The Effect of Meditation
Advice from Maharaj Charan Singh
You mean sometimes you feel devotion and love, and sometimes you feel dry and void? You don’t see the sun every day. There are clouds sometimes … but that sun is always there. We have to pass through so many phases of our karmas. Sometimes favourable karmas come and we feel full of emotion and devotion for the Father. Sometimes an unfavourable layer of karmas comes and we feel absolutely void and dry. We pass through so many phases of karma.
That’s all the more reason why we should attend to our meditation, to get through that dryness. Sometimes also in meditation a stage comes when we feel a great void in our life, because the effect of meditation is that we get detached from all the worldly pleasures, worldly faces. They don’t interest us anymore. And nothing holds us inside to catch our attention or our thoughts, so then we feel a void. The world doesn’t please us, and we have nothing else to please us within. But we pass through that dry spell … one shouldn’t feel discouraged. As long as we were attached to the world, we always had something to look forward to. When we got up in the mornings, we’d say: “I’ll go to a movie, I’ll go to the theatre, I’ll go to a party, and I have so many dates and this and that.” So you feel attached, and you plan your day and you feel interested in how you will spend the whole day. But when those things don’t interest you any more at all, when you are not being pulled by them in any direction at all, and you are not getting any attachment within, or any enjoyment of meditation or blissful feeling within, then you feel that dryness and void in your life. Practically every seeker has to pass through that period. That’s even more reason why we should attend to, cling to meditation.
Maharaj Charan Singh, Spiritual Perspectives, Vol. II