would Swamiji advise the beginner on the spiritual path?
them sit in the meditation, teaches the meditation, and asks them to
What is meditation and why
is it so beneficial?
to control one’s mind. Through meditation one can get peace of mind. One’s
blood pressure comes down so your health improves. Whatever one does in life
is done better. One comes to know one’s own mind. Through such
understanding, everyone can function and work together. The quality of one’s
work will become good.”
reduces the tension in you. With progress it helps you achieve Self
realization. The practice of meditation makes it easier for you to
understand the people with whom you interact. If they are planning to harm
you, you come to know of it ahead of time.”
What are one’s first
“You will come
to know when you start meditating. Many questions will get clarified during
meditation without anybody telling you.”
How does one get
meditation and control the mind?
experiences and that is what I give. I will teach you. It is my duty to help
you in meditation.”
“If you practice
the meditation daily, then Swamiji’s astral body will be with you and help
you wherever you are. Just like Swamiji is helping you here with his
physical presence, his astral body will come and help you wherever you are
in the world.”
When starting meditation,
one gets so many thoughts without meaning to. How can one still the mind?
“When you start
meditation your mind will remain busy for the first twenty minutes. After
that, around thirty or thirty-five minutes later, you will start getting
aches and pains in your legs and in your body. After forty minutes you will
get real meditation. The vibhuti Swamiji gives you is to help you with all
of these distractions. You should apply it on the spot between your eyebrows
and do meditation. If you meditate for one hour then it will be only the
last fifteen minutes in which you really do good meditation.”
Is it best to meditate
with a clear mind or should we meditate asking a question and looking for
“You need not do
anything at all. Just concentrate your sight at the point between the
eyebrows and everything will happen by itself.”
Are there stages of
meditation through which one must develop?
“All the student
needs to do is meditate for one hour a day. The rest is in Swamiji’s hands.
He will take care of that. You will not be aware of the stages, nothing of
the kind. Your duty is to perform meditation for one hour a day. He will
take care of the rest. Whether you are taken up or not is all in Swami’s
Why would you take on such
responsibility for another person?
“It is Swamiji’s
duty. He has come here just for that purpose. He has been asked to do that
by his guru. He has come here to this world to reduce your tension.”
How does the world change
for the person who meditates?
meditates, one can get peace of mind and be able to work well. One can
understand others and also guide others on how to work.”
Some of the concerns that
people might have is that if they get into a meditative state they leave
themselves wide open for some soul or energy to take them over. Could you
respond to that?
“No spirits will
catch you. None of those can really come near you. Do not get frightened by
bad visions. Energy created by meditation cleans the body and mind and leads
to samadhi. However, one should not open the eyes.”
neutralize thought forms, through meditation. Any thought that you have
produced and which is coming back to you in any form — so whether good or
bad, when you meditate that stops, that get neutralized. It will be
deflected in other directions and you will not be affected.”
“The mind is
like a monkey, so that has to be controlled. When you meditate, you should
be careful that you don’t move your eyeballs and eyelids. If you can control
your eyeballs and eyelids, then your mind will also get controlled and you
can get over these thought forms.”