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Q & A: I am learning meditation, Am I on right track to God?
I am trying to learn doing meditation from last week and just want to share my experience about it. As per instructed in your site for Sahaj Yoga I tried to do the same. Some time I am unable to concentrate. I tried to roll my eyes upside but can't; they came back in normal position. (I know I will be able to do it by practice only.) When I started, on second day I found my right hand finger move automatically, I haven't done anything. When I did meditation sometimes my left hand goes so heavy that feel to stop there now (why?) I don't know whether I am doing correctly or not?

Kimya (Name changed), India

Here are my thoughts about your effort of meditation

Probably you have looked at some other site on Sahaj Yoga. I have not advised that one should try to concentrate their mind or should roll their eyes upside. Concentration of one’s mind is almost an impossible task. The mind is weighted heavily by the Samskaras (past Karma impressions on mind - Trigunas) of several lives. Mind cannot free itself from the bondage of desires and Shadripus easily [six enemies or passions of mind: Kama (Lust), Krodh (anger), Lobh (Greed), Moh (attachment), Ahankar (Ego) and Matsarya (envy)].

Even after efforts of 50 years of meditation, human mind cannot concentrate. To be successful in meditation one must practice following in addition to daily meditation. If you do meditation for 30 minutes, here are other things that one should practice in remaining 23.5 hours: 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)

Our desires are the cause of our miseries. The bliss is attained only when there are no desires left (good or bad both) in our mind. It is a long journey and there are no shortcuts. God is always attained in remaining 23.5 hours first and then the God comes in 30 minutes of the meditation (Samadhi).

It takes efforts of several decades and probably several lives before one achieves measurable results in spirituality. We have flown several lives in the direction of the river (with its flow). Now we must swim towards the origin, against the current and in the other direction where everyone else is flowing. It is an extremely difficult journey and takes several lives before our mind achieves concentration.

Please ignore all the divine experiences you may get during meditation. They are waste of time. Understand what your final destination is and keep your eye on the goal of Self-Realization (eternal state of Bliss).

Your first sign that your divine journey has started is - when you start looking at desires and enjoyment as poison and nothing but poison. When you start getting disgusted with parties and trash talk, when you don’t enjoy company of people, when you like to be with yourself and enjoy the solitude and silence. There is a travel of several decades involved after this stage.

Here are some basis instructions about meditation - Methods of awakening, Self-awakening, Shaktipat

Please don’t get discouraged because of the long travel and huge efforts involved. You may fall down many times but there will be divine help to remove your obstacles. Please continue with faith in the Divine and keep walking one step at a time. It is your choice whether you want to be an ordinary deer or a Divine one

In rest of your journey my website will help and there will be many more websites and books you can refer to. Keep raising the Divine knowledge and you will attain the Self-Realization eventually.

Best of Luck for your efforts and please continue on the path.

Thank you.
Mahendra Joshi

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