313. Satsang with Ma.
Q-What is the advantage and the special result of meditating in a cave? Does a cave represent the mother's womb or the cave in the human heart?
Ma-Meditating in a cave enhances single-mindedness. The outer cave is a symbol for the inner cave. The home of the householder should be provided with a retreat like a shrine room to be used as a cave. In order to destroy the curtain of ignorance, a place that is curtained off to serve as a cave will have to be set apart in every home. Behind the curtain one should meditate and outside of the curtain perform service. Grihasta Ashram signifies a condition in which the householder is not aware of strain or toil. He must serve his family, regarding every member as a manifestation of the One. Work for your little daughter with the idea that she represents Kumari, the Virgin Mother of the Universe and for your son looking upon him as Gopal, the child Krishna. By taking care of his wife the husband serves but Lakshmi, the Goddess presiding over home and hearth; and the wife should worship the Lord of the world in her husband. One's parents are to be revered as spiritual preceptors, one's younger brothers as Gopalas, one's younger sisters as Gouris, the big brothers to be respected as fathers and one's elder sisters as mothers. If one is able to serve everyone with this attitude of mind, how can family life be an impediment to sadhana? Wherever you may find yourself, acts of service will help you to fulfil yourself, to attain to perfection. And in addition to engaging in service, a special place and time should be reserved for the worship and contemplation of God in solitude. All the rest of the day try to sustain the remembrance of His Name or of a mantra. Wherever you may be, the way to the revelation of God lies there itself. For the brahmachari and sannyasi it is most congenial to practice meditation in seclusion in a cave. Depending on one's capacity and stage, the place of practice, the sadhana and the state of achievement vary.