This explanation of "The Light Meditation" is taken from a discourse given by Sathya Sai Baba in Kampala, Uganda, East Africa on July 8, 1968. It was translated into English by Kasturi and can found in Volume VI of Sathya Sai Speaks, Chapter 50, which is entitled: “Light the Lamps of Love”. If it sometimes seems a little awkwardly worded, remember that Kasturi had to translate it instantly during Baba’s discourse, and he did the best he could under the circumstances.
I shall give you the most Universal and the most effective dhyana or meditation. Set aside a few minutes every day, in the beginning for this; later you are sure to extend the period, when you experience the thrill of peace. Let it be the hours before dawn. This is preferable because the body is refreshed by sleep and the peregrinations of the daytime have yet to impinge on the senses and distract physical and mental energy. Have a lamp with a bright little flame, steady and straight, or a candle before you. The flame does not diminish in luster, however many lamps may be lit therefrom. So, the flame is the most appropriate symbol of the Eternal Absolute. Sit in the padmasana [lotus position], or any comfortable asana [yoga position], in front of the flame. Look on the flame steadily, and closing your eyes, try to feel it inside you, between your eyebrows. From there, let it descend down into the Lotus of your Heart, illumining the path. When it enters the heart, in the center of the chest, imagine that the petals of the lotus bud open out one by one, bathing every thought and feeling and emotion and impulse in the Light and removing darkness.
There is no space now for darkness to take refuge; it has to flee before the flame. Imagine that the Light becomes wider, bigger, brighter. It pervades the limbs; they can no more busy themselves in dark, wicked suspicious activities. They have become, you are conscious of it, instruments of Light, that is to say, of Love. The Light reaches the tongue. Falsehood, slander, bragging, spite vanish from it. It reaches the eyes and the ears. All dark desires that infest and infect them are destroyed, by the brilliant Light of Wisdom and Virtue. No more puerility [childish nonsense], no more poisoning of the ear. Let your head be charged with Light; all wicked, vicious thoughts disappear, for these are denizens of darkness. Imagine that Light in you, more and more intensely – and it will be so. Let it shine all around you, enveloping you in the brilliance of Love; let it spread from you, in ever widening circles, taking into its fold your kith and kin, the loved ones, friends, companions, nay strangers, foes, rivals, enemies, – all men all over the world, all living beings – all Creation.
Do this every day, without break; for as long as you enjoy it; do this deeply and systematically; a time will certainly come, when you can no more relish dark and evil thoughts, no more yearn for dark and sinister books, no more crave for toxic food and drinks, no more handle ugly demeaning things, no more suffer infliction of infamy or injury, no more formulate evil designs. You are then in the realm of the Divine; of Peace beyond words.
Stay on in that thrill, witnessing Light, being Light, everywhere for all. If you are used to adoring GOD in any Form, visualize that form in that Light. For Light is GOD; GOD is Light. When Light meets Light it is all Light. There is no boundary, between your Light and His Light. They merge, they fulfill. . . . Practice this meditation regularly every day. At other times, repeat the Name of GOD (any Name that arouses in you the spirit of adoration and devotion), always taking care to be intensely conscious of His Might, Mercy and Munificence.
- From: Sathya Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 6, p. 239-240.
A Blissful "Blended" Meditation (A meditation that takes the best qualities and techniques of the "Devotional", "Light" and "Quieting the Mind" types of meditations and blends them into a nice, easy, effective meditation! Try it! You'll like it!)
By the way, we will gradually be adding additional meditations to the meditation section as the years go by. It takes a while to create a website like this!
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