Dear brothers and sisters on the path,
1. My salutations to all of you who have enriched the
quality of the meditation during this auspicious
occasion. We all have a common goal and even as our
beloved Master has instructed in the advice “It is very
essential for everyone to fix his thought, at the very
outset, upon the goal which he has to attain so that his
thought and will may pave his way upto it.” (Reference:
BWS 145) After having had a shower in His immense grace
and enjoying the bliss, curiosity as to the source of
emanation of this joy is also had by many aspirants.
Those who remain silent are blessed doubly. The various
types of joy felt by us have been dealt at length in the
book ‘Path of Grace’. The joy experienced is not any
speculative or metaphysical concepts but the joys
emanating from the blissful states of mergence. Silence
is always the background on which joys rest. The actual
imperience is much deeper than these expressions of joy.
2. The actual silence is beyond expression. But when we
ponder over the condition imperienced we find there is a
type of awareness of omnipresence of the Master and our
own ‘nothingness’ which grants joy. Another type of joy
is due to the awareness of harmony of the self with the
Master. The third type of expression of the state of
Silence is the joy due to confidence and competence we
have in the work of the Master. The fourth type of joy
is due to the awareness of competence per-se of our own
self. The fifth type of feeling of joy we have after
having had absorbing and fulfilling meditation is just
awareness and the next type of joy arises out of the
feeling of awareness of the omnipotence of the Master.
In the higher type of joy imperienced we find the joy is
due to remembrance of the Master which we find oozing
out in and outside our humble selves. What is the type
of joy imperienced depends on the level of the aspirant
and though all are part of the satsangh each feels the
Master in his own manner. This ofcourse is possible only
when we are attentive to the transmission.
3. Curiosity surely is a willing, a proud, and an eager
confession of ignorance. Many who fail to express their
imperience are ignorant by choice. However our attempts
to understand in languages of daily use the sublime are
always failing. Our firm will to reach the goal and our
trust in the Master who assured the divine help should
overcome our doubts. It was categorically stated by the
Master that “The pull from the Centre remains always as
the one inextinguishable impulse to return to the
3. The one thing that is quite discernible from the
meditation we have had just now is that we were immersed
in a condition of Total Silence or Ignorance atleast
partially for some time. Silence we know is the language
of communication with the Divine. It is always described
as something beyond the reach of our senses which are
meant for helping us in external behaviour. Yet many
aspirants try to express the inexpressible and feel
desperate when their efforts fail.
4. If instead of attempting the impossible it is better
to follow the method of trust in the Master and feel how
nearer are we to Him which is our goal. After an hour of
meditation where we were immersed in deep and
inexpressible silence, we can as well contemplate on His
traits rather than trying to find meaning to our
experiences in the words of saints and philosophers.
When we find similarity in the expressions we get into
certain catch words like Advaitaanubhuti etc., I do get
communications from co travellers in the path that they
experienced void etc., trying to find solace that in
such expressions they are nearer the goal.
5. The goal that we have chosen is nearest to our heart
even as the Master expressed in many of his writings.
The heart where we are to meditate gives indications of
the Origin where activity and inactivity join. Master
was wondering when he expressed in his book Efficacy of
Raja yoga ‘Lo’. The same wonder is what we should have
if we feel our nearness to the origin. Yet our mind
ignores the nearness and looks at various scriptures and
authorities to find the origin which is our goal that is
nearmost to us, without which we will cease to be.
6. When we examine ourselves to understand the
meditation we now had we should naturally try to throw
light on the transmission we have experienced.
Remembrance of the grace of the Master felt is the most
efficacious way of owning up what has been poured into
us. Master advocates that our ‘Remembrance’ should be in
a way that we feel the thought of remembrance oozing out
from the objects everywhere. (Reference: SDG 29).
Instead of wasting our efforts in understanding the
‘omnipresence’ of the Master through scriptures we can
adopt this easy method of remembering Him in all that
exists and feel happy that Master has blessed us with
such understanding. Omnipresence is a matter of
experience and not a philosophy.
I pray that we spend our time in the venue of the
congregation not only because it is very hot outside due
to severe summer but because we can feel the cool
presence of the Master here in our hearts. Those who are
capable of imperiencing at will the conditions of fourth
and fifth knots as explained by the Master in His book
‘Towards Infinity’ and the commentary on it in the book
‘ Path of Grace’ may do so and make the best use of the
atmosphere prevailing here on this auspicious day.
My humble pranams.