Jasmine, lavender, rose, lily, sweet pea, saffron and poppy flowers are blooming in a valley. They are blooming in my valley of flowers. The valley stands majestically between two large mountains and is sprawling below the bright, blue sky. As I stand on a big boulder to see this valley, I see flower beds as far as my eyes can see. The flowers are gently swaying with the breeze wherever it is drifting. I stretch out my arms along with my imagination far and wide and inhale the mystifying air as long as I can. I stretch on the tips of my toes and inflate myself as much as I possibly can. I can distinctly smell the atmosphere laden with divine perfumes. And never before were the astral smells as distinct and vivid as of now. It has the mild fragrance of sweet peas. I can smell it again. The sweet fragrance of magical Jasmine has aroused my subtle sensibilities. And the waft of Jasmine has filled my olfactory senses with intoxicating spell of mild hypnosis. The eyelids are becoming heavier with the balm of this kind of mind hypnosis. Relaxation and more relaxation is overpowering by now and the subtle dose of mild intoxication is comforting every pore . Overriding all this is a complete balancing of all the three entities – body, mind and even the Soul. They all have become one.
Rapidly this calming effect is lifting my Soul and mind to another world where perhaps only the angels or saints live. The world that I have just stepped in is the world of highest subtlest stellar sensibilities. I have become as light as an angel sashaying on white fleecy clouds with joy and glee. The ultra-soothing scent of my valley of flowers takes me to the last step of the door to the higher levels of the astral seventh skies. I visualize that my inner core is vacant and this prevailing abstract, deep tranquility fills it up extravagantly. The atmosphere here smells heavenly as plentiful light, nimble poppies which are bursting open are hypnotizing and transporting me to transcending infinity. I am visiting the calmest regions of that advanced cloud of serenity. I am in the astral skies of the heaven, which is called Ramnik Udyan by the semi gods in the celestial skies – a garden that is not only mystifying but even has the power to soothe my every cell in the agile brain which is now sparkling with abundant energy. I am in euphoria and again and again long to be….Morning meditation 27.10.12
I bought Jasmine flowers on the previous day and presented them with love to my deities. The house was filled with the divine smell throughout night as well in the day that followed. The mystic spell of the grace of my Guru Param Pujya, the holiest Shri Mahavatar Babaji began to dispense on me silently. The description given here of what I began to experience on that morning is just a mere glimpse of the novel experience that I stumbled upon surprisingly. After the unprecedented tranquility that I underwent in my very quiet heart, I had thanked him and prayed with love to initiate me to start the next post according to his penchant and judgement.
I also invoked Divine Mother of Pondicherry for the fact that it was first of all her from whom I learnt that the flowers have a Spirit and she could communicate with them because of the Occult powers that she had possessed. All flowers have their own wavelength and if we communicate with them mentally, they can heal us wherever we are provided we have removed all the impurities of our hearts. Some flowers have the ability of channeling our current consciousness to the seventh skies if we are ready to reach up to that state, Jasmine being on the top of the list. The Mother was very fond of flowers for several reasons and could talk to them based on her deep knowledge of Occult and flower power science. She created the most amazing incense sticks out of them and taught a few the art of this science when she was alive. The samadhi of Ma in Pondicherry is although very basic and humble, nonetheless it is decorated every day in the wee hours by sophisticated rangoli, the geometrical designs by just flowers by her devotees even today! What can be a finer way of displaying one’s love and devotion to such a pre-eminent and exalted soul?
Here I would like to insert an interesting anecdote of my own spiritual life to add to the loveliness of this new experience. A few years ago, before I knew fully well who exactly was Babaji, without my knowing he had embedded himself in my life with a tint of mystery and a sense of enigma to lure me! My house would start smelling of rose essence or perfume suddenly out of nowhere. It would also bring about a sense of restfulness and tranquillity to us. I would find it enigmatic because there would be nobody in the house but for me. When other family member came to know of it and he too experienced it, I started believing that there was something more to what my eyes or nose could sense. This happened many times and I soon got to know from somewhere that it was a good omen in my life. Later on, Shri Babaji told me for I loved flowers a lot he decided to attract my attention in this appealing, unusual and quaint manner. It was also an indication that he would give me some knowledge of occultism in future. The world that we live in should not be the limits of my spiritual education and knowledge, he believed.
He further said that the above cited narrative and extra sensory perception of the astral valley of flowers is a native of one of the upmost levels of the seventh skies, or the seventh stage of Consciousness. He asked me to cite this narrative as there is a definite purpose behind it. He wishes to illumine the people and impart them the following spiritual knowledge and wisdom- In his own words,
- “All the people are after some kind of happiness and that happiness is of the ephemeral, transitory and perishable world. The happiness that they are pursuing will never be found outside; it is to be found inside within oneself with meditation. One is perishable, impermanent worldly happiness of lower order attained by the derivation of the senses and this pursuance culminates in a glut and over supply of sorrow, misery and painful consequences. The humans can even fall in hell because of their compelling bad habits because they become a slave of their senses and finally the senses begin to rule their mind and body.
- Next are the people who wish to fulfill their yearnings of attaining money, power, status and some who live to bloat in their egos. Such people are bound to be suffering from depression, diseases and discontentment in future. There is no end and limit to find happiness outside; we will be squandering many human lives like this to no avail.
- Then a few come in this world and uncover everything, and out of them choose what is sacred, pure and revered. They lead a gentle, pious and restrained life.
Those persons, who with their firm, unyielding stiff efforts, try hard in each life, as a final point find long-lasting happiness and God’s bliss one day. This type of long-lasting and stable happiness, ever increasing, and ever widening happiness is beyond the senses. It is defined and termed as ‘ati indriya ananda’ –that which is beyond the senses. Such splendid happiness is experienced by the mind or manas. When the mind approaches God and is very near to it, then such an exotic state is derived by the seeker by the blessing of God and Guru both. Ati Indriya Ananda is achieved with Guru Kripa, Ishwara Kripa.
Everyday remove all your impurities, keep your mind away from contamination. Concentrate your mind at one point, make it stable. Learn meditation and make your senses, mind and body stable and you will find success in your efforts with the grace of your Guru.
Atma’s nature is Satchitananda. When your chitt, inner core will become stable in the Light of the Truth Satya Prakash, you will attain ananda, enraptured bliss. Keep your mind calm, keep it pure; have patience. One day you will also experience the power of God.
Those persons attain Prabhutva Gyan or blazing knowledge who never permit any negative thoughts to breed inside.
No matter what happens, they never lose confidence in themselves. The path of God is a very long route; there will be many ups and downs. Like a brave soldier, obey the commands of your Guru, and become fearless and march ahead, you will one day reach your journey’s end.
To achieve blazing knowledge, keep your mind stable uninterruptedly. Be alert, the mind should not be unsteady and unbalanced. The storms blowing outside should not enter inside you. To achieve this, you will require tremendous mental energies. To generate abundant mental energies keep your body healthy, pure, disease free and synchronized with your mind. The heart and the brain are the two most important organs of the human body. Keep the heartbeat rate steady and stable by regular meditations and physical exercises. Take enough sleep and eat saatvik or pure foods. Lead a life of being morally upright, unblemished and courageous.”
Twilight meditation on same day
My silent conversation with Shri Mahavatar Babaji during meditation-
Shree Babaji-“Regarding the depth and duration of your meditation, the duration has increased but further depth needs to be acquired, go further inside.”
Shri Babaji-“By relenting the thoughts that inhabit your persona or aura. Become aware of them. You are very serious inside but cheerful from outside. Your sensitive heart should not be allowed to harbour or cling to the anxieties or concerns of other people’s wrongful living. You should not feel sorry for them because they are misled by their own shortcomings. Clear this now in meditation and in future do not hold on to these wavelengths. Just do the right actions towards them all, do good to all and once the good acts are done, do not contemplate or brood over it. Do not think of them at all. Free yourself of those thoughts because they are from lower consciousness and your saatvik energies will drop. The removal of such thoughts will create some empty mental space. Fill that space with Brahma”
At this point of time, I saw the diagram of a human body with the spinal cord and the seven chakras, the seven energy centres placed on it. In a flash of a moment, I recollected that the higher one goes up on the chakras, the higher the consciousness of the human being. I could then see those prohibited thoughts approaching me as a dark wave once again and my energies began to sink and I started to feel down and sluggish again. I caught it right there and then and decided that I will consciously eradicate thoughts which are coming from people around me who are being misled by their own doings. I should absolve myself because I cannot teach them virtuous things. They will have to do it on their own now. My constant suggestions and help have had no heed.
I again became very calm and restful in mind once I became lighter with the removal of the arrived uninvited thoughts. I was absolutely composed and experienced some moments of complete silence within. There were no mental movements, no images, no sounds and no activity. I realized that I had just touched the “Nishabdi Brahma” state, a state of just being.
For the first time I understood and captured some moments where we become wordless, soundless and devoid of any internal as well as external activities in the human mind. It occurred to me what I had asked some wise people in the past what “Anahat” was. I was familiar with these words because they had too often come in the couplets of Sant Kabir. Many times, I had tried to peep into and go behind these words about more than twenty years ago when I was establishing myself as a serious seeker; I could hardly scratch the surface then ! However, I wanted a gigantic figure and someone reliable to explain me all this with authority because the dohas or couplets of Kabir which are most beautifully sung by Kumar Gandharva and learnt by heart by me were still not experienced or understood with depth at that time. You shall find these terms explained here by our kindest, revered Babaji in a very simple and easy manner for all of us to appreciate and cherish in a short while…..
I must have sat in that state for what seemed to be a long span of time and then Babaji proclaimed what I have been craving and yearning for ever since I have found him. Since the time he has come in my life, it has been my wholehearted and unswerving desire to be initiated by Shri Mahavatar Babaji and receive the knowledge of the ultimate Truth-the knowledge of Self or Brahma. Who could have been a better personage than him to be initiating me in this most pious and highest human act?
Dear readers, please let me tell you that when Shri Babaji speaks to me, his favourite language is Hindi and he prefers that to others. And I am still savouring all those enchanting, sweet nectar words that he has spoken to me during twilight meditation. Twilight time is the time for the lavender sky and the lavender colour is most soothing equally for the mind and body. Like soft lavender colour, soothing words arrived unexpectedly towards me touching my Soul at that glorious hour. Shri Babaji chose the most appropriate time for such an important event-tranquil time of the day and a very tranquil state of my mind….
I am repeating those lines in Hindi to give the real message because there is sometimes a difficulty faced in finding the exact and equivalent words that are originally written in the Upanishads and Bhagwad Geeta. Sometimes, the flavour and essence of the Sanskrit word is lost in its translation to English because it does not have equivalent words in its dictionary. Therefore, in trying to retain the fragrance of those most enlightening words, for the first time I am quoting his words in the most word-perfect manner as I am capable to do.
The translation of the same will follow in English after the Hindi version for the convenience of those who are unable to decipher it.
He initiated me by pronouncing, “Anahat tak jana hai jo shunya ke baad aata hai. Shunya ke bad naadghosh hota hai jahan par yogi ke mana mei akasmaat Om sunaee deta hai ya phir sundar ghantiyon ya ghanti ki awaaz. Shunya se pahele shanti aur ananda aata hai.
Mana jab shunya mei hota hai tab shabdaheen, vicharheen hota hai. Yah mana ki gaharaee se hota hai isliye kaha jata hai mana ko aur gahara le jao. Is awastha mei jitni der raha paogee, utna eeshwariya sukh milega. Yah guru kripa se milta hai. Jisko sansari aadmi kalpana yogya bhi nahin hai, yeh woh sukh hai. Isliye dhyan mei baithne ke liye merudand ko aur majboot banao jisse tum aur der tak sukhasana mei baith pao.
Aise samay mei apni aakhon mei dekho, tumhe prakash aata dikhaee dega. Woh mere mei se aa raha hai. Tumhara mana har tarah se mujh mei doob chukka hai aur jab- jab tum mera smaran karogi, tumhe prakash dikhayee dega. Vah jyoti tumhe Brahma ka gyan degi jo ati durlabh hai. Vah anek janmo mei ekatrit punya uday hone par prapt hota hai.
Brahma prakash hai, Brahma gyan hai, Brahma chetna hai. Is chetna ko apne andar sada jagay rakho. Brahma prakash punj hai, apne andar usey sada prajvalit rakho. Brahma sada tumhari raksha karta rahega. Brahma tumhari chetna ko prajvalit karta rahe is sandhya aisi manokamna karo….”
“Go upto Anahat which comes after shunya. After shunya comes naadghosh , a state where the yogi suddenly hears the sounds of Om or of melodious bells or a bell. Before shunya comes peace shanti and bliss ananda .
When the mind is in void or shunya, it becomes speechless and thoughtless. This state comes with the depth of the meditative mind therefore it is advised that you take your mind further deep. The longer you prolong your stay in the deeper levels of your mind, the more you shall attain happiness originating from God. Such a state of mind is achieved with the blessing of Guru. That which is incomprehensible to the worldly man, it is that very joy and bliss. Therefore make your spinal cord stronger to enable you to sit for longer hours in meditation in sukhasana, a comfortable yogic pose.
During such times, look inside your eyes, you will see light. That light will come from me. Your mind is completely immersed in me in every sense and whenever you will remember me, you will see light. That light will give you the knowledge of Brahma which is very hard to achieve. The knowledge of Brahma is attained with the releasing of uncountable pious actions accumulated over many lives lived before this birth.
Brahma is Light. Brahma is spiritual wisdom. Brahma is Consciousness. Always keep the flame of that consciousness kindled in you. Brahma is a cluster of Light, Prakash Punj. Brahma will always protect you. May that Brahma always keep your consciousness ablaze, have such a yearning this evening….”
After my meditation got over, I went to the altar and lit a small candle in the dispenser as a mark of reverence to worship Shri Mahavatar Babaji who commenced a day of new Light in my life. On the top of the dispenser I released a few drops of flower essence. Before long, the room smelt delightful and very pleasing. The fragrance was of none other than that of delightful Jasmine!
Jasmine flowers stimulate the seventh chakra, Lavender sixth, Rose fifth and Lily fourth chakra.