Understanding the Real Yoga through Connecting to the Lord

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.14.43-44 - Understanding the Real Yoga through Connecting to the Lord (download mp3)
by Dwarkadhish Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 11.14.43
tat sarva-vyapakam cittam
 akrsyaikatra dharayet
nanyani cintayed bhuyah
 su-smitam bhavayen mukham

One should then pull the consciousness back from all the limbs of that transcendental body. At that time, one should meditate only on the wonderfully smiling face of the Lord.

SB 11.14.44
tatra labdha-padam cittam
 akrsya vyomni dharayet
tac ca tyaktva mad-aroho
 na kiƱcid api cintayet

Being established in meditation on the Lord’s face, one should then withdraw the consciousness and fix it in the sky. Then giving up such meditation, one should become established in Me and give up the process of meditation altogether.

As one becomes established in pure consciousness, the duality of “I am meditating and this is the object of my meditation” vanishes, and one comes to the stage of spontaneous relationship with the Personality of Godhead. Every living entity is originally part and parcel of the Supreme Lord, and when that forgotten eternal relationship is revived one experiences remembrance of the Absolute Truth. In that stage, described here as mad-arohah, one no longer sees oneself as a meditator nor the Lord as a mere object of meditation, but rather one enters the spiritual sky for an eternal life of bliss and knowledge in direct loving relationship with the Lord.

Uddhava originally inquired about the procedure of meditation for those desiring liberation. The word labdha-padam indicates that when one fixes the mind upon the Lord’s face, one achieves full liberation. In the postliberation phase one then proceeds to render service to the original Personality of Godhead. By giving up the concept of being a meditator, one casts off the last small remnant of illusory energy and sees the Lord as He actually is.

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