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Spiritual Vibration in Sadhana

Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008 23:51:46 -0000 To: From: Jawaharlal Subject: Spiritual Vibration in Sadhana Baba PS Intro: This following song expresses the deepest love towards Parama Purusa. This is Kevala Bhakti. "Ke go tumi ele a'ma'ri mane, lukiye chile korn gahane..." (P.S. 840) Purport: O' Divine Entity, who are You who has come in the abode of my mind. With Your august arrival, the sky, wind, and the whole atmosphere has become spiritually charged and filled with Your divine vibration. High in the sky the moon's smile has brought a surreal atmosphere of sweet love. Baba, up till now, in which unknown and secret place were You hiding. Baba, by Your grace, today in the soft and fragrant breeze of this spring season, my restless heart only yearns for You. There is no end to the longing of my aching heart. Baba, in the melodious chirping of the birds, in the isolated corner of my mind, please merge my heart in Your heart-- make them one. Baba, by Your grace today I have forgotten the old tale of crying and laughter. Now all the obstacles have been removed by Your grace. My one-pointed mind is rushing only towards You. Baba, today by Your grace I will try to please & serve You up to Your heart's content by singing Your song. Baba, by Your infinite grace You have made Your divine advent in my heart and taken away everything and made me Yours...
Namaskar, Sadhana is the mainstay in the life of each and every margii. It is an integral part of our existence. At the same time we all know that our progress in meditation is systaltic and that sometimes it is difficult to move past certain plateaus or feelings. Here below in this letter are some points from one senior family acarya for how to intensify one's own sadhana practice.
Generally, whenever we do our sadhana then a certain sweet vibration comes-- it happens to everyone. A distinctive blissful energy sweeps through the body and permeates the mind. And this vibration itself is a positive sign that our meditation is working, i.e. that it is fruitful.
From a slightly more technical perspective, we can say that there are certain stages of our sadhana and which represent how the aforementioned sentient vibration results. Initially by Baba's grace with our iccha shakti-- strong desire or will power-- we attempt to concentrate the mind. And then step by step the next stages unfold. A sense of surrender develops and with that devotional feeling & yearning we begin the repetition of our mantra. As the practice of our mantra japa continues and strengthens, then mantra'ghat occurs. That is, the mantra strikes on the kulakundalini and the kundalini begins to rise up. And in result a wave of sentient blissful feelings spreads throughout our being. In brief, this is how that sentient vibration comes in the body and mind.
So with our focused mind and right practice of meditation, a blissful flow consumes our existence. That is a sentient vibration is aroused. And this of course is a positive development. Because if we do not feel any vibration at all when we do our sadhana then we know that the mind was just running hither and thither; and, all in all, our "sitting in sadhana" was just a waste of time. So in proper sadhana, a sentient vibration must arise.
Hence the arousal of a sentient vibration indicates a certain degree of "success" in our sadhana. But as we know, this is not the be-all of one's sadhana. Rather at this point one has reached an initial plateau or crossroads where two distinct options present themselves. Either with one's developed nerve cells and nerve fibres one can manage and digest that spritual vibration or one cannot. That is, either that sentient vibration can be assimilated internally and one can continue to focus on their mantra japa and delve deeper into their meditation. Or, due to one's less developed nerves and according to their samskara, the sweet vibration aroused in sadhana causes an external reaction-- such as crying, shaking, laughing, rolling, somersaulting, weeping, bouncing etc.
So the key aspect here is that to further progress in sadhana then one must have the requisite strength to internalise that sentient vibration. Because if we give way to those sentient feelings and allow them to present externally then the mind gets diverted and distracted, in which case one can no longer concentrate on the mantra. And once one's mantra japa gets interrupted then sadhana goes down. Therefore all those external manifestations in sadhana-- such as crying, singing, laughing etc-- hinder one's ability to advance. Specifically, they cause one's sadhana to stall since at that point the mind gets externalised towards those outer expressions. In which case the sentient energy created by the mantra repetition just gets drained out. Here again it should be known that that the initial arousal of a sentient vibration is a distinct sign of progress. But in turn we should-- as far as possible-- not allow those feelings to leak out externally in the form of tears, laughter, horripilation etc. Over time these types of reactions should be controlled, i.e. assimilated within. So the challenge is to internalise that vibration. Then, by Baba's grace, one will feel bliss inside, yet at the same time the mind will stay focused and continue to devotionally repeat one's mantra. Then one can reach deeper and deeper into the kingdom of eternal bliss.
Sometimes when we see others crying or laughing or rolling around in their sadhana then the tendency is to think that the person is a great sadhaka or that their sadhana is very high. But actually all it means is that due to a weakness in their nerves the sadhaka could not assimilate those sentient vibrations. And in result that vibration leaked out externally as opposed to being internally channelised to a higher degree of sadhana. Thus if one is weeping or laughing in sadhana it does not mean that they are the top-most sadhakas. As there may be many others who have reached that same point yet easily absorbed that vibration and by Baba's grace could dive deeper into their meditation. So this is one aspect for us all to keep in mind: That we should always aim to keep the body motionless and keep the mind focused on our mantra and reach closer and closer to Him.
As we know, our mantra is a divine tool for calling our Dearest One. And with a heart full of devotion we should continue our mantra japa and focus exclusively on that in our sadhana. Then when any sentient vibration is aroused we will easily be able to cross that threshold and become further immersed in His divine flow-- in the kingdom of bliss.
Here Baba again reminds us that the path of sadhana is the most meaningful endeavour in life.
Vrtha' janma.....
Baba says, "The ideation on Brahma should be done scrupulously, or else you will later regret and bemoan the futility of your life with the last drop of your tears at your last hour. You should make your life worthwhile through your sadhana. How much can your worldly friends and relations do for you? After your death your relatives may perhaps ask, 'How much money has he left behind?'. Your friends may go to the crematorium and indulge in flattering reminiscences about you. Your husband or wife may cry out for you for about ten or twelve days and then regain their normal composure. Your lot will be only a profound sigh-- a record of the futility and frustration of your life. So do not waste your time lest you later have to repent." (SS-3, p.63) Namaskar, Jawaharlal
It is a constant endeavour for each and every sadhaka to become more and more involved in their sadhana. And for this to happen it demands both sincerity of heart and dedication to our ideal-- to Baba. In that case we can all deepen our spiritual practices by His grace. All in all, the above written topic does not at all pertain to those who are just doing 5-10 minutes of sadhana prior to taking food. All the above ideas are related to those who are deeply committed to their sadhana and regularly allot a proper amount of time to their practice. On this regard during holidays & vacations etc, we should all try to spend more and more time focused on our sadhana. Because otherwise in our day to day mundane existence it is not at all easy to deepen one's practice. For that it demands a focused mind and time spent in sadhana. So whenever possible we should leave our house and go outside for sadhana for an extended period of time to practice meditation. Then we will leave behind our worldly distractions and be able to focus the mind on our mantra and call Him with the love of our heart. By Baba's grace we will all move ahead in our sadhana and internally experience His cosmic bliss. By His grace may we all please and serve Him in our sadhana. Everyone-- all family members-- are kindly requested to write in with their sadhana realisations and spiritually related experiences.

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