Thoughts arise in mind, and the mind serves two purposes:

1. That of a radar: The role of the mind is to inform us about things just like a radar: This is good, this is fearful, this is like this, this is like that. It does so with the help of thoughts. It signals what it sees and these signals are not to frighten or scare us, but to caution us instead; so that we can take a remedial action on time.

2. Like that of a boat: The mind is a like a boat; it can make us wander aimlessly in the worldly life and it can also take us to moksha if we meet a Gnani Purush, who gives our boat a compass.

In His presence, our mind becomes steady and peaceful, so just imagine how wonderful and peaceful His mind must be! Then, why not learn from Gnani, the Enlightened One, only as to how He deals with His mind?

“We (Gnani Purush) are showing the path that we have seen, known and experienced. We are telling you the method that we have used and how we have become free. Now, when You follow what I show You, it will come into Your practice. Then You will have no problem for Your moksha.”

~ Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan

What is meditation in real sense? The Enlightened One explains:

“In meditation, we have to watch what thoughts are coming. Be an observer. As an observer, you have to (only) watch what are the thoughts coming, and it (the thought) will go.

The mind is working (functioning); it is its function to give thoughts. And you are an observer. Both the things are separate. This (mind containing the thoughts) is an object and you are an observer. Don’t cancel (stop thinking) it. Just watch what thoughts are coming and going, (with the awareness of) I am the knower and seer (observer). Then it is the right meditation.

The Enlightened One further advises:

Take Gnan (Self-Realization as per Akram Vignan). Then, you will understand that, ‘I am a Pure Soul’ and the mind is of John (please insert your name here).

Mind never stops. We cannot stop the mind, we cannot control the mind, we can just observe the mind. These (the thoughts) are discharge atoms, and we, as a Pure Soul, are the knower and Seer. So we have to keep equanimity, “I do not want to get disturbed by the mind. I am just keeping an observation of what thoughts are coming.’ And it (the thoughts) will go. We are just the Knower and Seer.

Real meditation means we have to just observe what thoughts are coming. Thoughts are coming through the tubers of anger, pride, deceit, greed. Wherever we have given an opinion (in the past), it has remained as a tuber in the mind. And now, thoughts are coming through that mind. So, we have to just observe. Now, we have to keep the awareness of the spiritual Self that, ‘who am I and why this is happening?”

The nature of the mind is to think

Hence, the thoughts will come automatically and I (as the Soul, the Self) has to ‘see’ them.

When is it considered as ‘seeing’ a thought in the true sense?

It is considered as ‘seeing’ when it does not affect us; when we say “noted its contents” and let it go! And it is considered as being engrossed with the thought when it affects us.

It is the nature of the ego to become one with the mind. And to remain separate from the mind (its thoughts) is called purusharth (the real effort) which can happen only after attaining the Self (Self-Realization, Spiritual awakening). After attaining Self-Realization, one understands that ‘I am a Pure Soul, completely free from the mind, speech and body. What then is the natural work of the Self? It is to ‘see’ the natural work of the mind, intellect and senses as separate.

The awakened awareness increases as the above-mentioned purusharth increases. As soon as a thought arises, it is the awareness that makes one know that ‘this thought is an object to be known and I am the Knower’. One has to take this awareness to a level where one can remain as Knower and Observer of the mind all the time.

Gnan (Self-Realization) is the only thing that the mind can be bound by!

Otherwise the mind can never be bound. When the mind is bound, it means that one will no longer suffer from the results of being engrossed in the thoughts, and as a result, one will stop from binding dangerous karma.

The charging mind (mind that binds karma) stops after taking Gnan (Self-Realization through Akram Vignan). The ‘discharging mind’ (the tubers already bound by mind prior to Self-Realization)) stays, and it will exhaust only by ‘seeing’. After Self-Realization, it does not get any new energy, and the old energy slowly gets dissipated and exhausted.

Therefore, come to Gnani, and from Him, attain Self-Realization!!!

Author's Bio: 

Ambalal M. Patel was a civil contractor by profession. In June 1958, spontaneous Self-Realization occurred within Ambalal M. Patel. From this point on, Ambalal became a Gnani Purush, and the Lord that manifested within him became known as Dada Bhagwan. A Gnani Purush is One who has realized the Self and is able to help others do the same. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan used to go from town to town and country-to-country to give satsang (spiritual discourse) and impart the knowledge of the Self, as well as knowledge of harmonious worldly interactions to everyone who came to meet him. This spiritual science, known as Akram Vignan, is the step-less path to Self-realization.