Contemporary Teachers and Teachings
That in whom reside in all beings and who resides in all beings, who is the
giver of grace to all, the Supreme Soul of the universe, the limitless being - I
That which permeates all, which nothing transcends and which, like the universal
space around us, fills everything completely from within and without, that
Supreme non-dual Brahman - that thou art.
- Today's Satsang: The Purpose of Meditation
We know the outer world of sensations and actions, but of our inner world of
thoughts and feelings we know very little. The primary purpose of meditation is
to become conscious of, and familiar with, our inner life. The ultimate purpose
is to reach the source life and consciousness.
Incidentally, the practice of meditation affects deeply our character. We are
slaves to what we do not know, of what we know, we are masters. Whatever
weakness in ourselves we discover and understand, we overcome it by the very
knowing; the unconscious dissolves when brought into the conscious. The
dissolution of the unconscious releases energy. The mind feels adequate and
When the mind is quiet, we come to know ourselves as pure witness. We withdraw
from the experience and its experiencer and stand apart in pure awareness, which
is between and beyond the two. The personality, based on self-identification, on
imagining oneself to be something: "I am this. I am that" continues, but only a
part of the objective world. Its identification with the witness snaps.
What is the use of truth, goodness, harmony, beauty? They are their own goal.
They manifest spontaneously and effortlessly, when things are left to themselves,
are not interfered with, not shunned, or wanted, or conceptualized, but just
experienced in full awareness. Such awareness itself is awakening. It does not
make use of things and people. It fulfills them.
How to deal with craving, fear, anger, and sorrow? By watching their influence
in you and on you. Be aware of them in operation; watch their expressions in
your thoughts, words, and deeds, and gradually their grip on you will lessen,
and the clear light of awakening will emerge. It is neither a difficult nor a
protracted process; earnestness is the only condition of success.