Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo

Astrologer | Spiritual Guide | Vāstu Consultant | Writer

CONTEXTUAL MEDITATION

Meditation is a time tested empowerment tool. It is designed as a holistic programme for the integrated development of the self from the basal level. It embraces the energy, mind, and body - the three constituents of a complete being. The primary focus however, remains on the ‘Mind’. For, it is the Mind that determines the functional mandate of a person, which drives one’s ‘Functional-Self. The fruition would be a sustained qualitative growth of enriched intrinsic energies; a well coordinated thought process; and a healthy body – the 3 ingredients of a successful life.


How does Meditation help?

It is literally a process of Mind-Engineering, which


  • Resolves all negative imprints to perfect the imperfection within.

  • Expands vision and intellect, and shapes the thought process.

  • Helps bring all co-ordinates of mind in harmony.

  • Consequently, the faculty of discriminate intelligence unfolds to its optimum, which usually remains untapped unless consciously explored. In turn, that helps spontaneously pick up the most appropriate leads.

  • Builds character.

  • Heightens positivism and creativity.

  • Eventually , assists in unfolding the best in an individual.


Why do we need to Meditate?

The Power of The Mind is immeasurable. It mostly remains untapped because of ignorance (coming as it may with our inherent infirmities), necessitating a relevant correction. All these imperfections spontaneously reflect in our day to day-to-day accomplishments. For, their imprints are ingrained deep in the realm of mind. Unless they are resolved and made dysfunctional, they continue chasing us from within. Meditation is the means to correct that.

Mere intellectual awareness does not help much. For, in the first place- by itself, it cannot stop the negative imprints from coming into play. Second, it cannot find spontaneous reflection unless it sinks deep into our minds through continued auto-suggestion. This again is achievable through Meditation.

Undivided attention is required to look into the organisation of Mind, and its flow chart, to understand the why and how of Meditation.



TOOLS OF MEDITATION

First, a glimpse of the premise on which the Indian system of Meditation is designed.

A look into the genesis of creation will reveal that a very well orchestrated nature driven energy structure holds the key to our creation, sustenance, dynamism, recycling, and all functional aspects of our live existence.

In this scheme of things, the formation and flow of a human being is primarily driven by two factors. First, the basic energy construct of a being (comprising of components, all primarily sourced to nature). That accounts for the making of the gross body, and the Mind. Added to that is the thought- energy flowing through one’s Mind which drives him/her. Both of the above in their original arrangement vary from person-to-person, lending uniqueness to every individual. The two are set into an interdependently influencing mechanism.


Meditation techniques cover both the Energy and Mind (thoughts flowing through it) through the two tools employed - Mantra and Symbolisms. Mantra helps rectify the energy imbalance in the system. Symbolism (through the concept it portrays), helps self-educate, to improve one’s habits, attitudes and build a cohesive thought process. The two, work in tandem invariably – symbol always tuned to the vibrations of the corresponding mantra. For optimal effect one is supposed to remain focused on the symbol while reciting the corresponding mantra.


MANTRA

Mantra is a set of syllables placed in a logical sequence to create a particular sound effect, which routed through the Mind finds connect with related source in the cosmos. The repeated recitation of the mantra brings in continued stream of energy inflow into the system to strengthen one’s energy structure. A mantra has to be individual specific as decided by the Guru.


SYMBOLISM

The symbols (popular in India), relate to various concepts, vital to our well reasoned conduct. Some of the symbols carry a philosophic message purported to make us aware about the way the world is structured. Following that, one could change his/her life, in conformity with the laws of nature. Focus on these symbols during meditation serve as auto-suggestion, becoming an integral part of one’s nature. It then finds spontaneous reflection in one’s demeanour. The symbol too has to be individual specific and set in correspondence with the Mantra to be recited.


MODES AND METHODS OF MEDITATION

Meditation must be done under the guidance of a proven Guru. Otherwise, it could have a counter effect.
There are various methodologies of Meditation in practice. What particular mode suits an individual needs to be decided by the Guru.


For a beginner, Contextual Meditation as discussed above, coupled with a Mind-Detoxification process is recommended.

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