How does meditation work? The meditation process helps us on two levels. First, it helps us by bringing about physical relaxation. Second, it puts us in a state where we are absorbed in an enjoyable, blissful experience, and we become oblivious of the problems of the outer world.
In meditation we select a pose in which we can remain calm and quiet. The process of meditation helps our attention focus on a point between and behind the two eyebrows, known as the single eye or the tenth door. In this way we, withdraw our attention from our outer body. The body then becomes as relaxed as it is in sleep. Studies show that in meditation, brain waves function at a frequency of 4-10hz. During this state there is a sensation of peace and total relaxation. But this measurement only reflects relaxation at the level of mind and body.
Through meditation on the inner Light and Sound we receive an added bonus. It puts us in contact with a current of Light and sound, radiant energy coming from states beyond this physical world. It is a powerful current of divine love, consciousness and bliss. It is purely spiritual experience beyond the realm of measurement. It provides us with much more than physical relaxation. It bathes us in intoxication stronger and more lasting than any external intoxication in this world. Our entire being, body, mind and soul, experiences waves of ecstasy permeating through every part of us.
As we live our daily lives, we are only aware of our body and mind. We are oblivious of our true nature, the soul. In meditation, when the body and mind are still, we become aware of our nature as soul. When the soul is withdrawn and focused at the third eye, it is at the contact point with the inner Light and Sound. When our soul concentrates at the third eye, it rises above consciousness of the body and enjoys a journey into the higher realms. When the soul meets the current it is magnetized to it. It is like a water droplet resting on a table top. If you run a stream of water across it, the drop will attach itself to the rivulet and merge in it.
In meditation, we can practice this process easily and naturally. The experience is so exhilarating that it surpasses any thrill available in this world. It puts us in a state in which we become oblivious of the difficulties of this world. Our problems no longer have the same effect on us because we are in a state of so much enjoyment. They disappear like waves in the sea. We are lifted high above the storm clouds and float in the sunny skies full of radiant inner Light.
When we return to our physical state of consciousness, we carry the vivid experience of meditation with us. We still have the problems, but their effect on us is subdued for we are lost in the bliss we carry with us. We become detached from the sufferings of life because we are connected with a sheet anchor or lifeline. We become permanently connected to the divine bliss within. With this inner support , we can then face our problems with a clear mind and find solutions. We see life from a higher angle of vision.
The stresses of life are reduced. We are filled with a state of intoxication which has a effect of calming the mind. This in turn relaxes the body. Thus, our chances of developing stress-related illness decrease.
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj is visiting Vancouver September 6-7 and will give two public talks: “Transformation through Meditation,” at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts (UBC). And “Experience the Spark of the Divine” at St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church, Downtown Vancouver. All are welcome. Admission is FREE. See ad for details. For info visit: www.sos.org/event/vancouvervisit or call: 604-985-5840.