Darshan means being in the presence of. In the traditional sense, taking darshan means sitting at the feet of an enlightened master, a saint, a sage, or a seer. Darshan is a tradition that goes back thousands of years.
In our modern era, darshan can mean listening to recordings, watching video images of the movements of awakened or enlightened beings, and receiving the spirit essence of who they are and who you are by direct transmission. Regardless of era in time, ancient or contemporary, direct transmission is the only “technique” by which awakening occurs. Some awakened beings transfer their awakening through public gatherings in which an individual might sit in conversation with the master and receive direct input into his or her resistance to being awake. Such darshans occur around the world everyday in large gatherings, small gatherings, and in intimate one-on-one settings.
This darshan with Tat Wale Baba occurs on several levels: first and highest, the images of Baba himself; second, the other images and background chant; third, the image of the swan lifting itself into the air, which is you once the absolute spirit, the divine self, your invisible room, has claimed you for itself totally and absolutely; fourth, the discourse with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as translator.
Once the darshan has reached the level of intellectual expression, the channel of transmission has been squeezed down to a useful but minimal transfer. This method of transfer depends upon the themes of the discourse and the vibration of the consciousness that delivers them. The value of this darshan as well as the other forms of darshan also depends upon the commitment of the receiver and his or her willingness to surrender personal and tribal identities into the care of the absolute spirit.