Understanding the Process
A Letter from Maharaj Sawan Singh
I am glad to learn that you have received initiation. Now it is for you to concentrate your scattered attention and withdraw it from the limbs and the body into the eye centre, and sit there within yourself. When the eye centre becomes the headquarters of your attention, then the sound current will be able to pull the attention upward.
The method of concentration (repetition of the names) is a natural process. Everyone is busy in repeating words, audibly or mentally, concerning his work in life. Here, words connected with the spiritual journey have been substituted in place of words used in daily routine life. The withdrawal of the attention from the limbs and the body into the eye centre is not new either. Everybody who goes to sleep, brings his attention – intentionally or unintentionally – into the eye centre, but lets it fall down to the throat and navel centres instead of holding it in the eye centre. The only difference in the process of concentration is that we are to hold the attention in the eye centre and not let it drop down.
The sound current is present in everybody already, only its presence has been explained at the time of initiation. Therefore, the whole process is perfectly natural. There is no artificiality in it. It is safe, does not cost anything and has no outward symbols. No other person can interfere in it; it can be practised by all and does not clash with any religion.
With love and faith, devote time to this work regularly. The achievement of results will depend on your effort. There should be no hurry here. A calm, peaceful mind, working slowly but steadily, will attain success.
It is only when we sit in meditation that we begin to discover the power, the waywardness and the obstinacy of the mind. The mind has been running wild ever since we came into the wheel of life and death, and so will take time to yield. You are just beginning the fight against it. It is a lifelong fight; and the reward is, if one conquers the mind (makes it motionless in the eye centre), he wins the world.
You say you feel lonely. The whole creation and the Creator are within you. If you take your attention inside of you and attach it to the sound current, you will be at peace with yourself and with the world. The lasting peace lies inside of us. It is not to be had outside, in worldly objects and worldly companions.
I entered even into my inward self, Thou being my guide, and able I was; for Thou wert become my helper. And I entered and beheld with the eye of my soul (such as it was), above the same eye of my soul above my mind, the light unchangeable. Not this ordinary light which all flesh may look upon, nor as it were a greater of the same kind, as though the brightness of this should be manifold brighter, and with its greatness take up all space. Not such was the light, but other yea, far other from all these. He that knows the Truth knows what that light is, and he that knows, knows Eternity.
Saint Augustine, as quoted in Philosophy of the Masters, Vol IV