When practices are given by a person that has reached a state of self-realization, it is not only the verbal mantra that is given, but when the mantra is perceived by the guru in a state of meditation and he utters that mantra, at that time his whole being is contained in that sound that is put forth.
When you practice the mantra, the entirety of the Guru, the entirety of the spiritual Force, is sent forth in Bliss form in that mantra and it is received by the chela, by the meditator. When that meditator sincerely practices that mantra as instructed, then the person with gradual practice becomes the mantra and experiences not only the grosser form of the mantra but the subtler form of the mantra, and at its subtlest level it is not only you, but also the Guru’s Bliss mixed in that mantra. And that is why the benefits are felt. The benefits are felt whereby, through a tangible vehicle of the audible mantra, one reaches the subtleness of the mantra where your Spirit and the Guru’s Spirit becomes one.
There starts the awakening of the internal guru, which is forever internal and eternal.
That is the stage we have to reach through our spiritual practices. Some people tell you that when you are given a technique, you are immediately taken to Bliss. Do not believe that. It is a process, but a worthy process.
What is worth attaining is worth striving for. We know that. The real Guru, having experienced this Bliss, which he cannot describe to you in words, can allow you to experience it. His purpose, the purpose of the Light, is to rid darkness. And the Light is so powerful that all the dark corners of our Heart is lit up and darkness disappears. That is the purpose of attaining to that blissful state, so that the blissful state can be shared with those that are earnestly seeking Bliss, and finding Bliss is finding God. That is the goal, that is the aim, that is the purpose of our lives.
The purpose of our lives is not material accumulation. There is nothing wrong in material accumulation. But do remember one thing, let man have sufficient to his needs. That is the basic principle. For you will find that if you want a million dollars, once you have the million dollars you will surely want two million dollars. When you have two million dollars, you will surely want five million dollars. It is a never-ending process of being enmeshed in total materiality.
But if we have in mind that these are my needs. Why not? We are entitled to it. Good food, sufficient to look after our families. Perhaps a bit for the rainy day? There is nothing wrong with that in this modern society. That is a natural want. Useful need and not the accumulation of something that is needless, because I would still like to meet the man that has made ten million dollars and taken it with him when he passes off.
We live our lives according to our needs, and if our lives are well regulated in the path of spirituality, you will find that the needs become more and more simpler. And the more simpler the needs become, the more simpler our lives become. The path to joy and happiness and Bliss is to find the simplicity of life, for within simplicity lies Divinity, and Divinity is another name for Bliss.
To have a blissful existence is the birthright of each and every one of us.
Essentially, man is not born to be unhappy. Within man are all the elements that constitute Bliss. The veils of samskaras just cover up this Bliss, yet this highly polished diamond is there but covered with dust, and through the spiritual practices we are blowing the dust away so that the sparkle, the bliss, of this diamond is experienced.
We are orientated a lot towards mental analysis. Nothing wrong in that. Let us have our analysis but let us also try to experience that which we analyse, and the experience grows so much that it does not only reach the level of analysis but goes far beyond it. The analysis is the steppingstone.
WE WANT TO EXPERIENCE BLISS
Did Buddha or Christ ever go into deep analytical philosophies? No. They spoke of personal experience. They did not speak of knowledge, but they gave forth wisdom, and wisdom does not require analysis.
Wisdom is at a level where analysis falls short. At that level of wisdom, which is another aspect of Bliss, another aspect of Bliss is Love, so all these are different, not different qualities, but different aspects of Bliss, and Bliss is Divinity itself.
We want to experience. We do not take the sugar to the laboratory before we put it in our tea. We know sugar is sweet and by putting it in our tea we experience the sweetness of sugar. We know intuitively, without analysis, that there is Bliss, and we do our practices to experience the Bliss. Experiencing something means to become one with something. To become one with that which is forever existent and eternal.
… Gururaj Ananda Yogi: Satsang US 1977 – 10