09/04/2011 Comments Off on Meditation
Meditation defined: solemn reflection on sacred matters as a devotional act
1. intransitive verb empty or concentrate mind: to empty the mind of thoughts, or concentrate the mind on one thing, in order to aid mental or spiritual development, contemplation, or relaxation
2. intransitive verb think carefully about something: to think about something carefully, calmly, seriously, and for some time
3. transitive verb plan something: to plan or consider doing something
[Mid-16th century. Either < Latinmeditat-, past participle of meditare”keep on measuring,” related tomederi “to cure”; or back-formation
Hinduism It is very difficult to say where concentration ends and meditation begins. Meditation follows concentration. Purify the mind first through the practice of yama (self-control) and niyama (discipline). Then take to the practice of dharana. Concentration without purity is of no use. There are some occultists who are much advanced in concentration. But they have no good character. That is the reason why they do not make any progress in the spiritual path. Some foolish, impatient yogic students take to dharana at once without undergoing the preliminary ethical training. They want to have a long jump. They break their legs and fall down. This is a serious blunder. Ethical perfection is of paramount importance. Swami Sivananda (Commentry on YOGASARA-UPANISHAD MANTRA)
From wherever the mind wanders due to its flickering and unsteady nature, one must certainly withdraw it and bring it back under the control of the self – Bhagavad Gita 6.26
Scientology  Suppose all the wisdom of the world were reduced to just one line—suppose that one line were to be written today and given to you. With it you could understand the basis of all life and endeavor: love, politics, war, friendship, criminality, insanity, history, business, religion, kings, cats, society, art, mythology, your children, communism, bankers, sailors, tigers, and other matters without end.
All life is directed by one command and one command only—SURVIVE!
Excalibur – L. Ron Hubbard
Hinduism The right course to be adopted by one who is in his novitiate is this: Two parts of the mind must be filled with the objects of enjoyment, one part with philosophy and the remaining part with devotion to the teacher. Having advanced a little, he should fill one part of the mind with the objects of enjoyment. two parts with devotion to the teacher and the remaining one part with getting an insight into the meaning of philosophy. When one has attained proficiency, he should every day fill two parts with meditation and the other two with devoted service to the guru. This will eventually lead you on to meditation for twenty-four hours. Yoga Vasistha
Hinduism As breath turns from down to up, and again as breath curves up to down – through both these turns, realize. Or, whenever in-breath and out-breath fuse, at this instant touch the energy-less, energy-filled center.
Or, when breath is all out (up) and stopped of itself, or all in (down) and stopped – in such universal pause, one’s small self vanishes. This is difficult only for the impure. Attention between Eyebrows, let mind be before thought. Let form fill with breath essence to the top of the head and there shower as light. When in worldly activities, keep attention between two breaths, and so practicing, in a few days be born anew. Vigyan Bhairav Tantra
Hinduism Beyond birth, creed, family and tribe, free from the distortion of attributes of name and appearance, transcending locality, time and objects, you are That, God himself. Meditate on the fact within yourself. Vivek Chudamani, Verse 254
Christian Mysticism  Do not devote all your time to action, but reserve a certain portion of it for meditation upon eternity. Source: Fenelon, The Saints Converse With God  Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment. Alan Watts
Sikhism O ignorant one, forget your egotistical intellect. Subdue your ego, and contemplate Him in your mind; gather in the virtues of the Sublime, Virtuous Lord.
Karma is the tree, the Lord’s Name the branches, Dharmic faith the flowers, and spiritual wisdom the fruit. Realization of the Lord are the leaves, and eradication of the pride of the mind is the shade. Whoever sees the Lord’s Creative Power with his eyes, and hears the Guru’s Bani with his ears, and utters the True Name with his mouth, attains the perfect wealth of honor, and intuitively focuses his meditation on the Lord. The months and the seasons come; see, and do your deeds. O Nanak, those Gurmukhs who remain merged in the Lord do not wither away; they remain green forever. Shri Guru Granth Sahib: Section 29 – Raag Basant – Part 001