Meditate on That Which Gives You Joy

Published: 17th August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th August 2014 06:40 PM   |  A+A-


The mind can be quietened by consciously remembering an ennobling person or place that is close to your heart. Many things can be close to our heart, whether they are for our ultimate good or not. So care has to be taken to meditate on that person or place where the energy is spiritually uplifting. When the mind thinks of such a person, it immediately lifts itself up to that lofty height and becomes that. The key to quietude is to take the mind to the right feeling zone.

This sutra gives the ultimate freedom for meditation. With this ends the long list of methods and techniques by which the disintegrated mind can be brought to one piece and be peaceful as a result.

The last method suggested is that one can take up anything that they love to do or see and meditate upon that. The subject of meditation should be an uplifting topic, music, personality, object or place. When one contemplates in this manner, the vibrations of the mind are at once connected to the subtle vibration of the topic, person, place or thing that it ponders about and becomes one with it.

Change is one way by which the mind can become free of agitation. Meditation refines consciousness. Consciousness is the ability to know and comprehend objects, people and emotions without and within us. In its original state, it is pure and unsullied. However due to a natural ignorance from birth, strengthened through life with conditioning and practice, this consciousness expresses with a lot of gross impurities. Impurity is simply the inability to know something as it is. If I see a tree when it is semi-dark, a pure mind will immediately know it is a tree. An impure mind will immediately have a reactive perception and think it to be anything from a rock, a mountain or a ghost or anything other than the tree as it is.

With practice of meditation, the mind becomes so quiet and still in its natural state that every perception becomes so clear. The best of  paintings, music, sculpture or any other activity is an expression of a clear mind. The painter visualises something as a thought and with the help of the pencil sketch, paints and water, he brings out the picture in his mind. The more quiet and still the mind (and of course training and practice in drawing and painting), the better is he able to portray the thought as it is.

This is the same in case of music and sculpture. Though all these fine arts have their texts such as Sangeeta Shastra, Shilpa Shastra giving the guidelines and framing the rules for proper expression, clarity becomes a possibility only when the mind is quiet. The intellect is the solid wall on which the thoughts are painted in the mind. This intellect or the inner mind should be stable as a rock for anything worthwhile to be done.

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