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What is the spiritual meaning of meditation?


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What is the purpose of meditation?


The purpose of meditation can be found by sifting through the past 4 thousand years of history of spiritual meditation. Ultimately what we find is that one's true health is achieved with the full potential of our mind & body. Many are familiar with the expression "together we are one, separate we are none". This is the same for our body and mind.

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What is the history of meditation?


The origins of knowledge


Sanskrit, the oldest known language of humans, has over 20 different words to describe the various qualities of "love". In contrast, modern languages such as English or German use one word for "love". This word, when combined with other words, form complete sentences used to translate larger ideas.


Yoga, a Sanskrit word, was originally mentioned in a group of scriptures known as "Vedas" which means`knowledge`. It is said that in Sanskrit the sound of a word is more important than its definition.


When we seek to understand the meaning behind what was written more than 4 thousand years ago, it is important to keep this in mind. In a similar way meditation is less about doing and more about listening.



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Think of meditation as a sound, and the practice as listening.


When perceived in this way we can shift our focus from trying to be something, to actually doing something. Many people get caught up trying to "look right" while meditating. This is a common mistake in yoga as well, as it always takes us away from what we are doing and pulls us into the mind.


To simply sit with the presence of mind means to be present that there you are both a mind, and body, and neither is seperate. By listening to this sense of presence, or rather, practicing listening to this sense of presence, we are able to pull the mind and body into one.


One of the best ways to gain a sense of presence is by focusing on some form of external or internal silence. This could be the sound of the heartbeat, or the sound of our own breathing. It could even be the vibration of the throat as a chant is performed.


When most people think of yoga they think of Hinduism, and when most people think of meditation they think of Buddhism.



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What is the spiritual meaning of meditation?


In order to explore the spiritual meaning of meditation, we first must jump back in time to the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The Tibetan Book of the Dead is a collection of writings translated into Tibetan from the original language of Sanskrit. This process took over 1000 years, and was completed with only a few authors and editions.


To fully understand the spiritual meaning of meditation, we must go back to the time of the Old Kingdom of Egypt - also known as the time of the Time of the Great Pyramids. During this time in ancient Egypt, something called a funneray text was used to guide the dead into the afterlife for safe passage.


Traditionally it was said to consist of a group of "magical spells" to assist a dead person's' journey through the `Duat` or underworld, and into the afterlife. This ancient Egyptian text is what would later become the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and resembled a practice which can be used to understand the passing between life and death itself.


Before there was Buddhism and Monks, there was Yoga.


Yoga, another form of meditation, dates back before there were Tibetan Monks, to another text called the Bhagavad Gita. Similar to the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the Bhagavad Gita comes from another ancient Sanskrit text known as the Vedas, a collection of stone tablets inscribed with many of the answers to the universe as we know it today.


In the context of the meaning of spiritual meditation, the Bhagavad Gita tells a group of stories that help inform the religion of Hinduism. It is a traditional Hindu text and contains one of the most well-known stories within the religion of Hinduism. In a way similar to how the Bible is a group of stories that inform the religion of Christianity.


The Bhagavad Gita begins with a story of Arjuna and Krishna moments before a massive battle is about to unfold. It is in this moment where the embodiment of Lord Krishna (a Hindu deity) defines what the meaning and practice of yoga really is. Speaking to the young prince, he says:


Arjuna, be steadfast in the performance of your duty, and treat both Success and Failure equally. Such state of mind is called Yoga.

In this, the meaning of yoga is defined as the process of restraining Chitta (mind) from any fluctuations, and can be defined as a mindset rather than a physical brain. Stripping away the religion and looking hard at the basis of these two practices we may begin to realize that mental wellness is equal to enlightenment.




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There is a higher potential to the mind than most of us were led to believe.


There are parts of life which we can only experience, meanwhile life itself is more than collection of feelings, reactions, and experiences. At its root this fundamental truth begins to frame the nature of mindfulness and meditation.


When we practice our mindset and meditation, complete with sounds, poses, and contemplation our brains start building new frameworks. Ultimately this leads to a stronger, more resilient mind.


Just as riding a bike may be a form of meditation, learning to ride is practice. In this way meditation is the same. First we watch, then we practice.


Overtime, and only over time, do we become enlightened in the existence of all things. We become well. We become ourselves.


Wellness is a skill that must be learned. It can be taught, but it must first be chosen. Once the reality of mind/body separation is established internally, in both mind and body, the next steps of training may begin.


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