How Shall We Approach Life Through Meditation?
This whole universe is an open field for man’s growth, happiness,
awareness and enlightenment. Still, human beings are not
receiving from the universe even a portion of what they are
capable of receiving. Why? Because they have limited themselves,
put up fence composed of their perceptions and beliefs. They
receive according to the perceptions and limtations. Meditation
breaks down the fence; it lifts the curtain which is created by
society and the sceqtical mind. You start experiencing the
reality that “The world is for me and I am for the world. If I am
open to the world, the world is open to me."
This experience is like visiting your mother’s house. There you
can go and feel at home. You can eat anything you want anytime.
Your mother will not be angry to see you going to the
refrigerator. She will be happy to see you enjoying the food she
has prepared for you. This earth is like that mother, but your
doubt, guilt and fear have caused you to lose your relationship
with her. You are afraid to reach our, afraid you will be
rejected, rebuked or put down. You do not spread your hand or
extend yourself to receive those gifts the universe can give you.
With meditation you are opening yourself. That is the purpose of
meditation. When you open, things naturally flow in and you
we open a window, the air comes in. We don’t have to ask or call
the wind; all we must do is open the window. If we open all the
windows, we have cross-ventilation and the air comes and goes
freely. You do not worry that the wind will escape and you will
be left without any air. More wind is always coming so we enjoy
the breeze. It is infinite, everlasting. Some people fear that
by giving they will reduce their own supply. But the universe
works in a different way. By opening to give and receive, there
is never any lack or want. We receive the flow of air from higher
consciousness through the open windows of our mind. Our fears are
created by our mind. What you think will come to pass. If you
think something bad will happen and dwell on it, then you invite
that event and naturally it comes about. That is the law of the
Meditation means to send an invitation to health before the
subconscious mind can invite weakness and sickness. There are
beautiful things happening in the universe, but often we don’t
enjoy them. The world is not as bad as the newspapers, television
and radio indicate. They report abnormal events the unusual and
unpleasant. Do the papers ever report how many people went home
safely and happily? They do not, because this is what is normal
and usual and people do not read about these things.
our lives we must clear the clouds and see the beauty and positive
energy all around us. Then our whole approach to living changes.
Now our subconscious mind is busy with unpleasant, negative, petty
things. They cover our smile, cloud our happiness, blur our
vision, and upset our mood. Big things do not upset life; they
come only rarely. It is the tiny irritations, which disturb our
lives. If a small incident occurs in your family and you become
irritated, it can spoil your whole day. A little ink will ruin
your clothes. It takes no time to spoil something but much time to
clean it up. People are not ready to take the time to find out
why they are unhappy and irritated, or why they lose control of
themselves. Meditation means taking that time.
Why do you need to take this time? For years you have been
conditioned by your society and its rules, by your teachers and
schools, by your parents, your religion, even by your parents,
your religion, even by the climate and geography of the place
where you live. You have been covered by many layers. You have
forgotten your real nature, which is serene and happy. You need
to take time to rediscover your real nature.
There is an old fable, which shows what has happened to many of
you. Once there was a wise king who ruled his kingdom well. One
day his minister came to him and told the king that he had had a
dream that the water of the next monsoon would caused all the
people who drank it to go crazy. The king became very much
concerned. So he decided to cover the palace from the rain so
that someone in the land would remain sane and capable of ruling.
This was done. When the monsoon started and the people began to
drink the water, they began to feel light-headed and then they
went completely crazy. They all began taking off their clothes
and walking about naked in the streets.
After one or two days the king decided to make an appearance
before the people and tell them not to worry that a solution would
soon be found to their problems. And so he set the time and
appeared on the balcony with his minister. But when the people
saw him, they all began to shout to him. The talked among
themselves and decided that the king must be crazy because he was
still wearing his clothes. Then they decided that they should
lock both the king and his minister away in a safe place until
they regained their sanity and were again able to govern
intelligently. When the king heard this he knew what he had to
do. Both he and his minister quickly removed their clothes and
threw them away. The people all began to cheer and applaud, and
they settled down to listen to the speech of their king.
The same thing has happened to you. You have been conditioned for
man-years to think that you are weak and worthless inside.
Instead of seeing joy in life through your own eyes, you have
accepted the negative vision of others.
If your mind believes that you are worthless, then no one else can
convince you that you are priceless. Now we have all taken a step
toward meditation to understand that have all taken a step toward
meditation to understand what we really are, to leave these old
concepts of guilt and sin behind. Once we get a glimpse of our
real Self, then our lives will be changed and we can free
ourselves from the conditioning of others. We will see that life
is worth living.
With the help of meditation, we learn and grow from each
experience in life, from happy incidents and painful events, from
richness and poverty, from gaining a place in society and from
being rejected by society and friends. We use meditation to draw
wisdom and to grow. We do not allow any moment of depression to
cover us or make us feel helpless. We stand up and say, “With my
suffering I have paid my debt. Now I am free let me move o and
leave it behind.” With that thought you rise up and move onward
on your path.
Once I knew a very lovely and sweet young woman who was about to
have her first baby. Suddenly her husband died. The poor woman
faced a terrible struggle because she did not want to live without
her husband, yet she had another life to consider. She took it as
her mission to live for this second life, to consider. She took
it as her mission to live for this second life, this unborn child,
and to raise the child to the best of her ability. Taking this
mission, she used her suffering and hardship to learn and grow and
to strengthen herself to give to those around her. She meditated
on her child and saw the child’s needs. She felt, “I live for
thee”. With this feeling, living is not mere existence; living
Ask yourself, “Do I learn and grow from my experiences? If I do
not, then what is meaning of living?” When you go to the store
and buy some costly items, you return home without as much money.
But you do not feel disappointed because you have used the money
to get something you wanted. This is also the way we invest our
days. We are passing time here; we want to spend our days
learning and gaining wisdom, understanding and balance.
If life goes by and you have not attained anything, which is real,
then old age is miserable. If you have never known yourself, then
the prospect of dying and the approaching time of departure are
very frightening. But if you knowyourself and grow in life, then
advancing age is beautiful; each stage of life bolds new richness
We do not grow old, we become old. To grow means to increase our
wisdom and vitality. Years are not important, it is pleasantness
that counts. I have seen many beautiful old faces., people in
their seventies and eighties who are so wonderful to look upon.
Thought there are wrinkles, in each line some pleasantness is
hidden. And I have seen young faces, which are dull and fat and
covered with powder. There is no pleasantness to be found there.
The flat faces are good for portraits and magazines, but not for
communication. Meditation means that you bring a pleasant feeling
in your face. You see beautiful moments from every corner of your
memory. Bring those moments to your memory now so your face
becomes pleasant and peaceful. When we become tired of life we
become old, whatever our age may be. Meditation is useful for
older people as well as the young. As we advance through life
meditating, we build our good feelings and joy.
The first thing to know about meditation is that you must start
from here, wherever you are now. Once a lady was walking out of
her house and she dropped her ring near the doorway. It was very
dark there, so she walked a few yards and began looking around
under the streetlamp. A man came along and asked her what she was
looking for. When she told him she had dropped her ring, he began
helping her look for it. After a few Mounties, he asked her
exactly where she had dropped it. Then she explained that she had
dropped it near the doorway, but because there was more light
under the streetlamp, she was looking for it in that spot. Then
the man said, “You cannot expect to find the ring here just
because there is light. You must go to the spot where you dropped
the ring and bring light there if it is too dark.”
The same thing is true for us in our meditation. Each of us is at
a different point from everyone else; not better or worse, just
different. It may seem that your spot is rather dark at first,
but you cannot find what you are looking for anywhere else. You
must bring the light of your increasing awareness where you are in
order to begin your quest. There is no comparison in this
journey. You simply start from where you are.
The first step is to become calm and observe your feelings. See
yourself in your relation with the universe. Are you alone in the
world? Do you feel alienation? Why? Do you feel that you do not
have any friends? Or is it that you do not have anyone who
satisfies your desires? We can view life in two ways: in the
large context of the whole universe, or from our little self and
its connection with endless desires. Seeing the world the second
way, though many people smile and say “hello” to you, if your
desires are not exactly fulfilled nothing will be right for you.
Now, take some time to examine your needs. Consider the people
who have no food, no clothes, no shelter; or the aged who sit in
corners all alone, their hands trembling, with no one to bring
them water. Consider the young who are innocent of any crime
except to be born in a certain country at a certain time, and are
forced into a battlefield against their will. If they refuse to
go, they are branded as traitors. If they ask, “Why should we
fight?” or say “I have no enemy; they did nothing to me and I did
nothing to them,” they lose their freedom and are locked in jail.
If they go, they must kill and many will lose their lives in
you not see that you are blessed? Why do you yearn for what your
mind desires? If things come, that is fine. If they do not, why
do you let it spoil all that you already have? See the blessings
you have. Do you have a good body with five beautiful senses?
Can you walk, talk and communicate? Can you see, hear and think?
Come in touch with this beautiful body. It is a gift of the
universe and it plays a great role in our growth. Use it well and
don’t abuse it. Build it in strength and health.
First count your gifts. Then ask yourself, “Do I have any
relation with the universe?” With a little thought you will see
that the answer is yes. The food you eat is grownby someone,
through you may never meet him. The clothes you wear were made by
others you never see. And what about your house, the car you
drive, and the electricity you use? Could you create all this
byyourself? Thinking in this way you will see that you have a
vast relation with the universe and you are constantly receiving
its plentiful gifts. Realizing this, you feel rapport with all
mankinds and you want to dedicate yourself to the good of the