“The individual being does not act according to his own will; he cannot. He is dependent on the will of God, Lord Shiva. It is only God that is completely independent.”~Swami Lakshman Joo (From Kashmir Shaivism, the Secret Supreme.
The removal of the impediments to the practice of yoga is said to be possible by meditation on reality, to give an ultimate solution to the problem. This is finally the only solution to all difficulties. There can be tentative solutions, but a final solution is not possible unless one resorts to the ultimate cause of all things, from which everything proceeds and of which everything is an effect.
O fool! What are you doing in the room? Why have you shut the doors? Are you meditating or building sand castles? Are you planning or sleeping? What do you see with closed eyes? Darkness? Or some white spots? Is this your vision of God? Do not waste this precious human life. See God everywhere – in the sun, in the trees, the child, the cow, in the breeze, in the old man, in the running brooks, in the landscapes. He is not within your trikuti (eyebrow centre) alone. Can you meditate for twenty-four hours? Do not become tamasic or lazy. Do not mistake tamas (inertia) for satva (divinity). Enough, enough of your meditation. Thy cells are charged with heavy tamas. Come out and serve God in all forms. Here is a dynamic path of cosmic vision. – So says Sivananda
The chances you will wake up are in direct proportion to the amount of truth you can take without running away.
Counsellors Of Wisdom
WORK WORK WORK
Do not talk of Vedanta and Brahman, work, work, work. There is too much talk and vedantic gossiping, enough of tall talk and gossiping. Give up lecturing and pedantry, become a practical vedantin. Be good to others, even at the point of a bayonet. Show your strength and courage now. Develop a soft heart, that can melt at the sufferings of others, this will lead you to the realisation of unity. I want fiery young men -brave, dispassionate and wise, with iron will and ferroconcrete body and nerves, who can pulverise the Himalayas, who can sip the waters of the ocean, who can devour death like a pickle, who can swim across the ocean, who can uproot mount Everest, who can swallow the ball of fire. – Thus sayeth Sivananda
WHAT IS CONCENTRATION?
Once a Sanskrit scholar approached Kabir and asked him, “O Kabir, what are you doing now?”. Kabir replied, “O Pundit, I am detaching the mind from worldly objects and attaching it to the lotus-feet of the Lord”. This is concentration.
Concentration or Dharana is centering the mind on one single thought. Vedantins try to fix the mind on the Atman. This is their Dharana. Hatha Yogins and Raja Yogins concentrate their mind on the six Chakras (energy centres). Bhaktas concentrate on their Ishta Devata (tutelary diety). Concentration is a great necessity for all aspirants.
During concentration, the various rays of the mind are collected and focussed on the object of concentration. There will be no tossing of the mind. One idea occupies the mind. The whole energy of the mind is concentrated on that one idea. The senses become still. They do not function. When there is deep concentration, there is no consciousness of the body and surroundings.
In the early years, one meditates for their self. In the later years, one meditates for the world. – Yogi Baba Prem
Brahman, in the form of Shabdabrahman assumed the form of kundalini and appeared as the shakti of the Sanskrit letters. -Yogi Baba Prem