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SwamiSivananda-Concentration and Meditation

SwamiSivananda-Concentration and Meditation

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During the course of practice, one day you will feel that you have separated

yourself from the body. You will have immense joy mixed with fear, joy

in the possession of a new, light, astral body, fear owing to the entry in a

foreign, unknown plane. At the very outset, the new consciousness is very

rudimentary in the new plane, just as in the case of a pup with newly opened

eyes in the eighth or tenth day on the physical plane. You will only feel that

you have a light airy body and will perceive a rotating, vibratory limited

astral atmosphere with illumination of golden lights, objects, beings, etc.

You may feel you are rotating or floating in the air and consequently there

is the fear of falling.

You will never fall; but the new experience of subtlety generates novel

feelings and sensations in the beginning. How you leave the body, remains

unknown at the outset. You are suddenly startled, when you have com-

pletely separated, and when you enter into the new plane, sometimes with

blue-coloured sphere around, sometimes with partial illumination (Prakasha)

mixed with darkness while at other times with extremely brilliant golden, yel-

low diffused illumination. The new joy is inexpressible and indescribable in

words. You will have to actually feel and experience yourself (Anubhava).

You will have to eat yourself. You are unaware of how you have left the

body, but you are fully conscious of your returning. You gently feel as if you

glide on a very smooth surface; as if you enter smoothly, gently through a

small whole of fine tube with an airy, light body. You have an airy, ethereal

feeling. Just as air enters through the crevices of a window, you enter with

the new astral body into the physical body. I think I have expressed the

idea lucidly. When you have returned, you can markedly differentiate the

life in the gross and subtle planes. There is an intense craving to regain the

new consciousness and to remain in that state always. You are not able to

stay for a period longer than 3, 5 or 10 minutes in the new region. Fur-

ther, you can hardly leave the body at will, through simple willing, in the

beginning. By chance, through efforts, you are able to separate from the

body in a month in the course of Sadhana. If you plod on with patience,

perseverance and firmness, you will be able to leave the body at will and

stay for a longer time in the new plane with the new subtle body. You are

quite safe from the identification with the body. You have made conquest

of Deha-Adhyasa, only if you can leave the body at will and only if you are

able to stay in the new region for 2 or 3 hours. Your position is quite se-

cure then and not otherwise. Mouna or the vow of silence, solitude, living

alone are sine qua non to achieve this end. If circumstances prevent you to

observe Mouna, strictly avoid long talk, big talk, tall talk, all unnecessary

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CHAPTER 7. EXPERIENCES IN MEDITATION

talks, all sorts of vain discussions, etc., and withdraw yourself from society as

much as possible. Too much talk is simply wastage of energy. If this energy

is conserved by Mouna, it will be transmuted into Ojas or spiritual energy

which will help you in the Sadhana. Speech is Tejomaya Vak according to

Chhandogya Upanishad. The gross portion of fire goes to constitute bone,

the middle portion to form marrow; and the subtle portion of fire to form

speech. So speech is a very powerful energy. Remember this, remember this,

remember this always. Observe Mouna for 3 months, 6 months or 1 year. If

you cannot do for months continuously, observe for a day in a week, just as

Sri Mahatma Gandhiji did. You must draw inspiration from Mahatmas like

Sri Krishna Ashramji Maharaj who is now living absolutely nude for the last

many years in the icy regions of Himalayas, near the origin of the Ganga,

Gangotri. He is observing Kashta Mouna, a rigid vow of silence for many

years. (In Kashta Mouna you do not communicate your thoughts to others

even in writing or by signs). Why not you also become a Krishna Ashram

of wide repute and glory? After continuous, hard practice, you will be able

to separate yourself from the body, very frequently. There is established a

habit. As soon as you silence the thought, and calm the mind, the mental

habit of slipping from the physical body supervenes automatically. There is

no difficulty then. The mind enters the new groove and appears on a new

stage or platform.

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