Divine Devotional Meditation

by L. Ron Gardner on July 30, 2016

There are subtle variations in the way that one can practice Plugged-in Presence, the meditation method that I teach. For example, one can practice this method in a gnostic Buddhist, or Dzogchen, manner, or one can employ a Hindu or Christian devotional approach, wherein one establishes, and yogically “fights” to maintain, a direct and immediate relationship to/with Mother Shakti, the Holy Spirit (which I shall now refer to as “the Spirit”). I believe that this devotional approach is the preferable one for most people. But before one can practice it, one must be baptized by the Spirit, which is tantamount to being “initiated” via Shaktipat in Kashmir Shaivism.

The point of basic meditation is to awaken (or awaken to) the Shakti, so that one can then commune with and receive it as Blessing Power. Once one can commune with and conduct the Shakti, one’s meditation practice morphs into infused (or true mystical) contemplation. This practice of infused mystical contemplation is true Divine (or Di-vine) Yoga, because it’s all about uniting the “vine” of one’s consciousness (or soul) with the “vine”of Spirit (or Shakti).

Just as a baseball player must tinker with the mechanics of his stance and swing so as to be able to connect his bat with a pitched ball, likewise a Yogi must experiment with and adjust his psycho-physical “asana” in order to be able to directly and immediately connect his consciousness with Spirit.

In my own case, the “mechanics” of the “asana” are simple: I consciously inhabit and feel myself as the whole body, which I usually accomplish in a “feeling-flash.” Upon assuming this integral“self-possession,” I then enquire in the form: “Avoiding relationship?” which instigates my return to the state of direct, immediate relationship to the Shakti. This relationship spontaneously morphs into Divine Communion, as I then commune with and receive the Benediction, the infusion of Divine Power.

There is no real spiritual life without a real (or literal and visceral) relationship with the Spirit. Real meditation, true mysticism, is a matter of consciously establishing and maintaining a direct and immediate relationship with the Divine as Spirit. When that relationship is consummated in “Sacred Marriage,” or Divine Union, then Spirit, or Shakti, is no longer perceived as a separate Object to be contemplated. Rather, it is recognized as the inseparable dynamic Energy of one’s own Self-nature – Siva-Shakti.

If you want to read a brilliant, detailed autobiographical account of a yogi who practiced Divine Devotional Meditation and achieved perfect Self-realization via this method, do yourself a favor and get a copy of “The Knee of Listening” by Adi Da Samraj (a.k.a. Franklin Jones, Bubba Free John, Da Free John).

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