[NOTE: This is an unedited tape transcript of an unpublished darshan diary, which has been scanned and cleaned up. It is for reference purposes only.]
Dhyan Manuela. Dhyan means meditation.
Meditation is just the opposite pole of mind. Mind means conflict, struggle, ego, competition. Mind is always planning to reach somewhere. It never reaches anywhere because the only place that one has to reach is within oneself and the effort of the mind is to reach somewhere else -- to the moon, to Mars, to become the president, the prime minister, to have this, to have that. The mind goes on thinking in terms of the outside world. The mind is extrovert. Its whole philosophy is: the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.
Meditation is just the reversal of this whole approach. Meditation means asking the question 'Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence?' With that question a radical change starts happening. It is not a question of reaching somewhere, the question is of being yourself. Only that can bring contentment; and contentment opens you towards god -- that's the meaning of Manuela.
Manuela means god is with us. The mind cannot know that because the mind keeps its back towards god. God resides within you. Unless you are absolutely non-competitive, non-ambitious, you cannot turn in. The competition is on the outside; in the inner world you are alone -- with whom to compete, whom to defeat, whom to conquer?
In that aloneness, in that silence, in that noiseless harmony, one discovers the temple of god. Everybody carries the temple within.
And the name Manuela is also significant because originally this name was used only for Christ himself, because he had discovered god within himself. That's the meaning of Christ.
Jesus becomes a Christ by discovering god within himself. You also can become a Christ by discovering the god within you. To discover oneself is to discover god -- and unless that happens there is no possibility of bliss, no possibility of rejoicing, no possibility of ecstasy.
Meditation is the way to ecstasy, to god, to the ultimate peak of consciousness.
Sahajo is the name