Meditation: A way of living a delightful Life – Insight of Meditation and How to Meditate
Asking on the street about Meditation, what standard answers we will get, may be something like: “Sitting and closing the eyes”, “focusing on a point”, “try to empty the mind”, “thinking nothing” and many more in line with above points. Some will link it with increasing concentration. To understand meditation correctly, we should first know what meditation is not. With my experience and readings from several sources, here is what my view on meditation:
Meditation is not sitting and closing the eyes
Meditation is not trying to empty the mind
Meditation is not fighting with our own thought process
Meditation is not where one is aloof from the world
Meditation is not just sitting for 20 25 minutes with leg crossed
Meditation is not keeping focus on a point before our eyes
Though the list can go on, but I would restrict myself here and move the discussion further in understanding other aspects of the meditation.
Myth About Meditation
Most of us have developed a wrong myth about the meditation. First and foremost, we have linked it with Age. General misconception throughout the world is that it to be done after one attains the 50 years of age. Is that so? One question I always ask. Why our friend, family relate meditation with age. It may be because they are taught so. Or may be society impact, or may be because they have not been exposed to this world of meditation. I have used the word world of meditation. World of meditation doesn’t mean that there is some other world or place.
Coming back to our original question on what is meditation. It is very difficult to answer. In order to answer this, I will tell you a story.
Once I was attending discourse of one of the renowned Spiritual master of India. There the same question popped up. He explained it in a very nice way. There is flow of current when you switch on the light or fan or any electrical appliance. We all know what current is. Do we? I don’t think so, we never experienced this. So in order to understand what current is, one day one guy put his hand in the nude wire, and suddenly he got the shock of his life. He was in another world. When he came back to normal world, his friend asked how actually the current is. He told I cannot explain it, you have to go through the same process then you will understand. His poor friend also went through the same process, and received shock of his life. In the end both of them understood through their own experiences?
That was really a nice way to explain such a difficult question on meditation. Definitely meditation doesn’t give us shock of our life, but it rejuvenates us. Every one of us will have different experience of meditation. But do we really have to go through the meditation process to understand what meditation is? I would correct myself, meditation is not a process. However some stages are defined, it’s like one can’t take admission in higher grade unless he has cleared the lower grade examinations. But our original question still remains, what meditation is. I will try to give a fair idea based on what we have discussed until now.
Meditation helps to remove unwanted stuffs from our mind
Our mind is garbage. It is full of information / knowledge / ideas / thinking etc. either good bad or neutral. In modern days, owing a car is the status symbol. But we maintain our car. After few miles of ride we go to service center to get our car serviced. Why we do so? Answer is simple, whatever garbage, dust have accumulated inside the car, it is washed away during servicing and it works efficiently afterwards. In the same way our mind which is store of garbage needs servicing. Servicing of the mind, sounds interesting isn’t it. Meditation in a way helps achieve this objective of ours. We tend to accumulate, every day from our office, from our own made polluted environment, from the food we eat and many other factors, lot of unwanted stuffs in our mind. It needs to be flushed. Meditation comes into picture here. Meditation helps to remove unwanted stuffs from our mind.
Meditation brings rejuvenation
It brings rejuvenation. Meditation change the way we perceive the things. It brings positivity inside us which is very much required in this present world. It takes us from the world of “me”, I” to the world of “US”. It helps us find what we are not here for. Though i can go on listing the positive effects of meditation, but yes remember these are my personal experience remember those current example, you can have your own experience.
How to do Meditation
Now we move towards a very difficult but yet simple question how to do meditation. Lots of approaches are available within the click of the mouse. I would specify very simple methodology. Meditation is not learning something new, but it is unlearning everything what we have learned in our life till now. When Gautam Buddha was asked after he attained enlightenment what he gained by this. His reply was very simple and profound. He replied I got nothing but I lost everything. So another question comes here what did he loose? This is very vast topic and it will be addressed in my next blog. Coming back to question of how to do meditation? When we sit for meditation, what generally happens? Picture below depicts correctly the state of mind when we sit for meditation.
Our natural tendency is uneasiness; we never tried sitting at least for 20 minutes with our eyes closed. Even if we sit with eyes closed, we are surrounded by our thoughts. Thoughts like family affairs, food, office discussion, noise happening nearby and many more, surrounds us and we start feeling uneasy and open our eyes and we say meditation is not my cup of tea since I am not able to stop thinking. Remember here, a famous phrase Rome is not built in one day. We need to have patience. No pain no gain. Even Lord Buddha got enlightened after several years of hard practice.
So we can infer principle of meditation is allowing the thoughts to come. Just sit with your eyes closed for 15 to 20 minutes and be a witness to your own thoughts. Never resist anything. The more you resist the more it persists. After few days of regular meditation one will realize the positive effect. It’s tested and applied process. Even science has acknowledged the after effect of meditation. Another possible ways of starting the meditation is guided meditation. Listen the master and follow what he is saying without any expectation. Remove the word expectation from mind then we can receive a lot. Thanks to the present world of technology which has provided us lots of knowledge within the reach of a click. There are various methodology and different class of thought which explains you how to do meditation. Follow only one methodology. Just like while driving you stick to only one direction to reach your destination. Because destination is same but ways are different. Same applies to meditation as well.
But why we need to do meditation? Is meditation the only way where we provide servicing for our mind. I will address this question in another blog. Meditation helps let go many things. I am not saying what meditation helps gain, but stressing on what it helps lose. One can get information on advantages of meditation in today’s world of internet just by one click or touch. But have we really experienced those or just information is kept as just one more garbage bag in our container which is mind. Meditation is not restricted by age. It is for our own development, development of our thinking, our perception. One of the great person of India Mahatma Gandhi has rightly said, be the change you want to see.
In our Country India, there happened many saints, enlightened person who have shown path for meditation. To name a few we had Ramakrishna Paramhans, Swami Vivekananda, Gyandev, Gautama Buddha, Lord Mahavira, Swami Chinmayananda and many more. And at present we have Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Swami Tejomayananda, and Jaggi Vasudev. These saints are there to show us the right path of understanding a world which is different from the world where we are living. Meditation never demands that we leave everything and become a wandering monk. It helps us in improving our ways of perceiving the world.
In early days it was very difficult to achieve this knowledge as spiritual Gurus (Masters) used to accept one as disciple after years of service by disciple and then impart the knowledge about meditation and about self. But in today’s world with the advancement of technology these knowledge are available easily. But still we are reluctant or we are scared that we will lose something or we are used to of our present life that there is no scope of any change. Youth today are very much distracted by lots of new technologies. Right use of technology provides us a lot, but unwise use of the same can take everything from us. Meditation helps develop intellectual power which has the capability of differentiating between good and bad. Meditation takes to a blissful and evergreen delighted stage. It takes us out from “me”, “I” concept. Thinking about our own self is one of the major causes of developing depression and meditation helps overcome this. Last but not the least it is we who have to take one step towards a better world. We make the world and we can change it the way we want. But for that we need to change ourselves from inside. We need to come out of the shackles of fear. We should be open for change. But the power or push to do so is provided by regular meditation. With this I will close this article on meditation. I have not touched many aspects of meditation, but tried to keep it as simple as possible to understand the basic concept of meditation. More on this will be provided in next article.
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