Am I progressing in meditation? How will I know that? How shall I use my experience during meditation
for the upliftment of my soul? If the roots of a tree are firmly grounded in the earth; Leaves grow, flowers blossom, fruits ripen, birds sit and chirp, Many get shelter too, in the shade of that tree. But if the roots are not properly grounded or rooted in the soil, Then the sun may rise, it may rain, spring may arrive, But its leaves will be withered; Flowers will not blossom, fruits will not ripen,
birds will not sing. If our energy is scattered in this world, There will be nothing but misery, restlessness, affliction,
quarrels, doubt, negative thoughts and anger in our lives. If our energy is connected with the
Lotus Feet of the Sadguru and the pure soul – If our awareness, inclination and feelings are connected there; Then there is nothing but happiness, peace, and bliss. Once a Sadguru comes into our lives, It is as a woman becomes pregnant with a child; Now no more moods, her life is focused. She walks keeping her foetus in mind, She eats keeping the foetus in mind, Her existence, her standing, her sitting, her sleeping, Everything is done with the foetus in mind.
I am not talking about any individual here. Stay focused on the purpose of your life. Once the Sadguru comes in your life, He brings along with Him a higher purpose, a higher goal. Live keeping that in focus. Eat, drink, earn – do everything. But, do so with your focus on that. When we were young, didn’t we hear that tale? There was a pot of water. A crow came, it wanted to drink the water. It could not reach the water; it dropped some pebbles. It kept dropping pebbles – 1, 2, 3… By doing so, the water level began to rise, The level rose, it drank the water, and flew away. God resides deep within us. He is there – but very deep within. Keep dropping more and more pebbles of satsang, And you see, you can experience your level rising. Years ago, this same half-hour meditation seemed so long, And today it feels… That time you wished it would end, Now you wish it wouldn’t end; you want to stay in that state. What is this? What is this miracle? Firstly, it is not a miracle at all, it is a natural occurrence. You keep dropping pebbles, and the water level keeps rising. Now you can feel God very, very near. First, He was very far, very deep. He was there within, but there was no experience of Him, So it did not matter whether He was there or not. Now you can drink that ambrosia, that nectar – that devotion. What must Meera be experiencing? Though you have not experienced it,
now you can very well understand that. You can actually experience your levels rising. Yes or No? (Yes) Yes! Progress in meditation is not, ‘Now I can sit for an hour.’ Someone told me, “Bapa, I have progressed in meditation.” “What happened?” I asked, “I can sit in the lotus posture for 45 minutes.” He replied. “How is that progress in meditation?
That shows, you progressed in exercise.” If you have progressed in meditation, All these changes will become apparent in you. Levels change, shift in thinking, more loving, glad acceptance, During introspection, you have the courage
to see your ugliness, And still, you are not negative. What do you mean by level? Your inner state. Meditation is so internal! It touches you, it changes your levels. You become so creative, instead of being reactive. You start feeling, the controls of your moods
have started coming in your hands. No one else controls them. And your feelings do not leak as well. It’s totally within you – locked. And you can sustain, continue for a longer time. This shows you are growing, you are progressing. Do you experience that shift in your thinking?
It’s called gestalt, You see the same thing in a different way. Gestalt psychology of Germany; gestalt pictures. A picture is such that if you see it from
the left side, you can see something different; If you see it from the right side, you see something different. The funniest part is, You will never be able to see both simultaneously. You will either see a beggar woman sitting with one leg up, Carrying a stick and a small tin bowl. If you see it a little differently, you can see a young woman. If you see it a little differently, you can see
Krishna Bhagwan with a flute. The picture is exactly the same, but the point of view changes, And you see something different in the same picture. You see something different; you start feeling different, You start responding differently. So, this shift in paradigm, or you can say, Shift in your thinking is very, very important. If someone is getting angry at you, or insulting you, Earlier, your first thought would be, ‘Once I should teach him a lesson.’ ‘I cook everything and he comes ahead and serves!’ ‘He tries to impresses everyone,’ ‘I will have to teach him a proper lesson.’ You will not be able to think only such things, You will think differently. ‘He has to do such things, he has to indulge in deceit,
he has to lie,’ ‘Grab attention…’ ‘He must be in so much pain. How can I help him?’ Now see, this is something – a shift in your thinking! There was a carpenter, and someone called him for work. The poor man was having such a bad day; He was called at 10 am and he left accordingly. The moment he reached the car he saw it had a puncture. As he was running half an hour late, he hit the traffic, So, he lost an extra half an hour in traffic. Once he reached and started his work,
his electric saw stopped working. Today was a very bad day, everything was going wrong. Finally, he said, “I will have to come some other day.” When he tried going back, his car didn’t start. He requested the person he had come to work for, “Please could you drop me home?” “Okay.” He went to drop him. When they reached home, he invited him, “Please do come in for a few minutes.” He had helped so much. “Okay.” Both of them got off the car, the person and the carpenter. Before the entrance to the house, there was a tree. The carpenter stood near the tree, He put both his hands on the tree. He stood there for a minute or 2 and then went inside. Once he was inside, he started talking with his wife and children, So cheerfully, As if nothing wrong or bad had happened in his life. His wife and children don’t even get an inkling,
that he was unable to do any work today. That man started thinking, ‘When he was in the car, he was so upset, so disturbed,’ ‘And here, he changed completely.’ Later, they must have offered him tea. When he was returning, The carpenter said, “I’ll see you off to the car.” That tree was on the way. That man asked the carpenter, “What happened? What did you do? What is this mystery?” “You passed the tree and everything was different?” He said, “I have kept this discipline,” “No matter what happens in my life or mind,” “Any ups or downs, left or right, if anything goes wrong,” “Why should my wife and children suffer?” “So I have kept a pattern, the moment I enter the house,” “The way we remove our slippers,” “I have to hang all my disturbance on this tree.” “The next day, when I leave, if I need it, I take it,
if I don’t need it, I leave it behind.” Your life will become like this. Your controls will come in your hands. If you say, “Settle down.” The moment you say, “Settle down”, Your mind starts settling down. You begin to get so many controls in your hands. And you really feel, what is happening? There is a shift in thinking, levels have risen, And I can sustain because you are enjoying, And because you are manufacturing that level; It is because your eyes have opened, so,
it is something which is happening constantly. It’s a beautiful life I am saying. Everything changes, very different! Your introspection will become so strong, When you remember any incident now, The meditator in you will say, ‘Subtract everyone and see.’ If what you expected does not happen, how angry do you get? You watched that part of the film. Your expectations not being met, is not such a big deal. But when the expectations are not met,
how great the fluctuation is, You realised that, right? Your capacity – work on it now! Finished. When you will be meditating, all the dirt will come out first. Since you are doing it just for 15 minutes,
there is no time for the dirt to come out. But when you do it for longer durations;
when we do it for 7, 14, 21 days, You will actually forget your face, Original face. So much dirt will come out. So introspect. And in doing so, whatever comes out, You will be able to easily accept that. Nothing will go underground now. You will be so very scared. Am I so self-centred? Am I so sinful? Am I just using others for my happiness all the time? When you see such things in yourself, you will not be able
to accept it, Tolerate yourself. And immediately you will say, “No, instead of thinking such bad thoughts,
let me count the rosary.” But you can’t accept your ugly face. Everything goes underground, And when it comes out after that, it comes out distorted, And explodes – suddenly. Now you will not let anything go underground. You will say, “Come out, come out in the full form.” You will find the whole world coming out from
your subconscious mind. All kinds of strange things, Whatever you had suppressed, will come out. At that time, you had some argument with a taxi driver. Since you could not fight with the taxi driver at that time, That taxi driver went in your subconscious, And has resurfaced now! You will realise another big world is lying within you. This outside world is nothing in comparison; A much bigger world with impressions of lifetimes is
lying within you. The moment you become free, And you are just observing, it all comes out. If you get entangled, involved, if you start answering it, If you start changing it, diverting it, instructing it, avoiding it, That instant you missed out on meditating. Let it just come out. Observe! Gradually what will happen? Desires, anger, delusion, greed, deceit, Will start coming in front of your eyes. Until now, they were behind you, and pushing you. When they pushed, you fell down; those feelings manifested. Now with this state of awareness, I am actually explaining how the process will go. You are not doing anything, you are not stopping; You are just being in a state of awareness. Slowly your enemy, that was behind you, And was harassing you from behind, That enemy comes in front of you. And you are not supporting the enemy, You are not fighting with it, and you are not supporting it also, Just a witness! Where will anger get strength from? Where will lust get strength from? Lust arises due to the instincts of past karma, Now to continue, it needs your help. Come on, create thoughts! But you are not doing anything – just witness. Where will it get the strength from? It will drop. I am explaining you the whole process. What will happen with you, when you don’t support; When you don’t create thoughts, Slowly what will happen to those thoughts? It will not be a series, there will be gaps. Now you stay away, you remain quiet, Staying away means maintaining a distance, You are just witnessing. Remaining quiet means, you are becoming non-reactive. The distance between you and your thoughts will
keep increasing. If a car is here, and then it starts moving ahead. As the distance between the car and you increases, That car appears smaller and smaller. Does that happen or not? But slowly by witnessing, Even though the thought process is on, The distance between you and the thought processes
increases so much, That slowly it goes out of range. That is the thought-free state. You can work on it and transform yourself in this birth only. Moksha is not in the next birth, we want moksha in
this birth itself. Absolute liberation may not be possible, But at least, liberation from one impurity at a time, is possible. That’s possible, right? Anger has gone, pride has gone, Let us keep working on this. Let us celebrate this. Let us celebrate not only the success; Let us celebrate the process. Let us celebrate the failures. When we were young, didn’t we hear that tale? There was a pot of water. A crow came, it wanted to drink the water. It could not reach the water; it dropped some pebbles. It kept dropping some pebbles – 1, 2, 3… By doing so, the water level began to rise, The level rose, it drank the water, and flew away. God resides deep within us. He is there – but very deep within. Keep dropping more and more pebbles of satsang, And you see, you can experience your level rising. Years ago, this same half-hour meditation seemed so long, And today it feels…That time you wished it would end, Now you wish it wouldn’t end; you want to stay in that state. What is this? What is this miracle? Firstly, it is not a miracle at all, it is a natural occurrence. You keep dropping pebbles, and the water level keeps rising. Now you can feel God very, very near. First, He was very far, very deep. He was there within, but there was no experience of Him, So it did not matter whether He was there or not. Now you can drink that ambrosia, that nectar – that devotion. What must Meera be experiencing? Though you have not experienced it,
Now you can very well understand that. You can actually experience your levels rising. Yes or No? (Yes) Yes! Progress in meditation is not, ‘Now I can sit for an hour.’ Someone told me, “Bapa, I have progressed in meditation.” “What happened?” I asked, “I can sit in the lotus posture for 45 minutes.” He replied. “How is that progress in meditation?
That shows, you progressed in exercise.” If you have progressed in meditation, All these changes will become apparent in you. Levels change, shift in thinking, more loving, glad acceptance, During introspection, you have the courage
to see your ugliness, And still, you are not negative – What do you mean by level? The state of your feelings. Meditation is so internal! It touches you, it changes your levels. You become so creative, instead of being reactive. You start feeling, the controls of your moods
have started coming in your hands. No one else controls them. And your feelings do not leak as well. It’s totally within you – locked. And you can sustain, continue for a longer time. This shows you are growing, you are progressing. Do you experience that shift in your thinking?
It’s called gestalt, You see the same thing in a different way. Gestalt psychology of Germany; gestalt pictures. A picture is such that if you see it from
the left side, you can see something different; If you see it from the right side, you see something different. The funniest part is, You will never be able to see both of them simultaneously. You will either see a beggar woman sitting with one leg up, Carrying a stick and a small tin bowl. If you see it a little differently, you can see a young woman. If you see it a little differently, you can see
Krishna Bhagwan with a flute. The picture is exactly the same, but the point of view changes, And you see something different in the same picture. You see something different; you start feeling different, You start responding differently. So, this shift in paradigm, or you can say, Shift in your thinking is very, very important. If someone is getting angry at you, or insulting you, As was the case earlier, your first thought will not be, ‘Once I should teach him a lesson.’ ‘I cook everything and he comes ahead and serves!’ ‘He tries to impresses everyone, I will have to teach him a proper lesson.’ You will not be able to think only such things, You will think differently. He has to do such things, he has to indulge in deceit,
he has to lie, Grab attention… He must be in so much pain. How can I help him? Now see, this is something – a shift in your thinking! There was a carpenter, and someone called him for work. The poor man was having such a bad day; He was called at 10 am and he left accordingly. The moment he reached the car he saw it had a puncture. As he was running half an hour late, he got stuck in traffic, So, he lost an extra half an hour in traffic. Once he reached and started his work,
his electric saw stopped working Today was a very bad day, everything was going wrong. Finally, he said, “I will have to come some other day.” When he tried going back, his car didn’t start. He requested the person he had come to work for, “Please could you drop me home?” “Okay.” He went to drop him. When they reached home, he invited him, “Please do come in for a few minutes.” He had helped so much. Both of them got off the car, the person and the carpenter. Before the entrance to the house, there was a tree. The carpenter stood near the tree, He put both his hands on the tree. He stood there for a minute or 2 and then went inside. Once he was inside, he started talking with his wife and children So cheerfully, As if nothing wrong or bad had happened in his life. His wife and children don’t even get an inkling,
that he was unable to do any work today. That man started thinking, ‘When he was in the car, he was so upset, so disturbed,’ ‘And here, he changed completely.’ Later, they must have offered him tea. When he was returning, The carpenter said, “I’ll see you off to the car.” That tree was on the way. That man asked the carpenter, “What happened? What did you do? What is this mystery?” “You passed the tree and everything was different?” He said, “I have kept this rule – No matter what happens in my life or mind,” “Any ups or downs, left or right, if anything goes wrong,” “Why should my wife and children suffer?” “So I have kept a pattern, the moment I enter the house,” “The way we remove our slippers, I have to hang my entire disturbance on this tree.” “Next day, when I leave, if I need it, I take it,
if I don’t need it, I leave it behind.” Your life will become like this. Your controls will come in your hands. If you say, “Settle down.” The moment you say settle down, Your mind starts settling down. You begin to get so many controls in your hands. And you really feel, what is happening? There is a shift in thinking, levels have risen, And I can sustain because you are enjoying, And because you are manufacturing that level; It is because your eyes have opened, so,
it is something which is happening constantly. It’s a beautiful life I am saying. Everything changes, very different! Your introspection will become so strong, When you remember any incident now, The meditator in you will say, ‘Subtract everyone and see.’ If what you expected does not happen, how angry do you get? You watched that part of the film. Your expectations not being met, is not such a big deal. But when the desired does not happen,
how great the fluctuation is, You realised that, right? Your capacity – work on it now! Finished. When you will be meditating, all the dirt will come out first. Since you are doing it just for 15 minutes,
there is no time for the dirt to come out. But when you do it for longer durations;
when we do it for 7, 14, 21 days, You will actually forget your face, Original face. So much dirt will come out. So introspect. And in doing so, whatever comes out, You will be able to easily accept that. Nothing will go underground now. You will be so very scared. Am I so self-centred? Am I so sinful? Am I just using others for my happiness all the time? When you’ll see such things in you, you will not be able
to accept it, Tolerate yourself. And immediately you will say, “No, instead of thinking such bad thoughts,
let me count the rosary.” But you can’t accept your ugly face. Everything goes underground, And when it comes out after that, it comes out distorted, And explodes – Suddenly. Now you will not let anything go underground. You will say, “Come out, come out in the full form.” You will find the whole world coming out from
your subconscious mind. All kinds of strange things, Whatever you had suppressed, will come out. At that time, you had some argument with a taxi driver. Since you could not fight with the taxi driver at that time, That taxi driver went in your subconscious And has resurfaced now! You will realise another whole world is lying within you. This outside world is nothing in comparison; A much bigger world with impressions of lifetimes is
lying within you. The moment you become free, And you are just observing, it all comes out. If you get entangled, involved, if you start answering it, If you start changing it, diverting it, instructing it, avoiding it, That instant you missed out on meditating. Let it just come out. Observe! Gradually what will happen? Desires, anger, delusion, greed, deceit, Will start coming in front of your eyes. Until now, they were behind you, and pushing you. When they pushed, you fell down; those feelings manifested. Now with this state of awareness, I am actually explaining how the process will go. You are not doing anything, you are not stopping; You are just being in a state of awareness. Slowly your enemy, who was behind you, And was harassing you from behind, That enemy comes in front of you. And you are not supporting the enemy, You are not fighting with it, and you are not supporting it also, Just a witness! Where will anger get strength from? Where will lust get strength from? Lust arises due to the instincts of past karma, Now to continue, it needs your help. Come on, create thoughts! But you are not doing anything – just witness. Where will it get the strength from? It will drop. I am explaining you the whole process. What will happen with you, when you don’t support; When you don’t create thoughts, Slowly what will happen to those thoughts? It will not be a series, there will be gaps. Now you stay away, you remain quiet, Staying away means maintaining a distance, You are just witnessing. Remaining quiet means, you are becoming non-reactive. The distance between you and your thoughts will
keep increasing. If a car is here, and then it starts moving ahead. As the distance between the car and you increases, That car appears smaller and smaller. Does that happen or not? But slowly by witnessing, Even though the thought process is on, The distance between you and the thought processes
increases so much, That slowly it goes out of range. That is the thought-free state. You can work on it and transform yourself in this birth only. Moksha is not in the next birth, we want moksha in
this birth itself. Absolute liberation may not be possible, But at least, liberation from one impurity at a time, is possible. That’s possible, right? Anger has gone, pride has gone, Let us keep working on this. Let us celebrate this. Let us celebrate not only the success; Let us celebrate the process. Let us celebrate the failures.