As water takes the shape
of its container, the mind when it contemplates an object is transformed
into the shape of that object. The
mind which thinks of the all pervading divinity which it worships, is
ultimately through long-continued devotion transformed into the likeness
of that divinity.
When oil is poured from one vessel to another, one can observe the steady
constant flow. When the flow
of concentration is uninterrupted, the state that arises is Meditation. As the filament in an electric bulb glows and illumines when
there is a regular uninterrupted current of electricity, the Yogi’s mind
will be illumined by Meditation. His
body, breath, senses, mind, reason and ego are all integrated in the
object of his contemplation – the universal spirit.
He remains in a state of consciousness which has no qualification
whatsoever. There is no other
feeling except a state of Supreme Bliss.
Like a streak of lightning the Yogi sees light that shines beyond
the earth and the heavens. He
sees the light that shines in his oqn heart.
He becomes a light unto himself and others.
The signs of progress on the path of Yoga are health, a sense of physical
lightness, steadiness, clearness of countenance and a beautiful voice,
sweetness of odour of the body and freedom from craving.
He has a balanced screne and a tranquil mind.
He is the very symbol of humility.
He dedicates all his actions to the Lord and taking refuge in Him,
frees himself from the bondage of Karma (action) and become a Jivana Mukta
( A liberated soul).
What becomes of him who
strives and fails to reach the end of Yoga, who has faith, but whose mind
wanders away from Yoga? To
this query of Arjuna, the Lord Sri Krishna replied:
evil can befall a righteous man. He
dwells long years in the heaven of those who did good, and then he is
reborn in the house of the pure and the great.
He may even be born in a family of illumined Yogis; but to be born
in such a family is most difficult in this world.
He will regain the wisdom attained in his former life and strives
ever for perfection. Because
of his former study, practice and struggle which drive him ever onwards,
the Yogi ever strives with a soul cleansed of sin, attains perfection
through many lives and reaches the supreme goal.
The Yogi goes beyond those who only follow the path of austerity,
knowledge or service. Therefore
Arjuna be thou a Yogi. The
greatest of all Yogi’s is he who adores Me and faith and whose heart
abides in Me’.