How to Grow
By Acharya Sachidananda on 02-10-2015
Atma Prakash felt deeply grateful to his guruji for opening up his mind to such higher dimensions of life and reality. He decided within himself to develop a unitive divine consciousness and an integrated personality. ‘I will make them integral parts of my very life and being’ he thought to himself. He also decided to make the ‘unitive divine consciousness’ and ‘integrated personality’ the basic goals of his life and mission. But he wanted to have a deeper understanding of the unitive divine consciousness. How to acquire it? How to grow in it?‘Guruji, can you please explain to me,… how does one acquire the unitive divine consciousness?’ Atma Prakash asked the Baba during the next session.‘Unitive divine consciousness is not acquired by us, it is given to us. It is like the light of the sun. We do not acquire it, we only receive it. But we need to keep our doors and windows open for the sunlight to come in. We also need to clean up the window panes…. We need to be receptive… This is our part in the process of growing into a unitive divine consciousness.‘A guru can help us in this process. The ‘guru’ is the one who has received the light of this unitive divine consciousness, who lives in this divine consciousness. He or she can help us remove the ‘darkness’ in the path and show us the light. The guru will enable us to receive the divine consciousness by giving us a ‘rule of life’ following which you can develop this receptivity’, the Baba stopped and looked at his disciple.‘Guruji, can you give me a ‘rule of life’ to make myself a befitting recipient of this unitive divine consciousness?’ Atma Prakash requested the Baba.‘My guruji had given me a five-point ‘rule of life’ in the beginning of my spiritual life which has enabled me to receive and grow in the unitive divine consciousness. It is termed ‘Pancha nishta’. It consists of Dhyana nishta, Satya nishta, Karma nishta, Sudhi nishta and Samaya nishta. ‘The term ‘nishta’ means rule of life. The first ‘nishta’, rule of life, is ‘Dhyana nishta’. It means meditation. One is called to practise regular meditation. My guruji had also initiated me into an Inner Peace Meditation that enabled me to clean up my heart and mind from negative emotions and thoughts, and keep them pure and open for the untive divine consciousness to dawn upon me, and also to abide in me. He taught me a unique kind of medtiation for this purpose. It is termed ‘Shanti Yagna Meditation’. ‘Shanti Yagna’ here imples a prayerful offering of one’s own self made to God with devotion. We offer our lives to God to be used as an instrument of His peace in the world through forgiveness and reconciliation…. Here we draw strength and inspiration from the Christ-Spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation. This is the eternally living Spirit of Sadguru Jesus Christ that is same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Anyone anywhere anytime can ‘tune on’ to this Christ-Spirit by practicing the ‘Sadguru Namajapa’ that is your own ‘mantra’ sadhana…. ‘One can also receive this Christ-Spirit by surrendering one’s will to the Will of God through the living spirit of Sadguru Jesus Christ. This is what we do during the first stage of Shanti Yagna Meditation. We begin with breathing in deeply and breathing out gently. While breathing in we repeat silently in our minds the name ‘Yesoo’ and while breathing out we repeat silently in our minds the word ‘Shanti’. ‘Yesoo’ is a short form for Jesus Christ. ‘Shanti’ means peace. We are sending out peace to the world… ‘Do not open your mouth to repeat these words ‘Yesoo’ and ‘Shanti’. …. But say them silently in your mind… This will tune our spirit to the Christ-Spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation… This first stage of Shanti Yagna Meditation is referred to as ‘Sharanamaya khand’ or stage of self-surrender.
About The Author
Swami Sachidananda Bharathi is an Indian Air Force officer turned spiritual guide and an apostle of peace and love. He is the patron of 'Indian Thoughts'. He represented India in the 'Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders' held under UNO, in 2000. He has founded Dharma Bharathi Mission.