The word “meditation” is used very loosely and inaccurately in the Western world. In our modern world where instant gratification is the norm, New Age techniques of meditation are commonly used to gain superficial levels of experience, which merely serves as a distraction from life.
Techniques in the name of mediation can include contemplation, concentration, daydreaming, visualisation, fantasizing, or letting the mind wander and indulge itself or travel into its past ruts or habitual patterns. Now don’t get me wrong here, it is not my intention to degrade these forms of meditation. My point is that each of these techniques engage the mind in activity, so it becomes about the experience.
Whereas with Vedic Meditation the goal is to experience a state beyond the mind’s levels of thinking, feeling, and analysing. It is about exploring unknown inner levels of one’s being, becoming aware of the centre of consciousness within. As a result this experience of Consciousness within we gain more clarity of mind, self esteem, self confidence, resilience, energy and inner calmness in our daily life, outside of meditation.
To do this one needs a quiet mind, a tranquil mind, no longer distracted by thoughts only then will one’s meditation deepen, and finally experience expansion of awareness, or expansion of consciousness.
This might explain why my first experience of meditation was that some techniques worked some of the time, but not every time. They involved a lot of concentration and in some cases a lot of effort. And like many people I have introduced to meditation over the past twenty years, that had previously learned other techniques, we found it was all too hard and stopped meditating.
Vedic Mediation is a Science
The practice of Vedic Meditation is an exact and precise technique for fathoming all the levels of the self and finally experiencing one’s pure consciousness within. It is not a part of any religion; it is a science, It is systematic and methodical which means that this process follows a particular sequence and guidelines and produces results that can be verified through personal experience.
An analogy I like to use to illustrate the difference between Vedic Meditation and almost all other new age techniques is this:
One does not brush one’s teeth each day for the fun, thrill or excitement of the act of cleaning the teeth. Instead the act of cleaning the teeth is about what comes after the teeth have been cleaned – clean teeth, freshness of breath and mitigation of tooth decay. Therefore one does not, normally, clean the teeth for ‘the experience’ of cleaning the teeth.
Likewise with Vedic Meditation, one does not learn and / or practice meditation for the experience of meditation. Rather it is the benefit(s) gained and experienced in daily life outside of meditation.
That is not to say the actual experience of Vedic Meditation is unpleasant or non-rewarding, its just that we don’t put a focus on it.
Vedic Meditation cannot be explained or even understood until it is experienced on a personal level, through meditation. For some people this is probably the most difficult aspect to comprehend. Therefore the art of learning Vedic Meditation is having trust in the teacher who is trained and experienced to teach this authentic technique.
As an authentic teacher of Vedic Meditation I am trained, and experienced, in selecting the appropriate Mantra for each individual, along with teaching the specific instructions for that individual on how to use their Mantra.
If you would like to learn how to mediate without involvement in any particular group or organisation, and without the need to subscribe to any religious or philosophical points of view, give me a call, 09 419 5380