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 Bhagavad Gita for Children - Chapter 6

Bhagavad Gita for Children
 
Bhagavad Gita For Children - Chapter 6

PATH OF MEDITATION

Jai: Grandma, you said there are several paths leading to God. You told me about the path of duty and the path of spiritual knowledge. Please tell me about other paths.

Grandma: The third path is called the path of meditation.

One who is united with God is called a yogi. The mind of a yogi is peaceful and completely united with God. A yogi has control over his mind, senses, and desires. He is free from anger and greed. A clod, a stone, and gold are the same to a yogi, who sees God in everything and everything in God. (Gita 6.08, 14.24) A yogi sees every being with an equal eye, whether friend, enemy, hater, relative, saint, or sinner. (Gita 6.09) The mind of a yogi remains calm even during the worst time. (Gita 6.19)

Jai: Is there a method of meditation simple enough for children, Grandma?

Grandma: Yes, there is, Jai. The mind is your best friend as well as your worst enemy. The mind is a friend for those who have control over it and an enemy for those who do not control it. (Gita 6.05-06) So you should try to control this enemy. The mind is like wind, very restless and difficult to control, but you can control it by regular practice of meditation. (Gita 6.34) Guru Nanak said: Master the mind, and you master the world.

A Simple Method of Meditation

The best time to meditate is in the morning before going to school. Sit in your meditation or Pooja room. Hold your waist, spine, chest, neck, and head erect, motionless and steady. Close your eyes, take a few slow, deep breaths. Remember your favorite deity and ask his or her blessing. Mentally chant OM for five minutes. If your mind starts to wander here and there, bring it back gently to concentrating on your favorite deity.

There is a story of a child named Dhruva in our scriptures who got his wishes fulfilled using the path of meditation.

6. The Story of Dhruva

Dhruva was the son of king Uttanapada and Suniti. King Uttanapada was very fond of his second wife, Suruchi, and used to be mean to Suniti, Dhruva's mother. One day, when Dhruva was five years old, his step-brother was sitting on his father's lap. Dhruva also wanted to sit there. But his step-mother stopped him and dragged him aside.

She spoke rudely to Dhruva, saying: "If you want to sit on your father's lap, you should have been born to me instead of to your mother. At least now, pray to Lord Vishnu, so that He will make this happen."

Dhruva was deeply hurt by his step-mother’s insulting words. He went to his mother, weeping. His mother consoled him and told him to take his step-mother's words seriously and pray to Lord Vishnu, who is the helper of all beings.

Dhruva left the kingdom for the forest with a determined mind to see Lord Vishnu and reach a higher place. On the way, he was met by the celestial sage Narada. Narada gave him the 12-syllable mantra: "Om namo bhagavate vasudevaya" for worshiping the Vishnu form of Lord Krishna. Dhruva worshipped Vishnu for six months, and Lord Vishnu appeared before him. Vishnu promised that Dhruva's wishes would be fulfilled and he would reach the highest heavenly seat of the Polestar, which is not destroyed even when all the worlds are destroyed.

Dhruva returned to the kingdom. When the King grew old, he decided to crown Dhruva as the King. Dhruva ruled for many years and in the end reached the Polestar granted by Lord Vishnu. It is said that the entire Zodiac is made up of planets, stars, etc. All rotates around the Polestar. To this day, when Indians see the Polestar, they remember Dhruva, the devotee of perfect purity of mind and firm determination.

Jai: What happens to a yogi who does not become successful in this life?

Grandma: No spiritual practice performed by a yogi ever goes to waste. The unsuccessful yogi is reborn into a rich or spiritually advanced family. The unsuccessful yogi regains the knowledge he had in the previous life and tries again to become perfect from where he or she left off. No spiritual effort is wasted.

Jai: How can I become the best yogi, Grandma?

Grandma: To be the best yogi, see all beings as yourself and feel their pain and pleasure as your own. Lovingly think of God with supreme faith, and always keep your mind on Him. (Gita 6.47)

Chapter 6 summary: The third path to God is yoga of meditation. To be the best yogi, see every being as yourself, and feel the pain and pleasure of others as your own. A very simple method of meditation uses the sound vibration of OM. No spiritual practice is ever wasted.

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