A little after midday on 10th March, in a period of absolute relaxation and complete tranquility, my consciousness was elevated. I experienced enduring calmness since my morning meditation. Therefore, I made up my mind not to let go of this graceful attainment which is so hard to hold on to. So, I left my mundane jobs and came to sit in my room. I sat on my bed, the eyes closed willingly and comfortably.
In just a few fleeting moments, I felt waves of profound peace sweeping over me from the sacred Mt. Kailash in the Himalayas. I saw it standing magnificently with snow fully covering it in white till the top as I sat on my bed contentedly. Its soothing and pious vibrations were familiar to my heart and soul. I gently detained all that was coming my way.
Before I could fully absorb the divine rays coming from the Himalayas, I subsequently had a mental picture of a turquoise blue lake shimmering like silvery rays. The serene waves of the tranquil waters created a peaceful environment inside me and I felt my consciousness raising higher. I grabbed every bit of those placid waves eagerly and was careful not to miss a single blessed moment. Peace is precious, so very precious. It is fragile in nature and one must learn to hold on to it; it comes with practice.
As I was engaged in embracing the delicate, flitting peace coming straight from the higher regions, I saw a dreamlike white bird in the water of Mansarovar in my inner view. It was made of ethereal components. I tried to look at the bird carefully and saw that it emitted rays of joyous peace. Its mere sight and thought brought me closer to the utmost levels of exposition. It moreover filled me with more calmness and yet more calmness. The magical bird started getting ready to flap its wings to lift itself up to fly while standing in the waters. I tried my best to go on looking at it as long as I could as I grasped that what I was seeing was very exquisite. I never saw such a heavenly sight before. I looked at the white bird once again earnestly and it stopped pushing itself up, though it flapped its wings once and eventually it became immobile. It stood still in the blue waters there. I became more curious by this time when…..
I perceived that the white bird was standing in the waters of Lake Mansarovar with Mt. Kailash as its backdrop and it was Brahma Muhurat time, an auspicious time 4 am and little later after that. The colour of the sky was cobalt blue. The peace that I felt looking at the imagery was like our rising at very early morning hours sometimes. It was a soundless morning with no soul around, just me and the sacred mountain, the lovely lake and the white surreal bird on an extremely calm morning! The experience was so splendid that when I slip back to it, I wish to go again to that celestial world mentally. I acknowledged that I got all this with the blessing of my divine guru. Everything was sublime, uplifting and so heavenly!
A voice came from behind and uttered these cryptic words- “Hansa, sukhsagar, Mansarovar.”
Instantly, a verse of saint Kabir’s composition ran across my mind. I comprehended that the myth of a white swan in a lake is an analogy – representative of our Spirit and Lake Mansarovar is representative of soul – peace. So when we attain darshan of Atman, we experience sublime peace. I could understand just this much and the next two days that followed were full of serenity.
If you ever go to Lake Mansarovar in the Himalayas, you will get to hear many mythological stories. It is believed that if one visits the holy lake before dawn around four o’clock in the morning, a white divine swan from the astral world comes to drink the sacred waters of the lake. Rishis and munis always long to have a glimpse of this sacred site though just a few lucky people get to see it.
Swami Nityananda of Ganeshpuri gave me my next lesson when he very sweetly explained, “To increase the power of your thought, remain peaceful all the time. Peace is achieved when we do noble and pious actions. When evil or inharmonious deeds are performed, the guilty is punished with unhappiness and cheerlessness. Joy is derived by doing good deeds. Besides, actions performed consciously with a noble vision leads a soul to higher awareness and clean consciousness. Actions performed with powerful thoughts of nation building, looking after the needs of all the people, of environment and ecology of one’s nation and world, taking consideration and care of all living beings will produce and generate new power to your thoughts.
If you do powerful new karmas today, progressively your mind will get stronger and more powerful as each day passes.
Very strong and positive mind will create a new shrishti, a new world for you. If more and more people do pious and generous actions, the collective thought power of the world will increase many times. The mission of all the saints is to increase the collective thought power of masses in all nations and it begins at individual level.
You initiate this act from today. As one’s sanchit karmas are extinguished with the grace of God and the gurus, the power of thoughts increases manifold. All the shakti of the manas or mind should be oriented and focused in doing only selfless actions – nishkam karmas. The power of nishkami purush is so much higher and has more potential than others. The results of our actions are in God’s hands. When we decide and dedicate all our pious actions to God, God and our Gurus are extremely pleased and give us more shakti, their power to do nishkami karmas. Thus, each good action is born with a good thought. Increase such good thoughts and also increase the power of each thought by meditation daily.
Meditation leads to contemplation. Contemplation leads to Self-Enquiry which in turn leads to Self Realization and Self Transformation.
Strike a balance between meditation that is- self transformation and practical life that is-actions. To increase your thought power you must do both, both are essential for your inner growth and progress.
The gurus will tell you how to solve the riddle of this complicated world as one is always puzzled at its bewildered state. Do not be afraid of taking a variety of experiences as experiences will give you practical knowledge. Experience is your master. Guru’s protective hand is always at the back.
Do your duty of meditating as the mind can become powerful only if it is devised to generate its own energies and to unite with the powers of the gurus and God. Those who are enabled to strike a balance between actions and meditation will grow in body, spirit and mind.”
After a few days, Swami Nityananda again gave me respite when I was hit with a wave of tumult. His timely guidance was this- “People think that if our life becomes more comfortable and prosperous we shall automatically attain peace. Nothing can be more untrue than this because if you have peace, then everything is alright. Hansa means durable peace, not freckled and fickle. If your mind is calm, then the thoughts are powerful. Words, thoughts originating from peace are always beneficial.
Sometimes disturbances from outside are so overwhelming that our sustained peace gets upset. If you have lost your peace, regain it and stay in a peaceful state of mind. Practice meditation and one needs practice of holding on to sustained and durable peace. In such a situation, start your japa and other practices so that the mind again becomes tranquil and gets relief. When the mind gets relief, it will be able to meditate deeply.
The outside world is in a feverish state-noisy, restless and agitated, ascertain it. Get involved in it only as much as is essential, leave the rest like the saline water of the ocean. Practice living in peace like that of Lake Mansarovar. For such intense peace, stay in seclusion, turn the mind inwards and continue doing your sadhana. If you continuously put your mind in God, a great deal of power will flow in your thoughts and you can do impossible tasks”.