What is Meditation
There are many ways to understand and define what meditation is, and today I want to present to you the highest and purest way of looking at this most important of human phenomenon. Understanding meditation via many different angles and approaches deepens your understanding about this sublime activity, and given that meditation holds the key to Heaven, it is essential that you encounter the Truth of meditation in this life of yours. Below you will find the great spiritual master J. Krishnamurti explain what meditation is in his own words. Following the excerpt I will provide some analysis and thoughts on this definition of his.
J. Krishnamurti Gives Definition of Meditation
Author: J. Krishnamurti
Meditation is the flowering of understanding. Understanding is not within the borders of time; time never brings understanding. Understanding is not a gradual process to be gathered little by little, with care and patience; understanding is now or never; it is a destructive flash, not a tame affair; it is this shattering that one is afraid of and so one avoids it, knowingly or unknowingly. Understanding may alter the course of one’s life, the way of thought and action; it may be pleasant or not but understanding is a danger to all relationship. But without understanding, sorrow will continue. Sorrow ends only through self-knowing, the awareness of every thought and feeling, every movement of the conscious and that which is hidden. Meditation is the understanding of consciousness, the hidden and the open, and of the movement that lies beyond all thought and feeling.
Definition of Meditation Analysis:
Let’s discuss this differently today, let’s do it in the form of questions. This will give you a chance to think things over for yourself and thus, lay the foundation for real understanding to take place. Ready to be tested ?
Question #1. Does meditation have an ending?
This is important to understand. Meditation is a process of self-knowing. It is forever, it does not have any ending. In other words, it is the constant light which reveals the activities of the mind and ego. So don’t think of meditation as an effort to reach some goal. Make awareness of your inner and outer environment the goal itself. This moment to moment awareness of "what is", brings the flowering of understanding, which is what meditation is, and takes you beyond.
Question #2. Does Meditation occur on earth or heaven?
In other words, does meditation take place in our ordinary dualistic world, or does it take place in the non-dual world of enlightenment (Nirvana, Moksha, etc)?
The answer is both. Meditation starts with simple awareness of the confused, groping, dualistic, petty, selfish mind, and as this mind diminishes and withers due to the light of awareness, meditation starts to move into the dimension which lies beyond. This is revealed by the last line of the excerpt above.
Another article, more focused on this aspect of meditation is What is Meditation by J. Krishnamurti.
Question #3. Why Meditate?
I have written many articles that point out the great benefits of meditation. You will find a list of these below, but the answer is really quite simple. The only way to end sorrow is meditation. Nothing else will do it, as everything else in within the sphere is thought, and all that which is within the sphere of thought, ends in sorrow. This is the First Noble Truth of Lord Buddha. The only way to be free of that sphere, is through meditation.
If freedom from suffering is not motivation enough, here are some articles detailing other side benefits of meditation to get you motivated and started.
Homework for Understanding Meditation:
The only way to really understand what is being said with regard to the "explosion of insight" that meditation brings, is by experiencing it for yourself. This is my greatest wish for you, that you experience and therefore see the truth of what meditation is, and experience the subsequent shift in consciousness that takes place. So don’t delay in experimenting and exploring this gift of meditation. For this coming weekend, try as best you can to be aware of each thought and feeling that takes place, and try to understand the story behind each. I know that is almost impossible to do, but just do the best you can. That way you will be fulfilling your true purpose here on Earth, which is to practice self-knowing and move beyond the ordinary dualistic mind. That way you will discover Heaven on Earth.
For more information on this process of meditation and the explosion of insight, you can also read the following 2 articles.