Today let us understand that ‘Whatever you believe in, transpires’. That is why in Sanskrit we say, ‘Yad Bhavam Tad Bhavati’—divinity reflects that which you believe in. If you approach God with guilt and fear; guilt, fear and discomfort are what you will receive. So one should never approach any God with the feeling that a particular Godhead is fearsome or evil. We should approach the divine energy with a feeling of utter reverence, surrender and minimum expectations, being aware that everything is God and all that we receive is a gift of God. Temple, gurudwara, church, mosque or any other place of worship, the divine energy abides everywhere and you can tap this energy in whatever form your mind accepts, whatever faith you follow.
You are already aware of the general feelings of peace and happiness that pervades you when you offer pooja or prayers to your favourite God. At times you may feel a beam of bright light hitting your eyes. Then you may either feel all your energies draining away or you may experience a sudden spurt of energy. You may even lose consciousness and lose track of time too. Fifty minutes may feel like five and two minutes of this experience may feel like twenty! This happens and time literally stops because the mind would have, at that point, come out of the bondage of Karma. Having transcended time and space, the mundane mind which keeps track of time takes a backseat and your real cosmic mind takes over. When you approach God with minimum expectations, preferably zero expectations, all these experiences will be yours, and some mystical experiences that cannot be expressed in words will also be yours.
The more you contemplate on God, the more wisdom will you gain. From wisdom arises detachment, a sort of mental inertia. This inertia causes your mind to stay away from unnecessary attachments and thoughts. This is followed by experiences and an understanding beyond expression. Some also get into an extraordinary meditative state.
In this state, time ceases to exist. Even when you are engaged in worldly activity, like talking over the phone, your mind will always be in the vicinity of divinity inwardly. Such will be your levels of concentration. Even when you are in front of God, your mind will be floating at some level, and you will be unaware of time and space, your body and the surroundings. You will not be aware if your eyes are shut or open, whether you are conscious or semi-conscious. All these indicate that your karmas are loosening, that the Sushumna Naadi—the unseen nerve passage of the five life forces within the body—is clear, with no obstructions.
Just as when we have a throat infection or constriction our voice cracks and the speech becomes unclear, likewise the experience of divinity will not flow incessantly because of the constriction due to the fruits of our own Karma. This is reflected in our worldly life too, and we are often denied of steady name and fame. Because, even as karmas fade as we work, past karmas and impressions haunt us and obstruct our evolution. Remember that God and Guru are one and the same. They only appear to us in different forms. God and Guru are like mirrors reflecting the soul and the vibrations within us. That is why there is a need to frequently seek God and Guru. If not we shall be denied of spiritual progress along with poor progress on the material plane too..