|Vedanta Spiritual Library|
Module - I
Unit - I01
Lesson I0107: Meditation and Miracles
By Raja Subramaniyan
Meditation is the process of refining the mind. Well exercised body gains strength. Similarly, a well trained mind becomes very powerful. A person with sufficient physical strength can kill another with a single blow. A person with sufficient mental strength can kill another with a single thought.
A refined mind can be made very powerful and such powers may lead to performing miracles. However, the purpose of meditating should be to make it refined for the purpose of receiving knowledge. Since both knowledge and miracles require meditation as means, it is quite possible that some people may end up with either one of them or with both.
Example: Most of the subjects to be studied by a student appearing for the Cost Accountancy Exam are common to the subjects of Company Secretary Exam. Therefore many students study for both these courses simultaneously. They may not know in which exam they will qualify first. It is possible that some of them will become only Cost Accountants and some of them become only Company Secretaries and some may get both the qualifications.
Those who gain the power to perform miracles prior to gaining knowledge may continue their inquiry and gain the direct knowledge of ONE. Else they may abandon their pursuit and try to be happy with their power to perform miracles.
Those who gain the knowledge of the absolute prior to gaining the power to perform miracles will not have any inclination to pursue the meditation any further. Since they have reached the goal of Joyful Living, they may not put in any more effort to gain the power to perform miracles.
Some may gain both the knowledge and the power simultaneously.
The power of the mind to perform miracles is of two types. In the first type, the self is the only beneficiary. For example, using such power, one may walk on water or convert copper into gold. The second type will involve affecting others. Black magic and curing diseases of others are the examples of the second type.
The first type of power is useless because it does not lead one to Joyful Living. The second type of power is wasteful because it only makes superficial impact on the lives of the other people. No one can change the past actions. Everyone has to enjoy/ suffer the results of their past actions. Getting a curse or blessing from a powerful person will be effective only if they coincide with the fructifying results of the past actions of the concerned individual.
Besides the innocent people who do not know the difference between knowledge and such power will be misguided.
Example: Jesus Christ had the knowledge and the power to perform miracles. Although he tried to teach people through his sermons, they did not spend the required time and effort to gain knowledge. They were keen on becoming the beneficiaries of the miracles of Jesus Christ and did not pursue the path of knowledge. Therefore, the power to perform miracles diverts the attention of the people.
There were many people living at the time of Jesus Christ, who assumed that he was doing black magic. They could not see the wisdom of Jesus Christ because they were carried away by his 'anti-god' activities.
Thus, people are distracted by miracles and they forget the real objective of meditation, namely to refine the mind for gaining the knowledge of ONE.
The power to perform miracles is an incidental and unwanted diversion to a person seeking Joyful Living. Meditation is an essential step to be completed to reach the destination of Joyful Living. However, one should not get diverted to the power to perform miracles. One should have enough dispassion towards such powers.
In this connection following points with respect to the power and knowledge should be noted.
1. Knowledge is not qualified by the power to perform miracles. The knowledge of a person who does not have the power to perform miracles is not in any way inferior to the knowledge of a person who has both.
2. The person who has the knowledge is superior to the person who has the power to perform miracles because he has reached the ultimate goal of life. Whereas, the person who can perform miracles has to work harder to gain knowledge. He has a long way to go, while the person with the knowledge has reached the destination.
3. Cursing and blessing will be effective in case of a person with mental powers. A person with only knowledge does not have such powers. A person with both knowledge and power will not be cursing or blessing anyone because he is aware that he is only a tool.
4. After gaining the power to perform miracles through meditation, if people stop pursuing their inquiry to gain the knowledge of ONE then their powers have become obstacles to their progress. They are not any different from those who are stuck to material pursuit and not yet commenced spiritual pursuit.
5. Those who have gained the knowledge will have the power not to pursue the power to perform miracles or bless/ curse people.
6. Common people who do not do any meditation but are in material pursuit may look down at people who are doing meditation for gaining powers to perform miracles. This will not affect those who are pursuing various powers through meditation. Likewise, people may look down at a person who is pursuing knowledge but not the power to perform miracles. This will be ignored by the people who are pursuing the path of knowledge.
7. Those who have gained knowledge of ONE may not know everything about the illusory world. Only God knows everything about the creation and the wise person is like any other persons with respect to the worldly knowledge. He cannot read any ones mind nor can he forecast the future. If a wise person happens to have such powers, they are due to his meditation done prior to gaining knowledge and not the result of gaining the knowledge.
8. To gain the power to perform miracles, meditation alone is sufficient. However, to gain knowledge, meditation is a preparatory step for the main task of inquiry into the messages of the Scriptures. Thus, meditation is a common step for gaining the power to perform miracles and for gaining the knowledge of ONE. The main purpose of meditation is to prepare the mind so that it can do the required in-depth inquiry and gain the knowledge of ONE. The secondary purpose of meditation is to prepare the mind to gain powers to perform miracles, as a joint product.
Gaining the power to perform miracles is very hard and they are not worth the effort. The mind will get matured to receive the knowledge with less effort compared to the effort required to gain the power to perform miracles. One should stop the process of meditation after gaining sufficient maturity and commence the process of inquiry as soon as possible. That is the only path to Joyful Living.