Swami Kriyananda offered a number of “secrets of meditation.” This one has recently been very helpful to me:
“Pray not as an outsider to heaven, but as one whose true home is heaven.”
Especially when life is busy and it’s easy to become identified with the projects and the to-do lists, I have been trying to use this secret.
If I take a few minutes during the day and practice a short visualization and an affirmation, it helps me gain perspective and break the hypnosis of a confining, narrow view of reality.
You might like to try this visualization by Swami Kriyananda:
“Sit upright and close your eyes. Take a few slow, deep breaths and relax.
“Feel space all around your body, stretching out in all directions to infinity. Feel that space becoming a vast sea of light in which you are floating. Feel that light coming into every part of your body, from the soles of your feet to the brain.
Your body is now made of light, merged with the vast sea of light and space within and all around you.
Imagine yourself leaving this earth, flying upward into the vast blue sky, upward further still into outer space, toward the dim stars and distant skies lying beyond the eternal stillness of the ether. Joyfully leave everything behind you—all attachments, all that keeps you bound to his world. Affirm to yourself: I expand my consciousness to embrace infinity.”
On April 21, 2015, the Ananda residents had an opportunity to meditate in the Moksha Mandir, a day after Swami’s casket was placed beneath the newly completed shrine.
During that meditation I felt a deep yearning to be a speck of joy, floating in space.
After practicing our meditation techniques, I allowed myself to go with that yearning. I started with the visualization of space given above, and then I imagined myself to be a speck in infinity, a speck filled with joy.
At first I had to alternate between dissolving my consciousness of the small self, of form, and then identifying myself with being a speck of joy. As I continued the practice, I was able to absorb myself in joy, where no time or space existed, only the feeling of joy. At one point there was no more Diksha—there was only a speck of joy floating in space.
The more I absorbed myself in joy, the more stillness and freedom I felt in my consciousness.
Later that day, I happened to have lunch with an Indian devotee friend, and mentioned to her the desire to be a speck of joy. She replied that in many Hindu mantras, the Lord is described in the form of a dot. It is called in Sanskrit: “Bindu Rupam.” That dot encloses the whole universe.
The dot is complete in itself and all encompassing.
Afterwards, I realized that Swami Kriyananda’s consciousness permeated the Moksha Mandir, and I believe I was tuning into his vibrations of joy. His vibrations encouraged me to leave behind all self-definitions, and offer myself wholeheartedly to God. This is our true reality. This is true joy.
In his book, Religion in the New Age, Swami writes:
“Dwell on the thought of that freedom: freedom from all delusion, all desire, all attachment, and at last of every self-definition. Above all—if you are able to do so—rid yourself of the thought of any personal, separate, individual identity. You are a ray of God’s light. See your little sense of reality becoming absorbed in His infinite bliss.”
After practicing the meditation techniques, absorbing oneself in the divine quality of joy, can also help us share the joy of God with others.
Swami Kriyananda advised us:
“If you want to do one good thing in the world, the best thing you can do is to give other people joy.”
These two pieces of music by Swami Kriyananada convey the joy of heaven:
Nostalgia For A Lost Joy
from the album “Life is the Quest for Joy”
Thank you so very much for this inspiration! You are an inspiration to so many and an example of so many of the qualities we need to find God Realization!
Thank you for all the inner work you do!
The perfect words a the perfect time.
Thise thoughts inspired my mind and opened my heart.
Are precius perls.
Thanks you so much.
Thank you so much Diksha for this lovely reminder! The expansive meditation is just what I needed today! Also to hear the music that brings me directly to all my joy at Ananda Village is such a blessing! When I long to be up there and can not, all I have to do is meditate and listen to this heavenly music. Jai Swamiji’ Peace & Joy to all!
Truly enjoyed this article.
This meditation is inspiring. Look forward
to practicing it. :)
Thanks for another fine essay. I too have found that stopping at certain times during the day, and detaching from one’s activity to float with the breath away into infinity, brings us back to our true indentity, God-unity within.
I forgot to mention, that the addition of the music is wonderful.
Thank you so much for this helpful article. I will practice this technique in memory of dear Swami Kriyananda. Thank you for sharing it, Nayaswami Diksha.
Also, the music is beautifully joy-inspiring.
I’m so grateful having subscribed to these spiritual messages and insights to my daily life I have started with the journey back home. After having read many books about meditation I never found such a truth behind the truth and the desire becoming closer to God. My life is going to change and so I want to express from my heart deep gratitude.
The music, “Life is the Quest for Joy” is lovely. Thank you for the story of ‘speck of joy’, as it made me smile, remembering my deepest meditations, and the one moment, when I was five years old, in front of the mirror, brushing my teeth. I entered into something like an expanded state, internally asking God, “Is this all there is”, and experienced a simple, but profound response of joy that sustained me through all the ‘karmic burning’ that was ahead of me.
In Master’s Love,