Yogic practices cannot give mukti

 

No yogi can gain eternal freedom or emancipation, even though he might have reached the highest yogic state of samadhi through his practices, because sanskaras are still there and all ties have not yet been snapped.

Sanskaras mean the impressions in the mind left behind while doing any good or bad action. Even a thought creates sanskaras. Talking, listening, thinking, seeing, eating, sleeping, in fact, even subtle motions, produce many more sanskaras which have to be experienced with mechanical precision unless removed or nullified by a Master’s grace.

Good actions bind a man with a golden chain, and bad actions with an iron-spiked one. But the chain is there in either case, and the man is never set free. Yoga and other practices are good and merit an aspirant a good life in the next birth, but a man is never free from bondage or given mukti [Liberation] as a result of them.

Therefore, to achieve emancipation, one must be without virtues or sins — without any kind of sanskaras. One’s slate should be quite clean without credit or debit in one’s account, and this is impossible without the grace of the Guru. But for the Sadguru, it is the work of a fraction of a second! The vast, nearly infinite number of impressions in a person’s mind are like straws in a haystack which are impossible for the person to wipe out on his own. Even the process of cleaning them away through yogic practices, without the help of a Perfect Master, means contracting some kind of sanskaric impressions again in a different form.

-www.lordmeher.org, p332
1922; Manzil-e-Meem, Dadar, Bombay

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