Ever wondered what is meditation? Despite all its popularity today, there are very few of us truly know exactly is meditation. Some think that meditation is a state of mental concentration. Others believe that we meditate when we imagine or think of something that gives us peace or satisfaction. There are some who think meditation is visualization… while there are some others who think meditation is causing the mind to go “blank”. In some cases meditation has been said to be a means of transforming the mind, while in others it has been called awareness of thoughts. There are a few who think meditation is akin to day-dreaming. Some regard meditation as a worship or prayer and others say that is but a way of life.
No wonder people lack clarity around what meditation really is.
The sheer number of explanations around what meditation is reminds one about the story of the seven blind men trying to make sense of what an elephant looks like. This article attempts to clarify what meditation really is, its importance, and benefits that could be had from it.
So what really is meditation?
The Latin root of the word meditation, mederi, means “to heal.”
The word meditation has had different connotations in different parts of the world. For example, in the West, the word meditation means a concentrated state of mind in serious reflection. In the East, however, meditation has been linked more to a spiritual ideal. The Hebrew word for meditation means a very intense spiritual battle. According to Zen, meditation is an awareness of inner silence. In Sanskrit, the word meditation translates to Sadhana. Sadhana can be described as spiritual practice or spiritual cultivation.
So what really is meditation?
To understand this it might serve well to refer to The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (for a clearer understanding of what the word “Yoga” means, you may refer to our article What is Yoga on our online magazine). In his yoga sutras, Patanjali introduces two different concepts. The first is that of prolonged one pointedness (which is called Dharana). The second is called prolonged awareness (or Dhyana). Often Dharana and/or Dhyana are incorrectly referred to as meditation. According to Master Choa Kok Sui, meditation (or Sadhana) is a balance between concentration (or Dharana) and awareness (or Dhyana). While meditating concentration is important to avoid the mind drifting away, while awareness is necessary to register and respond to the inner and higher stimuli.
Master Choa compared the balance required in playing a musical instrument to the balance required between concentration and awareness in the practice of meditation. If the strings are too tight or loose, the desired sound will not be achieved. Hence, a fine balance needs to be achieved between prolonged one-pointedness and prolonged awareness in the practice of meditation.
So what can we meditate on? Technically you could meditate on a lot of things. You could meditate on a concept or situation in order to draw more insights. You could meditate on the problems in your life in order to locate a solution. Or you could also choose meditate as a targeted spiritual practice.
Meditation as Spiritual Practice
Meditation is commonly used in various spiritual schools across the world. However, a meditations are based on precise science and hence the procedure has a very precise set of steps. Consider for example the Meditation on Twin Hearts as taught by MCKS. The Meditation on Twin Hearts has a procedure or a series of steps (such as invoking for divine blessings, connecting the tongue to the palate, activating the heart, activating the crown etc.). Each step produces a very specific effect on the practitioner. If you were to (for instance) alter the sequence of the steps outlined by the Teacher, the result produced will not be as desired.
Meditation is not difficult to learn or do. Unfortunately, there are several misconceptions that are prevalent about the concept – especially amongst beginners or those who’ve only heard or read about it. Most of these misconceptions are myths with little or no substance. You may read our article Busting Myths About Meditation for a more detailed discussion about the same.
Benefits of Meditation
So what does meditation really achieve?
Well… that depends on which meditation specifically. Different meditations have different proposes. A partial list of the effect of a few meditations taught under the under the MCKS Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga system is provided as follows:
- The Meditation on Twin Hearts makes the practitioner more loving and helps cultivate a sense of inner peace. This meditation is also effective a tool for stress reduction given its spiritual flushing effect.
- The Meditation on the Soul enables the practitioner to activate the will aspect as well as gradually developing a stronger connection with your divine self (or what is technically termed by MCKS as the Higher Soul). This meditation is introduced in the workshops titled Achieving Oneness with the Higher Soul and Om Mani Padme Hum.
- Arhatic Kundalini Meditation (or Meditation on the Inner Breath) increases capacity of the body to handle more and more subtle energies and upgrade the brain and nervous system. The term “kundalini” is one which is mystical and is frequently misunderstood. This has been discuss in more detail in a subsequent article which you can find here.
- Arhatic Dyhan develops sensitivity and prolonged awareness to spiritual stimuli.
- Meditation on the Lords Prayer is a powerful method to ‘wake up’ the chakras.
In general meditations speed up the evolutionary processes. Regular practice of meditations helps you in more ways than one.
- Meditations may facilitate the maintenance and upkeep of good health. For example, experiments were conducted in Italy on patients with multiple sclerosis. The patients were treated with a combination of medical treatment, Meditation in Twin Hearts and Advanced Pranic Healing. It was observed that after a span of 6 months, the patients showed remarkable and steady improvement. Many patients who had little movement in their limbs also showed strong improvement.
- Meditations can help centre you emotionally by flushing out stress, negativity, emotional turmoil, and anger amongst other negative qualities. This is something that you can validate for yourself. Try the Meditation on Twin Hearts and you would be able to experience inner peace and calmness after just 20 minutes.
- Meditations can help you become smarter and more intelligent.
- Meditations can help you seek answers to the issues in your life. As the (modern day) saying goes: “Meditation is required given that some questions cannot be answered by Google“.
- Meditations can help a good person become a better person.
There are several other ways in which meditation can benefit you.
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Would you like to learn how to meditate?
We strongly believe that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. We urge you not to take our word for it. Try it for yourself and see the changes in yourself that regular practice can bring about in your life.
Specifically the Meditation on Twin Hearts is an excellent starting point for beginners. Not only it is a a simple but powerful technique for achieving inner peace and spiritual development, it is also very easy to learn and safe. The Twin Hearts is taught in the Basic Pranic Healing and Achieving Oneness with the Higher Soul workshops. While this meditation is an integral part of the Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga system, it can also be learnt in isolation. Given that it is a guided meditation, it is also very easy to practice at home – all you need to do is to put the disk into the CD player and hit “PLAY”.
YVPHFWB holds regular sessions for introducing those interested to this beautiful meditation. You can find more details here. We cordially invite you to visit us to join us and experience this beautiful meditation for yourself.