What Krishna teaches about the Yoga of Meditation
Krishna said, “Concentrate constantly on the Self, remaining in solitude, alone, with controlled mind and body, having no desires and destitute of possessions.”
“Concentrate constantly on the Self”
In activity, we become identified with our destination. If that concentration, that remembrance and that focus is God, the supreme Self, then we become identified with God. If that focus is the world of desire and the senses, then we become identified with pain and pleasure and the pairs of opposites. If we remain undistracted, concentrated on the goal of Self-realization, we become identified with the true Self, with God.
In our practice of meditation, it is the bliss of the Self that draws the mind to the source of the mind, concentrating our awareness in the true Self. When we release attachment to an outcome, when we simply observe thoughts as passing clouds in the sky and when we surrender to ‘what is’ we allow the bliss to lead us to the supreme stillness of the true Self. In meditation, we release the resistance of attachment and aversion. That releases us into allowing ‘what is’ and that frees us to experience the pure awareness of the true Self. The concentration on the true Self happens effortlessly when we free ourselves from our desires, our attachments to outcomes and our resistances when we meditate.
“Remaining in solitude, alone”
In activity, ‘solitude and alone’ refers to our focus. To be alone is to allow for times of stillness, in solitude, without others, without distraction, without outer things constantly capturing our attention. What we put attention on grows. What we focus on dominates our life and vibration. To be without other people, to be in solitude, means we release others from the responsibility of making us happy. We release desires and attachment to outcomes. We lessen the input that overstimulates our mind. We turn our focus and attention to God, the true Self, in the supreme stillness within.
In our practice of meditation, we watch, witness, observe our thoughts rather than become our thoughts, thus remaining alone as the awareness that is the source of the thoughts.
“With controlled mind and body”
In activity, control is the power to direct behavior. Krishna is telling us that we hold power and thus we can determine the behavior of our mind and body. We generally feel the monkey mind is out of our control. Our attachments to pleasure and outcomes seem out of our control. But they can be pacified through meditation, which reveals the true Self, finding permanent bliss within.
In our practice of meditation, we repeat our mantra effortlessly. We control the technique simply by easily returning to our mantra when we realize we are no longer repeating the mantra. This ease and unattachment controls the grasping mind. The non-resistance controls the power that thoughts have to capture our mind. If the mind wants to think, we allow it, but we control the process by re-introducing the mantra.
“Having no desires and destitute of possessions”
In activity, in the relative world, being completely desireless and possession-less are impossible. Even a monk possesses a begging bowl. All beings hold desires, even if it is as basic as the desire to breathe or as great as to know the Self. Release selfishness of ego and its grasping with attachment to outcomes, possessions and circumstances. Focus on God, be disciplined in devotion, and surrender the fruits of action to God.
In our practice of meditation, we let go. Our job it to return to repeating the mantra easily when we are off the mantra. We do not desire a silent state of mind, we do not desire an experience and we do not desire to possess an outcome. We effortlessly repeat the mantra and we let go. We allow the bliss of the true Self to draw our awareness to it.