Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sahaj Marg Clarifies: Yawning during or after meditation

Clarifications from a conversation between Chariji Maharaj and Sanskrit Kannan (SRCM Preceptor), narrated by Sanskrit Kannan.

I asked Rev. Chariji Maharaj once in 1985" is Prana and mind inter-related? " He asked me, " why are asking me this?"I told Him that even Patañjali refers to this. The texts on HATHA YOGA are replete with such reference. " Chariji said, " You see, in deep meditation the breathing automatically slows down. So this is a natural Pranayama in our Sahaj Marg practice.  The deeper the sitting,  the slower is the flow of air. To compensate for this slowness in breath resulting in lack of oxygen, sometimes you can see some people yawn after a meditation session. You might have seen me yawning after some sittings.  That means the sitting was deep."

One more incident related to this topic is as follows:

In 1985,  when Rev. Chariji Maharaj was in Europe,  after a Sunday morning Satsangh one Prefect chided an abhyasi for yawning after the sitting and said that it was wrong and it reflected grossness. That abhyasi naturally was upset and hurt. I consoled him by repeating what Rev. Chariji Maharaj told us once.  He was happy, but the Prefect did not accept what I said. So, I sent a letter to Rev. Chariji Maharaj narrating this incident, asking for clarification. Chariji Maharaj replied," yawning, during or after meditation is not wrong. "

However, I may add in lighter vein that this is not applicable to those who sleep during the sitting. 


Sahaj Marg Meditation: What to do?

Sahaj Marg Meditation: What to do?
By Sanskrit Kannan - SRCM Preceptor

In the previous article (Sahaj Marg Meditation - Condition: Some tips), we heard from Chariji Maharaj and Shri. Kamlesh D Patel on what we should not do after meditation.

Let us see what Chariji Maharaj tells us what should we do before Sahaj Marg meditation. I asked Him once about this, especially before morning meditation . He told me that we should first do meditation in the morning.  Some people go for walking and then do meditation in the morning which is not right.

Chariji Maharaj also added that we should not do meditation in empty stomach. " Take milk,  or at least water before meditation. But don't waste time in making coffee etc. Water will do.  He told me a story in this regard. 

Once a person went to Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and told him, " Master,  I am interested in spiritual progress. What should I do? " The Master repled, " please read some verses of Bhagavad Gita daily and also take grape juice. " The seeker asked, " Master how much grape juice should I drink daily? "The Master laughing replied, " you are not yet ready for spirituality. Had you asked me how much verses of Bhagavad Gita should I read daily, I would have advised you. Instead you are more interested in grape juice. Please go now and come back after some days. "

Rev. Chariji Maharaj said,  " So, if I say you may take coffee or milk in the morning before meditation, your time will be spent /wasted on this. So water will do".


What about yawning during or after Sahaj Marg meditation?  We will address this question in another article. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sahaj Marg Meditation - Condition: Some tips

Sahaj Marg Meditation - Condition: Some tips

From Dr. Sanskrit Kannan

With respect to the excellent advice given by the Sahaj Marg Master, Shri. Kamlesh Patel (Kamleshji) recently not to disturb our condition after meditation by either switching on or switching off the fan, Kamlesh D. Patel added one more interesting and valid advice not to take water after meditation.

I had occasion to ask the same to Rev. Chariji Maharaj in 1983 while travelling by car with Him. " is it not right to drink water immediately after meditation/sitting? "

He told me, " you should avoid taking water after the meditation at least for some time. "

I asked Him, " why?"

He told me, " you see, what happens during meditation is some heat is generated... ( incidentally the word tapas also used for meditation which means heat). So if you take water immediately after meditation it affects the condition. "

He  also told me regarding the hand-position during meditation. " You see the great Masters Buddha and others, how they keep one palm over the other. Or you can keep all your fingers in locked position.

What is the benefit?

He added, " you see during meditation, Yogic energy permeates the whole body.  If you keep your palms on each other or close the fingers in locked position, then the energy is circulated within the body.  On the other hand, if we keep both hands on the thighs or knees with stretched fingers, then the energy is let out.  But in cinema or TV shows we see the so called saints sitting with their fingers either stretched or not joined. This is not the right way. "

We always see the pictures of Rev. Lalaji Maharaj,  Rev. Babuji Maharaj sitting with their palms one on the other. Rev. Chariji Maharaj and Rev. Master Kamleshji also sit in the manner described above by Rev. Chariji Maharaj.


These are simple, yet useful tips.  Also Rev. Chariji Maharaj used to say that some people read news paper immediately after the sitting or see the mobile for messages or calls. This is also not right. We have to educate the Sahaj Marg abhyasis.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

SRCM Preceptors of Sahaj Marg: Radheshyam Miryala MD

SRCM Preceptors of Sahaj Marg: Radheshyam Miryala MD


In our-day-to day lives, we seek guidance in many areas. We get advice on family matters from our elders, look to professional mentors to advance our careers, and even pay financial advisors, lawyers, personal trainers and life coaches. In general, as a society we feel very comfortable seeking counsel from lawyers, doctors, therapists and coaches to improve our quality of life. Do we approach our spiritual life and our spiritual goals with the same forethought and enthusiasm? Do we even need guidance in spirituality?

Early in my spiritual journey, I did not feel the need for any mentorship or guidance. I was reading books from all the great spiritual traditions and did not think anything more was necessary. Soon, however, I realized books would not give me any experiential knowledge. I tried meditation on my own, but found it difficult to sit quietly for more than a few minutes. Despite my best efforts to be a spiritual loner, I realized that I was not getting very far. After many years of unfulfilling isolated spiritual practice, I searched for a group of like-minded individuals to help me. 

My initial findings were gloomy, as many groups required a financial commitment, which I could not afford – at the time I didn’t have two nickels to rub together. After a few months, by happenstance or divine intervention, I found my way into a practice of Sahaj Marg Heartfulness meditation, which was offered without charge. This group had a spiritual Guru and a group of spiritual trainers called ‘preceptors’ spread throughout the world. Initially I rejected the concept of a spiritual Guru and resisted the notion of becoming anyone’s disciple. However, as my practice deepened, I began to develop a connection with the Guru and later came to understand the need for a spiritual guide. I realized, contrary to my earlier beliefs, that to make significant spiritual strides, it is of paramount importance to follow someone who has gone the distance. 

Most people who have achieved great success in any part of their life have a series of coaches and mentors to thank. If you want to casually play tennis on the weekends with a few friends, you may not need a coach. If you want to win Wimbledon, you definitely need coaches and trainers. Similarly, if you want to take your spiritual journey to greater heights, then a spiritual guide is of paramount importance. It is possible to meditate on your own, but a spiritual Guru can help you to win the Wimbledon of your spiritual journey! 

In the Heartfulness spiritual tradition as taught by the Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation, the spiritual Guru imparts spiritual training through the transmission of ‘pranahuti’ (life force). To help the Guru spread this transmission, the Heartfulness system has established a network of ‘preceptors’. A preceptor is an individual who is permitted by the spiritual Guru to be a conduit of pranahuti. This is not an ability, but more of an opportunity to participate within the framework of the spiritual tradition. A preceptor does not have the ability to impart the transmission on his or her own accord but rather taps into the link that is established with the spiritual Guru and allows for the transmission to pass through him. 

The main qualification for being a preceptor is having the willingness to volunteer for the work. The spiritual tradition of Sahaj Marg encourages the balance of the material and spiritual planes of existence, and this tenet also extends to the preceptor. The preceptor volunteers for the spiritual work, but must balance this with material responsibilities of family, health, employment, finances, etc. A preceptor does not receive any monetary remuneration; however, the spiritual benefit of participating in the system seems to be more than adequate compensation. This is a universally shared belief from all the preceptors that I have met. 

A preceptor’s sole responsibility is to impart spiritual training through the use of pranahuti; however, the import of this role takes on a life of its own. The preceptor must rise to the position of one worthy of imparting spiritual training by behaving as a role model to others on the spiritual journey. Although preceptors are prone to carry the common list of human foibles, they must become examples of people who are constantly working to overcome their character deficiencies. The preceptor must attend to his or her own spiritual practice and must be an exemplar of one making efficient progress on the spiritual path. The preceptor must be well versed in the fundamentals of the practice and well-read in the  SRCM Mission literature. The opportunity does not imply that the preceptor is a perfect person, but is certainly someone working on himself constantly to move towards human perfection. 

The day-to-day role of a preceptor involves giving individual sittings and conducting group satsanghs. It also involves conducting Heartfulness workshops in the local community. The preceptor introduces new seekers to the practice, gives instruction on how to meditate, and gradually introduces other aspects of the practice. The preceptor supports the practice of established practitioners and encourages their growth. As spiritual growth and transformation can involve many hurdles, the preceptor also functions as a motivator. As change starts to take shape, questions may arise and the preceptor is available to clarify any doubts. By being intimately involved in someone’s spiritual journey, the role can also take on that of a friend and confidant.

The majority of seekers taking their introductory sittings may not feel the transmission initially. They may not understand the role of the preceptor or feel that any work is being done. For most new meditators, just the act of sitting quietly with eyes closed for 30-40 minutes is challenging enough. If you take an introductory meditation sitting with a preceptor, you know that someone else is sitting with you with their eyes closed for the duration of the meditation. Initially you may just spend the entire time fidgeting as all the aches and pains in your body come to the center of your attention. Gradually your body is able to sit comfortably for the duration of the meditation. 

Initially, your mind may be inundated with thoughts that are a constant distraction, but gradually these thoughts dissipate and you may start to get absorbed in the meditation. In this initial phase of the practice, just the awareness that someone is sitting with you while you are meditating for 30-40 minutes encourages you to sit for the duration of the meditation. Eventually you may start to feel the work from the preceptor and experience the bliss of the transmission. The preceptor is involved from the beginning when the meditation is difficult and helps to get you to a place where you are able to feel transmission with ease. In essence, the preceptor helps to facilitate this transition from discomfort to bliss by being an educator, motivator, and friend!

Radheshyam Miryala MD

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Dil ki Awaaz – Shri Kamlesh Patel on Radio City Smaran

Kamlesh Patel, spiritual Master of the Sahaj Marg system of meditation and the current President of SRCM (Shri Ram Chandra Mission), shares his insights to help you lead life in a natural, simple and heartful way, balancing the material and spiritual aspects of existence.

Starting from 18th January 2016, this programme will be broadcast every Monday and Thursday at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. (IST) for eight weeks on Planet Radio City. Please visit http://www.planetradiocity.com/devotional/radiocity-smaran at this broadcast time to listen to Kamlesh D Patel talk. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Kamlesh Patel: Master's Poise

I don’t know how many of you met our Master, Chariji Maharaj, and how many of you really observed his life and made it a part of you. We all say, “I would like to become like Master,” but how? How are we going to do that? When we observe the lifestyles of the great masters, what appeals to us is their mastery. But we should go a little bit into their pasts before they became masters. What is it that made them masters? So I would request you all to read their lives before they became masters. What were those high or pristine qualities that stood out and made them what they became? And after they became what they became, for example our Master, what was the outstanding quality that you can highlight in Master?
There are so many of them, but one of them that strikes me the most in our Master’s life was his poise. He was never in a moment of rush. Even when there were ten abhyasis waiting, he would attend to them one by one. When he would give a group satsang, he would take his time and finish it. While giving an individual sitting, he would take his time and finish it. Whatever task was given to him, he would do it with absolute poise. There was never a moment of rush, or being short of breath, doing his tasks. Even when he cooked there was love oozing in his movements. When he fired us also there was poise and a lot of love in it. There was no element of rushing; he took his time in doing all those things so nicely.
Kamlesh D Patel is the current President of Shri Ram Chandra Mission (www.srcm.org) and the spiritual successor of Chariji Maharaj. Kamlesh Patel is the current Master of Sahaj Marg along the lineage of the Masters of Sahaj Marg. This is an excerpt from a talk given by Kamlesh Patel on the 1st of February 2015, at Monroe Ashram, New Jersey, USA.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

From Kamlesh Patel about "Incomplete Sahaj Marg Sittings"

This is a very nice, short and sweet snippet from the current Master of Shri Ram Chandra Mission (www.srcm.org), Shri Kamlesh D Patel about sittings. Sittings are meditation sessions in Sahaj Marg usually conducted by an SRCM Preceptor or the Master himself. The Preceptor or Prefect of Shri Ram Chandra mission conducts the meditation sessions called as Individual or Group sittings and the abhyasi(s) who are the practitioners of the Sahaj Marg meditation receives the sitting. Let us hear from the Master, Shri Kamlesh Patel.


“Sometimes I play tricks. I do not complete a sitting. Instead I pray during the sitting that, ‘If the abhyasi sits afterwards at home for meditation, he will get the benefit of the remainder of the sitting.’


“If he sits, he will be so mesmerised by how the sitting is so different today. It will boost his confidence level. Babuji used to remark sometimes ‘Ghar jaake dekhna,’ meaning ‘Observe when you go home.” You will see the beauty of my Sahaj Marg Raja Yoga meditation system: this is what he meant. Now I understood the trick! He had left the work incomplete in some fashion. It becomes complete when you make the effort and meditate at home. Then you will see the difference and you will be motivated to do more based on the experience. But those who miss out will miss out completely. Today morning’s sitting was like that.”

- Kamlesh Patel, SRCM President, Informal discussion

Friday, January 1, 2016

Mangoes with Love – Babuji Maharaj

Once, a group of abhyasis from Andhra Pradesh went to Shahjahanpur and gave mangoes to Rev. Babuji Maharaj. As soon as Babuji Maharaj received the mangoes, he started distributing them to all who were present there.

Someone said, "Babuji, they have brought the mangoes for you with a lot of love".

Babuji Maharaj replied, "I know. That is why I have kept the love with me and distributed the mangoes to others!"

- Narrated by Dr. Sanskrit Kannan

The fundamental essence of Sahaj Marg is Pure Love and nothing else. If you look at it from any angle, Sahaj Marg system of meditation practice culminates in this aspect of love, not as in loving someone or something, but in the essence of becoming the principle of Love itself.

Shri Kamlesh D Patel, the current President of Shri Ram Chandra Mission (www.srcm.org) and successor of Chariji Maharaj recently gave a talk, “Practice with Love”. Without this element of love, the efforts do not bear fruit, as one would expect.

In this beautiful incident mentioned above, Babuji Maharaj teaches us many things. How to identify the essence of things, and how to keep it? How to identify what is important, what is essential? On the path of Sahaj Marg, the abhyasi comes across many experiences and encounters, all of which can be tools for self-correction along the way. The way of Sahaj Marg is a simple path for spiritual aspirants to start developing love in their hearts and to culminate in the very possibility of becoming Love itself. Shri Ram Chandra Mission is the organization that facilitates this possibility. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Sahaj Marg says – From Source to Matter: Babuji Maharaj

Dr. Sanskrit Kannan narrates this very interesting and profound incident that he heard directly from Rev. Chariji Maharaj.

Once some scientists visited Rev. Babuji Maharaj in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. During the course of conversation, Babuji Maharaj told them about Sahaj Marg Raja Yoga meditation. They asked Him, "What is the use of all this?"

Babuji told them about the efficacy of Sahaj Marg. After listening to Babuji, the scientists asked what benefits he derived by meditation.

Babuji told them that he has realised what he had to, and by His Master's grace, he could know anything. Then, Babuji added, "If you want to test me, give me small experiment".

One of the scientist asked Babuji to explain about the atom. Rev. Babuji Maharaj took a paper and a pencil, drew the structure of atom and its particles and gave them a lecture for one and half hours.

The scientists were spell bound. Then, one scientist got up and said, "Babuji, you are a liar".

Babuji Maharaj asked him innocently, "Why are you saying this"?

The scientist said, "Babuji, you said that you had not gone to any college. But unless you had a Ph.d on this topic, you could not have explained like this."

Then Rev. Babuji Maharaj made this wonderful statement:


“SCIENTIST GOES FROM MATTER TO THE SOURCE WHEREAS THE YOGI GOES FROM SOURCE TO THE MATTER".