is also not the final goal. We have to move forward and attain Kaivalya, the realization of the Cosmic Self.
But is Kaivalya the final goal? No, it is not. We have to move further and attain Nirvana.
What does Nirvana means?
Vana means arrow. Have you seen that when you place arrow on the bow, arrow has a certain direction. Arrow moves in that direction. Nirvana means when you don’t have any direction, you don’t have to go anywhere. You don’t have any direction to go.
Saints have called it as ultimate rest. There is no difference; there is just the difference of words. There is no difference in the meaning.
Goswami Tulsidasji has written Ramcharit Manas. At the end he makes a lovely declaration.
“Jake kripa lav le sate Mati mandir Tulsidas hu,
Payo param vishram Ram saman prabhu nahin kahun.”
He says that Tulsidas has obtained ultimate rest- this is the matter of Nirvana.
While pointing it out Kabir says-
“Bhajan tajan dono taje, Main paya aaram,
Sumiran mera Hari kare, Main paya vishram.”
Kabir says that now there is no movement. Neither I am going towards Govind, nor am I calling Govind towards myself.
Saint Paltu says-
“Mala japi na kar japi, jeevha japi na Ram
Sumiran mera Hari kare main paya vishram.”
Now everything is at rest. Now all have come to an end.
Holy books say – “Atma na ganta na aganta.”
Consciousness does not come from anywhere, nor does it go anywhere.
Saints have sung – “Jyo ka tyo thaharaya.’”
I have just become still. I have become still where I was. To be still where you are is Nirvana. This is the destination of a sannyasi. When you reach there from where you had started then consider that you have reached the destination. But you will have to walk. Only then will you realize that from where you had started, you have reached there again.
This is the incident of Nirvana, remember that. You are there on the destination. But still you will have to walk.
Therefore first walk as an observer. Then walk as meditator. Then walk as witness. Then God’s grace showers upon you and you know Govind. Then start drowning in the remembrance of Govind. You always go on climbing your steps towards Govind. Then a time comes when Govind starts coming towards you. This is named as Samadhi. The matter becomes self-centered. Initially it is other-centered. Your consciousness goes towards the master. Your consciousness goes towards Govind. Then a self-centered direction is there. Then you start feeling the vibes of the master’s grace, and then you start feeling the grace of God. Then the matter becomes self-centered.
But a moment comes when this consciousness becomes anagami. Neither does your consciousness go away from you, nor do you feel the vibes of remembrance of master or Govind, the vibes of their grace coming towards you.
You just watch that all things have become still. A rest is there. You are exactly that. To which saints have addressed as ‘Anahad mein vishram.’ It is named as Nirvana. This is the destination of every sannyasi.
The day you can say that nothing can be said, on that day consider that Nirvana has occurred, on that day consider that you have reached the destination. On that day consider that the journey has been completed. On that day consider that ultimate has happened. On that day consider that the purpose of your human birth has been fulfilled. That is named as Nirvana and that is the destination of a Sannyasi.
Hariom Tat Sat.
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