Attaining Inner Peace…Meditation

As per our scriptures, much before the words come out of our mouth, they are formed as thoughts deep within us. In Lalita Sahasranama, we have the Devi reveal herself first as Para, then Pashyanti, then Madhyama and finally as Vaikhari. These four levels of sound correspond to four states of consciousness. Para represents the transcendental consciousness. Pashyanti represents the intellectual consciousness. Madhyama represents the mental consciousness. And Vaikhari represents the physical consciousness. In simple words, thoughts first enter us through Universal consciousness. Then depending on our conditioning, we become receptive to certain thoughts and subconsciously reject others ““ this is what is called our “˜gut feeling”™. Then, based on our knowledge, intelligence and moral consciousness, we either form our thoughts into action and words, or we decide to quell these thoughts. Unspoken thought remains in the heart (Dil mein daba ke rakhna). And finally when we are not able to keep our thoughts down, we speak. Fantastic, isn”™t it?

Can you imagine the kind of meditation that our Rishis must have done, to break up the process of speech into such minute divisions? We don”™t even realize this subtle process and we feel that we just speak without thinking most of the times! When Vishal Dadlani spoke or wrote what he did, about Muni Tarun Adarsh, and then subsequently apologized and said that he had written without thinking, he was only partially correct. What most of us don”™t realize is that when we speak even without thinking, our Sukshma Shareer i.e. our consciousness has already thought it over and depending on our state of evolution, we speak words the way we do. Mr. Dadlani conditioning and thought process made him first insult the Muni and on realizing his wrong-doing, he must have attracted thoughts of humility from the Universe, and then apologized. This happens to all of us every day, without our even realizing it. When we get angry, some of us spew venom and some just walk away. We feel that our reaction has happened in that minute, but actually it is something that our soul keeps attracting and acting upon, based on all our collective actions which we have experienced in our journeys as that soul.

Once when Mahavir was on his travels, He saw a person meditating under a tree. He asked his disciple whether he knew who that person was. The disciple answered, “He was a great king and now has renounced everything and is meditating for Mukti.” Mahavir said, “He will never attain it.” Now the disciple was a bit upset, especially because he knew that the king had been meditating for a long time. But he said nothing. They went ahead. By evening, on their way back, they came across the same person, still in a state of deep meditation. This time Mahavir said, “He is going to get Mukti this instant.” Suddenly the king collapsed and passed away. The disciple was surprised. He asked, “Just today morning you said that the king wouldn”™t get any Mukti and now you said that he would attain Mukti. You never tell lies, so please help me understand this riddle.” Mahavir said, “Today morning, although the king had renounced his kingdom, when he saw a neighboring king march towards his kingdom, he could not control his thoughts of violence towards that king. He still thought of him as an enemy and wished him ill. But because of his meditation, his soul had transformed into a pure soul, and thus when he continued meditating, he himself felt remorse for his violent thoughts. He now directed his thoughts to goodness and started praying that whoever remains the king in his erstwhile kingdom, he should be a good king and rule well. By the time we came back, he had completely renounced all attachment to his erstwhile kingdom and was pure once more. Thus he attained Mukti.

“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

Rati Hegde