If Vedic Meditation is neither a form of concentration or contemplation, which both use the active thinking level of the mind, what is the Vehicle Of Meditation that allows one to transcend thought?
In the practice of Vedic Meditation, we take a thought of ‘a suitable nature; one which is simpler than any thought we normally experience.
This enables the attention to begin to experience simple states of thought. Once the process is started, we can continue it quite spontaneously.
We start the process with the memory of a continuous, harmonious, meaningless verbal sound, which is simpler than most words we know.
We call this the vehicle of Meditation. We call it a vehicle because it carries us.
We do not have to use any effort at all.
In fact an effort, any ‘trying to meditate’ is counterproductive.
There are many technical terms, in various languages, for such sounds or syllables appropriate for use in meditation. We generally refer to them simply as a”Mantra”. Mantra’s shared by people who do Vedic Meditation share the following properties:
- They are meant to be meaningless for their purpose is to be simpler than any words which have some meaning;
- They are pleasing and harmonious to the ear, for it has been shown that pleasant sounds, used in the way we do Vedic Meditation, aid relaxation while unpleasant sounds hinder it.
The Mantras used in Vedic Meditation have been found by experience
to have a good effect on the people who use them.
There are certain Mantra’s which appear to be suitable only for recluses, monks or people who wish to withdraw and lose interest completely in the normal activities of life. Vedic Meditation teachers teach only such Mantra’s as have the effect of stimulating more interest and enjoyment of the activities of life.
Not every person uses the same Mantra during Vedic Meditation, but not everyone uses a different Mantra. The mantras are chosen according to simple physical characteristics of the people using them. It is something like blood groups; if perchance you learn what someone else’s blood group is it is no great surprise if you find it is the same as yours; or if you find that it is different.
The syllables work better when kept silent than when spoken aloud. Therefore, you should never say your Mantra aloud, once you have learned it, even to yourself. This is not a matter of secrecy or mystery, it is for quite practical reasons, and these you will realise for yourself when you have learned Vedic Meditation.
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