Courage to change and serenity to accept.

Question: When you’re in a situation where you’re challenged more, what would you advise we do? It’s very hard then just to sit in meditation and watch, because there’s so much going on.

Babaji: I understand. Things may not be as easy as we talk. When a person lives in this world many things could be challenging. Constant practice of the spiritual exercises like meditation is though the final remedy. One has to take it as a challenge and regularly practice. That is why it happens. You see for example, if a war is declared suddenly then the army cannot go on practicing with their weapons. When the peace time is there they will always be exercising and practicing. That is why every time the spiritual exercises are very important.

Strongly, if you regularly practice by adopting the right technology, then you would be able to keep calm, you will be updating everyday because sometimes every day is challenging in life and you’ll be able to face things unperturbed, keeping your peace. When such a situation arises around you, simply by worrying, allowing the mind to become a victim you are not going to change the situation. Unnecessarily your mind also is becoming a casualty. If you start thinking positively and then try to keep the mind intact, maybe there is always a hope that you can try to handle the situation as much as possible. When it is beyond your capacity, you have to simply accept. Remember the old saying: “God, give me the courage to change the things that I can change, and give me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change and the wisdom to know the difference”.


Think when you want to think. Be quiet when you want to be quiet.

‘This mind itself is made up of Consciousness, meaning where you apply it you become aware. Through practice of meditation, eventually one day, when you are able to achieve the total silence of the mind, when this mind becomes totally quiet, meaning it becomes quiet when it gives up all its imaginations, then automatically it becomes aware of itself because it is made up of that Consciousness. That Consciousness is automatically present, that is not a separate thing that needs to be generated or needs to be brought forth, or needs to be imagined, only the thoughts and visions. And only when we have to work in this world we have to imagine.

So thus when you practice this meditation, when you achieve that silence, that does not mean that you lose the ability to imagine or use this as a mind, it will still be possible, always be possible. You can remain a normal person in this world. When you practice meditation you will be able to imagine, you will be able to think, you will be able to be creative in this world, do anything that you want is no problem. Simply by the practice of this meditation, you are able to think when you want, imagine when you want and be creative when you want. When the job is over or when you don’t want, then you will be able to keep that mind to its quietness, to its silence. You will be able to keep yourself under control, not allowing yourself to become a chatterbox at all times, even when you don’t want.’

~Shiva Rudra Balayogi


Break through the web of imaginations

‘Just like a spider spins a web and gets involved in its own web, it is the mind, called consciousness, which imagines and gets involved into its own resolutions of imagination. A friend appears as a foe and a foe appears as a friend. Bondage appears as an avenue for happiness and a real avenue for happiness appears as meaningless, hard, impossible. These are all the resolution tricks of the mind which create such an illusion.’ ~ Shiva Rudra Balayogi

 Throughout our lives we make analysations and judgements on most things. ‘I like this’, ‘I don’t like this’, ‘This is mine’, ‘This is not mine’. In so doing, we go on acquiring habits in the mind. We start to see the world in a particular way only.

We can thus become narrow-minded, not able to consider others’ points of view and well-being. We may see something that is beneficial for us as a wrong thing, and something that is detrimental and harmful to us as exciting and attractive.

We may also be afflicted by negative imaginations and go into an extreme reaction when we are faced with a particular situation. Because the mind has become habitual, to stop thinking and behaving in this way becomes very difficult. As Babaji says, it is like we have spun a web for ourselves out of imaginations and become trapped in that web.

Meditation is the practice of not making judgements. It purifies the mind of its habits and thus removes the illusory effects of the mind.

We can break free from the web we have created and start thinking clearly. Our thinking and behaviour can be enhanced to consider others more and peace and composure can be restored in the mind.

Moving forwards

‘The past is over and it’s not going to come back under any circumstances so there’s no point in simply brooding and feeling pain. Instead let me look for my future, let me become more positive.’

 ‘A past is meant so that we can learn from any mistakes we had made. Other than that we can let it go’.

These are the simple truths Meditation Master Babaji has said about the past which can be possible to realise when we adopt a regular meditation practice.

A beautiful future could be waiting for us if we can stop any brooding and focus all our mental attention in the present moment. That is what we are training for in meditation. The mind lets go of all its negative habits and imaginations and simply becomes absorbed in the present. That is when we would be able to experience the best peace and understand ourselves much better.

A daily practice of meditation neutralises the mind into the present moment, making it easier to manage the rest of the day. Life becomes very positive – we can deal with the pressures of life without wasting our energies worrying and brooding. We can accept situations better and always keep moving forwards with confidence.