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July 02 2013

Meditation from a Real Master

Category:  Ask Deepak

Question:

"You only know real meditation after you are awakened by transmission from a real master." I just read this from an article and it's not the first time I've read it. Is this true? If so I feel like my own efforts at home are being wasted. This would answer a big question for me and many others if you would kindly respond. Thank you Deepak, P.S your book "Super Brain" was brilliant and is a true transformational tool for anyone

Response:

Getting meditation instruction from a realized teacher is the ideal, but if that was the absolute requirement to get real benefits from meditation, then we wouldn’t have the mountain of scientific research or all the self- reported benefits of meditation that do have. Also, there are many references in the wisdom traditions of the world where individuals have meditated their way to enlightenment without a formal teacher. Some would say that in those cases the teacher eventually came to them in the form of observing Nature, or inspiration, but either way, it is sincerity and dedication to practice that ultimately leads to spiritual illumination.

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  • The secret of a teacher is that there is no secret. Complete enlightenment happens spontaneously, for nothing, from nothing. So-called teachers who write books about enlightenment only tell what they have experienced themselves. And sometimes you can find back traces of your own experience in them. But this is true for every book written and every movie made. It will always appeal to some people. No-one however is able to really experience what you experience and even the wisest teacher always throws you back unto yourself......

    YourSoul // 2013-07-02 05:50:22 // //
  • imagin who will be teacher to first soul(person) who got enlightened?You are born enlightened since you are part of Him(ansh ).only thing is you have to rediscover it by practicing. If you are capable to choose your guru ,it means you are more clever than your Guru,then you don`t need guru at all!.you start waking on this path and at right time teacher /guru will reach to you.

    enlight // 2013-07-03 04:02:56 // //

 

 

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  • Nobody should have a master , but have a free mind.

    Christelle Latreille // 2013-07-06 15:46:23 // //
  • Dear Deepak, you know the saying that when Disciple is ready the master appears. True master gives true Meditation which is samadhi. But then how can one know what is true meditation if one doesn`t know it through experience...? I will make 2 points to support the claim that only after being awakened by real master one can really get in meditation or samadhi. 1) When true meditation happens, either one has a master in physical form or Shiv the infinite consciousness or call whatever you may want, is the guru or master. 2) Sometimes, the past life masters have already awakened the soul and the soul only needs to work out certain karma to be re-aligned back to the state achieved in previous birth by the grace of Master awakening the soul. Thank you for reading my comments. I found the topic close to my heart so felt obliged to reply. www.kaulabhairav.wordpress.com

    Bhairav // 2013-07-06 11:59:32 // //
  • @Dr Ratan Saini.... Yeah in that way you can fool anyone: the method of meditation determines to which level reach. Lol there is only one level of enlightenment and that is freedom!! The freedom to be can only be found inside oneself and every ONE experiences it differently....

    YourSoul // 2013-07-06 06:31:41 // //
  • True Meditation will always lead to supreme source of energy. The method of meditation determines to which level we reach. To know the best method one must have true teacher !!!

    Dr Ratan Saini // 2013-07-06 00:16:59 // //
  • This so true Dr. Deepak Chopra. Meditation helps you realize your potentials because you can hear God's instructions. :) Love your book 7 Spiritual Laws of Success. God bless you always.

    GreenMagic Soap // 2013-07-03 21:50:57 // //
  • Most of the people get struck in this maya--- thanks for your guidance.---- Love and Light

    Shahida Sahib // 2013-07-03 15:04:39 // //
  • Wanting to meditate has to come from within you......even if you get the best guru in the world and skeptical about it....def. not going to work.....Guru or no Guru......peace /God lies within you and you HAVE to close to eyes and find the peace which leads to everything else........

    Neelakshi Taldar // 2013-07-03 08:40:52 // //
  • You are the teacher you've been looking for...it is you my friend who is the master..you..!

    Ann Still // 2013-07-03 07:51:00 // //
  • There are innumerable ways by which meditation can happen, the teachings of the master are only an aide and reduces the search time.

    Gowrisankar Namasivayam // 2013-07-03 06:53:48 // //
  • I am my spiritual teacher. Namaste Deepak. xx

    Bella Pickstone // 2013-07-03 06:34:00 // //
  • oh ! Love you Deepak . Your talks are so amazing and profound ! Thanks for sharing your wisdom and experieces with the world . Love Gia : )

    Geetanjali Dadhwal // 2013-07-03 05:42:08 // //
  • imagin who will be teacher to first soul(person) who got enlightened?You are born enlightened since you are part of Him(ansh ).only thing is you have to rediscover it by practicing. If you are capable to choose your guru ,it means you are more clever than your Guru,then you don`t need guru at all!.you start waking on this path and at right time teacher /guru will reach to you.

    enlight // 2013-07-03 04:02:56 // //
  • That is how and nature is where I awoke to a state of meditation, other ways too! But I do feel grateful that you cleared this and I am now going to start on Super Brain. I have been reading Kahlil Gibran. How does he know what he does? His depth is amazing. Thank you Deepak for clarifying this question.

    Bonnie Ann Clark // 2013-07-03 00:39:37 // //
  • so true, the days of enlightenment being the result of the terms of a male gatekeeper are OVER....feel inside yourself and don't look outward.....or you will be an addicted student for eons

    Kata King // 2013-07-03 00:26:51 // //
  • i m confused sir i m searching

    Sonia Chandak // 2013-07-02 23:53:57 // //
  • Patañjali "Yoga Sutras" - perhaps the greatest source for learning meditation

    Joe Cox // 2013-07-02 23:29:32 // //
  • Before the start of any meditation One should first Invoke for guidance, illumination and protection from Our Dear God Almighty, and second to all one's revered gurus, masters, saints, holy Angels and spiritual helpers. This is so important because we will keep ourselves "open" during meditation, and we want only to experience what is good, right and proper during the process for the good of our "bodies" and soul.

    Angeli Yatco // 2013-07-02 20:52:43 // //
  • Great.

    Jose Angel Rivera // 2013-07-02 20:37:11 // //
  • Thanks DEEPAK for saying so nicely that Meditation like exercising our bodies is our responability.

    Mary Rose Carlington // 2013-07-02 19:58:15 // //
  • thanku, im so tired of being made to feel that without a guru and paying thousands of dollars ill never be enlightened <3

    Rita Stockley // 2013-07-02 19:41:47 // //
  • thk !!

    Nina Marin // 2013-07-02 19:07:23 // //
  • Ultimately, all wisdom and enlightenment comes from a Source outside of ourselves. Meditation calms our concious mind-chattering enough to hear it. Where else would the first master have come from, the chicken or the egg?

    Timothy Wood // 2013-07-02 18:10:50 // //
  • very good .... I like this I learned this in the practice of T.M......a much needed teaching now I believe ...consistency ...

    Jean Garvey // 2013-07-02 17:35:20 // //
  • Consistency is the key.

    Paula Bourque // 2013-07-02 15:22:51 // //
  • thanks

    Mária Tóth // 2013-07-02 14:13:52 // //
  • I have heard this before also, whilst I think there can be a special energy meditating with others and teachers, I sincerely believe that transmission can come from all sorts of sources, not just 'masters' and if they are real masters their energy can also be tapped into from being home alone meditating. You are as close as your mind/soul is not your physical body. The other side I have witnessed is when this argument is used to control people, but we won't go there .....

    Gill Huyton // 2013-07-02 13:55:38 // //
  • Each person's path is different, some need a teacher to show the way and others find their way. It's as simple as that!

    Andrew Gunn-Wilinski // 2013-07-02 13:51:46 // //
  • Tqm! !

    Martha Sacoto-Navia // 2013-07-02 13:40:03 // //
  • What about speaking in tongues? Isn't that another way to meditate? How do I send a question to you, Deepak?

    Amelia Smith // 2013-07-02 13:31:20 // //
  • My Cats my real Master and Buddhas was a Tree.

    Stephen Gladstone // 2013-07-02 13:22:48 // //
  • I recommend Deepak's book, "How to Know God: A Journey into the Mystery of Mysteries." That's what did it for me ... literally, blew me through a roaring tunnel into a vacuum of silence, the crystalline "shore."

    Jeannette Sutherland // 2013-07-02 13:19:20 // //
  • Indeed.

    Milton Lee Norris // 2013-07-02 13:18:44 // //
  • Sometimes we just accept and go forward.

    Harry J. Cross // 2013-07-02 12:40:01 // //
  • "it is sincerity and dedication to practice that ultimately leads to spiritual illumination."....

    Growing Health and Happiness // 2013-07-02 12:35:12 // //
  • I consider myself a householder yogi, meditator and reiki practitioner. Sometimes enlightenment begins at home:)

    Greta Bates // 2013-07-02 12:22:07 // //
  • you can lead a horse to water...

    Owyl Mozey // 2013-07-02 12:18:53 // //
  • Much respect & aloha Deepak!!!

    Kalai Ahuna // 2013-07-02 12:17:43 // //
  • ...THE WIZARD'S WAY...

    Rick Captain Eno // 2013-07-02 12:12:45 // //
  • I like, good answer, lighting come into my life that way. Thanks to Deepak Chopra.

    Alma Ramírez // 2013-07-02 12:07:23 // //
  • Thank you for sharing.

    Samantha Davies // 2013-07-02 12:06:54 // //
  • Not true for me....spent years meditating as well as some meditation retreats. All opened my inner path to transformation.

    Paula Frate // 2013-07-02 12:06:46 // //
  • Quiero leer SÚPER BRAIN!! ¿Para cuándo en español??

    Ninfa Mercedes Assad Salazar // 2013-07-02 12:04:05 // //
  • Thanks.....and many BLESSINGS.... <3

    Bonnie Lou Taylor Johnson // 2013-07-02 12:00:32 // //
  • Let's be entirely clear on this whole question: Only Your Ego Knows The Difference. YOU CANNOT TRANSCEND THE HUMAN CONDITION.

    Douglas Cave // 2013-07-02 11:54:20 // //
  • I think if you are looking for self realization through meditation you are wasting time. Chasing your own shadow on a pitch black night.

    Dean Morris // 2013-07-02 11:53:58 // //
  • Agreed. That's like saying you can only get true meditation through a school. That's not true. It's of course ideal, when there's a system or a teacher/mentor to help out, but that's not the only way

    Aaron Loy // 2013-07-02 11:52:10 // //
  • <3

    Mieth Maria Amélia // 2013-07-02 11:51:33 // //
  • When the student is ready to learn the teacher will appear.

    Lamar Meekins // 2013-07-02 11:44:00 // //
  • Thank you Deepak. Meditation has been my gateway to knowledge and inner peace. I have found that everyone is a teacher in life. Everyone has there moment, day, month or life time where they are providing guidance or assistance to others.

    Renee LaVerne Rose // 2013-07-02 11:43:58 // //
  • Spontaneous catalitical transformation?

    Eduardo Nuñez-Navarro // 2013-07-02 11:43:40 // //
  • <3

    Kat Butters // 2013-07-02 11:42:59 // //
  • Buddha gave up striving to not strive one day, when he realized how utterly ridiculous that was, how circular that was. So he crawled, malnourished and wrecked from trying desperately to transcend the Human condition, and asked what would be so very wrong with caring for himself. I was the guy who sold him a burrito, and told him that rookies make that mistake a LOT.

    Douglas Cave // 2013-07-02 11:40:51 // //
  • Yes! Blessings <3

    Hildegard Renner // 2013-07-02 11:38:36 // //
  • I agree, although I had the blessing of a guru in my process, and I belive that some people, such as you, are Masters without anouncing, and are capable of garnting "shaktipat".

    Mônica Moura Cardoso // 2013-07-02 11:37:47 // //
  • Namaste thx Deepa Ramchandani

    Om Love Goa // 2013-07-02 11:37:04 // //
  • Did Buddha have a teacher?

    Wendy Guild Swearingen // 2013-07-02 11:36:39 // //
  • If it was true--needing a master to awaken--how would a master be created? A master can catalyze the transformation much as a teacher can help a student learn to think more clearly by way of sharing energy vibration. However, if it is possible for an apprentice to surpass their master (which all great masters work towards allowing) then it is possible for any person to achieve their mastery with only their awareness at play.

    Matthew Kuehlhorn // 2013-07-02 11:35:41 // //
  • Beautiful Soul...

    Elizabeth White // 2013-07-02 11:35:23 // //
  • Blessed Be All and Everything!!!

    Carolyn LaTona // 2013-07-02 11:34:38 // //
  • Yes

    Harold W Graham // 2013-07-02 11:34:31 // //
  • Thank you Deepak.

    Hatita Hooi // 2013-07-02 11:34:13 // //
  • The secret of a teacher is that there is no secret. Complete enlightenment happens spontaneously, for nothing, from nothing. So-called teachers who write books about enlightenment only tell what they have experienced themselves. And sometimes you can find back traces of your own experience in them. But this is true for every book written and every movie made. It will always appeal to some people. No-one however is able to really experience what you experience and even the wisest teacher always throws you back unto yourself......

    YourSoul // 2013-07-02 05:50:22 // //