Improving ourselves and becoming more mature through meditation

If we practice meditation, it means we are concentrating on improving ourselves and making ourselves more mature.


The mind can be kept non-violent and restrained so we don’t lose control and act in an immature way.


We can then be in a better position to help others if our own mind is under our control. As Babaji says, ‘If you can’t help others, at least don’t hinder them’.


Not to hinder others also is a great achievement – we may be hindering or bothering others without realizing it due to our habitual nature.


This habitual nature is what we can purify and overcome through the regular practice of meditation. A mature person always thinks of a larger cause – for the betterment of the other, the society and the world.

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‘It’s a great thing to stop the mind and just be able to watch the mind.’

The watching process in meditation is vital to purify the mind of its constant imaginations which are the cause of tension, anxiety, fear and stress.

Since the mind is so habitual to think and analyse all the time, it may take some time to become quiet. We need patience with ourselves – if the mind is practised to think so much, we need a practice not to think. Regularly if we adopt a practice then our mind can become more and more quiet, and we would regain that control.

This control of our mind means that in our daily lives we will be able to apply the mind in the best concentrated way and think when we want to – when we don’t want to think we can keep it rested, at peace, quiet.

And eventually, as the Masters say, we can become aware of the consciousness of existence, our real Self.

As Meditation Master Shiva Rudra Balayogi (Babaji) says,

“Consistently practice and you will gain the ability to just watch and not think. That’s a great achievement, anybody who can achieve it. It’s a great thing to stop the mind and just be able to watch the mind. When you watch the mind, then all thoughts and visions would have disappeared, then you will realise the mind is watching itself. That mind which is watching itself is that consciousness of existence, that is the ‘I’.”

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The cleansing process for the mind

Here is Meditation Master Babaji talking on how meditation is the cleansing process of the mind if we can ‘just watch’.

‘When we close the eyes for meditation, thousands of thoughts may keep coming. This is the cleansing process of the mind. Mind has absorbed these habits. We call it as the ‘acquired habits of the mind’. When the mind recognizes, when it thinks, it analyzes and makes a judgment. ‘This is good, this is the bad’ – it judges with its own imagination and absorbs an imprint. All these things sit in the mind as a habit. Based on these habits a person’s behavioural structure also builds up; a person’s character and culture. One might be very soft spoken and beautiful and kind and compassionate. Another may be quite rude, always into hatred and vengeance and violence. It all depends on the mind’s structured habits; what it has acquired since time immemorial.

When we practice this meditation we will be able to cleanse the mind; that is when the mind’s thought-habits all start getting evaporated. Due to the nature of the brain they get de-codified and appear as thought processes or visions. Hundreds and millions could be coming in quick succession. When that is happening your ability to simply watch without trying to get attached to those thoughts and without trying to think what they are is important. Even if something appears as a bad thought, let it happen, it is getting evaporated. The garbage is being thrown out of the mind. That is your ability to watch which is so important for meditation.’

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A new year, a new start

When we meditate we give ourselves the opportunity to bring attention to our own mind.

Instead of the mind constantly getting involved into its own imaginations and becoming a restless monkey jumping from one thought to another and going into cravings and worries, if our attention goes within it can become quiet and peaceful.

Meditation is that practice to cool the mind down and purify itself of all the habits it has picked up since time immemorial. We will be able to think when we want with the best focus and then be quiet and at peace when we don’t need to think. Thus we can live a stress-free enjoyable life and also eventually understand the real existence of who we are.

As Meditation Master Babaji says,

‘When you meditate, through meditation the mind recedes. When you get up from the meditation the mind will remain calm. You’ll be able to use the mind more effectively and you can control the mind. If you meditate then the mind automatically gains that ability. So you can use meditation as the blanket remedy to be used in the everyday life’.

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Meditation can be fun (video)

Establishing a daily meditation practice requires a positive attitude. When we sit and start to meditate, many thoughts may rise up which try to disturb us. But, as Meditation Master Babaji says,

“Don’t look at the top of the Mount Everest; step one by one if you go on, it will be fun. So you have undertaken a task, you have accepted the challenge. And that’s it. You are also a champion. The opponent also is a champion. The illusion is also a champion, it has its own power. But you don’t have to lose your heart. You don’t become depressed. You’re also a champion. You fight it out like a tennis match, I tell. You hit, let him hit, you hit. And use your wisdom always. Like that be positive. So then it will be fun when you sit for meditation. You will look forward every day to sit.”

As Babaji also says, ‘if we think it’s hard it appears hard. If we think it is easy, it appears easy.’ It depends on the attitude of our mind. All we have to do is stay patient, enjoy the process and continue with our daily efforts. Before long we can gain the upper hand and the mind will recede and come under our control.

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Don’t let things play on the mind

Sometimes we may find we are unable to let go of a thing that happened in the past. It plays on our mind and gives us so much stress. How can we let go mentally when this happens?
Meditation Master Babaji gives this advice.

‘If you allow something to play on the mind you are a casualty. That you must remember. The thing has already happened that is troublesome. If again you allow it to play on our mind again and again that’s what is the wrong thing, and you are spoiling your life. Your life is precious – you don’t have to do that. For anything in this world, nothing is as worthy as your own life, your precious Self. You zero in onto your real Self – that is the most precious thing. Nothing else is as precious as that. That knowledge is precious, that wisdom is precious, that attention is precious, that peace is precious – if you realise this then it will become easy to let go.’

Meditation is the key to ‘zero in’ onto our real Self and let go of thoughts that are playing on the mind. When we just watch whatever comes up without getting involved in any thought or imagination, the mind becomes focused, concentrated, and purified.

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Let’s be grateful that the thorns have roses

The way we see the world can differ from person to person.


One may be negative, picking up only on the bad points and brooding about them, or another may be positive and pick up on the positive points, having an optimistic attitude.

This attitude is very important for maintaining our peace of mind. We may have expectations for things to happen in a certain way – when they don’t happen the way we want we become unhappy. But when we are positive we would understand this is not necessary. All we are doing is letting our mind go out of control so that we suffer mentally – creating an unpleasant situation for ourselves and a negative destiny also.

Meditation Master Babaji mentions ‘We need to be grateful that the thorns have roses, let’s not grumble that the roses have thorns.’

When we meditate regularly we can cleanse the mind and overcome its negativity. That positivity naturally comes. Life becomes peaceful and enjoyable.


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The mind settles down and becomes quiet

Why is it necessary to become quiet in the mind?

Well, if we carefully observe the mind, it is when the mind is quiet that it experiences peace. If it is busy, into constant cravings and worries, it cannot experience that peace. So our mind needs to be quiet. That is in fact the true nature of the mind; quiet and settled in itself.

So all our efforts in meditation are for this purpose. This ancient technique has been passed down for generations. The key is to just watch any thoughts that comes up. No matter how difficult it may appear, we adopt that patience with ourselves. Through dedicated practice we can quieten our mind.

Better concentration, better judgements in life, consideration for others, being able to adjust and manage with things while keeping our composure and knowing ourselves better. All this will be possible as our mind learns to become quiet.

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Is it possible for the mind to get cleared of all thoughts? – video

When we take the time to observe our mind, we can see how it gets involved into one thought after another – it is sucked into a whirlpool of thoughts. Either the mind is off brooding about the past or anxious about the future, or it is into cravings, giving us stress, tension and fear. It is seldom in the present moment. Meditation Master Babaji assures us, however, that it is possible through the practice of meditation to clear the mind of its thoughts. As we apply the attention of the mind and the sight and just go on watching, these habits can become purified. The mind’s attention goes on to itself, that Pure Consciousness of Existence.

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We are holding on to our thoughts

Why is the mind often into cravings and worries and is unable to simply be quiet and at peace? Why does it stay in feelings of unhappiness?

Babaji gives the example of someone who is holding on to a pillar tightly, shouting, ‘Help, this pillar is holding me, this pillar is holding me!’

Eventually a wise man approaches, calms the person down and assures, ‘It’s not the pillar which is holding you – you are holding the pillar’. The person realises that they had been the one holding the pillar all along, not the other way round. In so doing they are able to gradually let go.

Just like this, the reason thoughts remain in the mind is because we are holding onto them. We keep adding fuel to the thoughts, we keep entertaining them – this has become a habit within us. Even an unhappy feeling can remain there because we keep holding on to it and are unable to let it go.

What is required is a technique to enable us to let go and purify the mind of these thoughts. That is what this ancient practice of meditation is. When we practice regularly just to watch and not get involved in the thoughts, gradually they disappear. The mind becomes purified of its acquired habits which it had accumulated since time immemorial. The mind becomes cool, free from tension, fear and stress. We can apply the mind with our best concentration, unimpeded by distractions and also enjoy that real peace that hitherto had been so elusive to us. That peace is in fact the true nature of the mind when it is not holding on to thoughts.

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