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Or, to meditate on the purity in the heart and mind, by interpolating the purity residing in the heart of a saintly, enlightened person who is devoid of ignorance, passion, envy, lust, greed, illusion, deceit and so on. Such saintly persons can be from any part of the world or from any spiritual profession, whose life and ideals is inspiring to one. When we see faults in a saintly person it is only the projection of our own shortcomings and unwanted qualities that soil the heart and mind's perception. Through this process of meditation we can rid ourselves of a critical and fault-finding mentality and also realise through it that even our own spiritual nature which is originally spotless can be reinstated and become immaculate. Exactly what Jesus instructed about trying not take out the speck in the other's eye when a beam is stuck in our own.

Meaning, a person critical of others will always manage to see the smallest flaw in others character, but conveniently overlooks the huge beam size defect in his own. Another way is to meditate on a extraordinary dream or a deep sleep experience. This requires trained mental power for recollection of dreams or deep sleep experiences. In Vedic astrology dreams with esoteric or occult symbols are pregnant with meanings, and necessitates interpretations. In deep, dreamless sleep the mind reaches a state of consciousness that is not intruded upon by the first three of a total of five 'kosha' or sheaths. The soul or the pure, spiritual consciousness is covered in five layers of kosha, sheaths, namely annamaya or the gross physical body nurtured with food grains, pranamaya or life energy and the will to survive, manomaya or jnanamaya or the mental realm of thinking, desiring and feeling, vijnanamaya, or realised knowledge and finally anandamaya or divine bliss. In this state of deep sleep the mind experiences the theta state of complete relaxation without loosing awareness. If awareness of it was obfuscated without a trace then no memory of it will remain, but such is not the case when someone learns to recall to memory these deep sleep experiences.

The next method of meditation suggested is on a most cherished object. Meaning, that object which evokes deep reverence and inspiration for the yoga novice is the subject of his meditation. Here again we experience the Sage's universal vision. He does not discriminate between the different religious symbols. The truth is, when one develops spiritual vision he/she sees the divine energy of Supreme Godhead manifest in every object. Granted that such an universal spiritual vision is rare, nevertheless it can be achieved. That is yoga's and the true yogi's ultimate goal. A highly elevated saintly devotee of the Supreme Lord observes not the external forms of objects, but the indwelling presence of his/her prayerful Godhead in everything in the form of his all-pervasive energy.

As Krishna says in the Gita,'I am situated in the heart of everyone and everything.' In the second mantra of Isopanishad it is stated,'Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord.' Meditation propels realisation through developing deeper insight into the essence of everything. Therefore, even a mundane object that helps in collecting our thoughts and projecting it inwards for meditation is a good stimulant. The Sage is well aware that as meditation deepens, so will realisation.

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