Despite all its popularity, today very few of us truly know what meditation is. Some regard meditation as a mental concentration on something, others consider that we meditate when we imagine something that gives us peace or satisfaction. All these methods are for one goal: to slow down and, eventually, completely stop the incessant activity of our minds. These exercises are not really meditation - they are substitutes for meditation because it is normally very difficult to stop our minds all-together. In reality, meditation is a state of thoughtless awareness. It is not an act of doing - it is a state of awareness. We either are in this state or we are not, regardless of what we are doing in life. Truly, a person can be in meditation while doing his daily labors as another person can be very far from meditation while sitting in a lotus posture on the top of a mountain.
Upon reading this, many of us would wonder how you can live if you are not thinking because you are always in meditation. The answer is that if you can stop your thoughts, it is not difficult to start thinking again when it is necessary. You become the master of yourself - you think when it is necessary and you are thoughtless when there is no need to think. Shri Mataji, the founder of Sahaja Meditation, explains:
" Enjoyment is only possible when you are beyond your mind. With your mind you can never enjoy. It's like a big load. It will not act, it will not help. Enjoyment comes when you are in complete silence - in a rippleless lake" Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi.
"How does meditation work?" or "how do I meditate?" are the questions which are often heard in the circles of those who try to experience this ancient and mystic state of meditation. For the majority of us, meditation is not something that we can define or conceive. And rightfully so! Meditation, being the state of "thoughtless awareness" is an experience and is beyond the mind, as we cannot define through our mind the taste of a mango before tasting it as least once. The state of meditation is above our thoughts, it has to happen spontaneously, and it has to happen on its own volition...
Luckily, inside each one of us, there already exists a system through which this spontaneous awakening can happen. The knowledge about the subtle system of energies that govern, regulate and manage our being has been a well guarded secret for centuries. Consisting of seven major energy centers, often called "chakras" and three channels, this system is the key to our well-being, happiness and self-realization. It is also a root of all our problems, be it physical, emotional or mental. Yet, a more precious secret was the knowledge about which is hidden at the base of our spinal cord, silently awaiting the moment to rise, enlighten us, and grant us all our inner beauty, power and strength - the event defined as an ultimate achievement of a human being in all ancient scriptures. This secret is an energy, it is called by many names but it is most frequently termed "Kundalini" (from Sanskrit "kundal" - meaning "coil").
Historically, the awakening of kundalini has been done very rarely and to a selected few, who have ardently desired to realize their inner potential and to become enlightened. The knowledge of how to awaken this energy only belonged to a few teachers, who selected their students through a rigorous process and subjected them to all sorts of tests and ordeals so that their inner being is cleansed and their kundalini energy awakens. It was a difficult path indeed.
Yet, the greatest gift of modern times is that an easier way of awakening this energy has been found. It has become effortless and simple to receive this awakening, often called as "self-realization". Shri Mataji, the founder of Sahaja Meditation, has developed a simple technique by which one can receive self-realization even through the Internet and feel it happen on their own central nervous system. That, which has been difficult to achieve in the caves of ancient sages and seers, today is available to everyone - for free. Yes, it is free and Shri Mataji has oftened reiterated that we cannot buy our evolution - it is to happen naturally and spontaneously.
When awakened, the kundalini energy fills our inner subtle system and spontaneously leads us into the state of meditation by balancing, aligning and normalizing the working of our energy system. It balances us by removing the causes of many diseases, emotional and mental disorders, and gradually establishes peace, satisfaction and harmony within and without.
Experience Meditation Now:
If you have not experienced Self-Realization so far or would like to repeat the experience, you can do it while sitting in front of your computer. The only condition is your sincere desire to have it.
Sit with your back straight but comfortably. Place both your hands with palms upwards on the level of your heart, relax. Sit quietly for a minute or two with your eyes closed and gently slow your breath.
Now, see if you can feel a sensation of a gentle cool breeze in your palms and above your head. It might be warm in the beginning which is a sign that your Kundalini energy is purifying your energy centers (also called chakras), but it will eventually cool down. You can verify it by placing your left palm 6-12 inches above your head, then trying with the right palm. Some of us can actually feel the energy rising through the spinal cord. Others often feel that breeze and general relaxation.
The most effective way of experiencing meditation is through our free public programs. Sahaja Yoga is collective by nature as human beings are. Nothing can replace the direct interaction, knowledge sharing and experience of meeting other people who have learned and mastered the techniques and who can give advice and suggestions that will help your meditations. Sahaja Meditation cannot be learned from books because it is a living knowledge and process- it has to be experienced directly, in a collective way. The deepest questions can only be answered through our own direct experience and meditation.
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