Ever wondered what is the true sense of meditation? There are so many You Tube videos on the topic. And then, there are groups asking you to focus on flame, light, objects, japa-ajapa...confused.. read on meditation simplified or de-mistified. There are so many different ways you can meditate while you try hard to follow and practice for months and still wonder whether I have achieved what I was looking for.
If the meditation is such a difficult practice with such complicated process, is it achievable with limited time available in this life time?
Lets look at what our ancient text talked about it !
Osho defined meditation as resting
यदि देहं पृथक् कृत्यचिति विश्राम्य तिष्ठसि। अधुनैव सुखी शान्तो बन्धमुक्तो भविष्यसि॥१-४॥
If you detach yourself from the body and rest in consciousness, you will become content, peaceful and free from bondage immediately.
कूटस्थं बोधमद्वैत-मात्मानं परिभावय। आभासोऽहं भ्रमं मुक्त्वा भावं बाह्यमथान्तरम्॥१-१३॥
Meditate on unchanging, conscious and non-dual Self. Be free from the illusion of I and think this external world as part of you.
न त्वं विप्रादिको वर्ण: नाश्रमी नाक्षगोचर:। असङगोऽसि निराकारो विश्वसाक्षी सुखी भव॥१-५॥
You do not belong to Brahman or any other caste, you do not belong to Celibate or any other stage, nor are you anything that the eyes can see. You are unattached, formless and witness of everything - so be happy.
Adishankaracharya taught us about the non-dualistic nature of Brahman and self. In his Advaita system, you are brahman and you are the I. If you can be thoughtless, happy and rest in your own conscious state, you are in meditation. When you extend that period and live your life in that state while the outward sense (Five sense outward perception) world is not able to change this state of yours, you remain in constant meditation.
In summary, whichever technique you choose, you essentially do the following.1. Get rid of all your wandering thoughts to single thought - First stage of Dharna in Yogic terminology