No amount of light is going to get through the iron walls. Well, we now know that that’s not so. If the crests are all brought together here so that they beat together, that’s the laser and that can burn through a thick iron plate in a minute. The Samādhi state when the new thought identical, not like, but identical all the time, can affect our karma very powerfully and so, affect the outer state as well as the interstate.
This is what makes Sankara says, “Intense karma, which fructifies very quickly.” Normally he says in his Patanjali commentary, “Karma will fructify in the next life, but intense karma, which is done with devotion, with mantra, and with Samadhi, the Samadhi state will fructify quickly in this life, or by devotion to God, if there is Samadhi on God, then too, there will be a quick fructification of the karma.” The old associates of Patanjali contain, in the second book, the third book, and the fourth book, some examples of changes in the external world brought about by this– Probably I might call it the Samadhi meditation, this, so to speak the laser beam.
Now, you can only get this complete identity of the thought, where the new thought is identical with the previous thought, where the object plays this out, the object of meditation plays it out. You can only get that when these irrelevant thoughts have gone. In other words, when the memory has been purified, when memories no longer invade. He makes a great deal of this, the purification of memory and he says, “While there are passionate attachments or fears to the external world, for things in the external world, the memories will inevitably come up and they will break up the Samadhi sooner or later.”
Especially, he says, “If a man becomes successful in Samadhi, and then next time, it would be very difficult for him to enter meditation because he’ll be thinking what he’s going to get out of it again. Then he’ll drop into Rajas, so that unless he has–” He says the easiest way is to have a devotion to God, to do these things as a worship of God and a seeking to become identical, to enter the Lord. Unless he can do that, unless he’s willing to try to do that, then he may attain Samadhi, temporarily but it will last, and sometimes there will be a reaction.
I give one example of this, not from an Indian example. This is 160 years ago in Japan, the wife of the headman of a village. She was a Buddhist but also, she followed some Shinto ceremonies as they often do with a tolerant sort of way. Well, one day she fell into a trance, a god announced that if she was willing, he would speak through her and she then replied that she was willing. The god began to speak through her. The family, very pleased at this with because they thought, “Well, we are really going to get something now we have a living god.” But unfortunately, the first command of the god was, “Sell all you have and give it to the poor.”
Well, then they thought “No, we don’t want this.” They tried various means to expel the god and frighten her. They tried starving her, imprisoning her, threatening her with a sword, but this girl remained absolutely firm. Finally, they gave in and they did sell all that they had and they gave it to the poor. She became a rather famous seer and she, in the end, founded a new religion, which has now about three or four million followers. They built an entire city, all done by voluntary labor. They’ve done a tremendous amount of social good. Their religion is of god the parent who wishes his children to help each other and to be happy and clear the dust off their minds.
There were a number of miracles tended with her life and they still have miracle healing at the center. One story which I have read in the records was that a very beautiful girl, so beautiful that people would stop in the streets and turn around and look at her, she began to lose her sight. This was a terrible tragedy because it gave her this peering look and that spoiled her beauty. Her father had heard of this woman seer. He took his daughter to her and said, “I wish to make an offering to your shrine to help you set up your new centre but my daughter is going blind. As you see, she’s very beautiful and it’s a terrible tragedy.”
The old lady, well, no, she wasn’t old, she said to her, “Let the girl go to the back of this house where there’s a stream, and let the girl herself search in the stream and find a five-colored stone and bring it to me here.” The father was pretty surprised because there aren’t five-colored stones. Even if there were, the girl would not be able to see them. He thought that was some weird sort of test or putting us off or something. He went away. They tried various doctors without success. Then he brought her back.
The seer made the same answer. “Let the girl go back, search in the stream and bring me a five-colored stone.” Again, they went away. The third time, the father couldn’t come himself, he sent the girl with a servant. They made the bows and frustrations. Then the servant asked the same question. The seer made the same reply, “Let the girl go and search in the stream, find a five-colored stone, and bring it to me.”
Then the servant blew up. He was not quite self-controlled as the father had been, and he shouted at her. “You old witch. You’re making fun of people who are in real distress, and you’re just mocking.” He said to the girl, “Come on now, I’ll take you away.” They went away. Suddenly, the girl broke from him and said, “No, I’m going to do it. I’m going to do it.”
She ran to this stream which she could hear. She knelt down and start feeling the stones, though she couldn’t see them. She felt them. She found one that seemed to have a different texture to the others. Suddenly, she thought, perhaps this one has got five colors. Then she found she couldn’t move it. She burst into tears.
She was there a little bit, and she found her eyes were beginning to clear. She went back and prostrated herself in front of the seer. She said, “My eyes have become clear.” I would like to say to you, what do you think that the seer said there? As some people are leaving today, I want to tell you. She said, “You were asking for your sight to be restored so that you could strut in the stream as before, and get all the attention from the men. They’d all turn around to look at you, wouldn’t they, and the other girls wouldn’t get a look in, would they? That’s what you wanted, wasn’t it? Absolutely ridiculous, and so, God the parent sent you something absolutely ridiculous, but finally, you did it.
God the parent, although it’s ridiculous because you should accept what has happened, but He’s done this. Now what? You’ve been cured, but you haven’t been healed. Then the account says the girl had a flash and she said, “No, I understand. I’m going to devote my life to following you and to helping the poor people around here to cooperate and to worship God the Parent.” This is roughly what Patanjali says about such events. They can happen, but if they happen to confirm our pride, our conceit, our personal advantage, then they’re absolutely worthless.
© Trevor Leggett
Titles in this series are:
Part 1: Meditation 1.8.86
Part 2: Patanjali and Sattwa
Part 4: Do not think in long waves
Part 5: Intense karma fructifies quickly