During a session of Vedic Meditation the goal is to experience a state beyond the mind’s levels of thinking, feeling, and analyzing. Which is actually a lot easier to achieve than people think.
When you learn how to meditate we don’t actually need to teach you how to still the mind so that it becomes silent, this happens spontaneously. What we do teach you is how to start, and once you start, the technique naturally allows the mind to quiet itself and become still.
When the mind becomes silent and is no longer distracting us with thoughts, the meditation deepens, and we spontaneously begin to experience an expansion of consciousness.
Vedic meditation is a systematic and methodical technique. It is not a part of any religion; it is a science. Which means that this process is set, it follows a particular order and path of instruction, and produces results that can be verified.
Vedic Meditation is distinctly different from other forms of meditation, prayer and contemplation.
In prayer, one tries to establish a dialogue with ones’ God, or Higher Power, and thereby purify the way of the soul. In contemplation, one tries to use the conscious mind to examine and consider some principle or concept such as peace, truth, happiness, the meaning of life or a phase from their chosen Religious text. Then one needs to think about how to assimilate this principle in to daily life.
Likewise with concentration, affirmation and visualisation techniques each of which are deliberatly engaging the mind in activity. If one is trying to achieve an experience during meditation, if one is deliberatly engaging in mental activity then one is not practising Vedic Meditation.
The intrusive nature of the mind itself is the biggest obstacle to meditation
In Vedic meditation, the goal is to go beyond the mind and experience our essential nature — which is described as peace, happiness, and bliss. But as anyone who has tried to meditate has experienced, the intrusive nature of the mind itself is the biggest obstacle standing between ourselves and this awareness. And like trying to get to sleep, the harder you try to clear the mind / get to sleep the harder it becomes.
This is why using a Mantra is so important. Without the correct Mantra, and knowledge of how to use it, one can meditate faithfully for hours and not fully experience any benefits, despite the best of intentions.
We all know from experience that the mind is undisciplined and unruly, and it resists any attempts to discipline it or to guide it on a particular path. This is why many people sit for meditation and experience only fantasies, daydreams, or hallucinations. They never experiecne the stillness and restful aletrness that distinguishes the genuine experience of Vedic Meditation.
When you learn how to meditate you will be give a Mantra’s and some specific instructions on how to use it. This science behind Vedic Meditation is both subtle and very profound. It spontaneously creates a state in which the meditator allows the mantra to repeat itself internally in the deepest and most subtle way possible. When followed properly, this technique allows the mind to quiet itself and become still. It does not continue its normal, scattered pattern of mental activity.
New meditators often ask if any word or sound can be a mantra, and wonnder if they can select a mantra for themselves from a book or by using a word such as “peace” or “love.” Actually, the authentic mantras were not invented or developed by any person; they are sounds that were received and experienced by the great sages in states of deep meditation. Authentic mantras are not part of any particular language or religion; they are profound, precise sounds that are eternal and universal.
Therefore only an authentic and appropriate Mantra is chosen by a qualified teacher, for each individual meditator. You could say that a teacher of Vedic Meditation is much like a doctor who knows a patient’s diagnosis and the appropriate treatment for that illness.
However, even though a mantra may be authentic, if it is given to a person for whom it is not appropriate, there will likely be no benefit(s) experienced, or it may even cause problems adverse experiences. Therefore, we warn meditators not to experiment with practices found in books.