Meditation is the art of living
in the present. Human beings normally choose to recollect past or predict
future rather than think about present. This attitude leads to the vicious
circle of hopes, failures, regrets and tensions. Meditation leads us to stay
with the time thereby keeping us away from past or future. We tend to observe
current events with minimal reaction.
Through the practice of meditation, we can control that part of the mind which
creates all the problems. Our aim is to train the emotional area of the brain.
Today, man is constantly over weighed by the fear of being ousted in the race
for survival. However the question no longer remains to be survival, but more
luxury more wealth and more success. For this he constantly craves for
intellectual knowledge and superior memory merely to outshine his competitors.
Yet he is not concerned to discover the reasons behind such feelings such as
anger, greed and fear.
The brain can be vaguely divided into two halves, the outer half of the mind
which deals with the outer emotions of the world and the other is that part
which controls the inner being or the subconscious. Unless we control that
part of the mind which in turn controls the inner being or the subconscious,
we cannot come to the root cause of the problems. Crimes such as murder,
theft, debauchery and suicides cannot be put to an end by law.
Who has stolen the innocence and beauty of the world ?
That mind which has the capacity to give birth to anger, greed and fear. The
mind cannot be developed to its full capacity by a stereo typical form of
education. We will have to develop our emotional mind with the intellectual.
These two facts of knowledge have to be inculcated to that extent where in all
negative thinking gives way to positive thinking, so that all energy gets
channeled into positive constructive behaviour. The art of developing the mind
to its absolute capacity is meditation. The various steps that we will have to
cover before that ideal self are discussed herein briefly.
The supermarket is filled up with various mouth watering delicacies, on top of
which is the era of advertisements, the desires of the tongue keeps
increasing. How much and what to eat are getting to be the major topic of
discussion. We find it more and more difficult to keep our senses in control.
It is said 'eat to live and not live to eat'. This is indeed easier said than
done with all the various incentives available in the market. The only way it
can become practical is when the desire to eat actually becomes less. Through
meditation we can actually learn to control our desire for food.
Disciplining the tongue
If you want to test the depth of the man than test the quality of his language
and speech. What sort of a personality a man or woman has depends directly
upon how well or badly spoken he/she is. All our contact with the society
occurs through this language of ours. Today one of the major causes for
misunderstanding in the family and society is the lack of control on the
tongue. One of the major outcome of meditation is the discipline of the
Sudden anger too is the outcome of a unstable tongue. Anger is also an art. A
person should be versed with how much and when to get angry. When a person
gets angry his hands shake and lips tremble, in such a condition a person says
one thing but what comes out of his mouth is something totally else. Anger is
one of the causes of suicide because a person loses his mental balance in
anger. We can divide anger into three different kinds. They are
The very severe kind of passion or anger can be described as a line scratched
on the stone. It cannot be rubbed easily. The second type of anger can be
described as the sort of line that is drawn on the sand, it is very easily
rubbed with the next wind. The third or the minimal variety of anger can be
described by the line drawn on the water which is rubbed the moment it is
drawn. Through meditation we can reduce the intensity of feelings such as
anger, pride, fear, hatred, complexities of any sort etc. Through meditation
we can learn where exactly in our brain these feelings arise and how we can
control them. That is why meditation is considered to be the method of
metamorphosis into a better personality.
Through meditation there is a notable decrease in feelings such as sorrow or
dissatisfaction. In yoga science the first major effect for instability of
mind is considered to be sorrow. Tension, restlessness, sorrow all mental and
internal feelings of displeasure are caused by instability of mind.
Awareness can be increased only after mental stability has been established.
Only awareness can give a complete personality. Once there is awareness it
becomes easier to understand any given topic and its sole theme. A famous
magistrate in Germany after learning meditation said 'My awareness has
increased to the extent that I get to know whether the accused being convicted
is actually guilty or innocent' Through meditation the brain cells become so
activated and sensitive that one can immediately catch the vibrations going in
the other persons mind. In every persons mind desires take place but it is the
law of nature that all the desires of a person cannot get fulfilled. Sometimes
when these desires are not fulfilled a person gets so dissatisfied and
frustrated that it might lead to his mental break down and sometimes even
cause madness. To avoid this state, meditation acts as a permanent
tranquilizer. Fulfillment of desires is not in the hand of the person but
keeping his mental equilibrium is definitely in his own power. Through the
practice of meditation his attitude becomes so universal and balanced that he
learns to lead a happy life under all circumstances.
An important test of a man who meditates is his rate of breathing. Before
meditation a person takes 16 to 18 breaths per minute, after meditation there
is a decrease in the rate of breathing starting from 14 to even 6 or 4 per
minute, one count of breath includes both inhaling and exhaling. As and when
we experience peace inside us, our emotional area will become balanced and the
number of breaths will become lesser and lesser. With the balance of breaths a
lot of diseases such as BP, heart trouble and other physical problems can get
solved. A person who learns the value and depth of the breath can not only
control his diseases if any, but can also be forewarned of any future
illnesses or accidents much before they are actually taken place. Through
meditation a person becomes more compassionate, if the desires to understand a
persons problems or the desire to solve them does not arise then the whole aim
of Meditation is lost.
Through meditation we can learn the art of living in society; for example, if
the management wants to improve their productivity then they will have to have
a compassionate ear towards the problems of its staff. Even in the close knit
relationship of husband and with or parents and children the importance of
understanding cannot be over ruled. This understanding can be acquired through
Everybody craves to improve himself to the ideal self such as improve his
mind, thoughts, personality. Meditation is the key to improve one's mind and
thoughts. It is also the golden gate to a new personality and a better life.
However, meditation is not a magic wand by which we can change everything in a
fraction of time, this will happen slowly. The reason behind every change is a
long and perseverant action. Through systematic development only can there be
an equal and proportional development in the personality.
Compiled from the works of Acharya
By Mrs Vidya Jain