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The Sammata Meditation

By Sacinandana Swami, April 2009

* sammata, Sanskrit = being agreeable

Today I would like to share with you a personal, three-step meditation that helps me to make direct contact with the Lord even in the midst of a hectic life, and feel peace and energy.

First step: Grounding
A meditation by Shrila Prabhupada
One should understand
that no one is independent,
for everything (and everyone) is part and parcel of Krishna
and is acting and moving by the supreme desire of Krishna.
This understanding, this consciousness, is Krishna consciousness.
(purport to Shrimad-Bhagavatam 10.13.53)
Second step: Acceptance Meditation
The source of fear and disturbance is lack of experiencing harmony.
When I am disturbed it is because I can’t relate
a particular situation, place, or thing to Krishna.
Rather, that situation, place, or thing seems independent of or separate from the Lord.
It appears to be out of the natural, divine harmony and does not make sense.
Therefore I cannot accept it.
When I am unable to accept something, I lose my sense of equilibrium and security. Misery reigns.

Review step 1 and allow its spiritual light to flood the darkened mind.
Watch how things begin to change –
slowly, at first, then quickly:
Gradually I come to understand that the situation,
person, place, or thing
is exactly as it should be at this given moment.
Nothing – absolutely nothing at all –
happens in Krishna’s world by mistake.
Everything and everyone moves around one center only.
And every moment I am at the right place,
in the classroom of God, learning my lessons.
Unless I learn to accept life completely
on Krishna’s terms, I cannot be happy.
Let me therefore concentrate not so much
on what I think needs to be changed in the outside world
but what needs to be changed in me –
in my consciousness, my attitude.
Third step: The serenity prayer
O Lord, let me accept peacefully everything this day brings.
Let me surrender completely to Your sacred desire.
Direct and help me during every moment of this day.
If there is anything You wish me to change,
please grant me the vision to recognize it
and the inner strength to change it.
No matter what kind of news I receive,
teach me to see it as Your message, even if its import seems hidden.
And if the great wave of my life should overwhelm me
and my emotions and thoughts scatter,
please guide and direct me
back to acceptance and faith in Your all-pervading presence and good will.
Today, let me remember love, service, tolerance, and forgiveness,
and let me remain sammata
one with You – by remaining agreeable to Your arrangements and desires.
Afterword: This sammata meditation is inspired by a verse and purport in the Shrimad-Bhagavatam (4.12.22) that discusses the prince, Dhruva, who was always absorbed in thinking of the lotus feet of Lord Krishna. Shrila Prabhupada comments: “In the Vaikuntha world all the living entities are in oneness with the Supreme Godhead because they never defy His orders. Here in the material world however, they are not sammata, agreeable.... This human form of life is a chance to be trained to be agreeable to the orders of the Supreme Lord.”


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