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Q & A: I see Golden Pot during meditation, what is that?

Of late I see golden pot with 2 leaves expanding on sides and coconut like substance above the pot - What is it? Am I on wrong direction or is it my mental formation? Please reply.

Raman (Name changed), India

Here are my thought about the golden pot you see during meditation:

It is always good to have experiences and visualizations during meditation because they are encouraging signs for the seeker. You should enjoy the feeling of bliss you get in experiences and also ignore all the experiences you may get. Both the things are necessary. I categorize all experiences as Kriyas. Dwelling on these divine Kriyas beyond certain extent is waste of time. Simply because experiences are not the goal of spiritual efforts.

There is only one seeker (of God) in thousands of people (0.001% of population) in this world. Almost all of these seekers mistake experiences as the Goal. That is not true. Divine experiences are nothing more than signs on the road to divine. More than the signs they stand as distractions and obstacles on the path of divine. As Sadhak progresses on the path, the value of experiences goes down and value of Purity (of thought, actions and speech) become extremely important. The Sadhak at some point realizes that his desires are keeping him away from the God. He understands that the true Sadhana goes for 24 hours a day. The pillars of 24 hours Sadhana are – Niyama (discipline), Yama (self-restraint), Dama (control of senses), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Prarthana (prayers), Sama (restraint of mind) and Japa (repetition of God's name). You will see the God this very moment if you can stand right at the top on the platform that is built upon these pillars.

Your bag (mind) is full of memories of past events. There is no space for God in that bag, how can he be there? You must empty your bag before God can appear there. Is it not?

The fact is our mind is weighted heavily by the Samskaras (past Karma impressions on mind - Trigunas) of several lives. Shadripus [six enemies or passions of mind: Kama (Lust), Krodh (anger), Lobh (Greed), Moh (attachment), Ahankar (Ego) and Matsarya (envy)] are ingrained in our mind. When you attain the day where there are no Shadripus with you, you will realize the God is with you. That day you will stop your search for the God. Until then you must continue to travel…towards Sattva (divine purity.)

If you really want to know your progress you should compare your experiences with the highest experiences of sages that are described in the Upanishads and find out whether they exactly tally with them or not. Then only you have attained the God. Until then it is all travel, a painful travel. I agree I am raising the bar too high, but that how it is, and I like to say as it is.

Also, if you practice regular meditation and concentration you are bound to get some psychic powers. You should not use these powers for base and selfish purposes, for gaining some material end or fame etc. If you do, you will face the downfall.

Your final destination is far away. Please continue the journey and keep eye on final goal: Self-Realization where there are no desires left. God is always attained in 23.5 hours before he comes in 30 minutes of meditation (in the form of Samadhi or Darshan – visualization.) You have attained the God the day you have NO desires left in you. It is all travel and various experiences until then.

Best of luck in your Divine journey!

Thank you.
Mahendra Joshi

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