Meditation is a very subtle act of attention; but essentially, simply put, you’re turning your attention inward; you’re drawing your attention out of the physical world, and placing it into the sphere of spirit. It’s a very interesting thing, but one’s spiritual life is made spiritual to the extent that one pays attention to the spirit. It doesn’t happen automatically. You learn to pay attention to the spirit. You learn to look for it. You look for it in yourself, you look for it in others.
When you regard a human being, you see them, their physical body. You see their body language; you see the energy of their body. But you also see their life force – how dynamic is their life force? You can begin to read their subtle body: the sushumna, the subtle nerve that goes from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Is it switched on and illuminated and glowing with an inner fire?
You can watch a person’s mind very easily. How much of their activity, how much of their perception, how much of their world view is animated by fear? How much do you feel the presence of love in the person’s heart, in the person’s life?
These are all signs of spirit. The spirit looks unique in each body. How spiritual has this person made their life? The spirit is a profound subject. It’s not something that just happens. It is lifetimes of study into its mystery. The spirit is the law; the spirit is the truth. To what extent have you learned to live your life in the presence of the truth, the nature of the truth? It’s hard to do.
That’s the beauty of this kind of path – it doesn’t have a belief system: you are dealing with the force of nature of the spirit, the force of nature of the truth on its own terms. This is essentially the Siddha path, this is the way of the Siddhas – is you come into contact with the Siddha path; and the first thing they do is awaken the kundalini. That sets you in motion on the path of truth, on the path of awakening; because the kundalini is the creation – all universes arise there.
By meditating on spirit every day, it becomes a very intense, very powerful flame inside the system; and a force of irresistible transformation and change. I regard meditation not so much as a cause, but as a language. It is the language of the spirit, in that in meditation you are essentially saying, “OK, I’ve been dealing with my incredibly busy life; I’ve got this and that to do, but for one hour I’m going to sit down and I’m going to switch off the senses; I’m going to switch off my attention to the world, I’m going to turn my attention inward, and pay attention to my own inner spiritual being exclusively for at least an hour.
There is a spiritual principle – it’s actually a principle in physics as well – that to pay attention to a thing, the act of being conscious of a given phenomenon, changes its nature and draws it toward you. The perceiver and the perceived object become a single thing. Everybody says, “Yes, there’s the world, I’ve got my job, I’ve got my family, I’ve got all the activities of the day; and you say pay attention to the spirit. Where is the spirit? How do I pay attention to the spirit – it’s invisible?”
That’s why this idea of involution is an important one; because what is happening is that you can come to a stage in your evolution, where you begin to genuinely produce this quality of involution, where it becomes possible to perceive this phenomenon of spirit.