What is Meditation? What is the Source of divine Light upon which we meditate?


The essential principle of meditation is that you become what you meditate upon. You imbibe the qualities of that object of meditation. So what sort of object will lead us towards enlightenment?

The object of Heartfulness Meditation is union with the higher Self, the Source, and that is also the meaning and purpose of Yoga. Only like can unite with like. Oil cannot mix with water. So in order to unite with the Source, we first need to become pure like the Source. This is possible because we all share that same divine Source, which is the essential part of our being.

In Heartfulness, we meditate upon the Source of divine Light within our heart. On its own, the Source is so subtle that it is incomprehensible to us. Light from the Source is the closest idea that we can have to take as our object. But there is no need to see any light. We can call it "light without luminosity." Simply put, we meditate on the idea and not on the light.

Meditation is often defined as thinking continuously about one object of thought, however, this step is actually the prelude to meditation, not meditation itself. Meditation takes us deeper to experience the true nature of that object upon which we are meditating. Instead of only thinking about the Source, it will reveal itself to us. Such revelation does not come as a thought, but as a feeling, at least initially. Therefore, meditation is a process in which we evolve from thinking to feeling. It is a journey from complexity of the mind to simplicity of the heart. It is largely for this reason that we involve the heart in meditation.

Yet, even feeling has its limitations. In true meditation, we experience a state of oneness with the object of meditation and eventually this dissolves into absolute nothingness—a complete void of experience—and this is a sign of being in osmosis with the Source.