Behind the Eyes
As explained by Maharaj Charan Singh
At the time of meditation we are just to close our eyes. It is our attention that is to focus. The physical eyes are not involved at all. If our attention is outside, we feel that we are outside. We are contemplating outside. If we forget about the outside world, if we just close our eyes and hold our attention mentally in the darkness, we see behind the eyes. My meaning of ‘behind the eyes’ is that whenever you close your eyes, you are automatically in that darkness. Whenever you close your eyes, if you do not let your thoughts run out, scatter out, you are naturally in this darkness; you are naturally behind the eyes. At that place, your attention has to contemplate on the form of the Master.
You are not physically to try to invert your eyes nor to try to find any particular point in the darkness. If you do that, you will damage your physical eyes. You are just to forget absolutely about your eyes. Mentally, forget about the outside surroundings, you will be somewhere and that will be within yourself; that will be in the darkness. As you repeat these five holy names while contemplating on the form of the Master, you are going within, and you are not going out.
Do not try to visualize someone moving about or running about. If you do, then your attention is scattered outside, and slowly and slowly you will run outside; that is, your attention runs out. Try to eliminate and completely ignore everything that you see going on outside and try to contemplate on the form of the Master inside, in the darkness. Whether it appears or not, do not let your thoughts run out, but keep your mind in the repetition of the five holy names. You do not have to think that you are within or that now you are without. When your attention is in this darkness, you automatically will be within.
At the time of simran, we are not to pay any attention to breathing. Some people who have been doing hatha yoga or breathing exercises or different types of yoga sometimes try to mix the simran with breathing. That is wrong. There are many schools which try to teach that principle, but satsangis should never bother with the breathing at all at the time of meditation. I am talking to you; you are listening to me. Neither are you conscious of your breathing, nor am I conscious of my breathing. Breathing is a normal function of the body. At the time of meditation we are just to forget about our breathing, forget about our eyes, forget even about ourselves. Keeping your attention mentally in the darkness, you will automatically be in the centre behind the eyes. You are not to try to locate any particular spot behind the eyes. If you can eliminate thoughts of the outside world, if you can stop letting your mind run out, you will automatically be within yourself, in that darkness, and there you have to contemplate on the form of the Master and do the simran and bhajan.
Maharaj Charan Singh, Spiritual Perspectives, Vol. II
When our attention has been concentrated behind the eyes, we find the sweetest and most melodious Sound reverberating, attracting and pulling us toward itself. There is no question there of nationality, race, creed, wealth, authority or possession. This Sound is what the saints call Shabd or Nam. When our attention is fixed on it, we will reach the place from where it comes, Sach Khand, where the Lord himself resides.
Maharaj Charan Singh, Light on Sant Mat