How do you keep yourself motivated to meditate?

Did you know that not even a single thought in you ever goes to waste? Whatever thoughts you think, whatever words you speak, and whatever actions you perform get stored as impressions (called Samskaras) in the central nerve (known as Sushumna) of your subtle body, not the physical body. Consequently, all your bad actions/words/thoughts about others harm you, not others, and all your good thoughts benefit you.

Everything – hearing, feeling, seeing, tasting, smelling – cause Samskaras in the central nerve of your subtle body. These impressions stored in the subtle body (also called astral body/mind) even get carried forward from one lifetime to another because the death of the physical body is not the death of the subtle body.

Everyone is born with embedded Samskaras. If you have good Samskaras, you will have good desires and vice versa. This is a fact, not fiction. If you trust it, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that meditation on the innermost Spirit/Life/Self/’I am-ness’ can lessen/wipe out the impressions of the subtle body. As a result, you can experience tremendous peace of mind and perform all your life functions with greater pleasure/joy/bliss.

Meditation (dhyāna in Sanskrit) gives you the power to be happy even when you are unhappy. “Meditation can transform a person’s character, conduct, and behavior. Through the practice of meditation, lost energy is replenished, memory is improved, intellect is sharpened, and intuition is developed. Meditation removes all worries and tensions of the mind.” (Source: From the book, Building a Noble World, page 9, ISBN: 978-0974919706).

Commonly translated as meditation, the word “dhyāna” cannot be translated into English. The English word “meditation” is derived from the Latin verb meditari, meaning “to think, contemplate, devise, ponder, to exercise the mind.” Anything within the realm of the mind is not dhyana.

To experience your own Self is the goal of meditation. Inner Self, Spirit, Being, Consciousness, Awareness, Guru, God, or Atma (in Sanskrit) are all just different words for the one and the same reality.

“Through meditation, you can know your own inner Self. That one who understands the most secret things inside you is the Self. For example, when you are in sleep there is someone who watches everything, who witnesses everything, who understands everything even though you are asleep. And then when you wake up, that being tells you what you have seen in your dream. That being is the Self, so meditate on the Self,” said Swami Muktananda (1908–1982).

Congratulate yourself first because you’ve already attained this Self! However, you are unaware of it. The dirt of your mind — such as anger, lust, greed, attachment, hatred, jealousy, and pride — keeps you away from truly experiencing the innermost Self. In his book, Raja Yoga, Swami Vivekananda clarified it through this analogy: “The bottom of a lake we cannot see, because its surface is covered with ripples. It is only possible for us to catch a glimpse of the bottom when the ripples have subsided, and the water is calm. If the water is muddy, or is agitated all the time, the bottom will not be seen. If it is clear, and there are no waves, we shall see the bottom. The bottom of the lake is our own true Self; the lake is the chitta [mind], the waves are the vrittis [tendencies].”

Explaining what a firm faith can do, Swami Muktananda (1908-1982) said, “I receive so many letters from people who were reading Play of Consciousness and received shaktipat from the book. They put the book against their hearts and began to meditate.”

I would suggest a book I wrote myself, called Building a Noble World. In the book, I give an insight into spirituality, meditation, yoga, and true Guru. In it, you will find my own experience of Kundalini awakening: transcending one’s physical body and mind and experiencing absolute reality. I also answer questions about body, mind, and Spirit as well as the fundamental truth we all share.

May you have a divinely blessed meditation!

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