Inner Power (God, Krishna, Christ Consciousness, Buddha, Higher
Self, I Am, Cosmic Intelligence, Spirit)
Within each one of us there is an infinitely higher power. We may call it God, Krishna, Christ Consciousness, Buddha, Higher Self, I Am, Cosmic Intelligence, Spirit, or any other name we feel comfortable with.
This inner source of knowing, and of joy, has a transformational effect upon our entire being. Once embraced as a loving partner the ensuing bond brings forth growth, understanding, help and guidance.
Once we experience this kind and gentle presence, this feeling of returning, we shall know the true meaning of bliss - 'A sense of oneness that calls forth reciprocal love and joy between us and everyone we encounter.'
At time we may feel distanced, a sense of separation rather than connection. When this happens we need to reconnect by quietening our senses and directing our attention inwards. Meditation is an excellent method of making contact with this inner knowing.
reach the Higher Self it is best to
concentrate on the source of the "inner sound", leading to the "inner light" - a
nucleus of the Higher Self, which initially seems infinitely far "at the other
side of a long dark tunnel". When we get sufficiently close to our Higher Self,
the inner light becomes much brighter than the Sun, and when we are allowed to
join it, the bliss cannot be
described in any human language. To get that far, we have to achieve a complete
purity of the mind during meditation, have pure intentions, and then intensively
concentrate for some time on the "inner sound" and "inner light".
The most important role of a spiritual teacher is to show everyone his/her individual way to the Higher Self. Then, it is up to the individual to practice and reach the Higher Self.
From the above, meditation seems to be an essential skill to attain the ultimate enlightenment. There are quite a few techniques for meditation. Most of them use so-called "mantra" composed from a few words or sounds. Mantra is repeated mentally to help us achieve and maintain a "blank" state of mind.
Contrary to popular belief, promoted by people who attract followers and/or charge money to teach meditation, mantra has no sacred "meaning" and no mantra is essentially better than any other. However, regardless of its content, mantra has two important functions, which may greatly assist us in achieving and maintaining a meditative state of a blank mind.