We have heard about the benefit of practicing meditation, but very few believe that meditation can serve to bring the divinity from within. We believe in God and pray to him with the highest faith.
We have heard the story about God that he has created the man in his own image, but in truth, God has placed the soul in each one of us, in his own image. The time we realize the soul, we understand God and understands the laws of nature and life in a human form.
From the time, we are born on this earth, the process of evolution starts for the humans. The intelligent souls, who were wise enough to raise the query, received the liberation from the self-effort like Gautama Buddha, Mahavira, Lao Tzu and many sages of the past. Krishna, Muhammad, Jesus has also had the same realization.
The one thing that was common in all the sages and the prophets or messenger of God was meditation. This small truth is enough to drive our attention to meditation. Liberation is not possible without meditation.
Meditation leads to enlightenment, and enlightenment leads to liberation. Life doesn’t end with enlightenment, and if it would have ended then Gautama Buddha had not served the world for another forty-six years after enlightenment.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is to sit silently in a quiet place with a right intent. The intent could be to have a peace of mind, feel the love in the heart, slow down the thoughts, get the solution for the problem or devotion towards God.
When we close our eyes, gather all the energy from outside and put all the attention on the breath, the process of meditation starts.
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People get confused with the inner and outside world. When the attention of the mind is focused outside, all the energy flows to manifest things in the outside world. All the thoughts, emotions, and actions flow outward.
When the same attention moves inward, we explore the inner world. The inner world is the breath, sensation, feelings, emotions, thoughts, and images of the mind. When the attention is inward, we can only observe the thoughts and emotions passing through the senses, but doesn’t act on them, while the attention is outward we act on the same thoughts and emotions.
When the attention is inward, we can observe the thoughts and emotions, that could have been otherwise become our actions, if our attention would have remained outside.
The process of Meditation.
When we have perfected the position in meditation, with a back straight as all the life energy passes through the backbone. We can start the process of meditation. In meditation, we direct the attention of the mind on the breath. If you try for the first time, the thoughts and emotions through senses will not allow you to sit, and you feel like running from the place. It’s only because the mind and emotions hold the greater control over the body through senses.
It’s best to practice meditation early in the morning or evening time when the flow of thoughts and emotions is less. Slowly when you can direct your mind to the breath, you will see the moment of breath going in and out. Initially, the mind will take some time to connect with your breath, but after few days, you will observe the movement of breath moving in and out. This is the first step of meditation. To get in tune with your breath.
Once you get in tune with your breath, slowly your attention shifts to your feelings and emotions. You see the energy moving from the sex center to the navel and from the navel to your heart. You have to remain with the breath all the time, and you see the movement of sensation moving upside down.
When your attention reaches to the heart center, you connect with your feelings and emotions. From the heart center, your attention shifts to the mental plane. Here you observe the flow of thoughts and the images of the past, present, and future.
When you can consciously direct your attention to your mind, you develop the power to create and manifest anything with your life. When the attention reaches to the mental plane, you observe all the functions of the mind. Slowly as you remain attentive with your breath, your attention rises above the mental plane, to the point of attention itself.
When your attention shifts to the point of attention itself you experience the no-mind state.
The astral body gets detached from the Physical body.
The process of meditation doesn’t get ends with the no-mind state, but the deeper experience lies in the same spot, with the regular practice.
We all have the life energy at the base of spine, that allows the physical as well as the astral body to work. Each day some part of life’s energy is released from the base of the spine so that everyday functions of the body, heart, and mind can take place.
In meditation, when the experience gets deeper at the third eye region, the force gets exerted on the life’s energy at the base of the spine, and it rises higher in the third eye region opening all the lower and middle chakras. The life energy is locked at seven places in the body so that the necessary energy can be transformed to the necessary spot.
When the life’s energy rise high, it detaches the astral body from the physical body to have the spiritual experience. The astral body is termed as the spirit in the spiritual terms, that experience the out-of-body experience.
In out-of-body experience or near-death experience, the astral body doesn’t travel out of the body, but gets detached from the physical body and gets settled at the higher mental plane.
Realization of the Soul.
When the astral body gets detached from the physical body, the person gets detached from all his earthly bondage of the physical body to realize the soul or an empty space. The astral body is tied up with the physical body with the backbone at seven places.
Two points are located at the base of the spine. One for the life’s energy and one for the sex center. The third point is in the stomach region, the fourth is for the heart region, fifth for the throat, sixth for the mind, and seventh at the top of the backbone.
When the astral body gets detached and experiences the out-of-body experience, all the query of the mind in relation to “I”, life, soul, spirit, God and the process of life cease to exist.
Life After Enlightenment.
Life after enlightenment is the experience of bliss and wisdom. A self-realized person is not known to a common man, and he leads his personal or professional life with effortless ease, mere by his intelligence.
He can handle his personal relationship without any attachments for which he has not to make any efforts, and professional life with his higher intelligence, considering all the material aspects of life.
All the actions of the self-realized being get closer to the laws of existence, and thus it’s easy to realize the fruit from the actions. The self-realized being holds the wisdom eye, that looks into the past, present, and future of the action, and thus before taking the action, the fruit of the result is derived. The self-realized being stays detached from all his actions, and only performs it for the benefit of all.
The soul-realized person has a path set for himself, aligned with the law of existence that includes all. Every realized soul decides his own path, according to the need of his time and space.