I sometimes reflect on the issues and concerns that have been brought to our beloved Guru throughout the years: he welcomed us all as his own being, giving dignity to every concern and each question, and above all offering a vision of freedom. He would say: “I can guide you, but you must go the distance.” Again and again, he presented a perspective that challenged what I held to be true. And each time, a deep inner awareness would arise that I must trade in ‘truths’ that were based in the sense of otherness, and accept that I am pure consciousness, pure existence, and forever blessed.
Everything happens in the imagination: questions and answers, I and you, this and that, beginning and end. Breaking the habit of believing in the imagination is the best ~ and the hardest ~ thing a Yogi will ever be called upon to do. But then and only then will freedom from the idea of birth and death result.
What better place to begin than WITHIN the imagination, the mind?
The act of asking questions is perhaps the greatest gift available to human beings: it is what separates us as a species from all others, and offers the possibility of transcending the realm of birth and death that all other species cannot escape. The very question: “Who am I?” is never asked by a cat. A cow or a crow will never be heard asking:”Why have I come over here?” The cat devotes his days to hunting, the cow to grazing, the crow to scavenging. And after many such days, the cat, the cow, and the crow are sure to meet their end. If you were to ask any of these creatures, however, none would choose it: in fact, all would do utmost to escape its clutches. Neither does a human being cherish the idea of his demise.
Because of the questioning faculty that has been given to a human being, he has the potential to enquire and investigate what lies beyond the domain of body and mind, and into the realm of the real or unchanging aspects of his existence, his essence.
And when he comes to perceive that what was before his appearance on earth, and what remains when all is said and done, is in actuality his true Being, then it is said that he is a Yogi ~ united with the truth. Body is born. Body comes and goes. Not you. You are ever the same.
Start asking. About your true nature. Every question is significant. And keep asking. When you have found the answers that churn your consciousness and distill a higher awareness, then meditate. It is the only way to see beyond mind’s domain, which is built of duality and divisiveness, of movement and change, of beginning and end.
See what remains. That is you. Immortal. Blissful. ~ Heart of All Hearts
ANSWERS FROM WITHIN
Q. What attracted you to meditation?
A. I was a fairly anxious person. However, I discovered that while lying in Savasana after my yoga practice my mind was totally still and I really, really liked it and wondered what that was and how I could have more of it.
Q. When did you start meditating?
A. I was 22 years old when I started. I left Canada to do my Master’s degree in the U.S. and the Dean of my school actually offered to teach anyone interested how to meditate. I thank him often and wholeheartedly.
Q. Do you think there’s a right age to begin?
A. No: it seems more like when you need it, it wilI appear. I had first tried on my own at 19, but found that every time I tried to sit my mind would panic and make me feel very uncomfortable… I would jump up convinced it was more important to clean the windows in that moment!
Q. What benefits do you feel you get from meditating?
A. A sustained and natural sense of ease and flow. A sense of trust and fearlessness. A deep fulfillment that is not dependent on anything.
Q. What’s the biggest obstacle you’d faced in your practice?
A. My own impatience and lack of discipline. Thinking that I didn’t need to maintain a daily practice.
Q. If there was one myth about meditation you could clear up what would it be?
A. That anyone could ever be bad at meditating. You’re just judging yourself because thoughts are still appearing and you think that is wrong for some reason; but thoughts can still show up and it doesn’t mean meditation isn’t happening. Meditation is just becoming aware of consciousness and everything arising in it, without getting involved.
Q. Who has been your greatest influence?
A. My Guruji in India. I had four years with him and what he revealed completely transformed me.
Q. If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice regarding meditation what would it be?
A. Anything you think meditation is… it’s not that! When you close the eyes to meditate, you’re actually knowing your true Self.
Q. Do you think you need to meditate in order to be spiritual?
A. Interesting question. No, because you can be a deeply spiritually connected being already. Meditation will just illuminate WHY you feel that Oneness. It will also answer that little question “Who am I?” So I would say meditation is just going deeper for those already spiritual beings.
Q. What advice would you give a brand new meditator? A. Don’t give up… keep sitting. It quickly gets easier, and it will greatly benefit your well-being and improve your life in ways you can’t ever imagine.
Divya Devi / Devon Pipars sat in the company of an enlightened one in the Himalayas for several years, enquiring and meditating on her true nature, afterwards making her way to the San Francisco area, and she can now be found offering conscious and compassionate meditation guidance at divine-meditation.com or withinmeditation.com