Karma and Dhyan Meditation

“Could you please write something on how meditation helps on karmic levels.” There was this question, so writing it as a post.

The short answer. If you do regular Dhyan, you will realise that Karma is an illusion. You will actually experience this fact. Then you remain in eternal happiness, Param-anand.

Now the longer discussion.

There are three types of karma,

Sanchit karma – the entire accumulated load from several lives which you have to rebalance at some point of time, either in this life or the next ones.

Prarabdha karma – that part from the above load which you have decided to rebalance in this current life. This is chosen by you at the time of birth and lasts till the moment of physical death. This can be seen from your horoscope. As long as your soul animates this current 5-layered body, its linked Prarabdha karma will run its course. It is like an arrow released and will continue its motion till it exhausts its energy. In case you attain Realisation, ie Sadyo-Mukti and become a Jivan-mukt, the body will continue to be animated and operate as per the chosen prarabha karma till the time of physical death. (Do read the posts on on Sadyo-mukti/ Krama-mukti and on Jivan-mukti/ Videha mukti.)

Agaami karma – The  karma which you will possibly create in this current life. If this is of a smaller magnitude, you will be able to rebalance it in this current life itself. But if it is of a larger magnitude, it will be added to your Sanchit karma and you will rebalance it in your future lives.

When you achieve Sadyo-mukti, ie experience yourself as the Parabrahma, the Advaita, the Nirvishesh brahma, all the stored karma Sanchit karma is burnt at that very instant. And now you are a realised soul, so creation of new karma will be impossible too.

Karma is linked to the 5-layered body which is animated by your soul. No karma can touch the Soul/ Atma. The Soul is beyond all concepts of karma. But when a Soul resides in the body it mistakenly believes that it is linked to karma, now this is called an individual soul or Jiv-atma. Eg there is the Sun in the sky and clouds over it. The clouds are nothing to the Sun and neither are linked to him. But we think that the Sun is covered by the clouds. The Soul is similarly covered by the clouds of karma. When you do Dhyan, these clouds are shown to be immaterial and you experience the Soul.

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Meditation is a very misunderstood word. Modern people think that listening to relaxing music or not thinking of anything or sitting motionless in a dark room is mediation. All this is good to relax your mind, but it won’t do anything for your spiritual progress.

The correct word is Dhyan. There is no translation possible of this Sanskrit word ‘Dhyan’. Here you are required to elevate your limited awareness to the level of the Parabrahma by thinking of yourself as the Parabrahma itself. This continued thought is called Dhyan. You concentrate on this one thought exclusively. No other thoughts are allowed to enter your mind except this. You give all your attention to this thought, you appreciate its non-duality, its existence within yourself.

Dhyan means ‘motionlessness’. This ‘absence of movement’ has very deep connotations. The continuous motion of the three-Gun, the Satva-Raja-Tama is stilled. Prakruti stops her performance, ie the illusion of manifested creation stops. You observe oneself, you become a witness. And you identify with the catalyst who remains still rather than the puppet who is in motion.

You are required to sit (post here). Not lie down, as you will go to sleep. Neither can you stand or do any actions while doing Dhyan, because your mind will also think on how to do these actions or how to keep standing without falling. Dhyan needs continuity of the physical state so that your mind can concentrate only on the non-dual subtlest intelligence within you. So you have to sit. If the body is at rest the mind also rests. It becomes easier to focus.

But there really are no rules on how to sit or where to sit or how to sit at what time etc. But to begin with, you have to fix your place (asan) and also a time, eg daily at 7am or whatever is possible on a regular basis. This will help your mind get used to the idea of Dhyan. Later, with practice, as the mind gets trained, there are no rules as this becomes a constant thought. Even later this goes deep that every instant is a Dhyan. This will continue non-stop till physical death. If you are able to strongly hold on to this thought at the instant of death you will attain the highest Sadyo-mukti of the Videha kind when you exit the body.

The life you are living is actually a preparation for the instant of physical death. If you concentrate on something for a life time, you will easily be able to concentrate on it at the moment of your exit thus achieve it. The moment of exit is the most powerful moment of your life. Eg if you concentrate on the idea that you are a devotee of Vishnu, you will go to Vaikunth. If you concentrate that you are a devotee of Shiv, you will go to Kailas. These states are called the lower Krama-mukti. The moment of physical exit is the critical point. If at this moment you are fixed in the idea that you are the Parabrahma, you will attain the highest possible Sadyo-mukti of the Videha kind. You will be able to do this only if you have trained your mind for a life-time, so we are all required to do Dhyan.

Karma and Dhyan Meditation

There are just the three possible mantras which are possible for Dhyan, Om, Soham and Hamsa.

Om is generally used by people who have renounced all forms of material bindings and are totally focussed on the Eternal. There is are specific ways of using Om, this will be taught to you by your own Guru. I know someone very senior who does Om Dhyan. Aged, now in his 70’s, his wife too in her 70’s. He was initiated when he was in his 20-s, after which his family got him married. His wife once told me that he used to beg for her permission to become a formal ascetic, but she refused. If you practice Om-dhyan in all its intensity, it is equivalent to formal asceticism. Even if you feel attracted to material life from time to time, it will be superficial because Om will always strongly pull you inward. Om is is Sanyas. Sanyas सम्यक् न्यास means that you are putting the Conscious energy perfectly within yourself. Once you start it in real earnest, you cannot get interested in or remain much in the material illusory world, the Eternal will pull you very strongly.

Then Hamsa and Soham are the two Ajapa mantras. Every living being unconsciously recites these mantras with every breath. If you adopt them as your Mantra, now onwards, you will use them consciously. Hamsa is the Ajapa mantra when you first exhale and mentally recite ‘hmm’ and then inhale and mentally recite ’saaa’. Together it makes ‘hamsa’. The details of this are given in detail in the Hamsa upanishad. But this upanishad is so utterly high level that even if you understand what it means, you won’t be able to perform the process. Possibly it involves Hatha yog too as complicated movements of pran and bandha etc are described in it. Hamsa vidya is when this mantra gains power with regular practice. I have not been taught it so do not know more. But it is a very powerful means of attaining the Self.

Soham is the second Ajapa mantra. My Sat-Guru taught all his disciples the ‘Soham’ mantra. Here you breathe in with the internal sound ‘sooo’ and exhale with the internal sound of ‘hmmm’. Together it makes ‘soham’. It is called the Ajapa-Gayatri by some people. It enlightens you to your real nature. The only thing you have to do is to internally recite the ‘soo’ and ‘hmm’ with your every breath. All the time, every breath. This is all you need to do. Soon it will become so intense that even if you deep sleep or dream, you will consciously recite it continuously. Never force your breathing, always breathe normally gently as you do. No sound should be created by your breathing. Some people breathe heavily and a sound is created by the air moving in your nose. Avoid this, it cause damage to your Nadi-s. The breathing should be noiseless, only then you will ‘hear’ the associated ‘soo’ and ‘hmm’ sounds. If you can sit down in a formal Dhyan even 1-2 times a day then it becomes even more intense.

Everyone can do Soham-jaap. Some people have this misconception that higher level mantras can be given only to the higher aspirants. This is incorrect. A genuine Sat-Guru will give you the full and final Mantra in the first step itself. You and me both are the Advaita, the Eternal. We are all capable of focussing on our real name. Maybe someone has lesser power of concentration to begin with, but the Mantra is so powerful that it does its own work.

Now the thing is with the householder’s life, Gruhast-ashram, we are required to perform all activities related to society, family, spouse/children etc. So doing Dhyan thrice a day 1hr each session may not be possible. So the best option is to do Soham jaap whenever you can, 1-2 mins whenever you are free, during the day/night, when you are travelling etc. This will ensure that your mind is gradually trained to think of itself. ‘Soham’ is Sushuma Yog, you will pull you towards yourself with its power. And if you get time, if you can sit in formal Dhyan, your progress towards yourself will be faster.

Karma and Dhyan Meditation

Now when you sit for Dhyan, each breath is considered to be one life time. Each breath is used to burn the karma of a life-time. It is a very intense exercise. Can you imagine the focus needed to consciously convert the energies of say five hundred million breaths, which is about a 65yrs life span, into one breath? But this does happen when you are very highly focussed on your mantra, not otherwise. If you practice daily, it will eventually happen with you too.

Even if you cannot reach this intensity in this lifetime, whatever you did will be carried over into your next life. So it is an asset you are generating. Dhyan makes the Mind still. And then the benefits of a relatively calm mind are obvious. You will look younger, more healthier, live longer, more mentally stable, more rational, less perturbed by events around you. Even if a karmic event occurs in your life, you are more easily able to navigate through it. And the chances of creating deep-rooted Agaami karma are also reduced as you do not react to situations from your deepest core. You are more in tune with your conscience. You go through events without disturbing your innermost self. The intensity of your desires will reduce with time. Frustrations disappointments reduce in intensity as your mind fluctuates less.

Then when you continually contemplate on your Reality, you force your mind to think of Yourself repeatedly. You realise, dimly at first and then very strongly that the creation which surrounds you is an illusion. As you remove the bindings laid on you, your experiences in Dhyan become more profound. You enter even deeper into yourself, you realise that Karma itself is an illusion. You are the Soul, this intention becomes stronger and stronger. You finally realise that there is no difference in the states of happiness/sadness. Every instant is filled with the awareness of non-duality.

So the short answer is again that if you do regular Dhyan, you will realise that Karma is an illusion, you experience this reality. You will always be in eternal happiness, Param-anand.

This post is basically from the Brahma-sutra, from what I was taught by my Sat-Guru and what I personally practice.

 

Your conscience and your soul

This really old Hindi song to me is beautifully meaningful. A rough translation, “I walked together with Life. I blew away every worry into smoke and went on. Grieving about past tragedies was meaningless. I celebrated every tragedy and walked on. What was given to me, I accepted it as destined. What was lost, I forgot it all and went on. There is one point where there is no difference between happiness and sorrow. I consciously brought my heart to this final destination and went on.”

8 thoughts on “Karma and Dhyan Meditation

  1. Amandeep Bansal March 31, 2020 / 5:05 pm

    Thank you so much for writing this article.

    In one of your article you said that the intensity of karma reduces with dhyan practice. If yes then how so and can we on individual know the difference.

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    • astrologerbydefault March 31, 2020 / 9:03 pm

      Hi there,
      Just like everything that you see in this world, karma also is an illusion, it does not touch the Soul. You and me are the Soul, Parabrahma.

      Its all from where you observe. Your position determines your perception. Your belief is dependant from where you observe. Someone sitting on a high mountain will see the clouds below him. And someone sitting in a valley will see the earth going up above him as the mountain. All depends on your frame of reference.

      When you do your spiritual practice regularly, you make your mind focus on this idea that you are the Parabrahma using your mantra (om/ soham/ hamsa).

      You change your perception. You change your position. Spiritual practice is to train yourself to look inwards towards the soul rather than outwards towards creation.

      Once you do this for a few months you will enjoy this process in a very deep way. The mind, ego, intellect, thoughts, memory (manas, chitta, ahamkara, buddhi and vijnyan) will go calm, very calm.
      You do not go emotionless, in fact an over-riding sense of happiness is created over everything.
      The arguments with your boss will lose its impact. Things from outside will stop affecting your mental calm. Even if you fall ill, you will recover faster. Eg if you were to fracture your leg as per karam you will sprain it. The intensity of karma will reduce. Some karma will be so diminished that they won’t even happen in real life, will be finished off in dreams.
      And this does happen. If you wish, try doing Soham during your free time during your daily schedule or give yourself 30mins every day to sit in a full-fledged Dhyan. You will see it for yourself.

      how you will know the difference?
      this you will know for yourself. as once you start focussing you will get flashes or visions .. things will be shown to you
      you will also know why things are happening to you. eg if you are going through a crisis you will be shown the exact reason from your past where you have created this karma. then the corrective actions will also be shown to you..
      possible things which can happen in the future will be shown to you so that you can prepare yourself for that event..
      all this cannot be explained adequately in words.. you have to practice and experience it for yourself

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      • Amandeep Bansal March 31, 2020 / 9:30 pm

        Thank you so much.

        I have so much to ask but can’t put my thoughts into words. Will definitely brainstorm with you after framing few queries.

        Thank you once again.

        On Tue, 31 Mar 2020, 21:03 psychologically astrology, wrote:

        > astrologerbydefault commented: “Hi there, Just like everything that you > see in this world, karma also is an illusion, it does not touch the Soul. > You and me are the Soul, Parabrahma. Its all from where you observe. Your > position determines your perception. Your belief is dependant fr” >

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  2. Annaresh March 31, 2020 / 10:38 pm

    I have been doing my dhyaan for two years now…however I had a problem.
    My family isn’t spiritual and as a result I can’t do dhyaan sitting in a posture because it can have implications on many aspects of life…actual ridiculing and harm. I stay true to my inner calling and do dhyaan lying down as if asleep. Is that acceptable? I haven’t fallen asleep since I’m into the habit now.
    Another thing is I always thought Kailas and Vaikunth as mythology – are they actually realms of existence energy wise?
    Thank you. This is one of my favourite posts of yours.

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    • astrologerbydefault April 1, 2020 / 4:46 pm

      Hi there
      Sitting in an asan, ie siddhasan, padmasan or ardha-padmasan is advisable as it keeps your back neck and head aligned.
      But if you are used to lying down and doing your Dhyan and you do not fall asleep then I suggest you adopt the Shav-asan, also no pillows and lie on a firm surface so that the back, neck head remain aligned.
      but if you cannot do even this much because of your family issues, then do whatever is possible with full intention and focus.
      the mantra will take you onwards, do not worry.

      Kailas, brahma-lok and vaikunth are dimensions/Lok of Shiv, Brahma-dev and Vishnu. There are several other dimensions ruled over by the several deities of the Shri-chakra. If you fix your concentration on a deity, you will achieve Krama-mukti and reside at that Lok.
      A real Sat-Guru who has achieved the highest realisation of the Advaita will never ask you to worship a deity. He will guide you to focus on yourself.
      I have written a bit about this in this post.
      https://psychologicallyastrology.com/2019/09/02/sagun-and-nirgun-brahma-moksh-of-two-types/

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    • astrologerbydefault April 1, 2020 / 6:58 pm

      Hi there
      Sitting in an asan, ie siddhasan, padmasan or ardha-padmasan is advisable as it keeps your back neck and head aligned.
      But if you are used to lying down and doing your Dhyan and you do not fall asleep then I suggest you adopt the Shav-asan, also no pillows and lie on a firm surface so that the back, neck head remain aligned.
      Kailas, brahma-lok and vaikunth are dimensions/Lok of Shiv, Brahma-dev and Vishnu. There are several other dimensions ruled over by the several deities of the Shri-chakra. If you fix your concentration on a deity, you will achieve Krama-mukti and reside at that Lok.
      A real Sat-Guru who has achieved the highest realisation of the Advaita will never ask you to worship a deity. He will guide you to focus on yourself.
      I have written a bit about this in this post.
      https://psychologicallyastrology.com/2019/09/02/sagun-and-nirgun-brahma-moksh-of-two-types/

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      • Annaresh April 4, 2020 / 6:45 pm

        Thank you so much for your wisdom. You have been of great help to all my queries. So many of doubts have been dispersed.
        I have one more question if possible madam: Can you please write on spiritual or astral guides and beings?
        How to connect with them and receive their help? thank you.

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      • astrologerbydefault April 4, 2020 / 11:32 pm

        Hi there,
        i do not call any spiritual guides as I have never needed them.
        I know that I have the resources to deal with whatever comes my way. I just do my mantra-dhyan.
        If I need a specific answer, I ask my own sub-conscious, eg I light a lamp with my one question, or I ask myself as I am dropping off to sleep. I get my answers.

        I think I would not trust any ‘astral guides’.
        These are intelligent beings of some sort but they are not the highest consciousness. So the possibility of them having some agenda of their own cannot be denied.
        This reminds me of someone I know who has a powerful Rahu in her 12th house. She gets all sorts of astral messages from her spirit guides, she tells me tht. She does what is told to her and invariably gets into trouble later.
        So if you have your 9th and 12th house in a good shape then you can experiment with calling your astral guides client if you so wish. Or if you deeply feel that you need their help. This can be as simple as lighting an oil-lamp/candle with the intention that they talk to you. Or putting out the thought very strongly as you do your Dhyan in that zero state. Whatever you want to talk to, will respond.

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