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Chapter 6 – Dhyana Yoga

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29. ‘Suppose you invite Me to your house. I come and we spend a nice time together. Five years later you think, “Oh how nice it would be if Krishna comes again,” and start recalling My earlier visit. In the process, you begin to experience the SAME joy that you did earlier. You can actually relive every second of the earlier experience and taste the SAME happiness.’

30. ‘Now do you get the significance of this? Since I live in your Heart, you and I can be together for as long as you wish, and in this way you can be in Bliss as long as you want! It is so very simple; it does not cost you a penny; no need to make travel plans, reservations and all that. Yet, people don’t seem to want this bargain offer!’

31. Arjuna says, ‘Krishna , You are making it all appear so very simple but I don’t think it is. To start with, when You come physically to my house, I know what being with You means. But how am I to be with You in the Heart? That is not clear.’

32. Krishna replies, ‘Arjuna, just take a lesson from what great devotees do. They like to hear people talking about Me, and that fills them with Bliss. They imagine I am physically before them and sing for Me; that fills them with Bliss. They talk to Me all the time, and that too fills them with Bliss!’

33. ‘You can think of Me or chant My Name while doing your household work, and that would fill you with Bliss. You can be doing service and singing songs about Me; that would fill you with Bliss. There are a thousand different ways open to you. And they can be followed in any place, any time, free of charge!’

34. ‘Are you now clear about the difference between Bliss which is Divine happiness and worldly happiness? Let Me now get back to the Yogi about whom I was telling you earlier.’

35. ‘Man will ascend to the level of a Yogi only when he practises firm Mind and sense regulation. Anyone can become a Yogi but most people don’t even try. Of the small number who try, most quit very quickly; this is most unfortunate.’

36. ‘Arjuna in all this the Mind plays a vital role. It can be your friend or your foe. If you turn the Mind towards God, it is your friend but if you turn it towards desires, it becomes your enemy.’

37. Let Me give you a simple example. There is a lock and a key. You insert the key in the lock. If you turn one way, the lock opens; if you turn the other way, it closes. The Heart is the lock and the Mind is the key. Got it?’

38. Arjuna asks, ‘OK, I want to become a Yogi and I practise Mind and sense control or regulation, call it what You will. How do I know I have become Yogi?’

39. Krishna replies, ‘That is simple; just do a self-check. Are you able to see a saint and sinner as alike? Can you regard gold and clay as being alike? If so, you have arrived.’

40. ‘The Yogic state must be demonstrated with a real-life test and not simulations. People do not quite understand the point, and so let Me tell you a story.’

41. ‘You know Sage Narada, don’t you? He is a great devotee of Mine, and keeps wandering over all the three worlds, singing My Glory.’

‘One day Narada came to Me and said, “Lord, I find that I am very short-tempered, and I want to get rid of my tendency to flash easily into fits of anger.” I said, “Narada, that is very good. What exactly are you going to do?” Narada replied, “I am going to withdraw into the forest and do penance in solitude for ten years.” To this I said, “Is that so? Well, good luck!”’

43. ‘So Narada went away and ten years later he came back beaming. Prostrating before Me he said, “Lord, you must congratulate me. I am now free from anger.” I replied, “Narada, I am very glad to hear that but are you really sure you have got rid of anger?”

In a pained voice Narada said, “Lord, how can You doubt me?” I then said, “Narada, it is not like that. Great men have tried earlier to rid themselves of anger and have not quite succeeded.” Narada replied, "They may have failed but I am different.” Appearing to be tired I then said, “Well, that is what you say.” Narada was now beginning to get impatient and show signs of anger. In a testy voice he asked, “Are You doubting my words?” I replied mischievously, “Narada, did I ever say I was doubting your words? I merely said that great men have failed.”

By now Narada was furious; raising his voice he shouted, “You might not have said so but the fact is that You are doubting my words. Here I am going round the three worlds singing Your Glory all the time and You don’t have any faith in me at all! If You don’t believe Your devotee, whom else are You going to believe?”’

44. ‘While Narada was exploding in this manner, I remained silent but was smiling all the time. After Narada had finished his outburst, I gently said, “Did you see? You became angry! My dear Narada, for ten years you were all by yourself in the forest. Where was the opportunity there to test your calmness? If you say you have conquered anger, you must prove it here in this world. You must face situations that are likely to inflame you and show that you do not get angry despite the provocation. Without a proper demonstration, how do you expect Me to accept your claims?”’

45. ‘I narrated this story just to drive home the point that a true Yogi is always a picture of equanimity and perfect composure. And that can come only from strict disciplining of the senses and the Mind. One who constantly thinks of God progressively acquires this attitude, of course only over a long time.’

To be continued….

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Vol 3 Issue 12 - December 2005
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