Meditation is a process in which we shift from thinking to feeling. It is a journey from the complexity of mind to the simplicity of heart.
Though we can easily remember an image or an idea, it is difficult to recollect a feeling. Have you ever tried to recollect the taste of a meal you had many years back? You may vividly remember the place where you ate. You may even remember its ambience, but the actual taste of the food can never be retrieved. Why? It is because feeling is always in the present, in the now. Therefore, we cannot be happy with the feeling of a good meditation from eons back. Of course, the memory of a great revelation in meditation is good, but it is akin to someone who hits the jackpot once in his lifetime and is a beggar forever more. The feeling we derive in meditation must become a permanent affair.
In true meditation, we enter into absolute nothingness, a complete void of experience.
Yet, even feeling has its limitation. The heart is never truly satisfied with feeling. At some point, feeling becomes a burden, whether it is the feeling of pleasure, of joy, or even of bliss. Feelings are difficult to handle. In true meditation, we enter into absolute nothingness, a complete void of experience.
A true seeker of Reality, though inwardly meditating, is meditatively active in the worldly sense as well.
This contradiction between the attraction toward the Self within and the pull of our awareness toward its outer periphery is only valid so long as there is no all-encompassing meditative state that expands throughout all states of consciousness, whether waking, meditating, or sleeping. A person in such an expanded state of consciousness is unable to differentiate between worldly and spiritual activity, as all is done in a purely meditative state.
The article was originally published in Heartfulness Magazine but has been republished on Collective Evolution with the consent of the original publisher.
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