I bring you a Zen story today on a very important and attractive topic – Meditation. I am sure it is so mysterious a topic that many seekers across the world want to practice, learn and achieve the highest purpose of Meditation. Many seekers meditate daily and consistently for months and years with little or no results.
Why is it so?
What is the missing link?
A lot of us want to learn meditation and do it correctly. May this story and contemplation shared alongside take you to a higher stage than where you are.
Let us read the story and then talk more about it.
It Will Pass
A student went to his meditation teacher and said, “My meditation is horrible! I feel so distracted, or my legs ache, or I’m constantly falling asleep. It’s just horrible!”
“It will pass,” the teacher said matter-of-factly.
A week later, the student came back to his teacher. “My meditation is wonderful! I feel so aware, so peaceful, so alive! It’s just wonderful!’
“It will pass,” the teacher replied matter-of-factly.
Let’s answer some basic questions related to Meditation first –
Meditation is not an activity to be done, it is your very nature, the quality of your being. Meditation flowers when the Self realizes itself. It is pure beingness. It might start as an activity that you do in the beginning but as it grows deeper and if you are going in the right direction it should slowly encompass your whole day and then become your very nature.
Nothing is to be done during Meditation as many people think. You don’t have to do anything and also Not do the non-doing!
It is a process of silent and pure witnessing.
“You are not supposed to meditate. Just understand that ‘you are’ meditation.” – SirShree.
What is the purpose of Meditation?
The purpose of the Meditation is to realize one’s SELF. Realizing your SELF (Who you are actually??) and getting stabilized in that experience is the purpose of Meditation.
Let us understand the story now –
While meditating, you might get a lot of experiences. They may include light, colors, signs, heaviness, lightness, awareness, sounds, smells or anything else for that matter. Just remember that these experiences are not Meditation. These experiences just tell you that are slowly progressing in Meditation. They are like signboards or milestones of your journey inside. Whenever you get any experience, ask yourself inside –
Am I this experience?
The answer will come from the inside:
I am the one knowing this experience.
Ask again – Who is this knower?
Until the real knower is known, Meditation does not flower. It flowers on its own, at the ripe time. All you need to do is sit consistently with the right way, let your mind surrender and go with the flow. When the thoughts come, try to know the KNOWER of the thoughts.
Who is the knower?
Who am I?
You can download a free Complete Meditation android app here
You can also be benefited by 7 meditations for the full week on YouTube here
You can also buy books or cd/dvds related to Mediation here
“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself.” – Zen Master Basho