We were at the Kriya yoga ashram in Pune last week. The place is filled with Swami Kriyananda’s sweetness.
We were on a four day retreat and during one of the strolls I was reflecting the importance of daily practice of meditation with special emphasis on daily.
Along my way, I saw the grass and weeds growing abundantly without any assistance and were of not much use. In fact some of them were burnt down lest they incite forest fires.
Whereas the beautiful flowers and luscious fruit bearing plants needed fencing, daily care and nurturing until they grow stronger. They are wonderfully uplifting to the eyes and nourishing to the body.
As Master writes in Whispers from Eternity:
Prayers and demands are like plants which daily grow new blossoms: the flowers change, but the plants remain basically the same. A prayer-plant, similarly, may have the same branches and leaves of words, but every day will yield new roses of God-feeling and inspiration if you regularly water the plant with meditation. The prayer-plant should be protected from storms of doubt, distraction, mental idleness, procrastination of meditation (to a morrow that never comes!), absent-mindedness, and preoccupation with other things while imagining the mind to be wholly focused on the essence of a prayer.
Such parasites on your prayer-plants should be destroyed by the germicides of self-control, determination, and loyalty to a single teaching. Thus, the glowing, immortal roses of inspiration will be gathered daily from the plants of these prayer-demands.
Let us practice these teachings and techniques faithfully and regularly that their fruits be of service to us and ‘to all who humbly ask for help’.