The concept of 'drishti' & yoga

By Navjot Randhawa

I went to the Brahmakumaris Centre in London a couple of days ago. 103 year old Dadi Janki, the spiritual head of the organization was giving “drishti” to those who wished to receive her blessings. I took a photograph of a young English girl receiving drishti from Dadi. You can find it below this text..In simple words we climbed up the stage, sat in front of her, she looked straight into our eyes for a few seconds or a minute or so, transmitted positive energy and we climbed down the stage.

The experience certainly was transformative and it made me look deeper into the concept of “drishti”. We use it in every day life, especially those moments of life when we are elevated to a higher level, like while falling in love. We like to look into each others’ eyes. That is what drishti is. Looking into the other person’s eyes with focus, while being totally present & with the intention to heal, while being fully aware of how one is feeling could roughly be the description of drishti. But of course there are more proper ones on the internet. And if one is interested, they offer an insight into its origin, its current use in various traditions etc.

To me what was of interest was its connection with yoga and meditation. So here are my findings in brief. Anyone who has experienced “drishti” will, I am sure, relate to these. Drishti in yoga means “a point of focus to set your gaze on to help you stay balanced & steady”. Sometimes even without our yoga teacher guiding us to do so, we look for a point to rest our eyes on while doing yoga, especially while doing difficult “asanas”. Drishti in meditation means a “way of seeing” (Gayatri Naraine). In Hindi language, it simply means “vision”. Following this practice encourages us to perceive everyone we meet or come in contact with with dignity. It helps us see the thread of purity which binds all of humanity. If we see each other with divine love, we automatically connect spiritually & lay the foundation of a long lasting relationship. Practitioners give “drishti” from the third eye, the gateway to one’s spiritual being. Considering that the ultimate goal of yoga is “union”, drishti helps achieve union with others, if practiced regularly.

TIPS IN GIVING AND RECEIVING Drishti by Gayatri Naraine

When I “give drishti” to another and “receive drishti” from another, I re-establish a spiritual connection. The cleaner my inner state, the more powerful loving and trusting my drishti!

To give drishti, first see the self as a soul, a tiny point of light resting in the forehead looking through the eyes.

Then connect to the Supreme Soul, the Source of spiritual light and might. In this state of awareness and through this elevated connection the flow of spiritual current from God is transmitted through the eyes. This current acts as a filter of protection from influences that may affect souls exchanging drishti.

When looking at the other person see him/her as a soul on the seat of the soul in the center of the forehead. Radiate love, good wishes, and pure feelings into that soul.

BENEFITS of Drishti by Gayatri Naraine

Drishti recognizes the other as a brother soul.

Drishti respects the original purity of the relationship between souls and upholds the dignity of life.

Drishti is non-violent and is in tuned with the natural rhythms light seeing that which is systemic, cyclic, and relational.

Drishti looks at the harmony and balance and sees the beauty of creation.

It is for Drishti that it is said ‘beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.’

Dadi Janki of the Brahmakumaris giving drishti to a young English girl during “Raksha Bandhan” celebrations at their London centre on 16th August, 2019

Dadi Janki of the Brahmakumaris giving drishti to a young English girl during “Raksha Bandhan” celebrations at their London centre on 16th August, 2019