Meditation is Life
Meditation Is Life. There is a lot of wisdom out there from Sages of India that reveals the truth of this statement.
There is no difference between Meditation and Life. Living with God in Mind is Meditation. Meditating while performing one’s duty is Life. Therefore, Meditation is Life.
Is there a special time or place to seek happiness in Life? In fact, Happiness is our real nature, right now and always. That is why we long for it. Meditation is the means for refreshing it. So, Meditation is Life.
These two comments by the great Sage, Ramana Maharshi, elucidate further.
“M.: Meditation is your true nature now. You call it meditation, because there are other thoughts distracting you. When these thoughts are dispelled, you remain alone, i.e., in the state of meditation free from thoughts; and that is your real nature which you are now attempting to gain by keeping away other thoughts. Such keeping away of other thoughts is now called meditation. When the practice becomes firm, the real nature shows itself as the true meditation.
D.: What is the exact difference between worldly activity and dhyana (meditation)?
M.: There is no difference. It is like naming one and the same thing by two different words in two different languages.”
The great Sage Nisargadatta Maharaj explains Meditation by the answers he gives to an enquirer.
Questioner: All teachers advise to meditate. What is the purpose of meditation?
Maharaj: We know the outer world of sensations and actions, but of our inner world of thoughts and feelings we know very little. The primary purpose of meditation is to become conscious of, and familiar with, our inner life. The ultimate purpose is to reach the source of life and consciousness.
Incidentally, practice of meditation affects deeply our character. We are slaves to what we do not know; of what we know we are masters. Whatever vice or weakness in ourselves we discover and understand its causes and its workings, we over-come it by the very knowing; the unconscious dissolves when brought into the conscious. The dissolution of the unconscious releases energy; the mind feels adequate and becomes quiet.
These words by Maharaj shows that Meditation is a way to lead an effective Life. Therefore, Meditation is Life.
To put it in simple terms, we want to be happy. When we don’t have happiness or unable to find it in the world, we seek help. Meditation helps us to become happy. It is as simple as that. We usually look for answers to our problems outside in the world. Meditation teaches us to find the answers within ourselves. Isn’t that great!
In the everyday, worldly, practical sense, Meditation enables us to deal with our problems effectively and see things in the right perspective. It helps us to do our job or duty well. It facilitates focus and clarity of mind. It promotes good physical and mental health. It generates Love, Kindness, Forgivingness to ourselves and to others. In modern terms, it helps us “Be Cool”!
In a higher spiritual sense, Meditation is the means to retrace our steps back to our Real Nature which is nothing but Happiness and Eternal Life.
Therefore, Meditation is Life.