A vacation offers a chance to take a break from the stresses of daily living. We usually seek places that are relaxing, enjoyable, and beautiful. Yet, going on an outer vacation is often stressful. We have to earn money for the trip; book tickets; undergo the rigors of travel, whether by road, train, bus, or air; find the right accommodations and food service; and face unexpected inclement weather. Often, we return from a vacation more exhausted than when we left.
What if we could experience a vacation that did not cost anything and in which we could instantly travel to and experience unimaginable vistas more beautiful than anything ever seen in this world? What if that vacation filled us with relaxation of our body, mind, and spirit, and had the added benefit of putting us into states of tremendous love, joy, and bliss? What if we could tap into a restful peace that washed away our troubles and stayed with us even when we returned from the journey? What if we could take this trip anytime we wanted, as many times as we wished, by just closing our eyes?
This is not science fiction, as shown on the “Star Trek” television program, where the space crew could travel instantly by saying, “Beam me up, Scottie,” and their bodies would disappear in one place and reappear in another. This journey is not imaginary. Many enlightened beings, saints, mystics, religious founders, and spiritual Masters and their disciples have taken this inner voyage. Through the ages, the spiritual journey was largely a mystery to the masses, but was known to disciples through an oral tradition whereby Masters passed on the travel directions for this journey. This experience is still available today to all who want to undertake this incredible voyage. It is a journey that begins with finding the spark within and following its rays to the divine.
Sightseeing in this physical world may attract our senses with interesting and beautiful sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings. Yet, inner sightseeing dazzles us with lights more luminous than even the brightest stars and suns in the physical universe. We witness colors unknown to our physical eyes. The inner music makes the most beautiful orchestral performances of this world sound flat and dull. The inner voyage thrills our soul with bliss, love, and joy that far surpass any sensory delights experienced in this physical world. The culmination of the spiritual journey is the ecstasy of union as the spark merges back into the eternal flame of the divine.
Meditation on the inner light and sound helps us find this doorway. Meditation is the process by which we withdraw our attention from the world outside and our body and concentrate it at a point between and behind the two eyebrows. By focusing our attention there, we come in contact with a current of light and sound which will lead us from our physical consciousness into higher consciousness, into the beyond. The experience is so exhilarating that it surpasses any thrill or vacation available in this world.
Sant Rajinder Singhji, head of Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission, works towards promoting inner and outer peace. He can be contacted at www.sos.org