1The writings of saints and mystics through the ages provide numerous references to regions beyond this world. They wrote of their spiritual journeys and described the incredible beauty, peace, love, and light found there. In the current scientific era, we are taught to verify information through our own experience.

Other dimensions

The first question that arises is: Where are the regions of the beyond? According to sages and those who have made this journey, mystical regions beyond are not in outer space; they are within us.
In scriptures, each religion has their own descriptions recorded of regions beyond this world. Although books on near-death experiences (NDEs) have been published only since the 1970’s, people have been experiencing this phenomenon for centuries.

A typical NDE involves someone undergoing clinical death due to an accident or illness. They find themselves rushing through a tunnel and emerging at the end of the tunnel into a world of light. During this time there may be a life review that passes before their eyes. Some meet a Being of Light who fills them with a love that is so fulfilling it is unlike anything they experienced on earth.

Most say that they did not want to come back from that region. Since it was not their time to leave the body for good, they were suddenly sucked back into the body.

Personal experience

In his book, Transformed by the Light, Melvin Morse, who visited me at the Mission’s Center in Naperville, U S A, spoke about the transformation people experienced when they had an NDE. These reports what teachers of Sant Mat or Surat Shabd Yoga have taught all along, and what we continue to teach in our mission. They teach people to experience the numerous regions beyond this world for themselves.

Once a disciple asked how he could find the spiritual realms within.

The saint responded by digging up a plant and transplanting it, saying,  “My son, it is very simple. Uproot the plant from here, and replant it there.”

The perplexed student asked, “How did your replanting relate to my question about finding spiritual truth?” The teacher explained that finding spiritual knowledge was simply a matter of taking our attention from one place and focusing it in another place.
This is what we do in meditation. We simply withdraw our attention from the world outside and focus it at a point within where we can experience spiritual regions beyond. We do not need a traumatic near-death experience.

Meditation is key

In Jyoti Meditation you can sit in a relaxed position for the longest possible time. Close your eyes and concentrate your attention at the point between and behind the two eyebrows, known as the third eye or single eye. To keep the mind still we silently repeat any name of God with which we feel comfortable.

The ultimate goal of meditation is to rise into the ‘Light’ for a visit to the lands beyond. We can travel to inner regions on the current of Light and Sound that we connect with at the third eye. A spiritual teacher can help us connect with this Light and Sound, which is already within us. Meditation is open to all. Light and Sound is there for all. Through meditation, we glimpse into the realms beyond.