Meditation is an easy process of God realization. Salvation can be attained by meditating on God at the time of death.
MEDITATION 1 for the beginners
AMERICAN GITA SOCIETY
ATTAIN SALVATION BY MEDITATING ON GOD AT THE TIME OF DEATH
When one leaves the physical body by controlling all the senses; focusing the mind on God, and the bioimpulses (Pranas) in the cerebrum; engaged in yogic practice; meditating on Me and uttering OM --- the sacred monosyllable sound power of Spirit --- one attains the supreme abode. (8.12-13)
The scriptural knowledge has its place, but it is through direct realization that the inner core can be reached and the outer shell discarded. Meditation is the way to inner realization and should be learnt, personally, from a competent teacher. Realization of the true nature of mind leads to meditation.
A simple technique of meditation is described here: (1) Wash your face, eyes, hands, and feet; and sit in a clean, quiet, and dark place using any comfortable posture, with head, neck, and spine straight and vertical. No music or incense during meditation is recommended. The time and place of meditation should be fixed. Follow the good principles of living, by thoughts, words, and deeds. Some yogic exercises are necessary. Midnight, morning, and evening are the best times to meditate for 15 to 25 minutes every day. (2) Remember any name or form of the personal god you believe in and ask His or Her blessings. (3) Close your eyes; take 5 to 10 very slow and deep breaths. (4) Fix your gaze, mind, and feelings inside the chest center, the seat of the causal heart, and breathe slowly.
Mentally chant "Raa" as you breathe in and "Maa" as you breathe out. Think, as if breath itself is making these sounds
"Raa" and "Maa". Mentally visualize and follow the route of breath going in through the nostrils, up towards the mid-brows,
and down to the chest center, or the lungs. Feel the breath and sensation in the body, and be alert.
Do not try to control or lead your breathing just follow the natural breathing. (5) Direct the will towards the
thought of merging yourself into the infinite space of the air you are breathing. If mind wanders away from following
the breaths, start from step (4). Be regular, and persist without procrastination.
NOTE: The sound "Raa" and "Maa" may be substitued with "So" and "Hum" by Buddhists or "Je" and "Sus" by
or any other sacred sound of your religion, or the sound could be completely eliminated. Thus this method is a non-sectarian method.
The sound of OM or AUM is a combination of three primary sounds: A, U, and M. It is the source of all sounds one can utter. Therefore, it is the fittest sound symbol of Spirit. It is also the primeval impulse that moves our five nerve centers that control bodily functions. Yogananda calls OM the sound of the vibration of the cosmic motor. The Bible says: In the beginning was the word (OM, Amen, Allah) and the word was with God, and the word was God (John 1.01). This cosmic sound vibration is heard by yogis as a sound, or a mixture of sounds, of various frequencies.
The Omnic meditation, mentioned here by Lord Krishna is a very powerful and sacred technique used by the saints and sages of all religions. It combines Patanjali's last six steps into three easy steps, and will be given to sincere seekers without any fees --- upon a written request to the American Gita Society, 511 Lowell Place, Fremont, California 94536-1805. E-mail:
--- after you have practiced above discussed meditation technique for a couple of months. Briefly, the Omnic method entails getting the mind permeated by a continuous, reverberating sound of AUM.
A simpler method of contemplation is given below by Lord Krishna for those who cannot follow the conventional path of meditation discussed above.
I am easily attainable, O Arjuna, by that ever steadfast devotee who always thinks of Me and whose mind does not go elsewhere. (8.14)
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In the background is Lord Buddha in meditation under the Holy Bodhi tree in Gaya, Bihar (INDIA) where he got enlightenment.