Wednesday, April 15, 2015



From Maharshi Patanjali (Astang Yoga) to present, many methods have been taught for meditation. Some believe, it is a method of treating mind and it's diseases, some believe it is a method of salvation. It is a search in darkness for Karma Yogi and Bhakti Yogi and R&D for Gyan Yogi.

What is meditation?

Is it simply sitting comfortably with closed eyes or something more? The idols of Buddhas, Jain Tirthankars, Hindu deities are seen in one or another posture of meditation. Mostly with opened eyes but the posture of Buddha is the most prominent with half closed eyes.

Mind peaceful, Senses peaceful, Body in Sukhasan (sitting in comfortable posture), spine straight, neck erect, eyes closed (half closed eyes prevents you from going into sleep). Slowly, slowly, all activities of body and mind settle down except the breathing and thought process. Breath in and out and thoughts emerge and submerge. The process further slow down. The silence between inhalation and exhalation (start-end-start) can be noticed. Ida (Ganga) and Pingla (Jamuna) settle in Sushumna (Sarasvati). One can see the thoughts in sequence; emerging one after another, and if not attended, vanishing in seconds. And the gap between one thought and another thought go on increasing. And "you", "the witness" is watching, like a person sitting on the bank of river, watching the flow of water, coming and going. Mostly people go into deep sleep at this stage. But this is the point, when the "dhyani" gets in alert, not by force but tactfully.

When we are awaken; our body, mind and senses are active. When we are in sleep; our body, mind and senses rest in sleep. In meditation, the body sleeps but the mind awakes. Only the mind is on keeping all other senses (seeing, hearing, etc) off. At this stage, the wisdom become micro and turns into pragya, the mean to understand secrets of the nature and the Brahman, the Self, the Being. And from this "pragya", with regularity of meditation and with the Grace of Guru and God, a stage will come, when the individual consciousness enters into universal consciousness. You are not the body but the infinite Brahman!

So simple. Do it.

ॐ द्यौ शांति रन्तरिक्ष: शांति: पृथ्वी शांतिराप: शान्ति: रोषधय: शान्ति:। वनस्पतय: शान्ति र्विश्वे देवा: शान्ति ब्रह्म शान्ति: सर्वं: शान्ति: शान्र्तिरेव शान्ति: सा मा शान्तिरेधि ॐ शान्ति: शान्ति: शान्ति: ॐ।।
-(यजुर्वेद- 36.17)

अर्थात- "घुलोक शांत हो, अंतरीक्ष शांत हो, पृथ्वी शांत हो, जल शांत हो, औषधियां-वनस्पतियां शांत हो, प्रकृति की शक्तियां - समस्त देवता, सम्पूर्ण ब्रह्माण्ड शांत हो। सब तरफ शान्ति हो, शान्ति भी शांत है और मेरी शांति निरंतर बनी रहे।"

Aum Shanti, Shanti Shanti.

15 April 2015


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