What is meditation ?

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Two approaches in meditation has been developed....

Submitted: January 27, 2011

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What is meditation?
There are two approaches in meditation
1. Meditation which lead towards nothing ness.
2. Meditation which ultimately unites one with supreme lord – The God.
Though the paths are totally different, it is said that the ultimate goal is one. Then how can supreme lord be nothing ness?
I believe there is “nothingness” and there is no “nothingness”.
As we are living in this material world, we can perceive this material world. We can perceive them from our five senses. But there are lots of things which we can’t directly perceive them. This implies imperfection of our senses. But science has open before us several ways of perceiving them. For example, though we can’t perceive the light till it falls upon some object, science has proved its wave-particle dual natures and from sun light we can even create electricity.
There are still lots of things which we can’t perceive and science, as well, has not been able to perceive them yet e.g. dark matter and dark energy. But science has given a clue that dark matters are subtlest particles. They believe that there are billion of these particles passing through our body every day, but we don’t feel them. Science even believes that the universe we see is just a fraction, while most of part is occupied by dark matter and dark energy and everything in this universe is actually floating on dark matter, from our cells to huge planets.
I believe there are thing (something) which neither we can perceive with our conditioned senses nor science will be able to perceive them because it has nothing to do with this material nature. That “something” doesn’t come in field of our sense and that doesn’t come in the field of science as well.
As our mind is set with the material concept of everything, we won’t be able to perceive that “something”. In this sense we can come to the notion of “nothing ness”. But actually there is something in that “nothingness”, in which sense there is no “nothingness”.
Meditation, which leads toward nothingness.
This kind of meditation is done by observing the nature. Whatever happens – let it happen, one just observe and let it be, but don’t react. Let the nature flow on you. Whenever you react the nature, it stops flowing and you’ll be stuck in that same place where you happened to react. The nature opens layer by layer by itself. One has to observe neutrally, the truth opens layer by layer leading to absolute truth.
How does it work?
In the process of observing something, there is subject (observer) and object (observant). Subject is one who observes and the thing you are meditating on (your own mind and body) is object. Both are bound in nature. Observer can’t change the nature of observant (mind and body) directly. But when the observer observes his mind and body calmly, quietly without any reaction- let go what might the observer observes in his body, let the nature play on your mind and body, but you just observe, you just let it be, then the observer becomes quite and the mind in turn becomes quite. While meditation progresses, the observer comes close to “I” and mind becomes observer.
Our mind is slave of the nature. It can’t be forcibly control. If we try to force, we will create stress. Therefore we have to let happen and observe. Then we become quite and mind become quite in turns.
What happens when we sit for meditation?
When we sit for meditation with determination, actually we cut all of our five senses with external world. External world is cluster of information which comes in the form of various kinds of events. Therefore when we sit for meditation we cut incoming information from external world. Once we cut the information from external world, we are bombarded by a flux of information we have inside. The information comes in various forms- visual, audible, bodily sensations etc. This information is what we have to let pass as it is. If we hang to any of this information, that is, if we begin to react and follow it, then we are stuck. Nature is closed. Truth is closed. The nature of our mind is such that it tries to work out the information. If the information is good to us, mind will create desires and if the information is bad, mind will create hatred. But the Observer should be very alert not to creep any desires and hatred. That information should let go.
The information coming from the inside of us is the outward flow of our own karmas which was stored in our deep mind in our previous births. Actually we are just a lump of information stored from our previous lives. When we sit for meditation all these information flows out, and we have to pass them quietly without any reactions. In this process, two things happen: firstly, we let our past flow out now and secondly, we the observer becomes quieter and quieter, observer tend to be “I”, observer find itself in “nothingness”.
Therefore meditation helps observer to find the self i.e “I” and it helps cleaning the mind.
Is it possible to know “I”?
I believe, in final stage of meditation, observer ultimately turns to “I” but observer never knows who “I” is. Because if he thinks he can observe “I”, then he meant there is still something to observe, there is still object to observe, there is still information, there is still mind.
Meditation which ultimately unites one with supreme lord –The God.
This kind of meditation is supposed to unite one’s self with God. This meditation is different from the one I mentioned above in the sense that, here you have to focus on object without letting go which is against of previous meditation. In previous kind of meditation you have to let the nature pass but here one has to keep gripping something. In this way, the two paths are not compatible.
How does it work?
Here also, there is subject (observer) and object (observant). The outcome of this kind of meditation all depends upon the object you choose. The object may be breath, stable lamp, a point, a statue etc. But these objects only help to develop concentration. There is no progressive development of mind- mind still has craving, desires etc. These objects are non living. Therefore there is no interaction from their sides. You have to make lots of effort on concentrating on them.
What if we choose something with life, someone who can interact with us?
It works.
Just look at the time when we fell in love with someone. When you love someone you think of her/him each and every time i.e your concentration is on her/him. As time goes by, your thinking becomes deeper because each time you meet her/him you get interaction from her side which gives an impulse to let you come closer further. At a time it becomes so deep that you don’t want to loose a moment without her/him. There is a moment when you feel you are one soul. You feel two souls have mingled to form one. This is the moment when you are hurt if she gets hurt. You are happy when she is happy. This is such a precious moment which makes you feel your life is fulfilled.
Once it reaches its climax, it begins to fall.
What happened? Was it an illusion?
It was an illusion in the sense that we actually searched for perfect one, but she/he was not perfect, she/he had her/his own difficulties and problems I came to know later, she/he was not mentally and physically fit, she/he too had to depend upon some others for many reasons. Because of her/his weakness I become selfish to fulfill the hollow parts. Then next step we adopt is to go in understanding and compromising. Lot of problems arises. Ultimately we believe this is the life.
Why don’t we think of someone who is absolutely perfect? Why don’t and why can’t we meditate on him, who is absolutely perfect and whom we have given a name called “GOD”.
How to meditate on God? Have anybody seen the God? No.
But there are some clues given by religions: He is omnipotent and omnipresence. He is full of compassion, sympathy and kindness. He is super in everything. He is Supreme of all beings. He is the creator, he is the possessor and he is the annihilator, He is the cause of all causes. His good quality can’t be explained in words by human being.
The Clue that god is omnipresence is far more enough to meditate on Him. But for that one has to have belief on God. How do we understand when we say God is everywhere?
Is there god in this computer I am typing these words? Is there God inside of me? Is there God outside of me where I see computers, furniture and files etc?Is there God in the jungle of concrete? Is there God where people are starving and dying? Is there God where the natural disaster has just hit? Is there God in the running train? Is there God in the wind?
It’s hard to believe. But there is God everywhere.
The notion of omnipresence of God is far more enough to meditate on God. (If one doesn’t believe in God, one can assume. Later one will find the assumption to be truth.) God is every where mean - God is the subtlest of everything. Let us see it in this way. Whenever we talk about smallest particle, we think of atom at first hand. Considering the fact that atom is 99.999999999999% emptied, we can’t even imagine the size of electrons circulating around the nuclease in an atom. As God is everywhere, God is in there also. But this is bit confusing and difficult to perceive since our mind may create conflict, arguing how God can be tiniest than electron. Therefore to understand the omnipresence of God more precisely, we take other way round, that is, we believe that everything is in God. Yes, this is the clue to understand the omnipresence of God. The atom with moving electron is floating on God. The subtleness is so deep that even the tiny electron or whatever might be to-be-find tinniest particle is floating on God. The particles are not displacing the God but floating on God. Floating on him is from our cells to our body, from our body to whatever we see around – the world, from our earth to the gigantic universe. Our heart is pumping in him; our blood is running in him, our breath is blowing in him; everything in this world is happening in him, we are just observing. Why do we fear of anything else? We do we hurt others? Why are we jealous to others? Whilst we are floating on one who is the Supreme Being, who is the fountain of peace and harmony, who is the creator, who is our spiritual father, who is absolute truth, and who is the cause of all causes.

Do we get interaction from the God?

Yes, we get interaction from him. When we meditate on God as say before, we feel inside a kind of peace and harmony which flows from him to us. We feel sympathy on others. We feel uplifted in spiritual platform. We feel ecstasy. This kind of pleasure we feel is coming from the God himself. This is how we come to the conclusion that God is everywhere.

Conclusion:

Both ways of meditation lead to the transcendental pleasure. One has to adopt the approach which fits him/her according to his/her interest and go for medi


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