DHOONA AND PRACTICE - THE RIGHT TRACK
March 17, 2004
Des Plaines Mandir

Dinkar Uncle explained that he follows a "track" when doing dhoona (chanting). For example, mentally traveling from temple to temple. By repeating the same "track," the mind no longer wanders, but becomes a "friend" throughout the day. As the subconscious becomes more and more purified, the result is extraordinary powers (such as any wish made during prayer comes true).

Dinkar Uncle added some suggestions: (1) In the beginning, it is helpful to perform dhoona at the time of day that seems most suitable; with practice, mastery is gained such that any time becomes suitable. (2) If the mind begins to wander, one can immediately open the eyes; this provides a "shock" to the mind and helps reestablish focus, after which one can continue the track with eyes closed.

A comment was made that due to a weakness of the mind, one is unable to remain focussed during dhoona. Dinkar Uncle explained that another way to look at this is the mind is in fact always strong, but its intensity is misplaced. For example, Swami Ni Vato 10/218 explains that Amba Sheth, who spent the entire day running his fabrics business, once dreamt that he had just finished bargaining with a customer and he was tearing the fabric to sell. When he woke up, he realized that he had torn his own bed sheet! Thus, the mind has an extraordinary ability to focus, but we must change its direction towards God.

When a track is formed, it can be of various degrees: such as a line drawn in steel, sand, water, or air. A line drawn in air does not even leave an impression; a line in water makes a mark, but is gone instantaneously; a line in the sand makes an impression, but with nominal effort, it can be removed; finally, a line in steel is difficult to remove and lasts for a long time.

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