We live in a world that is a veritable buffet of sensory delights. There are so many ways we can stimulate our mind and senses. If we like, we can keep ourselves busy our entire lives just experiencing all the different types of sensory stimulation. Filling our tongues, eyes, ears, mind, etc. with colorful sensations, thoughts, feelings – hi-tech, lo-tech, natural, artificial, and everything in between. Certainly there are more methods of material sense pleasure than any one person can experience in an entire lifetime.
If satisfying the senses were the key to a truly joyful and fulfilling life, we would all be ecstatically happy and fulfilled. But we are not. Why not?
Because all these activities that stimulate some kind of pleasure sensation in the mind and physical senses do not actually touch us, the non-material self within the material body.
According to the ancient yoga scriptures and other bonafide scriptures of the world, we are not the material body or the mind – we are eternal spiritual beings temporarily wearing the material mind and body. The gross physical body can be compared to outer clothes and the mind or subtle energy body can be compared to under clothes. Just as we are not the clothes we are wearing, we are not the material bodies we are wearing either.
When we feed our body and mind with a desirable taste, smell, sound, touch, sight or thought, whatever pleasure we experience stays on the level of the mind and body. It does not reach deep enough to nourish us, the spiritual self within the material mind and body. This is why we can experience so much sense gratification and still feel so empty deep inside. This is why when we stop filling our minds and bodies with material stimulation, we notice the emptiness more. It is not because we are actually missing the material stimulation – it is because we are noticing what is there beneath the coverings.
Only that which is of the same energy that we are – spiritual energy – can touch us and satisfy our longing for meaningful connection and happiness
In the ancient yoga system, the recommended method for consciously linking up with our spiritual source and cultivating the spiritual love and happiness that will completely fulfill & satisfy us is mantra meditation.
A true mantra is not something anyone makes up. It is the Absolute Truth in sound vibration. This spiritual sound vibration descends from the spiritual platform to the material world without losing any of its potency via bona fide spiritual teachers. In mantra meditation, a person hears and chants or sings this spiritual sound and thus is directly linking up with the Supreme.
Mantra meditation is so simple and easy that absolutely anyone can do it – even very young children can listen to beautiful mantras being sung or chanted and can sing along as they are able and feel moved to do so. Mantra meditation is so potent, that all we need to do is add it to our lives, and immediately our consciousness begins to shift. The more we drink from this well-spring of spiritual nourishment, the more we feel the emptiness deep within us being filled. As a natural result of this fullness, we are able to let go of attachments, activities, and behavior that do not serve our best interest.
Through mantra meditation, we begin to taste the sweetness of spiritual happiness, which revives our innermost health and vitality. With regular, sincere practice, our hearts and minds gradually become purified of material misgivings and we experience the deep and lasting joy and satisfaction that we have been searching for all our lives. In our heart of hearts, we feel naturally at peace, naturally at home, safe and completely loved, knowing we can rest in this connection and the joyful life that naturally blossoms from it.