As soon as we take the name of a friend, colleague, or object, the first thing that comes to our mind is their image. Children’s Books are filled with colourful illustrations and pictures. This is because our mind absorbs more information when it is presented with vivid images. And that is why it is said, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. The best way to achieve your goals is to visualise them. Visualisation helps us remember things better. It is a sure shot technique to achieve your goal.
Creating the Image of God in Visualisation Meditation
In the book ‘Visualfestation’, the author widely describes how he achieved his goals by visualising. He wanted to win a contest and had visualised himself winning it over 200 times. The result was he won the competition! However, this does not mean that you focus on visualising and forget about putting in your effort. The same technique works in the spiritual realm as well. The most effective method of all is the “Roop Dhyan” Meditation. Herein, you bring the image of God and meditate upon Him.
One might question -‘ I have never seen God previously. How can I meditate upon Him?’ Shree Kripaluji Maharaj answers it in his kirtan Sadhana Karu Pyare. He says:
मन को जो भाये बना लो, रूप वैसा प्यारे
man ko jo bhaye bana lo, rūp vaisā pyāre
“Create the image of the Lord as it pleases your mind.” God has infinite forms, and He is all-merciful. Whatever image we create in our mind shall be accepted by God as His image. Moreover, you can change the image every second – girl or boy, dark or fair, thin or plump, with or without a moustache; you can create a God as you want Him to be.
An engaging story in this regard justifies this. Once, there was a man. He was a miser. He would never spend money. He wanted to buy something other than ornaments, incents, and flowers daily for the Lord. He thought of it to be a waste of money. One day, he learned about the “Roop Dhyan Meditation”. He thought, ‘Wow! This is amazing! I don’t have to spend any money. I can offer everything in the mind. He would spend an hour every day serving the Lord in his mind. He would ornament Him, prepare and offer food. Slowly, his practice solidified. The visualisation turned to be more and more vivid. The meditation was lively. It would seem as though the Lord was present before him.
A miser was one day preparing Kheer (sweet rice pudding) for Krishna. He added the rice, milk, sugar, and Kesar (saffron) to the mixture. By mistake, the entire box of saffron got toppled into it. Miser by his nature, he screamed in the meditation, ‘Oh no! Not so much. I have to save some for tomorrow.’ Krishna had a hearty laugh. He held his hand and appeared before him. The miser relished the divine form now!
Realising Goals through Visualisation
That is the power of visualisation. Numerous life coaches today teach visualisation techniques. Vision boards are a medium for achieving goals. However, this technique has been preached by all the saints of the Vedic era. When practised daily, it is most potent. Once, an ascetic was drenched in devotion. In his meditation, he felt that Krishna had appeared. In pursuit of embracing Him, he ran towards the Lord.
Meanwhile, his hair locks got entangled in a bush. He resolved that it would be undone only by Krishna. He is the cause of all of this. In a week, Krishna appeared before him, and he was God-realised!
Let us also attain our goals through visualisation. More so, let us achieve the ultimate goal of life – God.