Mind And Body Health

Meditation is conscious sleep, while sleep is unconscious meditation. It is the journey towards Self, transcending body and mind. It is the art of living in the present moment with cessation of thoughts.

Aspirants on the spiritual path are generally conversant with the fact that meditation is the pinnacle of Yoga and the consummation of spiritual endeavour.
When we carefully and sympathetically investigate into meditation as a spiritual exercise, we come face to face with certain tremendous truths about Nature and life as a whole. Before engaging oneself in any task, a clear idea of it is necessary, least one should make a mess of what one is supposed to do. The question that is fundamental is: ‘How does one know that meditation is the remedy for the short-comings of life’?

An answer to this question would necessitate a knowledge of what it is that one really lacks in life, due to which one turn to meditation for help. Broadly speaking, one’s dissatisfaction is caused by a general feeling which comes upon one, after having lived through life for a sufficient number of years, that the desire of man seem to have no end; that the more are his possessions, the more also are his ambitions and cravings; that those who appear to be friends seem also to be capable of deserting one in crucial hours of life; that sense-objects entangle one in mechanical complexities rather than give relief from tension, anxiety and want; that one’s longing for happiness exceeds all finitudes of concept and can never be made good by anything that the world contains, on account of the limitation brought about by one thing excluding another and the capacity of one thing to including another in its structure; that the so called pleasures of life appear to be a mere itching of nerves and a submission to involuntary urges and a slavery to instincts rather than the achievement of real freedom which is the one thing that man finally aspires for.

If these and such other things are the defects of life, how does one seek to rectify it by meditation? The defects seem to be really horrifying, more than what ordinary human mind can compass and contain. By nevertheless, there rises a hope that meditation can set right these shortcomings and, if this hope has any significant reality, the gamut of meditation should naturally extend beyond all limitation of human life. Truly, meditation should then be a universal work of the mind and not a simple private thinking in the closest of one’s room or house. This aspect of the nature of meditation is outside the scope of the notion of it which many spiritual aspirants may be entering in their minds. An analysis of the nature of meditation opens up a deeper reality than is comprised in the usual psychological processes of the mind, such as thinking, feeling and understanding, and it really turns out to be a rousing of the soul of man instead of a mere functioning of the mind.

Reference: The Yoga of Meditation by Swami Krishnananda

 For more details about Meditation refer followings

1.  Vipassana Meditation                      

2. Spiritual Reality

3. Hinduism Today, April-June, 2008