Meditation has become a buzzword these days and is prescribed as a ‘multi-purpose drug’ for enhancing personal wellbeing. The term is now being used interchangeably for breathing exercises, yogasanas, contemplation and a variety of activities. At the Brahmakaumaris, however, meditation refers specifically to Rajyoga, an ancient Indian technique that empowers us by elevating our thoughts and consciousness. As our inner world changes, it has a ripple effect on our mental and physical health, relationships, social scenario and even our natural environment.
What is Rajayoga?
‘Yoga’ means connection or link, and Rajayoga implies the highest connection – that of the soul with the supreme soul through the power of thought. Rajayoga simply means remembering God with Love by means of correct understanding. Remembering a near one comes naturally to us, that is why Rajayoga is also known as ‘easy yoga’.
We are unable to make this connection when we believe in our original identity as an eternal and virtuous soul that is distinct from our perishable body, and also recognise God as the supreme spiritual being and father of all souls. In this consciousness of truth, a love link with the almighty becomes obstacle-free. As our thoughts focus on Him, we are able to draw from His unlimited reserve of wisdom, purity, peace, love, happiness, power and bliss.
Rajayoga, step by step
In a usual Rajyoga session, we employ our subtle faculties – mind and intellect to change our personality traits. We sit in silence, consciously create elevated thoughts through our mind, then visualise them through our intellect. This is followed by inner experience that triggers self-transformation. The more our concentration, that is unity between the mind and intellect, the deeper our experience.
When we get the right answer to the question ‘who am I’ and stay in its awareness, our old belief system – based on false identity of a mortal body – collapses and our understanding of life stems from truth. As a result, fear, insecurity and anxiety take leave and hope, courage and freedom set in.
Soul-consciousness connects us back to our pure and original qualities, universal truths and Ultimate truth. So we become inclined to expressing ourselves through kindness and virtues. We are able to recognize the world as ongoing drama where each soul harvests what it sows, so our actions become responsible.
Our body is like a chemical factory where our thoughts trigger corresponding hormonal secretions all day. Rajayoga recharges every cell of our body by making our thought pattern positive. It checks our stress level and enhances the release of happy hormones that restore the body’s immunity, vigour and beauty.
The sweetest fruits in Rajyoga come from connecting with the supreme. A Rajayogi receives new insights and ‘touchings’ along his journey that rescue him in emergencies or help him leap ahead in life, way beyond self-perception.
One can take this connection ahead through a mutual dialogue of thoughts, and experience a very live relationship with Him and feel fulfilled.
This two-way communication makes Rajyoga different from prayer, our traditional means to reach God, in which the seeker alone sends across a message which is often pre-scripted.
Source: Prajapita Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University
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