A User's Guide to Living: Part 2
Heartfulness eMagazine|February 2020
THE SCIENCE OF CREATING A DAILY MEDITATION PRACTICE

DAAJI continues his series on daily living and human transformation. In this second article, he takes us through the essential aspects of a good self-development practice, and introduces us to the first principle of the user’s guide – the science of creating a good meditation practice.

It may surprise you to know that at the time Babuji wrote his book on the ten maxims in the 1940s, there were just a handful of books published in the area of self-help, including the hugely popular Self-Help by Samuel Smiles, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, As a Man Thinketh by James Allen, and How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Babuji was the first author in this era to give us a comprehensive guide to living by incorporating the five key elements of self-development: an effective practice, essential values, regulative behavior, leadership, and continuous improvement (see diagram 1). Within those five elements there are also ten principles. Even today, only a handful of books offer such a rich and all-encompassing road map to a fulfilling life.

THE FIVE ELEMENTS AND TEN PRINCIPLES OF SELFDEVELOPMENT

The ten principles for living follow a daily cycle and inherent sequence, which unfolds like a flowering. At the center of this unfolding is the practice. It is the practice that triggers the flowering of consciousness. And it is the first thing that we do in the morning, preparing us for the day, setting the tone, and centering us for what is to happen. As consciousness expands, and purity and simplicity emerge, we are able to peek into our essential nature and start relaxing into our inner being. Our thoughts and actions are then guided by the essential values of the heart.

The next segment of the unfoldment is behavior. When we are established in the state of being, our behavior resonates with that state. As being and doing reinforce each other, our consciousness evolves naturally to a level where we want to help others. Hence the capacities and qualities of leadership unfold naturally. The last segment of the unfoldment is continuous improvement which consists of daily review and corrective action before sleeping at night. This framework is dynamic and fluid. All the segments are co-emergent and seamless. It is holistic, a complete system, a living guidance. As we grow, our work itself becomes our teacher.

Within the five elements are ten universal principles:

THE PRACTICE

1 Create a daily morning meditation practice scientifically.

2 Fill your heart with love before starting meditation and before sleeping.

3 Fix your goal and do not rest until you attain it.

ESSENTIAL VALUES

4 Live simply to be in tune with Nature.

5 Be truthful & accept challenges as being for your betterment.

BEHAVIOR - BEING TO DOING

6 Know everyone as one, treating them equally & harmoniously.

7 Do not seek revenge for the wrongs done by others, instead always be grateful.

8 Honor the resources you are given as sacred, with an attitude of purity, including food and money.

LEADERSHIP

9 Become a role model by inspiring love and sacredness in others. Accept the richness of their diversity, while also accepting that we are

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

10 Introspect daily before bedtime, so as to correct your faults and avoid making the same mistake twice.

THE PRACTICE

The first three principles are about the practice, the “how.” Anyone who excels in any field knows that practice makes perfect. Michael Phelps, the Olympic swimming champion, amassed more gold medals than any athlete in Olympic history. When asked what differentiates him from his competitors, said that it was practice that made the difference. He practiced 365 days while his competitors took occasional breaks.

When the Heartfulness practices of meditation, cleaning and prayer are done regularly, the knots of solidified tendencies of the mind start to loosen, leading to a purer, simpler field of consciousness that can more easily expand.

This expansion allows the inner condition to percolate into awareness, leading to experiences of higher states of consciousness. The veil of ignorance is lifted step by step during each meditation, finally leading to a state of being which is in resonance with the original pure mind. In short, each meditation is a step towards the Higher Self. As everything in creation is energy and vibration, we experience a higher vibration as a result of meditation.

PRINCIPLE 1: The science of creating a daily meditation practice

There are four elements that help lay the foundation of a daily meditation practice: time, place, posture and purity. In this article we will explore the wisdom behind these four elements.

Time: Align with the cycles and rhythms of Nature

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