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What exactly is meditation ?

Meditation is a scientific way to go deeper within yourself. Meditation is not a work, it is a play, it is something to be enjoyed as an end in itself.

Facing boredom is meditation. What does a meditator go on doing ? Sitting silently, looking at his own navel or watching his breathing. The whole effort in meditation is this. Be bored but don't escape from it ; keep yourself alert as you can fall asleep ; Because if you fall asleep you have escaped. Keep alert ! Watch it, witness it. If it is there, then it is there. It has to be looked into, to the very core of it. If you go on looking into boredom without escaping, the explosion comes. One day, suddenly, looking deep into boredom, you penetrate your own nothingness. Boredom is just the cover, the container in which is contained your inner nothingness. If you escape from boredom, you are escaping from your own nothingness. If you don't escape from boredom, if you start living with it, if you start accepting it, welcoming it ...  That is what meditation is all about - welcoming boredom, going into it on one's own; not waiting for it to come but searching for it

The two normal eyes are capable of functioning only on the physical plane. The third eye or the divine eye, however, functions on the subtle mental planes or even on transcendental levels. The objects perceived by the third eye are far more subtle than those seen in the gross external world. They present themselves as thought forms or images independently and are directly perceived without the need of the senses or external objects.

Human beings are endowed with the five sense-organs including the eyes. No external object can be seen unless the eyes present their images to the mind, and the eyes have to remain open to perform their task. But not so with the third eye. It needs no help from the sense organs, nor does it have to form any image on the so-called screen of the mind, the chitta. Therefore, in order to achieve the third eye for attaining spiritual insight, one must first close any and every access to sense perception.

The withdrawal of the senses from their objects is known in yogic terminology as pratyahara. This is the first step for the seeker of truth, in preparation for the next stage, namely Meditation. Practice of meditation, sadhana, performed in the prescribed manner, animates the dormant third eye and reveals to the Self within the vast and illimitable vistas of creation, beginning with the unknown and unmanifest, the mul prakriti or nature in its static state, avyakta.

This formless and attributeless mul prakriti represents the universal primordial energy, shakti, in its potential form. The act of creation is achieved by the changeover of this potential energy into its kinetic form, which sets uo the matter in a flux of perpetual motion. Matter and energy, it will be noted, are convertible entities, regulated by the formula E=mc2. E is energy, m is mass and c is speed of light. The visible universe (vyakt) is merely a display of the energy (adi shakti) before the conscious Self or jivatma

Meditation and Mental Equilibrium

Meditation is actually tuning into the life-breath and resonating with it. Meditation is, in fact, the equalization of the ingoing and outgoing breaths through continual practice, so that the inner breath, the life-breath, is freed from the disturbing and unsteady frequencies of the mind. Tuning into the constant vibration of the word/sound makes the flow of energy natural and spontaneous within man. One then feels free from the impulses of the mind towards sense-objects. This is called in the Gita the 'Yoga of Mental Equilibrium'.

Meditation and Brain

Meditation has wonderful effect on our brain and neural functions as it increases DHEA, the harmone needed for a wide range of biological functions and ability to concentrate. One research shows that the meditating men had a 23% higher level of DHEA as the non-meditators and the meditating women had even more %age of higher level of DHEA as the non-meditator women b/w age of 40 and 50 years

Meditation and Memory & Stress

Since Meditation can be used for stress reduction it has also a definite effect on our memory. Much of our memory may be impaired through our stress response. To combat the stress along with adrenaline, cortisol may be released into our blood stream.Cortisol uses up glucose leading to a deficit of a fuel that is constantly required by our brain. It interferes with the balance of neurotransmitters and causes a higher production of free radicals which damage brain cells directly.the University of Montreal and McGill have proven the direct damage to our cognitive functions by cortisol.