1 THROUGH 8.….One. You may be still a child in you spiritual realization so you must meditate more and go much deeper. Daya Mata said: “If you are not regular in your meditation, you will be a beginner even after 20 years.” Be regular. If you don’t have the time or you can’t make the time to meditate longer than double your intensity and you can still get some results. Remember having the right attitude is 95% and practice is only 5%. This is not an excuse to cut back on your time in the chair. God looks at those who lose sleep to meditate as heroes. Paramhansaji said: “The Lord doesn’t mind your faults (and defects – Swamiji said). He minds your indifference.” If it is difficult for you to meditate and you are still sitting down for meditation, you are showing I am committed; I want to meditate. If you are not meditating it shows your indifference to God. Is this you?
Meditation may seem to be withdrawal from activity because it demands from the beginner an absence of bodily movement. But deep meditation is intense mental activity – the highest form of action. Through the science of Kriya Yoga, the advanced yogi is able to withdraw his mind from the physical senses and direct their subtle astral powers to the inner activities of soul-freeing work. Such a spiritual specialist performs the true God-uniting activity (Karma Yoga). This is the highest path of karma or action. It leads directly to God, as differentiated from outer activities of religion…
One thing is for sure, no one in this world deals with so many failures as a meditator. Even the weakest football team in the world will score a goal sometime or the other but a meditator has to face constant failures. When we do not get a glimpse of the peace, love, joy etc. we feel ‘I have not meditated’. We should be prepared for maximum failures in life. Nothing is failure. No attempted meditation is ‘failure’. To succeed in the, spiritual life the whole magic lies in perseverance. The more you meditate in a calm state the more in tune you will be no matter how spiritual you are.
So if you are not generally happy because the only happiness you get comes from external circumstances and you don’t know why? There is more to the meaning of life than just peace or comfort but you are still unaware of life’s real meaning; most people are searching for happiness everywhere except within themselves where true happiness bubbles up from the base of the spine. What does that really mean?
You could be looking half of your lifetime for happiness excepting to find some external circumstances to bring you peace and joy. For the spiritually underdeveloped, pursuing to acquire useless desires instead of your real needs is not the way. Happiness does not work that way; it springs forth from the base of the spine and trickles upward to the brain when you are in tune. You don’t have to wait for external circumstances to make you happy.
If you can grasp the above it can change your whole outlook on life. However this path is for stark souls who have had enough of dragging their feet and are willing and dedicated to gradually give more and more to transform themselves to get in tune. This is the quality you want to attain. From the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.