The State of Meditation Cannot Be Achieved Via Transcendental Or Visualization Contemplation Techniques
Let me start with a quote from yogainternational.com by Swami Rama, where a simple yet clear cut definition has been given regarding the difference between meditation and contemplation.
Some people use the word meditate when they mean thinking or contemplating; others use it to refer to daydreaming or fantasizing. However, meditation (dhyana) is not any of these.
So what is meditation exactly?
Quote Swami Rama:
Meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. It is the means for fathoming all the levels of ourselves and finally experiencing the center of consciousness within.
Does Meditation belong to any religion or does any religion have a copyright on meditation?
Quoting Swami Rama again :
Meditation is not a part of any religion; it is a science, which means that the process of meditation follows a particular order, has definite principles, and produces results that can be verified.
So folks, it should be quite clear by now that positive thinking, thinking big, thinking something repeatedly is NOT the same as meditation or dhyana as the great Indian spiritual scriptures have talked about. Such visualization may be giving you some temporary benefits or even riches but believe me, attaining worldly fame, becoming a celebrity or attaining a bank balance of over million dollars has got Nothing, Absolutely Nothing to do with spiritual solace or meditation!
And of course with several TV channels and celeb magazines covering the lifestyles of the ‘Rich and the famous’ – all mostly twisted and a sad story of struggle followed by jealousy, greed and several other vices with a constant effort to stay in the lime light…should actually make one wonder whether all the glitz achieved by visual and contemplation techniques is even worth it!!
Narrating my personal visualization / contemplation incidents:
While in school, we had yoga classes that mostly covered yoga postures to remain healthy and maintain a general body fitness. Physical exercise, either through cardio, swimming or even through proper yogic postures is definitely essential because we all know ‘…if health is gone, something is gone’!
Proper guided yogic postures are definitely a plus because it involves our endocrine system as well – there are mudras that even take care of thyroid or diabetic issues (all health issues in fact – since our Endocrine system produce the all important hormones…and we all know what havoc gets created if the hormone discharged is less by even 2ml !)
To wind up the yoga class, our teacher used to guide us go through dhyan(meditation). What he basically did was this ‘visual contemplation’ – which was not known to us then (I was just in class VI – some 12 years old – I was not even supposed to know such details!)
So he used to ask us to imagine that we are in a serene quiet land…and a lake is flowing gently…and in the lake are two Swans….and the lake has a tunnel at far end….the breeze around is soothing and fragrant…..and so on!
As we grew, this so-called (wrongly called) meditation method had literally become a joke among us students!
Our first logic was this – ok, understood that we live in big cities or well developed towns, lots of traffic disturbance etc. – so to divert our attention, we can imagine serene tings – so far, so good. So how about those people who live in such serene areas – villages or mountainous regions? Regions where the citizens actually witness such lovely scenes day in and day out? There are many such places like this in India! When my father was posted in Gangtok, Sikkim – such sights or even more beautiful sights were available for us to see – so what kind of meditation would they be made to go through?! Also such beautiful scenic regions were pretty much politically disturbed !!
And then we (okay, kind of mischievous students) made a ‘contemplation’ formula for people residing in serene locations –
Imagine that you are in the hustle bustle of a busy ‘office time’ street…..you are trying to cross the road…every time you are trying – a car is speeding off right beneath your nose …almost taking your life….then a huge bus comes screeching-ly to get you…you are almost about to lose your cool…or meet with a fatal accident….that can leave you handicapped for the rest of your life…….and so on!
So folks, what I am trying to put across is this – Meditation is achieving thoughtless awareness. Our thoughts are limited and here we are seeking the Supreme Divine Infinite – how can our brains even fathom the mysteries of this vast Universe…unless we make it ready to do so? Also the fact that God has made us all in the same mold – we all have a pair of eyes, ears…. God did not differentiate us by giving an extra arm to the rich and an extra leg to the poor! This also means that there must be one sure shot way to manifest our divinity and it should be the same for all – irrespective of cast, creed, religion, location …well logic states that!
Quoting freemeditation.com :
Meditation is meant for everyone who desires to find his or her true self, which is full of peace, joy of life and love for others. It is not just a book or a set of exercises but a living science that will open up to you gradually as your meditations become deeper and your experience stronger and more fulfilling.
It involves the awakening of a subtle spiritual energy known as the Kundalini which lies dormant in the sacrum bone at the base of the spine in three-and-a-half coils. The gentle awakening of this Kundalini energy and the inner journey of self discovery is known as Enlightenment.
Know more about Proper Meditation – You may try it out too:
Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes are held in over 80 countries around the world and are always provided free of charge. Right from the earliest days, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi made it clear that this knowledge and the process of union effected by our Self-realization is the birthright of every human being and therefore cannot be charged for.
Here is the link that states about the after effects of visualization/ contemplation or transcendental meditation!