Jansher and Mohammad Sardar from Rawalpindi ask:
Imagination in the exercises suggested by you bear a significant importance. What is actually meant by imagination? Do we have to suggest ourselves that we are beholding an ocean of light and the whole world is submerged in it, as is done in autosuggestion or something else is meant by it.
Answer: It is one of our routines that we go to the market or the office. When we reach there if somebody asks us: “What did you see on your way?” Well very naturally we will be telling him we didn’t notice much. This tells us that if we are not fully attentive to our surroundings we remain ignorant as to what, how and when something occurred. This example clarifies that if we are attentive to something it has some value otherwise it has no importance at all. We can only perceive something when we are attentive to that thing. On our way to office we see so many things but since we seldom pay attention to them we hardly allow them to leave lasting impression on our memory. So, it is the law that when we pay attention to anything the meanings of that thing appear on the screen of our mind otherwise it remains beyond our comprehension.
When we study something which is interesting, because of our interest in that we lose track of time and many hours pass by. When we notice that we had been studying this book for the last two or three hours we find it difficult to believe hut since the Watch is telling US SO we are constrained to believe. Contrary to this when we study a book whose contents do not match with our interest we feel bored and even the study of ten minutes appear to be lasting for hours. This starts causing dullness and finally the book is abandoned unread.
Another law that can be deduced from this example is that if besides concentration our interest is also there then the task becomes easy.
As far as the interest is concerned if we try to understand it, it would be better to determine its limits. Interest, like every other thing of the cosmos also has two aspects. Taste for something and fondness or the predilection. This is to say on one hand curiosity to know or the quest to find the meaningfulness and on the other predilection to acquire something resulting from that quest and curiosity. When someone adopts a path with predilection and tastefulness the yielding results are always positive.
The purpose of imagination in the exercises of telepathy is that one should have ability to focus one’s mind concentratively with predilection and tastefulness which would eventually result in acquiring the innate knowledge. Since this knowledge is not found in books therefore for learning this knowledge such methods are essential which are superior to those in practice. Soul, in fact, is the light and the spiritual sciences are also light. The knowledge of a very subtle light and waves can be transferred through light and waves only. When we attempt to imagine the light the waves of light, or to say, the lights of spiritual science start transferring to our mind according to our taste and fondness.
To have the best results and for taking full advantage of these exercises of imagining light, it is necessary that one should be so absorbed in imagining that he should be forgetful about
his surroundings. His lostfulness must be so complete that the ties of spatio-temporal restrictions should start cracking. That is, one’s engrossment should be such that the feeling of passage of time does not bother any longer. Just as one loses track of time when an interesting book is read.
It is of vital importance to understand regarding the imagination that if you are exercising to imagine me light then do not try to see or visualize any particular type of light. Just try to think about light. Whatever the actual form of the light is it will come before you automatically. The basic purpose is to have concentration by focusing your attention in a particular direction on any one point and to get rid of scattered thoughts after that the innate knowledge of the soul starts transpiring on the mind step by step. Generally that state which is called absent; mindedness is achieved which is very close to that which is intended to be explained.
In a bid to imagine something when we try to visualize it after having Its Imaginative picture in our mind this process does not come within the purview of mental concentration. By concentratively focusing means that one must become oblivious of seeing or hearing anything consciously.
It is the law of nature that man cannot be detached from his senses nor can he transcend from his sense even for a fraction or a moment when the conscious senses are not prevalent upon us, the unconscious senses take over after becoming activated. And having acquaintance with the unconscious senses is the cognition and gnosis of meta-physical sciences.
During the exercises of meditation or muraqbah we are required to ponder over something so engrossedly that we become oblivious of our surroundings. This would enable us to be free from the spatio-temporal restrictions. When we are busy in contemplation and the realization of time is not there we start our journey into the unseen realm. In the exercises of Meditation we are usually told that we have to imagine something. When we imagine we are required to imagine so absorbedly that we should lose our contact with the phenomenal realm around us. If the absorption is not there the exercise of imagining anything would remain incomplete. Initially, the exercises of Meditation are done with closed eyes but in later stages one become such an
expert in imagining any particular thing that it could be done even with open eyes.
This is the stage which is known as the activation of the third eye. This third eye is the inner eye and has nothing to do with the physical eyes. This is the same eye which is also known as the spiritual eye.