Meditation brings a sense of fullness and completion, and is the only permanent source of tranquility available to human beings. All other forms of serenity are temporary and dissolve into conflict and chaos over time. The euphoria of drugs quickly lead to misery and self-destruction. The wholesomeness of love, so beautiful and ethereal, is a relatively short lived and fleeting experience. As J. Krishnamurti said, meditation brings order and “That order is the order of the universe. It is irrevocable and doesn’t depend on anything.” Meditation is the eternal essence of nature taking on conscious form within the mortal human frame.
Meditation is an adventure of self-discovery. How can you live without knowing who or what you are? If someone asks you who you are during the day, you may state your name, as if a temporary label actually means something important. Ask yourself who you are when you are in deep sleep, unconscious, and without even a dream to prove that you exist. Ask yourself who you were ten months before you were born, and who you will be just one moment after your body dies. Meditation increases awareness of the natural phenomena that is actually going on behind your own eyes. Self-knowledge has intrinsic value, even without the indescribable bliss nature generously unleashes in those who practice meditation with sincerity and patience.
- Christopher Calder
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Vipassana – The technique of Gautama Buddha
“Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God.”
- Diana Robinson
“Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.”
- Benjamin Franklin
“One hour’s meditation on the work of the Creator is better than seventy years of prayer”
If one is ready to become a nobody then one will become the greatest. Be nothing then you are all, be nobody then you attain to tremendous extraordinariness. Just be empty and you will come to know the greatest in you, the highest in you. But remember; don’t be nothing in order to become the greatest, because then you cannot be nothing. To be nothing is not to be used as a means to become the greatest. The greatness is a by-product, not the goal, not the end. It is like a fragrance. The flower is the end, the flowering of your consciousness is all, and then suddenly there is fragrance. If you search for the fragrance you will miss the flower, and without the flower there is no fragrance. If you search for the flower the fragrance comes of it’s own accord.
If one is meek, humble, nobody, then the doors of the kingdom open, then you are a divine guest. Then suddenly you are raised to the highest pinnacle of life. But that is a by-product. To attain the kingdom of God is not a goal. Forget all about it. My whole teaching is just be a nobody. Just go on throwing out all the rotten furniture from inside your being and become utterly spacious. And that space is overflowing, overflowing with your being, because the being can grow, it has space to grow. The being can open it’s petals, it can become a thousand-petalled lotus.
And then there is a great dance inside and great music and great poetry and great beauty and grace. Then the whole imprisoned splendour is released because there is no barrier to hinder it. You become expansive. Life becomed an explosion of light, of love, of bliss.
The wiser a person becomes, the more aware he becomes of how little he knows;the more stupid a person is, the more certain he is about his knowledge. You can judge the stupidity by the certainty. The stupid are very fanatical because they have arrived at ultimate conclusions. And not have they arrived for themselves they have arrived for everybody! They want to impose their conclusion on the whole world. They think they are being very compassionate with people.
Socrates in his last days said,” I only know one thing, that I know nothing.” And that was the day he became the greatest wise man the west has yet known. That day he became part of the great company of buddhas. That day he was no more a philosopher, that day he became awakened, enlightened.
The head is full of conclusions, the heart is always innocent and always ready to know. The heart is always a child and the head is always an old man. The head is never young, remember, and the heart is never old.
Is the New Age a religion? Like the more classical religions there would seem to be a number of beliefs associated with ‘new age thinking’ — reincarnation, homeopathy, astrology, tarot, palmistry, crystals, angelic beings, chakras, dowsing, ley lines, radionics, precognition, channeling, reflexology, spiritual healing, Atlantis, levitation, rebirthing. The list could go on and on.
This is the creed of the New Age. You do not have to believe in all of them; but you should, if you are to be an accepted member of this growing band, not profess disbelief in too many of them.
Holding on to a belief is, however, the antithesis of spiritual development. Through our beliefs we fix onto a particular perspective of reality. We filter out those facets of reality that disagree with our views of how things are, and in doing so we miss the whole. Yet has not spiritual growth always been about an awareness of the whole — an expansion of consciousness?
Inner awakening involves stepping back from beliefs and assumptions. It is about seeing reality as it is; not through the lens of preconceived ideas. Yet too often our need for security leads us to turn our paths of liberation into yet another belief. We turn our spiritual discoveries into doctrines and dogmas. We create another church.
Time and again spiritual teachers have sought to help us break free from our prejudices and assumptions — break free our belief that it is through material salvation that we will find the inner peace we seek — break free from the boundaries of our ego.
This is the ‘new age’ that we truly aspire to. Not a new age founded upon some new set of beliefs — a new set of doctrines and dogmas. But an age in which our minds are free from prejudice, and our hearts are free from judgement.
Such an age would indeed be new.
@tigerturban, You can intellectualize it all you want and quote people about what meditation is, but in the end all its all still concepts and on the level of thought, which gets you nowhere. You seem to have pretty strong view points on the “right way” to meditate. But in the end it seems like its just filling your head with silly ideas and concepts. There is no specific way to meditate, nor does it matter what you think or what your views on spirituality are. Thoughts have nothing to do with it.
Meditation technique of perception
Revolution is political, rebellion is spiritual; revolution needs a crowd, rebellion is individual. And all revolutions have failed without any exception, because the crowd is unconscious.
The crowd consists of the lowest intelligence. And how can anything come out of the lowest intelligence? Of course it takes revenge: it kills the czars and it kills the kings; it destroys property, it changes the government. But the people are absolutely unconscious; whatsoever they do is ultimately going to be a failure. The French Revolution failed, the Russian Revolution failed, the Chinese Revolution failed. All revolutions have failed.
And rebellion has always succeeded, but it is individual. A Jesus is a rebel, a Buddha is a rebel, a Lao Tzu is a rebel. We need more rebels in the world and less revolutionaries. I teach rebellion. Rebellion is beautiful, revolution is ugly. Revolution is violent, rebellion is nonviolent. Rebellion has nothing to do with the outside world at all, yet it transforms the outside world because once the inner is changed it starts triggering many things inthe outside world. But that is not our purpose; it happens as a by-product. Even if a single man changes, thousands are bound to change. Whosoever comes in contact with him is bound to be transformed in some way or other. A seed will fall into his being too.
So in a way I am preparing for a great revolution, but not through revolution – through rebellion and individual transformation.
@alanwatts, no of course not, I am familiar with his works. Where the bone of contention lies, is in your belief of purely verbal constructs (ie. just like Organized Religion) as opposed to taking up your own personal meditation practice whereby the enlightening experience of expanded awareness/consciousness and is purely your own…Some discourse from the meditation master Osho to further elucidate on this important matter:
Truth is your own experience, your own vision. Even if I have seen the truth and I tell you, the moment I tell you it will become a lie for you, not a truth. For me it was truth, for me it came through the eyes. It was my vision. For you, it will not be your vision, it will be a borrowed thing. It will be a belief, it will be knowledge–not knowing. And if you start believing in it, you will be believing a lie.
Reasons for Failure in Meditation
People want to meditate and they really give it a try. However. a majority of them find it quite difficult to meditate. We often find people who complain of trying many meditation techniques with no results. Nothing seems to work for them. In fact there is a huge majority of individuals who are unable to meditate despite trying a number of valid and effective techniques.
After closely observing the life style, daily routine, beliefs, perceptions and understanding of meditation of many such people, I have found following main reasons for people’s failure in meditation:
(1) Ignorance About Real Meaning of Meditation
People don’t know exactly what meditation is. Neither they have any knowledge or understanding of ‘Self’ -the main core of meditation. Most of them view meditation as just another form of alternative therapy/ life style.
(I hope that, by now, at least you have a clear knowledge of meditation. However if you have come directly on this page then please read what is meditation. )
(2) Lack of Patience
Many people keep changing meditation techniques without trying them for a sufficient period of time. Often they get dissatisfied with one meditation technique very soon and switched to another one. In short, they expect quick results and lack patience.
Please keep in mind that every new thing takes time. Meditation is a kind of catharsis. It is a deep cleansing process. Our real identity – self is covered under the dust of thoughts, dreams, illusions and emotions of thousands of years spanning uncountable past lives. The removal of this dust and the revelation of our true self will take time. Patience is extremely important in meditation. Do not change meditation techniques too frequently. As I have already described that the central theme in all meditation techniques is to know the self- the eternal witness in us. Different meditation techniques have been developed for different people based on their past lives, present circumstances and intrinsic nature . For some people a majority of all meditation techniques are suitable whereas for some only a few techniques will work. IT will take sometime to find which meditation technique is best for you
(3) Expecting Too Much:
People expect too much from meditation. They expect a huge positive development in their life owing to meditation. For them meditation is also like a work or investment whose fruit should come in a time bound manner.
Please don’t consider meditation as a portfolio investment. It is not a materialistic mode of profit/loss. Meditation, by itself, is a gift. Do not stick any expectation to it. Once you start meditating , in all likelihood, you will like to meditate again and again for the sheer bliss and peace it’ll bring in your life. However, only those can experience this bliss and peace who do not expect too much from meditation. Meditation is a way to know your real self. Let meditation be just that. Don’t make it a way to achieve super human qualities.
(4) A Very Busy Life :
Most people do not take sincere efforts for meditating. A majority of those people who meditate:
> do not meditate regularly
> have a very busy daily schedule and often miss meditation.
> even when find sometime to meditate, are so tired and tense owing to their extremely busy and demanding life that can’t meditate properly.
Friend you must realize that life in 21st century in not a relaxed age by any standard. On any particular day, we are required to deal with so many things that the tension and stress of doing all those things really break us. Our nervous system is called upon to work overtime because of the endless stimuli coming at us relentlessly from every direction. Making the matter worse are tensions of urban life such as street noise, traffic jams, radio, more than 100 TV Channels running 24 hours a day, telephones, mobile , DVDs, work deadlines, demands on every minutes, constant distraction and of course stiff competition. All this adds up to total exhaustion of body and mind.
In such a situation, unless we do something to create a suitable environment in our life for meditation, it will be very difficult for us to meditate and draw some actual benefits from it.
Though Meditation can be done by anybody, anywhere, here is the ideal condition for meditation:
A healthy, completely relaxed and energetic body eager to meditate regularly.
Though it seems difficult to have such an ideal body for meditation in the present era of tension, stress, nervousness and hectic schedules; with the able help of three yogic aids of deep breathing, deep relaxation and deep contraction we can easily make this ideal condition a reality of our life.
By adopting three good habits of deep breathing, deep relaxation and deep contraction in our life we can have the strongest foundation of indomitable health and a overflowing abundance of physical and mental energy at our disposal. No matter how busy and demanding our life is, with the help of these three aids, we can not only manage our life easily but also ensure a steady spiritual growth through regular meditation session. In the next chapter I am going to tell you in detail about these wonderful yogic aids in meditation.
Im not really sure I agree with any of this. I don’t so much agree with what they are saying, but rather that when it comes down to it, these are all just other people’s words, thoughts and ideas. What that does is adds concepts to your mind of how things are “supposed” to happen. Nothing wrong with the quotes though, as long as you don’t identify with them at all. I think life is meant to be consciously lived rather than treating it as a means to a goal through meditation and deadening Buddhist philosophy and techniques. To me, it is confining rather than liberating. Sitting still with your eyes closed is no different than any other part of your day as long as you are aware of what is happening in and around you.
But, my own understanding is this, that whenever commandments are given they create difficulties for people, because by the time they are given they are already out of date. Life moves so fast; it is a dynamism, it is not static. It is not a stagnant pool, it is a Ganges, it goes on flowing. It is never the same for two consecutive moments. So one thing may be right this moment, and may not be right the next. Then what to do? The only possible thing is make people so aware that they themselves can decide how to respond to a changing life.
Death Meditation : Meeting death before it comes
Death: One fact of Life
It is a strange thing that truth is not democratic.
It is not to be decided by votes what is true;
otherwise we can never come to any truth, ever.
People will vote for what is comfortable — and lies are very comfortable
because you don´t have to do anything about them, you have just to believe.
Truth needs great effort, discovery, risk…
and walking alone on a path which nobody has traveled before.