By Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj
A vacation offers a chance to take a break from the stresses of daily living. We usually seek places that are relaxing, enjoyable, and beautiful. Yet going on an outer vacation is often stressful. We have to earn money for the trip; book tickets; undergo the rigors of travel, whether by road, train, bus, or air; find the right accommodations and food service; and face unexpected inclement weather. Often, we return from a vacation more exhausted than we had left.
What if we could experience a vacation that did not cost anything and in which we could instantly travel to and experience unimaginable vistas more beautiful than anything ever seen in this world? What if that vacation filled us with relaxation of our body, mind, and spirit, and had the added benefit of putting us into the states of tremendous love, joy and bliss? What if we could tap into a restful peace that washed away our troubles and stayed with us even when we returned from the journey? What if we could take this trip anytime we wanted, as many times as we wished, by just closing our eyes?
This is not science fiction. This journey is not imaginary. Many enlightened beings, saints, mystics, and spiritual masters have taken this inner voyage. Through the ages, the spiritual journey was largely a mystery to the masses, but was known to the disciples through an oral tradition whereby Masters passed on the travel directions for this journey.
This experience is still available today to all who want to undertake this incredible voyage. The way within is through meditation. Meditation is the art of inverting our attention from the world outside to that within. Sightseeing in the physical world may attract our senses with interesting and beautiful sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings. Yet inner sightseeing dazzles us. The inner voyage thrills our soul with bliss, love and joy that far surpass any sensory delights experienced in this physical world.