MEDITATION AND WORD OF CAUTION
Meditation And Word Of Caution
Meditation and Caution:- As guided by Sage Patanjali, meditation is the seventh limb of Ashtanga yoga.
That is; there are practices to be taught and become part of our true nature, i.e. adhered before one practice dhyana/meditation. Only after one acquires knowledge or gain control over these practices can dhyana be fruitful and an experience of joy,estactic.then would be no much obstacles due to fluctuations in the mind and health thereby. Therefore; the practice of all the virtues in Yama, Niyama and regular practice of asana and pranayama, pratyahara in the day to day activities and dharana to become fit for dhyana. It is said when one is physically, and mentally healthy meditation happens automatically. Every work was done as an offering to God - the ultimate reality, dhyana happens, when one does service, i.e. without expecting a favour in return – nishkamakarma is an ideal quality of a practitioner towards dhyana. That state of living, dhyana is an experience of joy, happiness, and showers with all the benefits; physical as well spiritual. Meditation is a following practice after one had mastered the body, mind, and senses by purifying them and calmed these by several years of "mental training" techniques as laid by sage Patanjali in ashtanga yoga, e.g. dharana.
However, some aspirants might be suffering from a few ailments, situations in life that they might find it difficult to train the mind and prepare it for the practice of dhyana. Caution and care are of importance with such aspirants. It is always preferred to initiate the training under the able guidance of a guru and check your progress along the path.
PIT-FALLS:- Initially, when one is on the path of sadhana; he might face few setbacks like lethargy, sleepiness, lack of interest or inspiration, desires, pleasures, lack of concentration and memory loss, etc. An aspirant of bhrahmagyana, i.e. one aimed at knowing the self has to slowly and steadily overcome all the said above and many other obstacles to experiencing the ultimate union with God.
There comes a moment, after a few years of sadhana, sadhak observes glance of light, the light of knowledge for a few moments. With the little visibility of divine light, aspirant might think he has known the self and attained enlightenment and doesn’t feel the need to practice control over the fluctuations of the mind- which is a mistake. It is only when all the impurities and vasanas are eliminated from every nuke and corner is when the mind is free of fluctuations and pleasant. Not by merely emptying the mind of thoughts or interest in spirituality and related topics is a sign of spiritual progress but by practising and implementing that is known, discussed or read and desires purified by continually being in the company of those pious deeds and habits will the mind be free from fluctuations / vruttis. Also, moderation is the key. An aspirant should cautiously and with utmost care eat, sleep, speak, exercise, work, etc. in a balanced way throughout which is vital. Only when one is emotionally healthy and pure, is it possible for advancement in the sadhana; else might feel it is difficult to go-ahead in sadhana. In the advanced stages of sadhana, aspirant being a social individual should be able to balance his sadhana and responsibilities. In times of life challenges, holding onto the fundamental nature of the humans; love, kindness, compassion, peace and using his energies wisely in the active service of humankind, reading spiritual text and scriptures as well as listening and singing the glory of God; can be steadfast ahead smoothly.
Kularnava Tantra it is said:-
"A Yogic breathing technique devoid of sacred chanting and meditation is futile."
"One who does not take precautions in performing rituals and does only chanting of mantras is intimidated by obstacles, like a deer by a lion."
Next, a setback in the sadhana would be if the aspirant tries harder than his capacity; capacity of his physical health and stamina as well lack proper guidance. Aspirants might not be able to practice for long periods as their body cannot endure due to weak muscles and lack of emotional strength. Therefore under the proper guidance of a guru, knowing our abilities one should lead the path ahead. It is essential to understand that one should follow brahmacharya in thought, word and deed.practicing of brahmacharya is vital for the healthy brain and preventing it from heat and exhaustion for a sadhak.
“ Rasad raktam tatho maamsam maamsanmedah prajayate, medasosthi tatomajja, majja shukrasya sambhavaha “—From food comes juice or chyle; from chyle, blood; from blood, flesh; from flesh, fat; from fat, bones; from bones, marrow; and lastly from marrow, semen.
Ojas-Semen is the Essence of essences. Semen nourishes the physical body, heart, and intellect. That portion of the semen which goes to feed the heart and body will flow out. But an advanced Yogi who dives deep in Meditation will have full Brahmacharya even if he does not take physical exercise. In Yoga Shastras it is said, “MaranamBindu-patent jeevanam bindurakshanat”—falling of semen brings death; preservation of semen gives life. Semen is the real vitality in man. It is the hidden treasure for man. It imparts Brahma Tejas to face and strength to the intellect.
To practice with the ultimate aim, “tapana” to be one with God – the ultimate reality and not fall prey for the benefits that come along the path or for those powers should be of utmost priority. Also not to use the sides or only using them in the proper service to the needy.
Sri Ramana Maharishi once explained to a devotee that, siddhis are not to be seen as a sign of realisation, but to consider them of materialistic and thus lesser value and not signs of enlightenment.
There will be moments when one might feel a lack of meaning in his practice, feels disinterested or fall back to lower levels of fields of enjoyment when the area of consciousness is in the movement of change or expansion.that is when the aspirant should cautiously continue his practice and find balance by service and spiritual deeds and activities. Only with strong determination, practising silence, concentration and focus on continuing sadhana regularly the aspirant will overcome certain obstacles and become successful in his practice.
Therefore practising the virtues of Yama, niyama, and proper physical and emotional wellbeing he can reap the sweet fruit of sadhana –meditation
• Scientifically amongst few sadhaka/practitioners; it was observed that meditation has side-effects. It includes one or few of the following symptoms. They are sobbing and release of stored emotions & hidden memories, themes from the past, incest, rejection, and abandonment, uncomfortable unaesthetic sensations, mild dissociation, feelings of guilt via anxiety-provoking phenomena, psychosis-like symptoms, elation, destructive behaviour and suicidal feelings, feeling more tensed ; lack of motivation in life; boredom; pain; confusion and disorientation; feeling 'spaced out'; depression; augmented negativity; being more judgmental . Also; ironically, feeling addicted to meditation.
• At times, when one connects to their inner space material; the "unprocessed files" may come out. It is during the processing of emotional feelings, and past emotions. Guru’s guidance is crucial to avoid harm to self. In conclusion, meditation is a practice that can induce unpleasant or even harmful effects, and avoid these by practising under the guidance in a meaningful way.
Therefore with guidance, care and caution, it can be a path to experience –expansion of consciousness for ultimate joy.