By Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj
Jyoti Meditation (light meditation) is an introductory practice used in Science of Spirituality—Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission that anyone of any age can try on your own. The full meditation technique used in Science of Spirituality, which leads to inner experiences of spiritual realms of light within, is called Shabd Meditation or Surat Shabd Yoga as is practiced by people all over the world.
A good analogy to understand the joy of meditation can be found in the reports of those having a near-death experience, or NDE. In such experiences, someone who underwent a physical trauma or accident may have undergone clinical death. As doctors and medical practitioners worked on their body, the patients experienced floating above their body and watching the procedure being done on them. Some floated through walls to witness friends and relatives in other rooms, what they were doing, wearing, or saying, and later, when the patient was revived, what they saw and heard were borne out to be true. At some point, those describing the experience report going through a dark tunnel to emerge in a world of light. There, they met a being of Light who embraced them with more love than any they ever experienced in their physical life. The joy they felt in this world of light was so tremendous many did not want to return to life. During this time, they no longer felt any pain. The light was bright and intense but not scorching. This experience was so loving it transformed their lives and they realized how important it is to be loving. They returned to their body as it was not their time to die, but they were transformed by the experience. They no longer feared death and knew that there was more to life than their physical body. They knew they could exist beyond this body.
According to a Gallup Poll, over thirteen million people reported this near-death experience. The good news is that people can experience the realms of inner light through mediation without the trauma of a near-death experience. This bliss and love can be ours any time we want through meditation. When we tap into this place of peace and calm, we naturally are beyond the reaches of stress and anger. We are in a place of joy and bliss that lasts with us even when we come out of meditation.
To get started with the Jyoti Meditation practice, which anyone can try on your own at home or anywhere you like, sit in a comfortable pose, most convenient to you, in which you can sit still for the longest possible time. While meditating, it is not necessary to hold hands or touch anyone else, as any movement brings your attention back down into the body, distracting from concentration at the seat of the soul, also called the third eye, single eye, shiv netra, divya chakshu, ajna or aggya charka, tenth door, or daswan dwar (located between and behind the two eyebrows).
Close your eyes, gently, as you do when we go to sleep, but remain wide awake. Closing your eyes keeps you from being distracted by the outer sights of the physical world. With closed eyes, focus your attention in front of you. Do not put pressure on your eyes. Also, do not raise your eyes upwards towards the direction of the eyebrows as that puts pressure on your eyes and forehead and can result in a headache. Rather, keep your eyes focused gently in front of you and look into the middle of what appears within. Keep gazing horizontally, focusing about eight to ten inches in front of you with closed eyes.
Look lovingly into the middle of what appears in front of you. At first, you may see either darkness or light, sparks of light, pinpoints of light, flashes of light, circles of light, or light of any color, such as red, orange, yellow, blue, green, purple, violet, white, or golden color. No matter what you see, continue to gaze into the middle of what appears. You may see inner vistas such as an inner sky, clouds, stars, a moon, or a sun.
While gazing into the middle of what appears, you may notice that your mind distracts you with thoughts. You may find that the thoughts distract you from gazing within. You may find that you cannot silence your mind to continue meditating. To help keep your mind from distracting you, you can mentally and silently repeat any Name of God with which you feel comfortable. This repetition should go on mentally, and not aloud, as you continue to gaze. This silent repetition gives the mind something to do so that it does not send thoughts to you that can distract you from meditating. As your attention converges at the third or single eye, you may then see inner lights. These lights are a reflection of the lights of the inner realms. By gazing deeper into the middle of that light, you can tap into the spiritual treasures within and enjoy the profound peace, joy, bliss, and happiness unlike any found in this world. Those who meditate are permeated with a divine love that engulfs and fulfills them. The beauty of meditation is that this joy can remain with you even after you resume your daily activities.
May you find this meditation helpful in improving the health of your body, mind, and soul.