Maharaji's Teachings about Meditation - In His Own Words
When Maharaji, or Maharaji ("Ultimate Ruler") as he calls himself, or Guru Maharaj Ji as he was called when he first came to the West spruiked his Knowledge as the method to achieve God Realisation through his empowered techniques of meditation. Until the late 1980's when he altered many of his teachings including the actual techniques of meditation he also preached the need for at least two hours of meditation a day and the importance of trying to constantly meditate using his Holy Name technique and claimed that he did it 24 hours a day. From the late 1980's only 1 hour a day of formal meditation was required
"When I first received Knowledge I was told that I needed to practise an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening and it seemed so unrealistic. I would sit down to practise and after 20 minutes I was just … that's about all I could do and I didn't try hard enough you know I just kinda let it slide …"
Even some of his closest devotees such as Ms Linda Pascotto, President of the Maharaji Foundation had been unable to practise meditation properly, if at all, no matter how much inspiration Maharaji gave her and all his premies, until 1987 when the required daily meditation time was cut from 2 hours a day to one hour giving her and doubtless many others a glimmer of hope that she would be able to begin to meditate properly at last.
Durga Ji Rawat (Maharaji's wife), at a surprise visit to the Sunday Community Meeting, Denver Indian Center, Denver, Colorado, 7 December, 1975
We have to just keep practising this Knowledge. And that means making that time, sitting down in the morning, and practising meditation. When I sit down in the morning and practise meditation, or in the evening, it's like this time has been given to me by Guru Maharaj Ji. And it's such a precious time, premies, when we have that opportunity to really do meditation. Because Maharaj Ji's given it to us. It's time when we can really become one with our Lord. You know, this whole world is into this thing like, "Oh love … Love is the way, not war. Make love, not war." You talk about making love, but who's making love all the time? Who is the maker of love? It's Maharaj Ji. Maharaj Ji is always making love - pure love. And when we sit in meditation, premies, we can really make love with Maharaj Ji. We can make love with him, be one with him. And that's a very, very precious time.
The Golden Age, Number 26, February 1976
Questions & Answers, San Francisco, August 6 1971
See, there was a devotee of my father in Delhi, and he used to do meditation. And he became very perfect in it. He made it in such a way that even the glass of water, you see, had to rise and come before his table. So he became very proud of himself. So he invited Maharaj Ji to have a dinner at his house. Maharaj Ji came. He was sitting, and he said, "Maharaj Ji, sit down there in the chair." Maharaj Ji said, "Okay, I will sit down there. Don't bother. But why are you feeling so proud of yourself? The thing for which you are feeling proud will dispel now." And he went away. And after that, nothing happened for that man. Then he came to Maharaj Ji; that rich man had turned into a beggar. And then he has died now. These are called ridhis and siddhis, but magics and all these things, are not true. And it is said, "Where this Knowledge is, no evil can come near that."
Élan Vital, Spring 1979, Volume III, Issue 1
Questions & Answers, San Francisco, August 6 1971
Materialistic world and spiritual world - both separate. Right? So what you are dealing with in the spiritual world, you can still have that side with the materialistic world. This materialistic world has nothing to do with that and that has nothing to do with this. I am driving a car and I can do that meditation. Doing a materialistic thing and side-by-side a spiritual thing. … I drove a car four hours, regularly, from Dehra Dun to Delhi, and I did meditation all along. It is possible.
Élan Vital, Spring 1980, Volume IV, Issue 1
Central Hall, Westminster, London, England, November 2, 1971
This Holy Word of God, you can meditate upon this Holy Word of God while you are sleeping also. You can meditate, you can sleep, you can eat, you can talk, but still your meditation will be continuing along. … The perfect meditation should be continual. It shouldn't have a break in between. How will I be able to do that? So realize such a Word, brothers, that it may extinguish your ego. Never stop. There should be non-stop meditation. It should always be going on. Realize who you are. Realize the aim of your human life.
Reflections on an Indian Sunrise, 1972
Patna, Bihar, India, December 25, 1971
Only the Supreme Lord, Saint of all saints, Omnipotent and Almighty, can close the mouth of the whole universe and shower the Knowledge of self-realization. Otherwise, the small whistles are not heard in the midst of such big drums. Therefore, my dear aspirants, now that you know that Knowledge of Self, fulfill your aim. That is the only aim; that is the only goal. If a man knows that goal and recognizes it perfectly, he can come in perfect contact with God Almighty, his own Supreme Father, whom he has forgotten.
If you have got the Knowledge of that Word, then meditate constantly. Do service under the Lotus Feet of your Lord, and listen to satsang patiently. It is written in the Ramayana that when a man is very fortunate, only then does he find satsang, and when he finds satsang and attends it, he is liberated without any effort. Again, it is said, "Have darshan of Guru Maharaj Ji." Why? Because it is written in all Vedas and Ramayanas to have darshan. So touch the Lotus Feet. "Lay yourself down in the vast, unbounded ocean of Mercy underneath. Bathe and swing on the waves and sink inside. Drink the nectar of Mercy and Grace and Blessings, and be free from all sins."
Élan Vital magazine, Volume 1, Issue 1, Spring 1977
Question and Answer Session, Portland, Oregon, June 29, 1972
When you become Lord of the universe, you become a puppet, really! Nothing else; not "you." Not "I," not "you," no egos, no pride, nothing else. One with humbleness; servant. Very, very beautiful Always in divine bliss. Creating your own environment -- wherever you go, doesn't matter. Like my friends used to play and I used to sit right in the corner of my ground and meditate (laughter) … Even 10,000 times more far out experience you get when you are divinely blissed with the Knowledge. Then Knowledge just takes you, and takes you into an environment never thought of; never thought of, beautiful. When one can really get into the Music, get into the Word, get into the Light, it's so beautiful; so blissful. Just grand, you know! When someone has mastered it, really very far out! So that's what I tell premies: "Meditate, and get somewhere." Yes?
Élan Vital, Volume II, Issue 2, Summer 1978
Kansas City, Missouri, February 17, 1974
But if our lives have been dedicated to the Almighty, then wherever Almighty takes us, we are bound to go there. And that is that little trick that, this is that little trick that Krishna explained to Arjuna. That look; this is how you get along, going to liberation. This is how you can do selfless action. … And it's like, by doing meditation is the only way, one and only way to dedicate it. You understand? Because you are not actually dedicating your whole life to an individual, but to Almighty. That's where intention should be.
Élan Vital, 1977
Phipps Auditorium, Denver Colorado, 2nd May 1974
In this Knowledge you can get to a point where you open your eyes, and you see nothing except Light; all you hear is Music; all you can feel is the Word vibrating; all you can drink at that time is Nectar. And it's so beautiful. Because that whole energy which is in our bodies just comes together completely, just fills us up, and there we are, feeling just so beautiful.
The Sayings of Guru Maharaj Ji, 1974
Los Angeles Meditation Retreat, 1st June 1974
Once we have understood the importance, the significance than like and what it will do to us, what it will mean to us will be just so incredible, so much, so enormous, so, so much that it'll be blissed out completely 24 hours and this is a really good thing that all the premies have started this retreat idea. It's really nice because everybody can assemble then and, and, and really try to experience and really try to understand because see this life has been given to us for a particular purpose. … This is a beauty for us but doesn't become a part of our spiritual life. It be remains a beauty, beauty as a beauty but if we go further and higher than at this situation can take us and that's, that's so beautiful because this is where we want to be. That's where we want to go and when we are there, when we are at that point it's like everything is so blissful so premies, it's like, do meditation, you know, try to understand what this Knowledge is.
Perfect Master Tape 016
Denver, 8th July, 1975.
That demon is within inside of everybody, and this is what you are trying to fight. We have really got to watch it, and that's the time when meditation becomes so important. The mind manifests the most simple things to prove to you that this or that is right, but this is where you really have to have the firm determination that, "No, I don't want the mind. I want to realize for myself." Though it sounds very selfish that we should only realize this Knowledge for ourselves, and try to understand this within our hearts, it's not. Because if we can get into it, and merge into perfectness, we are one less thorn in our Master's way. One less thorn is one less problem, and then it's so beautiful because the speed with which the Perfect Master is coming through this world becomes faster.
Golden Age, Issue 39
Argentina, 7 January 1976
For pemies who are not practicing this Knowledge, let me tell you. … Then we go home and sit down for meditation for five minutes, and our mind is just constantly going … it's like mind is having a heart attack. Mind is just freaking out and saying, "Knowledge! Knowledge! What am I gonna do? This is going to finish me. This is, this is … this is terrible. This Knowledge is no good!" We sit there and we are sweating and we don't know what's happening. Before we received Knowledge, everything was fine, everything was O.K.
And It Is Divine, Summer 1976, Volume 3, Issue 2
Atlantic City, 19th December, 1976
I ask you, is a simple thing, it very, it very definitely says at least, least minimum one hour of meditation. How many premies, I mean I don't want you to raise your hands or say me or you or whatever or answer me right now. And how many premies, this is, you don't have to answer me, you can answer that yourself, how many premies really meditate one hour? A lot of premies meditate one hour. Tell me one thing, how come you only meditate one hour? That's the minimum. It says so. The minimum of an hour. How come you only meditate one hour? Are we trying to cut short? What are we trying to do? And are we meditating for one hour? It's a good question. Cause it's like Raja Ji was explaining yesterday in his satsang we sit down and first of all the mind says, "Uh,uh, it's too uncomfortable underneath this." You bring a pillow. And then you sit down and it says "Uh uh you're too thirsty to sit down and do meditation. Go get yourself a glass of water."And you, just like an obedient servant, ever devotee of the infinite mind, the very finite mind that is, you just get up and go get that glass of water, that's it. Just, no questions asked and no answers said. You just get up and get that glass of water. That's it and then you come back and sit down "Oh boy, you drank too much. Go burp it out." And it just goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on.
Divine Light Mission 'Birthday 1976' film
Atlantic City Conference, December 20, 1976
Because I know that a person who is stoned cannot really do meditation. For all the (?) every time he sits down for it he'll fall off. When you, that's when, all your horses go wild. And that's the way it is. Because it's just like there's no control over anything. And I've seen that, I've seen that.
Atlantic City Conference Audio Tape
Holi Festival, Florida, March 20, 1977
I was watching a cartoon in Los Angeles, and it was "Bugs Bunny" cartoon. … And that goal so far I have understood there's a lot of ways to explain that goal of our life, of our lifetime. But it's to complete one cycle from where we were born, from where we originated, from where that inner strength, that inner force came unto us - to go back to it, to become one with it, to me, is the goal of our life. And of course, you can break it down into a lot of different topics, and I'm not talking about birth. But no, birth into that life that never begins and never dies. I'm talking about birth into that eternal eternity, where there is complete harmony, where there is complete satisfaction. … And the only method that is most successful, and the only method there is, is satsang, service, and meditation. And to give it all a super dose, there is darshan, and these programs, the way they're happening.
The Golden Age, May / June 1977, Number 38
Munich, Germany, April 10, 1977
But to me, it's surrender. It's devotion to Guru Maharaj Ji. … You can look at it any way you want; but to me, satsang, service, and meditation are food, you know? To keep me alive, when Guru Maharaj Ji is my life. So, if I leave Guru Maharaj Ji, and I keep on eating, then it's like a corpse trying to eat food: what would be the point? But if my life, if I could stick to my life, then automatically those things will be provided. Because what I'm dealing with here, what I am trying to realize in my life, what I am trying to become one in my life with, is a far more superior person, and is far more superiority there; that omnipotent, omnipresent; and omniscient
The Golden Age, Number 39
Guru Puja festival, July 25-27 1980
For every sin I've committed in my life and when I beg the Ultimate Emperor forgives me. The Ultimate Emperor gives me another chance. Then he not only gives me another chance, he gives me a way not to ever do it again. He gives me life, he gives me himself, much more than I can have, much more than any one of us can have. Much more than any one of us deserve. So just, you know, just, just understand how fortunate you are, you are a premie. How lucky it is, how beautiful it is that you have Knowledge. Just meditate, have satsang, you know, understand, experience and glow. Don't just rubberstamp yourself, "I glow" but glow! Let that light, let that light shine out from you and enjoy yourself cause that's what it's all about. Enjoy yourself. Enjoy yourself in the practice of satsang, service and meditation. Enjoy yourself that you have this life. And so, oh well, see you soon and thank you very much and blessing to all the premies. (Bhole Shri Satguru Dev Maharaj Ki Jai)
You Are My Savior Divine Light Mission video
After 20 years as the designated Perfect Master during which he continually requested people to be revealed his techniques of meditation and demanded that his followers do meditation Maharaji decided that his "Knowledge" was no longer meditation.
Questions And Answers Vancouver, February 1986
It's very easy for people to call it meditation, and sometimes people do. But for most practical purposes, there is very little in it that resembles meditation in the traditional sense. Sometimes one thinks of meditation as having to do with a cross-legged posture and so on, and that's not quite necessary.
In View Newsletter, Summer 1986