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