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Hari Om
Monday is AUM-day; in search of meditation

For the next stage of our investigation on meditation, we are going to study - and practice! - japa as a means to tame the mind and we shall investigate the Gayatri Mantra.

Finally let us understand just a little more.

The mantra as it stands obviously invokes the Lord Sun and pleads to Him to illumine the intellect of the seeker. Clearly, the actual sun cannot do this; we must understand that in our inner life, the sun represents the illuminator of all experiences, the Aatman. This pure consciousness in us, around which the matter envelopments function - just as the solar system operates around the sun - is being invoked to shine ever brighter within our intellect.

If the sun were not there, all life would be impossible. Without the Aatman, all matter envelopments would be but inert and dead.

When this inner sun-of-life is appealed to for illumining the intellect, it can read as an absurd paradox. The infinite light of wisdom is never contaminated in its eternal effulgence. It is ever the same. It's intensity cannot increase or decrease.

All that is meant, then, when the devotee makes this call, is… 'may my intellect be steady without agitations; may it be clean without the dirt of passions. May the light of consciousness come to shine forth a brilliant beam of its radiance through my intellect.' In this way, our perception of the world will be clear, our discrimination subtle, judgements correct and quick and our comprehension of situations and beings precise and wise.

Contemplate thus upon the meaning and intent, the depth and breadth of the Gayatri Mantra.

This brings us to the end of this phase of study, this guidance on tuning the mind with japa and the best of mantras to use in that japa.

Over the next two weeks, you will find images of a text which Gurudev tells us is very ancient. He had been fortunate to find the original text, upon which were direct annotations by Shankaraachaarya himself. This will add another dimension to your contemplation.

Away now and commit to a daily saadhana which includes Gayatri japa!

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