Evening Meditation & Spiritual Baba Talk
Santa Rosa, CA
Santa Rosa, CA
3rd Friday Night
of each month
Doing sadhana twice a day is quite sufficient but in order to be able to do sadhana and not simply to sit and watch your thoughts rattle around, but to do sadhana, you will need to follow yama and niyama because yama and niyama purify the mind. They will help you be able actually to do sadhana. In addition, so many are concerned, "My sadhana isn't good," Follow yama and niyama. Go back to yama and niyama.
This will help you with your sadhana. To do sadhana twice a day invariably, following yama and niyama, and to assist others to find their way on the spiritual journey towards the divinity within.
Remember that this longing for the divine is Bhagavad dharma, is human dharma, to be able to pursue this longing for the divine. So to be able to facilitate others pursuing this, to help them, is also a part and parcel of your sadhana. You cannot ignore the needs of others, that others might enjoy that bliss, that others might have opportunity to know the divinity within. To assist them that they might have that opportunity is a part and parcel of your sadhana. How can you take for yourself from the wellspring of divine nectar and not offer it to another? The natural urge comes to share.
These primary directives that guru gave in physical form is to do your sadhana twice a day, to follow yama and niyama, and to help others to find their way to blessedness, to the divinity, to truth. If this is done, then this brings liberation and avoids millions of lifetimes where one suffers in ignorance. This is the most important guidance regarding lifestyle in your human life. That is why it was called the primary directive, the main directive of guidance that was given. All right?
So now, all you need do is follow it, no problem, huh? Ac. M, how can you give up your sadhana to do building? You will have to do extra sadhanas! It is very important to maintain the sadhana, especially when you are most busy. Brahma sadhana is your gift. The practice of Brahma sadhana is a gift to you that you might be able to have that communion with the Great, that resource within you so that you do not find yourself depleted.
The theme of this retreat is Sanctuary, one's inner sanctuary. The inner sanctuary is that indwelling heart realm, the heart cave found in the depths of one's Brahma sadhana. Many barriers come to finding that indwelling heart cave where the stillness, the peace, the bliss and love and union abide. The barriers come in the mind and in the body, in the aches and pains and problems of the body, in hearing sounds, in sleepiness, in the mental thoughts that preoccupy the mind with worries and concerns and responsibilities and so on. And even with finding the discipline to sit, to simply sit, because the minute one sits, one thinks, "Oh! I need to do this! Oh! I need to do that!" Does any have this when you sit down to meditate? You have forgotten it all day but the moment you sit and quiet your mind, it pops in, isn't it? Then the overriding desire of all the muscles in your body is to pop up and run and do, do, do. At that time, take a few deep breaths and start to say your mantra. If you must, write yourself a note so you won't forget it later and then say, "All right, I put it in the note. Now it is out of my mind."
Then the monkey mind becomes a problem. It wants to go here and there and everywhere, wander around in all of its troubles and concerns, worries about this and that but the mantra is like a lodestone to bring you back, with breath and mantra, to the here and now, to the moment. Finally, if one keeps returning to the lodestone of one's mantra, eventually the mind gets tired of running about and it actually starts to concentrate on the mantra.
When the mind gets a little bit concentrated, in dharana, then the flow in the waves of the mind begin and one enters into dhyana, into meditation practice where the mind begins to be in harmony with its object of ideation, where there begins to be a harmonization of waves. At first, so many waves are in the mind. The mind is busy with so many thoughts, with the senses, with the physical body, then with the memories and the thoughts. So many aspects of the lower layers, koshas of the mind absorb the mind at first. When through mantra one keeps returning to the sound, the breath, the meaning, keeps returning to one's dhyana, one's ideation, then slowly, slowly, all these sensory engagements, memories, concerns, worries, issues in relationship to your senses and your life in the world begin to lessen and the mind spends more and more time in concentration. Then slowly the mind becomes concentrated.
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