Meditation is a great tool to gravitate to our final reality. Concentration is an integral aspect of meditation. Subjective reality relates to our original nature to which meditation and concentration can serve as a conduit channel Undertaking meditation under an expert is essential if our intention is to graduate to our subjective reality which requires the individual to transcend many interceptive extrasensory vibrations which may have a detrimental effect on the psyche if not performed under able guidance.
Many times people enter into arguments trying to prove which form of Yoga is better than the others. Technically each form of Yoga is suited for certain type of individuals and may work better for the type of personality one may be. Here it is important to gather that whatever may be the type of Yoga one may follow to arrive at Truth, it is vital that one follows that particular Yoga with commitment and faith. This sincerity of application of the mind is what Bhakti is.
Sri Vaishnavism is an authentic Parampara, a spiritual Vedic order that has perfectly analyzed the causes of human suffering and has offered perfect solution to graduate out of such suffering. The Order of Sri Vaishnavism is relevant event today in the age of gross consumerism.
Maya is the most obvious energy of the Lord that is in operation in the material world. It is important to drum into our selves the controlling power of Maya. One needs to contemplate about Her captivating moves through the thorough study of the Vedic texts. The Srimad Bhagavad Gita and the Srimad Bhagavatham are the topmost scriptures that delve in detail about the magnetic powers of Maya and how She keeps the living entity bound to Her without relieving them for the Higher engagement of devotional practice.
It is important to understand the thin line that separates partiality and Dharma. This was seen in the relationship of the Lord with Sugreeva, the Vanara king. Vali was elder to Sugreeva and more powerful, yet the Lord sided Sugreeva and helped the killing of Vali in an apparently deceitful manner. Unless one digs deep into the incident one shall mistake Dharma to partiality. Humans are often prone to committing this error.
Many concepts such as Experience, Perception, Intuition, and Knowledge requires proper understanding. An understanding of these concepts can open several locks that hinder our understanding of the world that surrounds us. As we remove the various road-blocks through a proper deliberation on these concepts, one shall be able to break free from pre-conceived notions that blur the vision of reality that is behind all phenomena.
Meeting of Lord Sri Rama with His eternal consort Srimati Seeta Devi for the first time on the earthly plane is of great significance from the view point of Bhakti. It is necessary that one views our great scriptures in the larger perspective of the life process and then look for the deeper secrets of life hidden within the anecdotes of Scriptures. Devotion and devotional activities are the life and soul of a Bhakta, a devotee. The Lord of the devotee's heart has many lessons to offer to them. It is important that the scriptures are understood in the right mood and context so that Bhakti in the heart finds expression and meaning.
The Story of Manu and Shatarupa is most relevant in current times. Man spends his entire life running after fake inducements that life has to offer thereby becoming restless and unhappy. He fails to realize that there are higher ideals which he can pursue that can make him happier and contented. Bhakti is perhaps the greatest gift that has been conferred upon man by God. Yet man fails to use this option for his own betterment and fulfilment.
Even material habits, vices, have their own place in day-to-day life. If man is guided by wisdom, he shall become capable of using his weaknesses as his greatest strengths. If desiring and wanting is a weakness then that weakness can be changed into a strength by changing the object of desire. If the object of desire happens to be the Supreme Lord, the man simply enters into the boundary of absolute security and fearlessness. Bhakti is that tool which can take us to a domain of absolute protection. If only we had faith in the process, everything in our life would have been in the best of shapes. What we need to learn is to trust the words of great sages that Sanatana Dharma has produced. Goswami Tulsidas happens to be one of the greatest seers that the Dharma has produced.
All the female energy forces are the manifestation of the one Supreme Lord. Matter is the female expression of the Lord and all the blessings that the material world has to offer to talented beings also proceeds from the power of the Lord alone. Hence, it becomes important to cast one's vision on the Creator who is behind the display of all visible potency that individuals display. The credit is more of the Lord and less of the individual.