The practitioners of Sant Mat should perform meditation daily with yearning, zeal and regularity. They should first fix their mind, spirit and sight at the Third Eye Center for four or five minutes.
Thereafter they should direct and fix their attention at the first or second stage, and listen to Shabd (Sound Current). Â Â In the practice of Dhyan, they should, fix their sight and Attention at that very spot and contemplate the Swarup [Form of the Master]. It matters not when the Radiant Form would appear.
They should not apply pressure while raising the mind and spirit. They should, in a natural and easy way, withdraw their mind, Attention and sight upwards and fix them at the first stage with the help of the Shabd or Swarup.
Mataji [Yogani Mataji] exuded a sense of joy and happiness. We talked for more than three hours about a variety of subjects, but I was most intrigued with Mataji’s experiences on the inner spiritual planes. I asked her what it was like to leave the body. Mataji responded with a beautiful description of how consciousness can be released from the mortal frame by attaching itself to the stream of celestial music radiating from the top of the head and beyond. To do this, she said, one first must be initiated by a genuine mystic who has gained access to the higher realms. The practice itself, although it may take years to master, sounds relatively simple. The body should be kept perfectly still with one particular posture held for at least three hours. One may choose a cross-legged position (like the yogis in the lotus pose) or a more comfortable, relaxed position in a chair. Keeping the back erect and the mind alert, one continuously repeats God’s name as given by his/her guru. This simran, as Mataji termed it, should be done with one’s attention centered behind closed eyes.
Coupled with this physical stillness and ceaseless repetition of God’s name [simran practice], the next step is to contemplate the Light within. At first, Mataji pointed out, there will be only darkness but eventually Light will appear in the form of either small flashes or small star-like points. In any case, one should focus on the radiance, keeping one’s simran intact and allowing the Light to draw the soul inward. The third and most important step, Mataji said, is to listen to the Sound that issues forth from the Light. It is this Internal Music which will numb the body and allow the consciousness to leave its ordinary dwelling. By riding this Current of Light and Sound, like a fish going upstream, the soul will be able to go back to its original home. On the journey within, however, the soul must be guided by a true master so as not to be detained in any of the lower illusory regions. According to Mataji, what near-death patients experience is only the beginning of a vast sojourn into great universes of Light, love and beauty.