Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1- Chapter 5- Japa sahita Dhyana (Chanting accompanied by meditation)

Satsang 12 March 2015

Salient points

  1. Swami has come to sow the seeds of faith of devotes in religion and in God. Swami mentioned about Sri Sheshagiri Rao who didn’t believe God for almost 25 years and then when he went to Swami he was not initially impressed, but as he started experiencing Him, he stayed back with Swami and settled down in Prashanti Nilayam.
  2. Swami has come down to the earth in response to the prayers of saints, sages and spiritual aspirants for the restoration of Dharma. Mahatmas, Mahapurushas and jnanis will work with Swami in re-establishing righteousness and paving the path for peace.
  3. Absence of Athma Vichara (Self enquiry) is the root cause of Ashannti (restlessness). On enquiry one will realise that Brahman or Atman is our basic substance.
  4. This knowledge can be found in the Upanishads. They help one to regulate and restrict the senses, mind and intellect and help one merge with the absolute. One must be able to put this in practise. Gita and other Upanishads are only guides and maps.
  5. Swami tells a beautiful story about a rustic who was listening to a scholar who was giving a great exposition on the Gita. All people were listening with rapt attention at the commentary, but this rustic was weeping. When enquired about this, the rustic replied that he wept at the predicament of the Lord who had to sit on the chariot and half turn his head behind to talk to Arjuna and how much pain this would have caused to the Lord? That is real devotion. The rustic had identified himself with the characters in the episode.
  6. One need not read or listen to many scriptures if we can listen to the God residing in our hearts. If we call sincerely He will respond. We should just have the form of or favourite deity in our mind and constantly repeat His name. Dhyana-Meditation and Japa- Chanting are the only ways to purify our minds.
  7. One must not get discouraged if we are unable to concentrate, only through constant practise just as we learn to ride a bicycle we should keep trying despite falling.
  8. When one starts meditation, the mind starts wandering everywhere. We must plug that outlet by means of chanting the name. We must alternate between visualising the form and chanting of the name whenever the mind slips away. Japa and dhyana are the two bunds to control the thoughts. Once we develop this habit, the Bhava chitram (imaginary picture) will become saakshaatkara chitram (the real form) when Lord assumes form to fulfil our desires.
  9. Japa sahita Dhyana is the best sadhana. For a start 10 to 15 minutes of meditation shuld be enough. After this; some time should be spent in mananam or contemplation at the peace and contentment experienced by this meditation. Then slowly we should loosen the limbs, be aware of the surroundings slowly and then resume our other activities.
  10. Body is the vehicle which is to be used to realise and attain God. Hence proper care of this body is necessary though not undue pampering or caring.
  11. Peace can be attained only by realising the inner reality. Senses will drag us into alternate peace and joy. Only contemplation of unity can remove fear, rivalry, envy and greed.
  12. One must be constantly engaged in good activities for the sadhana to progress well. It is not enough to just do once in a while which is like just getting some 5/6 marks in an examination, where these marks are of no use. We must atleast get 5/6 marks less than the passing mark to get some grace mark to pull us through. This also will happen provided we are good students. We are fortunate to witness and be with the Avatar guiding us. Let us realise that and engage ourselves in doing good. Only when one has mastered the scriptures does one even get a glimpse of what the characteristics of an avatar are. We must treasure and value this and follow the Master’s teachings
  13. Only experience will make one understand the truth. One must be silent and discard all evil thoughts before evaluating the Lord. When faith dawns, we must fence it with discipline and self-control so that the faith (which is like tender shoots) can be protected from the cynics and unbelievers (like the cattle). When faith grows into a big tree, those very cattle can lie down in the shade that it will spread.



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