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Sukham Atyantikam

A person, who successfully practices the science of meditation, derives or experiences joy which is beyond the realms of sense organs but can be one which is acknowledged by the intellect.

He who experiences the ultimate states of yoga does not deviate from the True Form of Divine Principle. There is no greater gain than being able to seek unison with the divine principle.

A yogi who has achieved this state remains unperturbed even by sorrow. The yoga or the science of meditation which detaches sorrow and establishes an enduring association with eternal joy and peace is indeed worth understanding.

In Bhagwadgita’s chapter 6, verses 21 through 23, primary information about the process of yoga and its complementing conduct and habits have been mentioned. After telling this, further the seekers have been encouraged to practice this science of meditation by illustrating its manifold benefiting effects.

Nobody wants sorrow. We sag in sorrow and waste the beautiful moments of life.

Joy to be experienced through the Intellect

We experience most of the pleasures through the medium of our physical body. Pleasures like listening to a nice song, walking barefoot on lush green lawns, observing the beautiful colours of sunset, relishing a well cooked recipe or being able to smell the fragrance of flowers draped in breeze, are all pleasures which can be experienced through words, form, touch, taste or smell. When things go as one wishes them to, then the mind too derives pleasure from it. When a certain subject is carefully understood, it gives pleasure to the intellect as well.

When the intellect has the ability to delve into deeper subjects, then it experiences joy when engaged in work of great depth and requiring profound ability. When the work is not at par with the ability, then people are often found saying having lack of job satisfaction.

Realisation of Self, the sense of being or ‘I AM’ cannot be experienced through the medium of our sense organs. And hence it is referred to as ‘Ati-indriya’. It can only be sensed through the intellect in the region of the fontanel. It can be held. When the intellect remains united with this self consciousness, it experiences the existence of an exceptionally profound principle. The joy yielded by its deeper states cannot be explained in words. In fact the phrase ‘sukham atyantikam’ (profuse pleasure) here has been used to describe this joy.

Procedure of Meditation – by Swami Madhavanand

Sit at a quiet place on a comfortable asan ( An āsan is the seat upon which dhyan is practiced) in a steady posture. Close eyes and focus attention at the region in the middle of the eyebrows, just above the bridge of the nose or on the top of the head, directly beneath the fontanel. (This region is also known as seat of consciousness). Repeat a mantra like Om, Sohum or Shriram silently in rhythm. Due to this, one will start realizing God’s existence more and more distinctly. Try to be in the same state.

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