Limitations of Human Perception

If a person thinks that what we see is the only world there is, that there are no invisible worlds, then of course, all these things are just abstract ideas. If there is nothing but this world, how can there be Worlds of Light?

We don’t see the other worlds because the human vision is very restricted. In fact, what we see on the physical level is less than one percent of the Universe! Any scientist will tell you that the physical eye has a very limited range of seeing, and that the physical ear has a very limited range of hearing. Even the electromagnetic waves around us, such as radio and television waves, are still physical, yet even they are beyond the perception of the ordinary physical mechanism. Similarly, there is an even larger, nonphysical Universe all around us. There are the great psychic dimensions where people go after death, and beyond them are the Causal Universes, which are semi-Light, semi-material worlds. Beyond that are the lower Light Worlds, the intermediary Light Worlds, and the upper Light Worlds, vast Universes within and around us. And unless we understand the principle that these things exist, and then know that we have a process to attain them, we can never perceive them. Philosophers have mentioned the possibility of the existence of other worlds, other dimensions, other realities. These remain just philosophical ideas. These things do exist, and that through the meditation process we can actually experience them. It is simply a case of tuning your mechanism to experience those invisible dimensions.

You have to understand the possibilities. You have to understand that you are living in a very limited world, that what you see is not all there is, that there are much greater possibilities. Human beings are functioning at only one percent of their potential. Why? Because people don’t even know that these greater realities exist! And if they do, it is only a theory of philosophy, metaphysics or theology. Students study these theories, and when they finish university they forget about them and get on with “real” living—making money! Making money has become the purpose of life for the millions.

But suppose you begin to realize: “What if the philosophers were correct? What if there really are such things? What if Nirvāṇa really exists? What if there really is a Kingdom of God? What if these things are true? Then what?” Then, of course, the logical question is: “How do we get there? What is the process, the method?” Then you come to that very disturbed stage, the seeking stage. You go to different talks and lectures, to different swamis, to different gurus, to different teachers, seeking the way. You ask questions, you try this, you try that. You try all kind of things, because something within you is impelling you to find out how to break through to those higher Realities. And you will not be satisfied until you actually do so, until one day you actually experience yourself as an entity beyond body, mind, and feelings, a completely separate entity living in a separate universe.

In this higher state of meditation, you realize that if your body dies, it makes no difference. If your mind stops functioning, it makes no difference. If your emotions cease, it makes no difference. Nothing here makes any difference; you continue as a living entity. That is the first major revelation inside you. Then comes a much deeper, much higher revelation: your connection with the Divine Nature, with the Universe, with higher Realities, unfolds degree by degree. The Revelation unfolds endlessly within you.

 

What Kind of Meditation?

So we have established that there is a reason to meditate. The next thing to consider is: what is the right kind of meditation for this purpose? Because there are specific meditation processes for specific purposes. If you want to develop psychic powers, you can do Kuṇḍalinī Yoga or Tibetan breathing exercises. Then you can become a master of this level of Creation, and for some people that is an ideal of meditation. But we say that it is a very limited ideal, because it will keep you in these lower realms. Through such processes you cannot cross the Great Divide out of the three lower worlds (the Physical, Astral, and Mental Planes) into the Causal World and beyond.

So you have to ask yourself: “Where do I want to go? What do I want to experience? What do I want to be?” Then you have to choose that kind of meditation process that will take you to your objective. Modern seekers make the mistake of thinking that all meditation processes are the same, that they all lead to the same goal. They think that if we swing a pendulum, it is the same; if we go to a medium, it is the same; if we do Haṭha Yoga, it is the same; if we work with crystals, it is the same. But these things are not the same! When you go to a railway station, not all trains go to the same place! It is a grave error of modern consciousness to try everything out because it is “all the same.” Different processes have vastly different results. Obviously, if you want to know yourself as a Living Soul, you don’t do exercises which lead you to psychic powers, because they will take you in a completely different direction for your purpose.

The right kind of meditation, however, is a scientific process that does lead to Divine Consciousness, to Nirvāṇa, to the Kingdom of God, to the Absolute Worlds of Light, to an Infinite Field of Mind. In this process of meditation you work with a mental formula, a mental-wave, using a sacred language. In the East you would be using Sanskrit, in the West you may be using Hebrew, both of which are sacred languages. It is not the language that is important, however, but the idea behind it. And the idea is that you use a mental-wave. A mental-wave is like a structure of thought. It is a sound inside you, but a much more refined sound than a physical sound. You could listen to a physical instrument sounding a note, for instance, and that would be like meditation on an exterior level. The principle is the same: you listen to a sound, which is a formula, a frequency, a vibration. But we use a deeper device: the mind itself. It is natural for the mind to think. So, rather than using a physical sound, you are using a vibration or sound formula in the mind (a Mantra).

The mental-waves vary according to a scientific principle. You begin to intone or announce the sounds in your mind and listen to them, just as you could make a musical sound physically and listen to it. But in meditation you are intoning a mental-wave in your mind, and then you listen to it. So the result is very much deeper. When you listen to sound on a physical level, the sound hits your ear and enters your brain, and you have an emotional response and then a mental response. But in meditation, rather than ending at the level of the mind, you begin with the mind itself and keep moving up. So the mind becomes the basis of your work. You start the meditation on the level of the mind, and then you rapidly move into Soul-Consciousness, because the Soul is the next level above the mind.

It is an amazing idea. You are bypassing the physical mechanism; you are bypassing the emotional mechanism; you are bypassing the thinking processes. You go directly to the source of the mind, and from there you jump right into your Soul Nature. So it is a very rapid process. Rather than struggling with exterior techniques for years and years, by working with the right kind of mental-wave you make rapid progress in meditation.

So you sit down and start using the mental-wave. You start using your mind to take you to the Kingdom of God. The mind can be a big problem, because it is always so active. But with this system you are telling the mind to be quiet in a way that suits it. It is very important to understand this meditation principle.

 

Excerpt from The Journey Within (Pages 47-51)