MEDITATION - Myth and Reality

In common parlance, the popular word for meditation in India is Dhyan—which has a host of meanings: attention, care, watch; cogitation, meditation, reflection, contemplation, remembrance. However, the self-induced, rushed lifestyle in the so-called progressive western world has given birth to the many weird ways in which “meditation” could be exploited to make a quick because the ‘patient’ who is largely responsible for his own pathology is a willing victim of exploitation.

The scope of the term meditation thus extends to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity. All these are tall claims that no praxis could ever meet however ingenious.

As can be expected by any individual who has not yet given up on the most precious human prerogative of thinking for oneself that market forces hell-bent of cashing on masses gullibility would prescribe many different methods some among which may also involve repeating a mantra [Master Word] and closing the eyes. The mantra is typically chosen to be compatible with individual psyche. The claim is that Meditation practiced in a specified manner has a calming effect and directs awareness inward until pure awareness is achieved. This state is described as "being awake inside without being aware of anything except awareness itself." In brief, there are dozens of specific styles of meditation practice, and many different types of activity commonly referred to as meditative practices.

Many TV Gurus claim that Meditation can help us understand our own mind. To achieve this they attach a reputed religious practice to enhance the mystique of the praxis. Therefore, some of them would tell you that overcoming your mind’s negative and instead cultivating constructive thoughts is the purpose of the transforming meditations found in the Buddhist tradition. This is a profound spiritual practice you can enjoy throughout the day, not just while seated in meditation, they add.

I got interested in Meditation way back in 1966 and have since explored several methods propounded and propagated by the so-called authorities. The article that is given in this Section is the work of a lifelong exploration attended by an unremitting critical enquiry to expose the humbug in this esoteric subject. The key point that you ought not to miss is that “You are the problem” and nobody, however brilliant and resourceful, can ever solve it except YOU … now read on.


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