PATH OF MEDITATION
Jai: Grandma, you
said there are several paths leading
to God. You told me about the path of
duty and the path of spiritual knowledge.
Please tell me about other paths.
Grandma: The third
path is called the path of meditation.
One who is united with God is called
a yogi. The mind of a yogi is peaceful
and completely united with God. A yogi
has control over his mind, senses, and
desires. He is free from anger and greed.
A clod, a stone, and gold are the same
to a yogi, who sees God in everything
and everything in God. (Gita 6.08, 14.24)
A yogi sees every being with an equal
eye, whether friend, enemy, hater, relative,
saint, or sinner. (Gita 6.09) The mind
of a yogi remains calm even during the
worst time. (Gita 6.19)
Jai: Is there a method
of meditation simple enough for children,
there is, Jai. The mind is your best
friend as well as your worst enemy.
The mind is a friend for those who have
control over it and an enemy for those
who do not control it. (Gita 6.05-06)
So you should try to control this enemy.
The mind is like wind, very restless
and difficult to control, but you can
control it by regular practice of meditation.
(Gita 6.34) Guru Nanak said: Master
the mind, and you master the world.
A Simple Method of
The best time to meditate is in the
morning before going to school. Sit
in your meditation or Pooja room. Hold
your waist, spine, chest, neck, and
head erect, motionless and steady. Close
your eyes, take a few slow, deep breaths.
Remember your favorite deity and ask
his or her blessing. Mentally chant
OM for five minutes. If your mind starts
to wander here and there, bring it back
gently to concentrating on your favorite
There is a story of a child
named Dhruva in our scriptures who got
his wishes fulfilled using the path
6. The Story of Dhruva
Dhruva was the son of king Uttanapada
and Suniti. King Uttanapada was very
fond of his second wife, Suruchi, and
used to be mean to Suniti, Dhruva's
mother. One day, when Dhruva was five
years old, his step-brother was sitting
on his father's lap. Dhruva also wanted
to sit there. But his step-mother stopped
him and dragged him aside.
She spoke rudely to Dhruva, saying:
"If you want to sit on your father's
lap, you should have been born to me
instead of to your mother. At least
now, pray to Lord Vishnu, so that He
will make this happen."
Dhruva was deeply hurt by his step-mother’s
insulting words. He went to his mother,
weeping. His mother consoled him and
told him to take his step-mother's words
seriously and pray to Lord Vishnu, who
is the helper of all beings.
Dhruva left the kingdom for the forest
with a determined mind to see Lord Vishnu
and reach a higher place. On the way,
he was met by the cel