Saturday, 23 April 2011 09:34

The Art of Being Centred

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We are to make a clear distinction between being centred and being self-centred. The former is to be centred at our source, at our self, at our Third Eye and the latter is to be centred at ego, conceit, pride and little self. This obstinate ego has overpowered us so much that we have entirely forgot our centre. In deep slumber of ignorance, we consider the body as the be-all and end-all of ours. The mind is our master, so much so that we regard ourselves nothing but the mind.

We must have full conviction that we are neither the body, nor mind, nor intellect. In essence and nature we are all pure and self-effulgent. It is a great sin to call ourselves a sinner. Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient self is not living in the seventh heaven or outside. He is within all of us. He is the centre. He is the source. He is not separate from us. Have full conviction that, ‘He and I are one’ and ‘I and my father are one.’ Gurudev Shri Swami Vishvas ji says, ‘Wander not outside yourself. Keep your own centre.’

Archimedes said, ‘If I can find a fixed fulcrum, a standpoint, I can move the world.’ But he couldn’t find the fixed point, poor fellow! That point is within you: it is your self. Get hold of it and the whole universe shall be moved by you. And that can happen only through deep meditation. Reading books, listening to sermons or charity service will not get you anywhere close to your centre unless you practically connect within through meditation.

We ought to have full conviction that we are not downtrodden creatures crawling on this earth. We must not make a slave of ourselves in the dream of ignorance. Arise and realise that we are Gods; we could be nothing else. This is a very bold statement, indeed, for most of us who are a slave to mind. What a balmy thought, what a blessed idea that, He and I are one! 

Realisation of our divinity would dispel the mist that self is a distant entity existing far away from us. The reality, the divinity behind all is one: the difference lies in its varied manifestations. A clay-mouse is different in appearance from a clay-elephant but both are basically, pieces of clay. Different streams merge into the sea and become one vast ocean. Water poured into a jar, a glass or a cup takes the shape of the vessel but all the same, it is water. When we are absorbed in deep-meditation, all differences disappear and there is absolute bliss.

Difference is in the periphery and not at the centre. All the radii converge at the centre. Nearer to the centre, nearer they are to one another. Distance increases as they move away from the centre. Our miseries, our sorrows, our struggles increase as we move away from our centre and get involved in the outward world. This world is not to be ignored but our centre is always to be remembered because everything revolves around the centre. Planes flying in the air get into trouble when they loose their contacts with the control room i.e. the centre.

We are leading a stressful life in spite of all the prosperity, glamour and grandeur of modern times. These days, it is hard to find anyone who is not been affected with stress and strain. Even heart diseases have become so common. It is because we have forgotten our true nature, our centre completely.

We must have full conviction that peace and happiness are alien words in this ephemeral world. They can be met only when delve deep within our inner world. Meditation is a means to enter the inner realms where bliss and serenity prevail. It is a strange oblivion that makes us forgetful of our real self and Godhead. As and when we remove this ignorance we become God.

A king may fall asleep and dream that he is a beggar but that dream in no way can interfere with his real sovereignty. Like a careless woman, who cries for the loss of her precious necklace when in fact it has just slipped to her back, we too have forgotten our centre and are crying out for its loss and searching for it here and there and everywhere, except for where it actually is!   

Gurudev Shri. Swami Vishvas ji often sermonises:

मुझ को कहाँ ढूंढे रे बन्दे, मैं तो तेरे पास में।
खोजेगा तो मिलूंगा, पल भर की तलाश में।।

जिन खोजा तिन पाइयाँ, गहरे पानी पैठ।
मैं बहुरी ढूंढन गई, रही किनारे बैठ।।

O man! Vain is thy search outside. Search me within yourself and you shall find me, waiting for you, there.

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