This article is going to be covering the best meditation technique for you to follow.
There are many schools of thought on meditation and what to focus your mind on. The idea is that you should be able to turn off the mind’s endless thoughts and focus on something that will help you achieve peace and, ultimately, self realization.
Some teachers give you something to look at. Maybe it’s a candle or a picture or a blank wall etc. You are told to sit in a meditation position and shut out everything but the object you are looking at.
Another technique is using sound within your mind. Many meditation teachers will give you a sound that you can say in your head, focusing on it to achieve some sort of peace. This meditation is done in silence, thinking of the sound they gave you.
Taking it a bit further, many teachers will have you think of nothing and meditate on nothing’ness’.
You can also focus the mind on an external spiritual sound. This can be done three different ways. You can say the mantras aloud as you chant on beads (Japa Meditation), you can sing the mantras to music (Kirtan) and you can say the mantra aloud as you breath in and out. With each of these techniques of mantra meditation, you simply focus on the sound.
Which is these is the best meditation technique to follow?
The main thing you have to consider is what is the goal of these meditations and what is it that you are looking for? Also, you have to see where the meditation process is coming from. Is this process coming from a pure source or was this process created by someone. You have to ask, “If I do this meditation, where will it take me. How will help me?” etc.
It’s very important not to accept a spiritual path and it’s methods of realization lightly. You have to discriminate and search out a process that will actually work and bring you to self realization.
What is self realization?
Self realization is the understanding of who you are. Are you the body? Are you the mind? Are you material? Are you spirit? What is spirit? And so on…
The fact is, you are a completely separate energy than material energy. You are neither the body nor the mind. You are the consciousness within. You are the person within. You are the being that is perceiving everything around you. You are spirit and completely spiritually pure, having nothing to do with the material world.
However, not knowing this fact, not knowing who you are, and thinking you are this body and mind… this understanding is making you unhappy. You are feeding the wrong “You”. You are following the material demands and you are never quite satisfied. This is because you are not material and nothing from this material world can satisfy you.
You Are Not Your Body
To become happy, you must find spiritual life. You must find spiritual food. You must find a way to bring happiness to the actual spiritual YOU. The eternal spiritual being within this material body.
Here are a few quotes from the Bhagavad-gita As it is to help you further understand this fact:
- Bg 2.12 — Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.
- Bg 2:17 — That which pervades the entire body you should know to be indestructible. No one is able to destroy that imperishable soul.
- Bg 2:20 — For the soul there is neither birth nor death at any time. He has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain.
Which is the Best Meditation Technique
So to become happy, you must come in contact with that which is spiritual. Therefore, it can be understood that silence or any material sound is not going to help you. No matter how quiet you are, you, the soul, will not derive any real lasting benefit from this. No matter how long you look at a candle, you will not attain anything spiritual from this activity. A candle is a candle. It is material, not spiritual. Likewise, any material sound will not make you happy or help you attain spiritual realizations. The sound “Chair” will never bring any happiness to the soul. “Chair” is a word/sound that comes from this material dimension and is, therefore, material. All the sounds we hear every day are material and they do not bring about self realization. In fact, the more you hear a material sound, the more tired you get of it. Does anyone want to listen to “Stairway to Heaven” again? Or whatever song you are tired of hearing. Material sound gets old.
Spiritual Sound – The Best Method of Meditation
Chaityana Mahaprabhu came to this world nearly 600 years ago. He came to emphasize that to achieve the goal of life one must say and hear spiritual sound. This sound must come from the spiritual realm and must be passed down from one self realized soul to another. If you receive the sound in this way and you follow the meditation technique of focusing on this sound, you will quickly attain the peace and happiness you are looking for.
These sounds are not material. They do not come from the material world. They are completely spiritual and contain the entire spiritual realm within the sound.
If one simply takes this sound and meditates on it, they will quickly achieve self realization. You will gradually realize you are not the body and begin to have realizations of your eternal identity and function.
This process comes directly from the Supreme Truth and is passed down to you. It is not concocted by someone and the process comes down through disciplic succession. This process has been passed down from one self realized soul to another and is now available to you.
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