Jnanagni dhagdha karmanaam
It means that our entire Karma will get decimated in the Inner Fire of Supreme Knowledge that one awakens to.
One can experience this Supreme Knowledge through Meditation and thus attain the Ultimate Goal of Enlightenment.
There are many popular misconceptions among people about meditation and the attainment of Enlightenment. While some
think they should leave their families, and go to the forests, caves or the Himalayas, others think that these
are pursuits of the elderly; some even think that these were practices meant for sages of yore. However, let it be
known that in order to meditate one need not go anywhere and gender and age is not a bar and there is no need to spend any money.
Let it also be known that it is as relevant today to everyone of us as it was to the sages of yore. We are
presently going through a transformation period on Earth. This transformation is taking place at a rapid pace, in
effect speeding the elapse of Time. That we are here on Earth at precisely at this juncture is surely a great
opportunity to each one of us. That which took the sages of yore hundreds of years of meditation to achieve
could now be achieved by us through few years of meditation. If we, through meditation, put one step forward
then God and the Holy Masters will certainly take ten steps towards us and bestowing us Supreme Knowledge and
boundless joy. Meditation is simply the highest and the most elevated spiritual path. The preeminence of
meditation as a spiritual path has been cited in the following Vedic verse,
Pradhamam vigraha pooja,
Japa sthothradhi madhyamam,
Thrithiyam maanasa pooja,
Soham pooja uthamothamam
Essentially it means that idol worship is the most basic of them, followed by the practice of
chanting sthothras/mantras outwardly and higher to both of these is the inward incantation of
God from one’s heart. And the highest and foremost is meditation.
Lord Krishna says in the Uthara Gita,
Koti pooja samam sthothram,
Koti sthothra samam japaha,
Japa koti samam dhyanam,
Dhyanam koti samam layaha
“The recital of one crore poojas is equivalent to the invocation of a sthothra,
The invocation of one crore sthothras is equivalent to the performance of a japa,
The performance of one crore japas is equivalent to one sitting of meditation,
One crore sittings of meditation is equivalent to being one with God.”
Thapasvi Byodhiko yogi,
Jnani Byodhi Mathodhika.
Meaning, Meditation, Yoga or Penance are all the same.
“A Thapasi (one who does penance) is one who performs prayers, festivals, fasts and
gives himself bodily/corporeal suffering;
A Jnani is one who studies all the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas and epics and is fully
conversant and immersed in them. That is, one who acknowledges the eternal truth through
the sacred literature; A karma yogi is one who performs yagnas, yagas and other allied rituals
and spiritual sacrifices."
According to Lord Sri Krishna, Anubhava Jnana (the knowledge gained through the experience of meditation)
is more profound than the mere performance of penance or knowledge of sacred literature or the rituals and
allied sacrifices. It is only through meditation that one gains perspective of the Spiritual Truth.
"Yogaha Karmasu Kausalam" Geetha: 2-50
“It is only through meditation that we can achieve efficiency, accuracy and proficiency in all our
"Yogo Bhavathi Dhukaha" Geetha: 6-17
“It is only through the practice of meditation that our sorrows be completely eradicated.” Why does the
common man come into this world? What is his real work here? Has he taken birth only to eat, drink or
amass wealth? What are the reasons for our various pains, losses and sufferings throughout our life?
Where do we go after death? What do we do after death? Despite achieving multiple successes throughout
our life, do such accomplishments give us eternal happiness beyond death? To start with, one should have an aspiration
to attain enlightenment – the state of eternal bliss and happiness. Why do our thoughts remain perennially
centered around our bodily desires? Shouldn't one be aware of his eternal Athman (the Soul) and dwell on it?
Shall our life and knowledge be spent for fulfilling bodily desires only? Don't we have a desire to learn
about our Soul? It is along these lines that one should question himself and the same can be answered/revealed
to oneself by regular practice of meditation.
Prayers, fastings, sacrifices, Bahya Mantra Japam (outward chant of mantras), Bhajans (group singing of devotional
songs), Antharangika Mantra Japam (inward silent chant of mantras), reading puranas/spiritual books are all but
preparatory stages and steps to meditation.
We perform the above acts with the notion that we are distant and detached
entities from God.
However, through meditation we experience the oneness with God. Through meditation we
understand the fact that God is within us. It is through meditation that we begin our search
for the Eternal Truth. It is through meditation that we gain infinite cosmic energy; beyond human comprehension and
more precious than all worldly riches. Through meditation we can gain deep realization and insight. One who
meditates will perform his everyday activities and responsibilities with enthusiasm, joy and perfection.
It is through meditation that one can gain the highest state of living. Meditation lifts our Mind and Soul
towards the Eternal Truth. In meditation, we raise ourselves from corporeal/bodily manifestations of our worldly
existence to the state of Divine existence. Meditation is the precious tool that enables us to stabilize and
free us from our
ever turbulent waves of disturbing thoughts and gives us lasting peace. Meditation can reform the wicked
to the Holy, and transform the physically, mentally weak to realize their profound strengths.
One can gain the entire spectrum of virtuous and harmonious living through the regular practice of meditation –
health, mental peace, mutual understanding, concentration, memory, tolerance, common sense, bravery, constant
awareness, self-confidence, self-control, release from bad habits, purity, contentment, mental strength,
steadfastness, stability, spiritual wisdom and Eternal Bliss. One who meditates fills this
entire creation with kindness, empathy, generosity and love. Through meditation who can rid himself of unwanted
desires and gains everlasting peace. In life one experiences the extremes of emotions - profound joy at the
heights of success and suffers from bouts of depression at the depths of failure. Meditation enables one to
treat these varied and volatile experiences with equanimity and empowers one to be joyous and confident even in
the face of numerous adversities.