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05 February, 2012

Quotes By Rabindranath Tagore

"A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it."

"Age considers; youth ventures."

"Beauty is truth's smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror."

"Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand with a grip that kills it."

"By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower."

"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky."

"Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come."

"Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance."

"Do not say, 'It is morning,' and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name."

"Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time."

"Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree."

"Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man."

"Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on."

"Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it."

"Facts are many, but the truth is one."

"Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark."

"From the solemn gloom of the temple children run out to sit in the dust, God watches them play and forgets the priest."

"Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young."

"He who is too busy doing good finds no time to be good."

"I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door - or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present."

"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy."

"If you shut the door to all errors, truth will be shut out."

"In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects."

"Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them."

"Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf."

"Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it."

"Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom."

"Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it."

"Love is not a mere impulse, it must contain truth, which is law."

"Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation."

"Music fills the infinite between two souls."

"Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because day is come."

"The burden of the self is lightened with I laugh at myself."

"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough."

"The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous."

"The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence."

"The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark. The small truth has words which are clear; the great truth has great silence."

"Those who own much have much to fear."

"To be outspoken is easy when you do not wait to speak the complete truth."

"Trees are Earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven."

"We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility."

"We gain freedom when we have paid the full price."

"We live in the world when we love it."

"What is Art? It is the response of man's creative soul to the call of the Real."

"You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water."

"Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God's dust is greater than your idol."

Quotes By Swami Vivekanand

"You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul."

"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone.

This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced."

"In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart. "

"When I Asked God for Strength
He Gave Me Difficult Situations to Face

When I Asked God for Brain & Brown
He Gave Me Puzzles in Life to Solve

When I Asked God for Happiness
He Showed Me Some Unhappy People

When I Asked God for Wealth
He Showed Me How to Work Hard

When I Asked God for Favors
He Showed Me Opportunities to Work Hard

When I Asked God for Peace
He Showed Me How to Help Others

God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted
He Gave Me Everything I Needed."

"In a day, when you don't come across any problems - you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path"

"Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life. "

"All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore love for love's sake, because it is law of life, just as you breathe to live."

"Be not Afraid of anything. You will do Marvelous work. it is Fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment."

"The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful."

"The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves."

"Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable."

"The fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire."

"They alone live, who live for others."

"We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. The wind is blowing; those vessels whose sails are unfurled catch it, and go forward on their way, but those which have their sails furled do not catch the wind. Is that the fault of the wind?....... We make our own destiny."

"We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think.  Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. "

"Strength is Life, Weakness is Death. Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death. Love is Life, Hatred is Death."

"All power is within you, you can do, anything and everything. believe in that do not believe that you are weak. You can do any thing and everything, without even the guidance of any one. Stand up and express the divinity within you…, Within each of you there is the power to remove all wants and all miseries. "

"Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes."

"You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself."

"Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now."

"Anything that makes weak - physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison."

"Do one thing at a Time, and while doing it put your whole Soul into it to the exclusion of all else."

"All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything."

"We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about that you think."

"Learn Everything that is Good from Others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others."

"whatever you think that you will be. if you think yourself weak,weak you will be; if you think yourself strong,you will be"

"We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in the future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act."

"Each work has to pass through these stages—ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood."

"Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of God is confined to this or that book? How dare men call God infinite, and yet try to compress Him within the covers of a little book!"

"arise,awake,stop not until your goal is achieved."

"Man is to become divine by realizing the divine. Idols or temples, or churches or books, are only the supports, the help of his spiritual childhood."

"Feel nothing, know nothing, do nothing, have nothing, give up all to God, and say utterly, 'Thy will be done.' We only dream this bondage. Wake up and let it go."

"The brain and muscles must develop simultaneously. Iron nerves with an intelligent brain — and the whole world is at your feet."

"The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong."

"This is a great fact: strength is life; weakness is death. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal; weakness is constant strain and misery, weakness is death."

"Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy - by one, or more, or all of these - and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details."

"All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind."

"All power is within you. You can do anything and everything. Believe in that. Do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. Stand up and express the divinity within you."

"Be strong! … You talk of ghosts and devils. We are the living devils. The sign of life is strength and growth. The sign of death is weakness. Whatever is weak, avoid! It is death. If it is strength, go down into hell and get hold of it! There is salvation only for the brave. "None but the brave deserves the fair." None but the bravest deserves salvation."

"Books are infinite in number and time is short. The secret of knowledge is to take what is essential. Take that and try to live up to it."

"The greatest sin is to think yourself weak"

"Don't look back—forward, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience—then alone can great deeds be accomplished."

"The Vedanta recognizes no sin it only recognizes error. And the greatest error, says the Vedanta is to say that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature, and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that."

"Blessed are they whose bodies get destroyed in the service of others."

"beleive in yourself and the world will be at your feet"

"Shri Ramakrishna use to say, "As Long as I Live, so long do I learn". That man or that society which has nothing to learn is already in the jaws of death."

"If a man can realize his divine nature with the help of an image, would it be right to call that a sin? Nor, even when he has passed that stage, should he call it an error. [...] man is not traveling from error to truth, but from truth to truth, from lower to higher truth. To him all the religions from the lowest fetishism to the highest absolutism, mean so many attempts of the human soul to grasp and realize the Infinite, each determined by the conditions of its birth and association, and each of these marks a stage of progress; and every soul is a young eagle soaring higher and higher, gathering more and more strength till it reaches the Glorious Sun."

"The cheerful mind perseveres and the strong mind hews its way through a thousand difficulties."

"All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark."

"Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way."

"The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him - that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free."

"Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true."

"He is an atheist who does not believe in himself. The old religions said that he was an atheist who did not believe in God. The new religion says that he is an atheist who does not believe in himself."

"The earth is enjoyed by heroes"—this is the unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say, "I have no fear."

"A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century."

"The only religion that ought to be taught is the religion of fearlessness. Either in this world or in the world of religion, it is true that fear is the sure cause of degradation and sin. It is fear that brings misery, fear that brings death, fear that breeds evil. And what causes fear? Ignorance of our own nature."

"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success."

"All truth is eternal. Truth is nobody's property; no race, no individual can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature of all souls."

"Astrology and all these mystical things are generally signs of a weak mind; therefore as soon as they are becoming prominent in our minds, we should see a physician, take good food, and rest."

"Be not afraid, for all great power throughout the history of humanity has been with the people. From out of their ranks have come all the greatest geniuses of the world, and history can only repeat itself. Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous work."

"This attachment of Love to God is indeed one that does not bind the soul but effectively breaks all its bondages."

"Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage."

"Bless people when they revile you. Think how much good they are doing by helping to stamp out the false ego."

"Have Faith in Man, whether he appears to you to be a very learned one or a most ignorant one."

"By doing well the duty which is nearest to us, the duty which is in our hands, we make ourselves stronger"

"If the Student thinks he is the Spirit, he will be a better Student. If the Lawyer thinks he is the Spirit, he will be a better Lawyer, and so on."

"The Tapas and the other hard Yogas that were practiced in other Yugas do not work now. What is needed in this Yuga is giving, helping others. "

"The Heart and core of everything here is good, that whatever may be the surface waves, deep down and underlying everything, there is an infinite basis of Goodness and Love."

"If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished."

"Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth."

"The will is not free - it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect - but there is something behind the will which is free."

"Religion is being and becoming. Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man."

"Why should a Man be Moral? Because this strengthens his will."

"After every happiness comes misery; they may be far apart or near. The more advanced the soul, the more quickly does one follow the other. What we want is neither happiness nor misery. Both make us forget our true nature; both are chains--one iron, one gold; behind both is the Atman, who knows neither happiness nor misery. These are states, and states must ever change; but the nature of the Atman is bliss, peace, unchanging. We have not to get it, we have it; only wash away the dross and see it."

"God is present in every Jiva; there is no other God besides that. Who serves Jiva serves God indeed."

"Are you unselfish? That is the question. If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into a single church or temple."

"Devotion to duty is the highest form of worship of God."

"Desire can be eradicated from the roots by firmly imbibing the four attributes of: Jnan, Atmanishtha, Vairagya, Dharma and the full fledged devotion to God."

"We are allowed to worship him. Stand in that reverent attitude to the whole universe, and then will come perfect non attachment"

"Be Grateful to the Man you help, think of Him as God. Is it not a great privilege to be allowed to worship God by helping our fellow men?"

"This universe is the wreckage of the infinite on the shores of the finite."

"In a day, when you don't come across any problems, you can be sure that you are treveling in a wrong path"

"We must be Bright and Cheerful, long faces do not make Religion"

"Now is wanted intense Karma-Yoga with unbounded courage and indomitable strength in the heart. Then only will the people of the country be roused."

The whole universe is only the self with variations, one tune made bearable by variations. Sometimes there are discords, but they only make the subsequent harmony more perfect."

"If in this hell of a world one can bring a little joy and peace even for a day into the heart of a single person, that much alone is true; this I have learnt after suffering all my life; all else is mere moonshine. "

"Put the good before them, see how eagerly they take it, see how the divine that never dies, that is always living in the human..."

"The Older I grow, the more everything seems to me to lie in manliness. This is my new gospel"

"As different streams having different sources all mingle their waters in the sea, so different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to God."

"GOD is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life."

"If money help a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better."

"Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin; to say that you are weak, or others are weak."

"The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them."

"When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state."

"Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being."

"All condemnation of others really condemns ourselves. Adjust the microcosm which is in your power to do) and the macrocosm will adjust itself for you."

"There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point"

"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. "

"A tremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean, carrying us all along with it; and though like straws and scraps of paper we may at times float aimlessly about, in the long run we are sure to join the Ocean of Life and Bliss."

"The more we grow in Love, Virtue and Holiness, the more we see Love, Virtue and Holiness outside."

"What is now wanted is a combination of the greatest heart with the highest intellectuality, of infinite love with infinite knowledge."

"Above all, beware of compromises. Hold on to your own principles in weal or woe and never adjust them to others' "fads" through the greed of getting supporters. Your Atman is the support of the universe—whose support do you stand in need of?"

"Above all, beware of compromises. I do not mean that you are to get into antagonism with anybody, but you have to hold on to your own principles in weal or woe and never adjust them to others "fads" thought the greed of getting supporters."

"This World will always continue to be a mixture of Good and Evil. Our duty is to sympathize with the weak and to Love even the wrongdoer."

"All who have actually attained any real religious experience never wrangle over the form in which the different religions are expressed. They know that the soul of all religions is the same and so they have no quarrel with anybody just because he or she does not speak in the same tongue."

"Anything that brings spiritual, mental, or physical weakness, touch it not with the toes of your feet."

"Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it were after his or her heart. But the intelligent ones are those who can convert every work into one that suits their taste."

"The Land where humanity has attained its highest towards gentleness, towards generosity, towards purity, towards calmness - it is India."

"Education is the manifestation of perfection already existing in man."

"The help which tends to make us spiritually strong is the highest help, next to it comes intellectual help and after that comes physical help."

"The very reason for nature's existence is for the education of the soul."

"My Faith is in the Younger Generation, the Modern Generation, out of them will come my workers. They will work out the whole problem, like Lions."

"It is the Level-headed Man, the Calm Man, of Good Judgement and cool nerves, of Great sympathy and love, who does good work and so does good to himself."

"The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all."

"The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated they illumine."

21 September, 2011

How to do Gayatri Sadhana?

Gayatri Sadhana can be done in two ways Mantric and Devotional.

In Mantric way, initiation under a Guru is advisable. In Mantric mode, the Sadhana has to be performed as per the norms dictated by the Scriptures. 

The ideal times for doing Gayatri are: 

  • When we get up from bed in the morning
  • Before every meal
  • When we go to bed in the evening
  • When doing morning pooja
  • When doing evening pooja
  • While taking bath

In the case of Bhakthi way (Devotional route), there are not many restrictions. Any and every time is Gayatri time. When negative, unwanted, unnecessary thoughts enter your mind, you do Gayatri; when you are happy, you do Gayatri; when you are sad, you do Gayatri; when you are pensive, hateful, tense, anxious, compassionate, sympathetic, lustful, comfortable, undergoing pain, you do Gayatri; do it when you want to do it, do it when you do not want it also. Chant it when you are getting up, when you are taking bath, walking and awaiting some one or some thing. You chant Gayatri, when you are in temple or at home or in your office or any where outside.  You chant Gayatri, for that matter, all the 24 hours!! The question how can we chant 24 hours? is being explained in the next paragraph.

Initially, you may chant the Mantra using your vocal chords and lips. As you progress over time, you may start internalizing the Mantra. Then slowly begin the process of shifting the chanting to silent mode, i.e. you start chanting Gayatri in your mind. Even at this stage its a conscious effort. But as you may be climbing your spiritual ladder, Ma Gayatri blesses you and She begins to reside in your mind. Then it is Bliss!

Another important aspect of devotional Gayatri Sadhana, you do not worry too much about the accent, pronunciation etc. of this all powerful Holy Mantra. When we were very small children, we used to use all sorts of sounds to address or to get the attention of our loving Mother? You may also remember that every time she was happy to listen to our gibberish and never, not even once she was unhappy or angry with us or our phonetic skills! The reason is simple, she is our Mother and she is guided only by love and definitely not by phonetics. In the same way, please remember, Ma Gayatri is the embodiment of love, She is Snehasworoopini, and She is Veda Mata, our Divine Mother. Then, how can She get upset with us for our bad phonetics or any unconscious or unintentional mistake? The only thing that is important is our devotion all-encompassing, overwhelming-all devotion. We surrender; surrender totally at Her lotus feet. Everything else is inconsequential, and can be ignored, and to be ignored.

  • Whenever you start the Japa, a minimum of three times you are advised to repeat the Mantra and when concluding, conclude with the Shanthi Mantra (Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shantihi)

  • It is not only believed, but it has been actually observed, that by repetition of this mantra with the right understanding of its sacred meaning, the ordinary negative tendencies in a human mind can be erased out to a large extent.   This mantra is never chanted for the purposes of material gains, it is an appeal to the pure consciousness to illumine more our heart (intellect). It is a prayer for pure wisdom in our life.

  • Here an appeal is made to the Divine to awaken and strengthen our intellect. Chanting it fosters and sharpens the knowledge-yielding faculty in man, and one who chants it regularly with faith the mantra relieves him of diseases, wards off all misery and fulfils all the needs of man. It bestows all that is beneficial to the chanter. The chanter of Gayatri mantra should not treat it casually and his heart should be pure at all times. The Gayatri Mantra is an essential requisite for the young and students because it ensures bright and auspicious future for them. The chanter of mantra has sharper intellect, they become more zealous, more enthusiastic, and certainly become qualified to get better marks, ranks and first classes. Just as we take bath to cleanse our bodies, so also we should chant the Gayatri Mantra to purify our mind and Intellect. 

  • The Gayatri Mantra is synonymous to the Divinity and therefore must be approached with humility, reverence, faith and love towards the Mantra. Chanting with humility, reverence, faith and love is more important than mechanical repetition while the mind wanders.

  • The more one chants the Mantra, the greater benefit the chanter gets.

06 September, 2011

Attainment of Divine Wisdom through Gayatri Sadhana

Gayatri is the mantra which imparts true wisdom. It inspires the mind, intellect inner psyche and emotions of the devotee towards the righteous path. Its Sadhana helps in progressive growth of righteous(sat) elements. When the Sadhak concentrates on the meaning of this mantra he realises that the supreme prosperity and the greatest success in life is to attain true wisdom. When he gets fully convinced about the true aim of life, he single-minded starts his self-effort towards this goal. This aspiration creates an ever expanding vibrations in the universal realm which attracts and assimilates waves of righteous thoughts, emotions and inspirations pervading the subtle atmos phere. The magnetic power of thoughts is well-known. Thoughts at tract thoughts of similar kind scattered in the mental universe with the result that powerful eternal thoughts and spiritual attainments of livingand past illumined persons start accumulating spontaneously within the Sadhak as a divine boon and his accumulated capital of such thoughts goes on increasing.

The effect of this influx of righteousness (satogun) in the body andmind is amazing. This is not visible to the naked eye nor can it beunderstood from purely physical point of view. But those who areendowed with the occult knowledge of the working of the inner being know it well that decrease in the elements of tam and raj and increase in sat is almost similar to the steady process of elimination of disease producing toxins, viruses and germs from the body and replacing them with health-giving rejuvenating cells. True, the process will not be instantly visible, but there can be no doubt that it will have miraculous effects on health in due course. Rejuvenation of body is a scientifically proved phenomenon. Whether this benefit is a divine gift or it is due to human efforts is a matter on which opinion may differ butit is certain that Gayatri Sadhana increases virtues in the inner psyche of the Sadhak and simultaneously throws out the vices and impu-rities. This results in internal transformation of the Sadhak. There is nouse in entering into the controversy whether the advantage accrued is an individual attainment or a divine boon. No work, whatsoever, can be accomplished without the grace of God and so it may be said thatall that happens is due to Divine grace.

The Meaning of Gayatri Mantra

Rishis have selected the words of various Mantras and arranged them in such a way that they not only convey some meaning but their chanting also creates specific energies. Gayatri is a mantra which inspires righteous wisdom. It means that the Almighty God may illuminate our intellect, which may lead us on the righteous path. This is the most important prayer. All the problems of a person are solved if he is endowed with righteous wisdom. Having far-sighted wisdom, a man is neither entangled in avoidable calamity nor does he tread a wrong path. A wise man intuitively finds solutions to his problems. Those who lack this clear-sightedness find themselves always facing problems and ever living from crisis it crises. The worship of Gayatri mantra bestows the boon of righteous wisdom. The teachings of and the powers incorporated in Gayatri mantra fulfil this purpose. Righteous wisdom starts emerging as soon as Jap of this mantra is taken up as a Sadhana.
Om bhurbhuvah swah tatsaviturvarenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yo nah prachodayat

Om! Brahma or Almighty God
Bhuh embodiment of vital spiritual energy (Pran)
bhuvah destroyer of sufferings
swah embodiment of happiness
tat that
savituh bright, luminous like the Sun
varenyam best, most exalted
bhargo destroyer of sins
devasya divine
dhimahi may imbibe
dhiyo intellect
yo who
nah our
prachodayat may inspire

In short it is a prayer to the Almighty Supreme God, the Creator of entire cosmos, the essence of our life existence, who removes all our pains and sufferings and grants happiness beseeching His divine grace to imbibe within us His Divinity and Brilliance which may purify us and guide our righteous wisdom on the right path. 
A man gets imbued with divine qualities contemplating and meditating on this meaning of Gayatri. One should contemplate on these feelings daily and regularly. Three prayer-filled meditations are given here which should be silently recited and projected on the mental screen through imagination.

1. “The Almighty God, who is known as pranav pervades all the three Lokas, viz, Bhooha-lok, Bhuvaha-lok and Swaha-lok. He is Omnipresent. The cosmos is physical manifestation of God who pervades its each and every particle. I am seeing Him everywhere. I would always refrain from evil thoughts and evil deeds and perform true worship of God by extending cooperation in promoting happiness, peace and beauty in this universe which is His creation”.
2. “This (tat) God is extremely bright (savitur), most exalted (varenyam), devoid of sin (bhargo) and divine (devasya). I visualise this Divinity within me, in my soul. By such contemplation, I am becoming illumined, virtues are growing in all the layers of my being. I am being saturated with these virtues, these characteristics, of God.”
3. “That God may inspire (prachodayat) our (naha) intellect, wisdom (dhiyo) and lead us on righteous path. May our intellect, the intellects of our family members and of all of us, be purified and may He lead us on the righteous path. On getting righteous wisdom, which is the greatest achievement and is the source of all the happiness in this world, we may be able to enjoy celestial bliss in this life and make our human life purposeful.”

We should contemplate and meditate on these three prayer-filled meditations slowly and pausing for a moment on each word and an imaginary picture of that word should be drawn in the mind.

While contemplating upon the first meditation, it should be imagined that God pervades all the three Lokas, the earth, heaven and Patal (nethermost world). God should be visualised pervading these Lokas in the form of light, heat and electricity, life force (Pran) etc. This vast universe is the living physical image of God. The Sadhak should try to visualise in his imagination a glimpse of the All-pervading Omni-present God just as was given to Arjun by Lord Krishna. He should imagine that God is all around him and he is sitting in God’s lap. It should be pondered how evil thoughts and evil actions could remain lodged in his mind and body in the presence of the Omni-potent Divinity. He should imagine that each and every manifestation of this universal Godhead is adorable and that well being lies in selfless service of this universe, this vast humanity and in beautifying God’s creation.

While reflecting on the second meditation, one should imagine the extremely bright and luminous, supremely exalted God adorned with all divine qualities, seated on the throne of Sadhak’s heart. God can be also visualised in the form of Virat Purush.
(2) Ram, Krishna, Vishnu, Gayatri, Sarsvati etc. and
(3) in the flame of a lamp. God can be meditated upon in male or in mother’s form according to one’s own sentiments. God is female as well as male. Gayatri Sadhaks prefer to meditate on the Almighty God in the form of Gayatri Mata. Brilliance, supreme excellence, utmost piety, purity and divine righteousness should be visualised in the beautiful image of Gayatri Mata. It should be imagined that such a beautiful and virtuous divine power permanently dwells in the sadhak’s heart and permeates all the pores of his body.

While thinking on the third meditation, it should be felt that the divine power of Gayatri has caught the intellect and feelings of our head and heart and is guiding them on the path of righteousness. We are pure, concerted and enthusiastic and are getting attained to move in the direction of righteousness with the grace of Gayatri Mata.

These three kinds of prayer filled meditations embodied in Gayatri are symbolic of Gyan-yog, Bhakti -yog and karma-yog. In fact, contemplation of the meaning of Gayatri amounts to immersion in the Triveni of these three kinds of yog.
By such contemplation, the meaning of Gayatri Mantra is fully assimilated in the heart of the Sadhak. The result is that in a short time his mind gets diverted from evil thoughts and evil deeds and he starts taking enthusiastic joy in righteous thinking and good actions. Howsoever little this tendency may be in the beginning it is almost certain that if the practice persists, the inner-self of the Sadhak becomes more and more awakened and the ultimate aim of life draws closer and closer.

Tips to increase Focus - 1

First understand clearly what concentration is: “Concentration is taking your mind off many things and putting it on one thing at a time.”
Decide carefully what you want to concentrate on, for in many subtle and not-so-subtle ways, you become that which you focus on — that is, you take on the attributes of your chosen subject of concentration. Have you ever noticed how couples who have been married for many years start to look like each other, or how people often come to resemble their pets, their cars, their hobbies, or their work projects?
Generally speaking, everyone has had experiences in total concentration. Go to a good adventure film at a movie theater. In the middle of it, stop watching the movie (this might be hard, but do it anyway) and look around at the people in the theater. What are they doing? They are absolutely still, eyes barely blinking, and their breath is slower. It would take a really major distraction to break their attention stream. These physiological signs may give you a hint about ways to increase your own concentration abilities.
Some of the enemies of concentration skills are constant sensory input, multi-tasking, trying to do many things all a the same time, loud noises, and flashing light patterns. The human nervous system is a marvelous thing, but it is not built to function in the face of these things on a full-time basis. Attention deficit patterns come, at least to some extent, from the activities or situations which make concentration difficult to impossible. Then a habit of non-attention or inability to concentrate deeply is established and difficult to overcome.
Make it a point to put your full concentration on whatever you are doing. Don’t let anything distract you. It really helps to be in a quiet place, but you can learn to block out noise if necessary.
Understand the essential connection between concentration and energy. Deep concentration is a matter of increasing or directing your life-force or conscious, cosmic energy. The more of this kind of energy you have, the better. Scattered energy doesn’t help. It must be calm, focused energy. Learn to be calmly concentrated and be concentratedly calm.
Learn and practice some physical and mental energization techniques. This is an important first step toward the ability to concentrate deeply.
Take breaks. Go outside and breathe deeply or take a brisk walk. Make yourself do this often and you’ll be able to return to your task recharged and ready to focus more creatively.
Meditation is the most powerful of all concentration enhancement techniques. Learn a few simple meditation techniques and practice them at least five minutes daily.
A first step in the concentration aspect of meditation is to focus on watching your breath — not controlling it in any way, but just observing it. This helps to train yourself in taking your mind off of many things, and putting it on one thing at a time — in this case the breath. As you observe your breath, it will calm down, your brain will calm down also (this is a scientifically well-documented, mind-breath connective function), and you automatically move into a dynamic, peaceful (but not sleepy) state of being. Your mind becomes recharged and creatively receptive.
Take a few minutes and learn a simple meditation technique. You’ll be amazed at how this effects your concentration during your regular daily life.