Divine Wisdom about Meditation


Meditation, in simple terms, is nothing but “Thoughtless Awareness”. The reason it is called thoughtless awareness is that the cessation of thought process makes your mind empty enough to be aware of what is happening inside you and around you. And since, most of your stress and anxiety is due to the scattered thoughts in your mind, Meditation is one of the best cure for stress and anxiety. With consistent practice of Meditation, you can enhance your mental strength and maintain your psychological health. Some of the fairly simple meditation techniques include breath control, mantra chanting and mindfulness meditation. Though most of us know how Meditation is done and what its obvious benefits are, we find it hard to make it a part of our daily routine. And the reason could be that, to make a practice our habit, we need to have a sense of urgency.  And to take Meditation seriously we need a fair amount of inspiration and substantiation.

So in this article, instead of going over how Meditation is done, we will discuss some amazing quotes that underline the essence of Meditation. Most of these quotes are by some of the greatest philosophers and religious figures, who have had the greatest of influences on the world of their times. The aim is to go deeper into their words of wisdom and put light on what meditation can do for you.

The soul that meditates on the Self is content to serve the Self and rests satisfied within the Self; there remains nothing for it to accomplish.  – Bhagavad Gita

The aim of meditation is not to gain materialistic advantages. In fact, Meditation enables one to differentiate between the Material world and the Spiritual world. It facilitates the Spiritual aspect of an individual to govern the material aspect. The power of self is such that once it reaches its peak potential, managing the Material aspect of life would be like a piece of cake. That is why meditating on the Self is given so much emphasis in the ancient scriptures. Meditation takes you to a stage where you rest peacefully in the spiritual realm and become the master of your material realm and fulfill all your material responsibilities with ease.

I have gained nothing from Meditation. But let me tell you what I have lost: Anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death. – Buddha

A lot of people take up meditation thinking that it is a tool that will help them gain virtues like discipline, kindness, creativity, trust, gratitude, and service. And in this process, they end up being more anxious and concerned about attaining the virtuous state of being. What you must realize is that the virtuousness of your being cannot be set from the outside. What you can gain from outside is knowledge. Virtues are part of your very nature and they are literally coded into your beings at the time of your inception. Virtues are what differentiate humans from animals. However, a prolonged exposure to social conditions and challenges puts a shroud on many of the human virtues. There are situations in life which make people less kind, less disciplined and less gracious. Meditation is a technique that makes the self, one with nature. It is a technique that simply uncovers the hidden virtues inside a human being; the virtues that connect us with the Supreme Being.

When you do Meditation, your mind puts a break on your thoughts and observes itself. Your world stops but your consciousness expands. – Swami Vivekananda

Meditation is the mirror of the Self. It is a moment when your Self, remains silent and yet it talks to itself. When you meditate there is no room for thoughts and emotions. This silent gaze of Self on itself expands its consciousness and uncovers its hidden powers. Meditation is the more powerful than self-introspection because the latter relies on linear thinking and reasoning, but Meditation expands your awareness exponentially. Meditation is the easiest and most effective way to realize your true potential. This and only this is what you need to grow mentally and spiritually.

Before embarking on important undertakings, sit quietly, calm your senses and thoughts, and meditate deeply. You will then be guided by the great creative power of Spirit. – Paramahansa Yogananda

To see the power of Meditation for yourself, try meditating before taking up an important task. All you have to do is sit quietly and let go all your thoughts and emotions, and notice your breath for a couple of minutes. You will find that even this brief meditation activity will make you more relaxed and less anxious. Even the most daunting of tasks can be simplified by the practice of brief meditation. This is the single most sensible approach for anyone to realize the effectiveness of Meditation.

I meditate so that I can inundate my entire being with the omnipotent Power of peace. – Sri Chinmoy

When you listen to a particular type of music, your emotions change to match the music. When you are with a certain type of people you behave in a way that suits the group. Whatever you are exposed to modifies your emotions, thought process, and actions. Meditation is a phenomenon that resets your thoughts and emotions to be one with nature. It is a music that echoes the sound of nature and exposes you to the endless power of the Universe. Meditation is a technique which employs subtle yet powerful vibrations to tune your breath, heartbeats, thoughts, and emotions to the frequency of the cosmos. So when you meditate, you tune yourself to be the way the Universe wanted you to be.

Prayer is when you talk to God; Meditation is when you listen to God. – Unknown

When you are distraught and down, you unconsciously surrender yourself to the God and get into the mode of praying. Meditation, on the other hand, is a conscious attempt to surrender to the God. When you pray, you ask for a blessing but when you meditate you ask for nothing and just let go all your thoughts and emotions. When you pray, you talk to God but when you meditate, you listen to him. The reason there are so many unhappy people in this world is that most of us pray when we are in pain, but we do not make it a point to meditate when we are happy. Make meditation your habit and watch your life change for the better.