Sikh and Meditation

Throughout this life’s tenure, I have witnessed the goodwill intentions in all living species. Such intentions turn out, however, to be unbelievably short-lived, especially when confronted with the self-preservation that comprises the core element of most species’ existence. That said, outright hatred seems to be a trait specific to no species except humans.

As I have developed, I have come to recognise that the disparity between humans and other species, the leap from self-preservation to hatred, has myriad causal factors. I also am aware that neutralizing the ethereal cloud would enable the human bio-system to express and exercise balanced caring behaviour – goodwill, in other words. I also know, however, that it is unfortunately impossible to effect the neutralization necessary to make this happen.

Yet, people do want to escape the iron-ore prison cage of this planet; they do long for escape routes out of the straitened conditions and structures that poison their goodwill with hatred. Meditation is the means by which to achieve this goal. And Sikh meditation, in particular.

So, what’s the problem?

The problem is this: meditation is the proto-theorists’ unpolished sculpture; a figurine poem personified as a satirical memory of holier preservation, misunderstood by all except itself.

The point missed by all is this: mediation is a living entity. It is a life-form. It has its own boundaries, its own likes and dislikes. Let me give it a gender, and then it will make sense.

Meditation is female. She is demure, seldom raises her eyes, communicates subtly, suffers willingly, and never complains. Meditation is always accommodating, never demanding. She cannot be enjoyed through brute force; nor seduced by any means. She decides upon whom she will shower affection, if at all. But if you are not standing in line, along a path that she may pass, then you have zero chance of experiencing her.

Let’s face it, if meditation was yours to have as and when you choose, then you would all be the Buddhas and the Guru Nanakdevjis of this planet.

In what follows, I endeavour to explain the whys and wherefores of meditation; and in the process, I introduce you to the higher echelons of Sikh meditation. I do so through a combination of facts and analogy, having long realised that tangible explanations that people can readily relate to drive the point home better than any regurgitation of throw-away scriptural lines ever could.

The human species is divided into three groups. The topmost group comprises the sexually unmoved. The other two groups are the gays and the straights, the latter comprising the ‘straight darwinists’ and ‘straight deists’ (SaD).

SaD males know where Antarctica is, but none wants to go there. As in life, so in love-making: men have zero interest in acquainting themselves with or understanding the clitoris. They know it exists, but it does so as an abstract, an ephemeral thing even. As with the clitoris, so with meditation. And women, mimicking men, miss the point too; they also fall foul in their endeavours to even recognise where the essence of meditation hovers about them in order to establish contact, engage in communication, and eventually become its resident.

To enter meditation you need to experience death. In fact, you need to die. Death followed by cremation is the dissolution of all internal emotional, physical, and psychological connections. The psyche has to die, or if you prefer, be ‘liberated’. Individuality has to die, (or merge) into the greater individuality. ‘You’ must not exist. It is not enough not to fear non-existence. You must become non-existent.

At their apex, the Advanced Beings (now a distant memory) developed several methods to try and achieve self-understanding. When Guru Nanakdevji assumed the responsibility that others before him had failed to comprehend, many of these Advanced Beings took birth during his life period in order to try and move beyond their own attained statuses, into a more refined arena. To be part of his entourage they had to accept Guru Nanakdevji’s test of social integration coupled with social detachment.

The initial Sikhs were extremely advanced beings. They all belonged to one particular set or type of meditation: dangerous, frightening, and capable of leading to your demise. The first time practicing such meditation is very scary indeed. A group of Sikhs forced me in my younger days to show them this form of meditation and to put them through the process. When I reached the end stage of the first level, the idea facing them made some of them scream, while others were deeply frightened, and the rest visibly shaken. Never again have I allowed an unqualified group to experience the same.

Here I am going to introduce you to the lowest rung, the initial base, of the old Sikh meditation regime. It is not in fact different from most meditation techniques. Of course, I am not going to share how to recognise the meditation cloud about you. That would be irresponsible and dangerous. People allocate some of the most absurd attributes to meditation. You have no idea how fatal meditation can be. It is not peace, love and lentils, where hippies wear open-toed sandals and make love to their own long beards, and where women skip in the summer breeze in flowery full-length flowing skirts and cheesecloth blouses sans bras and their hair in braids. No. Meditation is a loaded gun. And one does not leave a loaded gun lying around.

The rungs of advancement in meditation are diet-based, thought-based, and emotion-based, in this order. Eventually one enters the humility and servile base. I have called it ‘rungs of advancement in meditation’ but none of this is meditation. It is preparation, the digging of the foundation. Meditation hasn’t even started yet. In fact, you are pre-programmed to fail if you attempt meditation since none of this preparatory work has been done, and which would itself take several decades to complete. So, although you can see the rainbow …that is all it is and will remain: a rainbow, a pathway, a map marked with a big ‘X’, but with no clue as to which spot on the planet the ‘X’ refers.

Now do you appreciate why meditation always fails?

People assume meditation is about finding peace or calmness: ‘I am balancing myself’, or ‘I have centered myself’, or best of all, ‘I enter the light’.

What?

What ruddy light are you talking about? When I am in a mischievous mood, I ask people who say these things whether they have ever met a blind person and have ventured to ask them if they have seen the ‘light’. The question is, how would a blind person recognise light? This is one of the misnomers of my environment. A sure-fire way we differentiate between the wannabes and the rare genuine article. The light we refer to is not light per se. You either experience it or not. Those who experience it communicate with each other through the medium of light. So those at my level know who is connected to the light and who is not. But, hey, why undermine the wannabes? At least they are not enthusing each other to kill for the sake of self-importance just because the ‘other’ is different.

Meditate and Improve Finance

 

The latest fad in the financial markets is meditation to improve finance. This fad is about fifteen years old now. Each year a new adventurer arrives on the scene scamming the financial centres with the latest newly learned meditation technique to enhance wealth. Glossy literature is sent, fishing for a taker within the HR department, which will either invite or reject the promised idea. So, the question is: Can meditation help you gain a fatter income, or just do enough to stabilise your problem?

The problem with new adventurers, upon returning after ‘finding themselves’, is that they do not understand that meditation can poison everything. Defenders of meditation, a group of biased and radical self-censors, over-rationalise their irrational creativity as if they were Dr Zhivago, and as if watching men die is all part of self-realisation. Infused with the culture of outlandish hipsters, marinated in meditation, they assume that it is a sure-fire way to amass easy money. After all, greed is rock-and-roll. A philosophy so old, that the two oldest professions are pushed to the limits of a falsely assumed apotheosis. Greed is that powerful.

As a German psychologist, reluctant to admit his knowledge is based entirely on Sanskrit, would say: Avtar, enough of the flowery words, just get to the end note, please. But, hey, Avtar loves and excels in nothing else if not word foreplay. So word foreplay is how this essay too will unfold…ok, perhaps, this time maybe it will be a quickie. But do indulge me, please, requests Avtar.

So, how, if at all, can mediation help you with your finances?

The first point to remember is that you are born into a template. It is set in place by your ancestors. It cannot be changed, amended, broken, or replaced. This is the first truth of meditation. If meditation was the panacea to lack of wealth don’t you think India, a master race of meditators, would be the wealthiest on this planet? So, the first truth of meditation is that it will not attain for you that which fate – the template you’re born into – has not designed for you.

Now, if you can come to terms with the reality that this is your lot in life, you have moved up one rung of self-understanding. Not self-realisation, just self-understanding, which is a fantastic privilege, since it allows you to calm down, take a step back and rationalise what may now be possible to achieve. The flights of fancy have been set aside. You are now a new beginning. Your new self-discovery is far more realistic than the allure of the silver-screen greed-quickie you dreamt of. For, your desire for mega wealth makes you nothing more than a prostitute, used and abused by the master wheeler-dealers to make a massive financial killing for themselves. Your success or failure is not their problem, nor is it a concern to their inner self. They have no shame. You are a commodity: expendable, a meaningless piece of fresh meat to be dined out on, then thrown away with the rest of the uneaten food on their plate.

So, you have learned a truth: that your lot in life will remain as it is now. Meditation will not secure for you whatever it is you so desperately want.

Yet, anecdotal evidence exists where members of the financial market maintain that an hour long, early morning meditation allowed them to focus and attain better results at work for both themselves and their clients. Can it be true? And if it is true, then how and why?

Let me begin with the basics. You are wired up a certain way well before your birth, contained within a restrictive field of biological DNA ancestors. You are the sum total of your own previous engagements as a corporeal Being and of your ancestors. Each of us is wired just like any machine, to function in a particular market place and in a limited manner. The internal components can be identical, the layout and connection of each can be identical, but their functionality can, and is, usually limited or controlled by a pre-determined strategy.

Take the example of a mobile handset. The more you pay, the greater the privileges you get; while somebody who pays the minimum tariff using an identical handset will have several services blocked. Humans are similarly wired, and for generations. Thus, the cannon fodder remains the cannon fodder, while the sods at the luxury end remain so until the cows come home.

Meditation allows you to come to terms with this fact.

But what else can meditation do for you?

More than 20 years ago, financial market individuals would seek me out, and I held meditation classes for them. One among them was a woman who was popular, welcoming, and had a warm open-hearted personality. It was clear that she would reach heights denied to others. Before attending class she would stop off at a restroom. I asked her why she needed to visit the restroom prior to meditation. Before she could say anything, I answered the question myself. Shocked at my insight she admitted to having an unbelievably high sex drive and a constant need to masturbate during the day; and she admitted that her financial decision-making improved drastically after each session. So, what then did she imagine meditation would contribute to her career success? The same as meditation: better decision making and management, she replied. When I told her meditation would not do that, and that in fact her sex drive was the reason for her intuitive success, she felt rejected, as if I considered her unworthy of meditation. It took me several sessions to reassure her that meditation is not an inductor of a righteous, balanced, non-purgatory state. Meditation is a means to an end. It is a mechanism that allows clarity by defusing the mind of competing thoughts which might otherwise confuse decision-making. That is all meditation at the basic level can do and does.

Guys, people in the financial market are designed to accumulate wealth. In fact, if they placed bets on a donkey, chances are they will have better returns than Joe Bloggs down the road. That is a reality. Yes, of course, they can practice meditation and claim it helps to detach them from the sheer endless mass of information hitting them from all sides, and from which they have to sift the negative from the positive in order to maximize the benefit to themselves. But if the men watched porn for an hour prior to starting work, they would still make the same good decisions as if they had meditated. However, watching porn is looked down on, so no one in their right mind is going to own up to that practice. Instead give people the excuse of meditation and many will jump on the bandwagon, because unlike masturbation it is shrouded in pseudo-piety.

The reality is that any activity not connected to your actual work and which allows your mind and thoughts to be merged into calmness will aid your activity – because closing down all connection with your work worries gives you a release that subsequently will increase your productivity. That, guys, is meditation in progress.

However, the meditation of India is a totally different entity.

Indians meditate in order to experience and then attain detachment, permanently. It is an attitude that removes all and any need to be wealthy, healthy or otherwise materially satisfied. You, as race-Europeans, are not Indians from India, however, so such meditation is not within your goal, remit or capabilities.

Is it really the case that meditation can help the poor come to terms with their perceived financial plight?

Yes, absolutely.

Why?

Because if the poor or financially deprived master the thought of managing within their financial limitations, this would enable them to recognise that their wants are not important, but that their sense of peace is paramount. It is the ability to know what is important, to organise one’s priorities accordingly, which meditation grants you.

I have experienced first-hand how the filthy rich complain endlessly about not having and needing some kind of divine intervention so they don’t sink financially. Why the pessimism? Because they are all living a life of ‘want’. And ‘want’ is never satisfied. Whenever they attain one want, another comes along. Want is an endless train of desire. The richest are the saddest people I have ever met. Whereas, the destitute of India I have found to be some of the happiest people.

Why?

Because, for all that they lacked, they were happy with their lot in life. ‘Want’ was not a demon driving them to distraction. They attained better results in meditation. The rich, I am sorry to say, never even make it to the base of meditation.

To the fool, I say: Meditation will grant you unbelievable wealth. To the balanced, I have no need to say anything.

So, will meditation grant you financial wealth? No, not if your ancestral template is not designed for that purpose.

Sorry guys, but truth is truth.