8th May 2012
I attended the birth anniversary of Pujya Gurudev and was delighted to see a jam packed hall with honest, sincere and worthy practitioners and followers of his teachings.
The video had the best stills of his past talks in which were included a five minute meditation session. The hall was A/Ced, hence rendering it comfortable; there was hardly any disturbance in the crowd or distraction, so the subject was easily followed.
The beginning of his talk saw him talk about the importance of enthusiasm in our lives. He extolled the people to possess a zest for things they liked, much as he did for the subject that was so dear to him.
He then went on to describe the process of meditation at length, the exact posture and requirements to experience the truth of enlightenment. He also urged people to experience thoughtlessness only in the seat of meditation, dispelling any effort to practice meditation on a daily 24 hour basis.
After a 5 minute session of meditation, wherein we all experienced for 5 minutes, the deepest quietitude, he went on to distinguish between the mind and intellect. He instructed that the mind is the entity that keeps us involved in the plurality of the world, whereas the intellect is the instrument that advises the mind to think of Brahman or god.
He further went on to describe Brahman as without any physical distinction, but instead gave it a oneness that enveloped the whole of mankind.
The talk, held at the KC College auditorium, ended with Swatmanandaji conducting the Paduka Puja with the hosts, the Singhals and the Agarwalas.
After the session was done, the only question that remained in the mind was, ‘How does one stay in that state forever?’
The session reminded us of the spiritually intense camps Gurudev used to conduct at all the various ashrams that had sprung up all over India.
There were many familiar faces in the crowd, but I was really happy to see so many new additions to this divine work of self actualization.