- Explore the Path of the Heart
- Meditate with music
Our path is a journey, and as is the case
with any journey, certain preparation is necessary. If one is not prepared,
there is always a risk of having to return before one has arrived at one’s
destination. It is a path to freedom, and to start on this path one must begin
to free oneself, there should be no attachment to pull one back, few desires or
base pleasures to lure or hinder the seeker. It is the journey of life, as long as
the distance from life to death, from the earthly to the divine.
seeker will, in the travelling, gradually illumine his current darkness, slowly
transform his present tension, anxieties and fears to peace, confidence and
It is a journey of
the opening heart and the letting go of all that binds it.
For our journey a
vehicle is necessary. This vehicle has four wheels and they need to be perfectly
balanced. The wheels of our vehicle are our body, vital (emotions), mind and
heart. The centre of our vehicle is rhythm for it gives our vehicle balance. The
balance of head and heart, knowledge and wisdom, activity and repose. Our rhythm
is created by the intuitive flow of divine energy to each of our wheels.
The object of the
journey is simple. It is merely to enter the heart, to discover and explore our
real nature. To be inundated, illumined by the kingdom of heaven within each of
us. Inevitably, this discovery places us at the doorstep to the hearts of all.
It makes us aware that all hearts are connected by love, and that this divine
love is the nature of what we may refer to as the Supreme (or Universal love, or
God, or you get the idea!). The highest nature in
The joy of our
path is in discovering the reality of the Supreme. For most people the Supreme
is just a vague idea, but we can and, indeed must, develop a relationship just
as normal and as natural as any other of this world. Then we shall find that in
every situation the Supreme is there. When crushed by injustice; we will see the
Supreme the perfection of equity; or orphaned, as mother and father; or simply
journeying, our friend and compatriot, laughing and joyous as a three year old
with all the truth and wisdom of an old sage.
To the one who
makes the Supreme their friend, there is no greater gift, for to them all things
are appealing. Their heart becomes awakened to all the beauty within and without.
If they go to the forest or the ocean or a wilderness or a crowd, everywhere
see the Supreme.
When love comes
to its fullness, then one looks at the friend with affection, on the enemy with
on the stranger with sympathy. Hazrat Inayat Khan – Sufi Master
By our path, we do
not mean one that is in an opposite direction to the worldly life, but one that
is made fuller by the experiences of the heart. Often, outwardly a seeker’s life
will change little, but inwardly every moment gains significance, every instant
an opportunity or a lesson. The Path of the Heart is a life directed toward
perfection, the perfection of love, harmony and peace inside the individual and
ultimately, manifested in the world.
To see a World in
a grain of sand,
And a Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.
- William Blake
Start here and
“In order to
become one with the Supreme, you have to consciously start your spiritual
journey. Here and Now is the soul's motto. If you have not yet started, then
your soul wants you to start your spiritual journey at this very moment. If you
have doubt with regard to the Supreme’s existence, no harm. Doubt as much as you
want to. Eventually, you will become tired of doubting the Supreme. If you doubt
the existence of inner peace and bliss, doubt as long as you want to. Even if
you have doubts with regard to the inner life or the Supreme’s reality, it is
best to start your inner journey anyway.
Once a thief
entered into a palace at midnight and overheard a conversation between the king
and the queen. The king said to the queen, “I wish our youngest daughter to
marry a holy man so that she will have some peace. All our other daughters have
married Kings and generals, but their lives are miserable. The holy men have a
very peaceful life, so if she marries one of them, her life will be full of
peace. Tomorrow, early in the morning, I shall send my ministers to the banks of
the Ganges, where many holy men meditate. I am sure that one of them will agree
to marry our daughter.”
overheard the conversation and thought: “My God, a poor monk will get the
princess.” Let me go there and meditate with the monks. Who knows, perhaps I may
be selected. Now I have to steal in order to get a little money. But if the
princess is satisfied with me, then I will become rich overnight. I will be
flooded with material prosperity.”
Early the nest
morning, dressed in the garb of a holy man, the thief went to the Ganges and
started meditating with the other monks. Soon the king’s ministers arrived and
began going from one monk to the next seeking one who would marry the princess.
The monks became furious. ‘We are crying for infinite light, infinite truth,
infinite joy; and you want to bind us to this world again! We do not want the
material life or material possessions!” they shouted. The poor ministers got
rebukes and scoldings from all the monks. The monks cared not for the princess;
they cared only for the highest Truth and inner wealth. One by one, the monks
gave their refusals. Finally, when the ministers came to the thief, he agreed to
accept the king's daughter. They went back to the king and narrated the whole
story. On hearing that one monk had shown some interest in the princess, the
king was overjoyed. “Tomorrow I shall bring my daughter to the banks of the
Ganges where the holy men are praying and meditating,” he said.
the night, a divine thought entered into the mind of the thief. He thought to
himself: “I am
only pretending to be a holy man. Just by pretending, I am getting the princess
and so much wealth and material prosperity. If I really and sincerely become a
monk, I am sure that I will get infinite power, infinite light, infinite bliss,
infinite peace, as these genuine monks will also eventually get from The
Supreme. Why should I be attached to this finite material wealth when I have the
opportunity to get infinite light, bliss and power from The Supreme's infinite
wealth?” So the thief changed his mind during the night, and when the king
approached him the following morning, he showed no respect for the king. He
flared up and said, "O King, do not bind me to this
material world. I want The Supreme and The Supreme alone. I do not need your
daughter.” The poor king went back to his palace, and the thief became a sincere
This story makes
it clear that at any moment we can start our spiritual journey. The thief began
with imitation. But he received inspiration when he saw the real holy men crying
sincerely for The Supreme and The Supreme alone. From inspiration he entered
into aspiration. He was no longer satisfied with his desire to have money and
material wealth, because he felt that there was something even more fulfilling
to be gained.
If you still
cherish doubt or curiosity, then start with doubt, start with curiosity. But
start. Step-by-step, you will be able to march toward your goal. The Supreme is
already eager to have you. You may not be eager to have The Supreme, but The
Supreme the eternal Father, The Supreme the eternal Mother, is crying for you.
You must make the decision that you want The Supreme. If you really want The
Supreme, then start where you are – here and now. The goal of conscious oneness
with The Supreme the infinite Light and infinite Truth shall be yours.”
– Sri Ramakrishna
This above all -
to thine own self be true;
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare - Hamlet
Music and meditation are inextricably linked. For
many seekers music is the entrance to their meditation lifestyle and inescapably
intertwined in the way they now regularly approach their higher self. Music may be considered the language of
the soul. It is probably the easiest meditation technique to use for beginners.
There is a simple
principle when readying oneself to meditate with music. a wide variety of music
is available to us, but the most important characteristic of music for
meditation, is that it is music of the heart.
Music is created and performed
from differing elements of our human psyche. some music is very emotional, or
dry and intellectual or even aggressive and physical.
Since the goal of
our meditation lifestyle, the ‘Path of the Heart’, is to release our lower
nature and expand into our divine nature, our heart, we should search out
uplifting music for our meditations. This spiritual music should ideally be composed and performed whilst meditating.
So to begin our exercise play some music that will continue playing for at least 15
minutes. You can find free downloads on
or purchase a CD from our shop.
yourself comfortable, but alert at your meditation place, and light your candle.
You can begin your meditation by closing your eyes and taking seven or eight deep
breaths, releasing all extraneous thoughts on your outward breath and
positioning your awareness inside your heart.
Gently open your
eyes and allow them to rest on the candle whilst placing all your attention on
the music. Try to feel the music with your heart. Try
not to analyse the music or judge or allow an internal dialog about the music. Just place your awareness on it and feel that you are connecting with it
via your heart.
whenever you feel comfortable, remember this truth; that all creativity flows
from within. Imagine that this music has been created from the heaven within the
composer, which is the exact same heaven that is within you, so as you meditate
on it, you could imagine that you
are entering the exact same heavenly location where it was composed.
You might also
imagine this same process with the performer(s).
The crucial part
of this exercise is your connecting and expanding into the music. Feel that it
is arising from your own heart and not from somewhere else.
You might be able
to deepen the process even further, when you contemplate the idea of
timelessness. Normally music is very time-bound – there is a introduction,
verse(s), a chorus and a conclusion. We decide if we like a particular piece
based on these components. But because our goal is to enter the timeless realms
of the heart, where eternity and infinity exist together, spiritual music is
best perceived in a moment. Contemplate the feeling you are getting from the
music at a particular moment and expand and reflect upon those moments in the
music that inspire you.
Listen quietly for
any messages from your intuition. Focus and increase your determination to enact
any revelations. Whenever you feel complete, end your meditation.
During this fourth class you will have;
Discovered and explored the Path of the Heart. Important principles to remember;
*Letting go and opening up
*Moments of the heart give our life meaning
*The Path of the Heart is about our life's journey and requires preparation,
balance and commitment.
*Its goal is of discovering and developing our relationship with the Supreme, of
growing and developing the fullness of love
*Start here and now
Learned to meditate with music, using the important precepts of soulful music
versus emotional, mental or physical music.