Sathya Sai Baba On The Jyoti Meditation

Sathya Sai Baba Jyoti Meditation

Sathya Sai Baba On The Jyoti Meditation

“As regards the technique of meditation, different teachers and trainers give different forms of advice. But I shall give you now the most universal and the most effective form. This is the very first step in spiritual discipline. At first, set a few minutes every day for meditation, and extend the time as you feel the bliss that you get.

“Let it be in the hours before dawn. This is preferable because the body is refreshed after sleep, and the dealings of daytime will not yet have impinged on you. Have a lamp or a candle before you with an open, steady, and straight flame. Sit in front of the candle in the lotus posture or any other comfortable sitting position. Look on the flame steadily for some time, and closing your eyes try to feel the flame inside you between your eyebrows. Let it slide down into the lotus of your heart, illuminating the path. When it enters the heart, imagine that the petals of the lotus open out by one, bathing every thought, feeling, and emotion in the light and so removing darkness from them. There is no space for darkness to hide. The light of the flame becomes wider and brighter. Let it pervade your limbs. Now those limbs can never indulge in dark, suspicious, and wicked activities; they have become instruments of light and love. As the light reaches up to the tongue, falsehood vanishes from it. Let it rise up to the eyes and the ears and destroy all the dark desires that infest them and which lead you to perverse sights and childish conversation. Let your head be surcharged with light and all wicked thoughts will flee there from. Imagine that the light is in you more and more intensely. Let it shine all around you and let it spread from you in ever widening circles, taking in your loved ones, your kith and kin, your friends and companions, your enemies and rivals, strangers, all living beings, the entire world.

“Since the light illumines all the senses every day so deeply and so systematically, a time will soon come when you can no more relish dark and evil sights, yearn for dark and sinister tales, crave for base, harmful, deadening toxic food and drink, handle dirty demeaning things, approach places of ill-fame and injury, or frame evil designs against anyone at any time. Stay on in that thrill of witnessing the light everywhere. If you are adoring God in any form now, try to visualize that form in the all-pervasive light. For Light is God; God is Light.

“Practice this meditation as I have advised regularly every day. At other times repeat the name of God (any Name fragrant with any of His many Majesties), always taking care to be conscious of His might, mercy, and munificence.”

– Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume X, Page 348-350, Shivarathri, 1979

Jyothi Meditation
Based on Bhagavan’s step-by-step directions.

Jyothi (flame) Meditation is the foremost spiritual discipline geared towards gaining inner peace.

1) We should have a fixed time and place every day where we sit for meditation either in the morning and/or evening.

2) We should sit on a thin mattress for this exercise. The sitting pose or asana should be comfortable both for our mind and body.

3) We should then chant Omkar, the Universal Mantra glorified as ‘Nada Brahma’ at least 3 times but preferably 21 times. The mind under the influence of this divine sound slowly loses momentum and becomes more and more tranquil and steady.

4) The next step is to put the breath in rhythm. The easiest and the most effortless method is to watch the breath, thereby the process becomes normal, that is, longer and calmer. When we inhale, the breath sounds ‘So’ and when we exhale, it sounds ‘Humm’ which means ‘He’ i.e. “God” and ‘I’ respectively or “God am I”.

5) Accordingly, synchronizing with these two breaths, imagine that the flame ‘Jyot’ is within us. Feel that the light of the flame is in our heart, right in the centre of the Lotus. Gently move the light to other parts of your body — the stomach, the limbs, the eyes, the ears and the tongue. Feel that the entire body is illumined thereby. Rejoice that the light is the light of love; it removes hatred; it dispels darkness and doubt; it reveals that all are Divine.

6) As the light fills the eyes, you must feel that they have been purified. They shall no longer seek to look upon evil sights. When the light lights the tongue with love, decide that there is no more scope for uttering harsh words. Similarly, once the radiance of the divine light bathes the arms, they can no longer delight in performing harmful deeds while the feet can no longer move into polluting areas and places.

7) Now visualize the light as surrounding our physical body and spreading far out to family members, neighbours and even those whom we do not like. Every object is enveloped in that divine effulgence. Isavaasyam Idam Sarvam. All this is illumined by God. This is the stage of bliss.

8) In this manner, the ONE flame on which we concentrate can cleanse our mind and body and spread its light and radiance to include our entire environment.

9) Finally, take the Jyot on to the figure of our Ishta Devta or the Deity of you choice and/or fix our vision on the Jyot, and commence meditation or silent sitting for a few minutes, followed by Japa of our chosen Mantra with the full understanding of its meaning and firm faith in its power and benefits. It should be inter-woven with our breathing process of inhaling and exhaling.

Exercise on Jyoti Meditation. Instructions compiled from Sri Sathya Sai Discourses

  1. Let us close the eyes and chant Omkar (OM) 3 times to make the mind become tranquil and steady.
  2. Keeping the eyes closed, let us put the breath in rhythm to make it normal and calmer.
    • In our mind (mentally) repeat “SOHUM’. (1-2 mins.)
    • As we inhale mentally repeat “SO”
    • As we exhale mentally repeat “HUM”. (1-2 mins.)
  3. Let us mentally bathe the senses in the light. Look at the Jyoti, imagine that the flame is ablaze in the Lotus of our heart. Having the beautiful feeling of LOVE.
  4. Take the flame to the different parts of the body.
    • Let not my eyes see evil
    • Let not my ears hear evil or bad
    • Let my tongue speak only sweet words
    • Let my hands do only right things
    • Let my legs be always moving towards places for good actions and good work.”
  5. Now, bring the flame up the legs slowly, strengthening; up through the stomach, cleansing; through to the eyes, taking away all the darkness and out of the body through the head, purify us.
  6. Open the eyes and look at the Jyoti. (2-3 mins.)
  7. Now imagine the figure, of the form of your choice (Baba), for worshipping in the Jyoti. (2-3mins.)
  8. Effortlessly repeat OM SAI RAM or your personal mantra. (2-3 mins.) It should be natural and without tension. Relax.
  9. Slowly close the eyes and meditate for a few minutes. (15-20 mins.)
  10. Keep the eyes closed, stop repeating the mantra, or having the flame and form consciously. (2-3 mins.)
  11. End meditation. Softly and slowly.

Asatoma Prayer
Om Asato Ma Sadgamaya
(From untruth lead me to truth)

Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya
(From darkness lead me to light)

Mrutyor Ma Amrutamgamaya
(From death to lead me to immorality)

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
(Peace Peace Peace)

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Jyoti Meditation Is For All Faiths, Instructor Claims

Jyoti Light Meditation Sai Baba

Jyoti Meditation Is For All Faiths, Instructor Claims
By JILL MOON
June 20, 2008 – 11:15AM

EDWARDSVILLE – Silently following the light leads to inner peace for students of Jyoti meditation.

Unlike commonly known meditation that involves music, chanting vocally or spoken repetition of a single syllable, for Jyoti meditation, silence is golden – literally. Jyoti, which means light, involves focussing on a candle’s flame through half-open eyes, while silently chanting praise to a deity of choice, such as Jesus Christ, Mother Mary or Sri Sathya Sai Baba, a Hindu swami.

Sai Baba is the leader of Hinduism much like Pope Benedict XVI leads Catholicism. Hindu is the third largest world religion after Christianity and Islam. Sai Baba, who lives in India, has a page of teachings that includes Jyoti meditation. But instructor Chuck Chakraverty, of St. Louis, occasionally teaches Jyoti at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Chakraverty taught Jyoti meditation at the SIUE Religious Center during the meeting of the Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Southern Illinois led by SIUE professor T.K. Parthasarathy. Meetings at the center are held from 7:45 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, for a study circle and devotional singing. All religions and faiths are welcome.

Jyoti meditation also is open to all.

“The difference with Jyoti is its emphasis on silence,” Chakraverty said. “Baba teaches silence is the language of God and there should be a time of day for silence, inner and outer.”

He explained that the silence allows a dialogue with God.

“Silence is important because the language you speak is not God’s,” he said.

Jyoti teaches value, not religion, he added.

“You don’t look for results, you allow benefits to come,” he said.

Since Chakraverty, an engineer, started practicing Jyoti years ago, he has experienced health benefits including lower blood pressure. He does not guarantee this will happen for everyone, but he does think all will find some inner peace through silent and light meditation.

Some basic steps recommended by Chakraverty for Jyoti meditation are:

Select a place in the home conducive to quiet contemplation, and use the same place every day.

Select a time of day – preferably between 3 and 6 a.m., every day. Very early morning is best because it is a time of natural silence, before creatures stir.

Select comfortable clothes.

Select a wooden plank for insulation from the ground, some cushion or seat with a backrest. If sitting on the ground is uncomfortable, a chair can be used. Insulation provides for meditation to be unaffected by magnetic fields from the earth.

Select a candle, matchbox, incense sticks and a picture of a favorite deity.

Other recommendations for Jyoti preparation is to eat a light, early dinner the night before; meditate regularly; and meditate after a good night’s sleep for a fully alert mental state.

Next – meditate.

Sit in a comfortable position in front of the lit candle with eyes always half open concentrating on the candlelight and visualize the deity. Visualize the flame at the center of the chest, or location of the spiritual heart, Chakraverty said. Imagine the light getting rid of all darkness and negativity.

After spreading the light in the body, visualize the light emanating from the head to reach close relatives, friends, colleagues, adversaries, animals, plants and other worlds and cultures.

“Do not praise the self or criticize others,” Chakraverty said. “Meditation will bring peace and changes to your life.”

He advised that there are “good” meditation days and “great” meditation days, but not “bad” meditation days. He also said meditation would continue throughout the day.

With enough interest, Chakraverty will return to SIUE’s Religious Dome to teach Jyoti meditation sessions. For Sai Baba’s Jyoti meditation teachings go to saibaba.ws/teachings/jyotimeditation.htm.

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