Today man is bent upon conquering/vanquishing/controlling
anger. This is wrong. He must inculcate patience. Then anger will
automatically subside. If darkness has to be expelled, light has to be
brought. Similarly, to expel anger, patience has to be fostered. So, make
efforts to develop patience. Patience or sanctity can be attained only
through love. There is nothing that cannot be attained with love. One can
attain all with love. Everything is dedicated/subordinate to love. Hence it
is said LOVE IS GOD; LIVE IN LOVE. If the concept of love is perfectly
understood, it in itself becomes Meditation. Meditate on love. But the love
should be selfless. It should be dedicated to the Lord. Any kind of love
once offered to Lord becomes sanctified.
We have made sweet pongal at home. We
call it sweet pongal and eat it. The same sweet pongal once it is offered to
the Lord in a temple, we call it 'prasadam' / blessed food. The moment you
offer it to the Lord, it becomes prasadam. All defects - defects of the
ingredients, cooking and the vessel would get removed after such an offering.
For the sweet pongal made at home, there may not be cleanliness of the
vessel, ingredients or the cooking process itself. In order to remove all
defects from the food cooked - we do not know wherefrom the vegetables have
come; may be they were stolen; may be the intention of the seller was not
good. We assemble all food items and pray to Lord that everything be blessed.
Then it all becomes prasadam and all defects run away from the same.
There is a small clause in meditation.
All cannot do the same type of meditation. Meditation changes from person to
person depending on their state of evolution/capacity. All doing one type of
meditation is not proper. Each has his own form to worship and the way he
goes about it may also differ. Some worship God as Mother of the Universe;
some consider Him as Father of the Universe while others consider God to be
their friend. There are those who worship God as Master/husband. Ramakrishna
Paramahamsa, Gauranga are examples of this nature. Jayadeva and Gauranga had
not done any meditation. They felt no need for meditation as they could see
There is a small anecdote. This
happened to many great men in all the yugas. Gaurangada entered a small
village called Nava Dweepa. He could not find a place to live. If he were to
go the streets to do bhajan, mischievous boys would throw stones at him.
They troubled him in numerous ways. To avoid all this, he entered the temple
of Lord Eshwara. Keeping his legs on top of the Lingam - image of Lord Shiva,
he lay down to sleep. In the morning the chief priest arrived. Considering
him to be a mad man, the priest beat him. "O fool! How dare you put your
feet on top of the Lord's image? Could you not find any other place to keep
your feet?", asked the priest. Then Chaitanya replied - "Sir! Please show me
the place where Eshwara does not exist and I shall gladly place my feet on
that spot." Saying that he would show him, the priest dragged Chaitanya by
the feet and dropped him aside. Due to his merit, even there the image of
the Lord appeared. The pujari dragged him all over the mandir, wherever
Chaitanya's feet fell, Eshwara's image was seen to emerge. Then the pujari
realised his folly. God pervades the universe. How then can anyone define a
place to be devoid or filled with God? For a true aspirant God's insignia
are seen everywhere. Since God pervades the creation, there is nothing that
is unsacred. But there is bound to be a change in the way we utilise the
same. Therefore, we can make some changes in the society, house and people
with whom we deal. Then alone can we obtain peace of mind. It is not
meditation if one were to close one's eyes/sit in lotus posture/sit without
movements. The most important factor for meditation is to fill the heart
with love. That love is verily God Himself. Along with this love you must
also sit in the lotus posture and in the manner described earlier to awaken
the kundalini power and thus give more meaning to your lives.
You may go anywhere and do anything.
But your heart must be filled with pure love. Gaurangada, Tukaram, Nammalwar
etc., have lived in this manner. If purity of heart is one's property, one
can question the Lord's ways as a rightful gesture. After a lot of merit, we
have acquired the birth of a human being. If we do not make good use of it,
it would be a sheer waste.
Gems in the ocean are not easily
available. With a great difficulty if one were to dive deep and brave the
attack of sharks, one could manage to obtain rare pearls hidden in the womb
of the ocean. The pearl that is got after such a strenuous effort, if one
were to lose it, one would not get it back however much one may pine.