What is meditation? Let’s understand through this story

How to meditate?

Read the story below and understand what actually meditation is!

A woman asked a mahatma,” How does one meditate?”

Mahatma said,” I will tell you later how to meditate; but first, put this earthen lamp in that room”.

The wind was blowing. The woman lifted the lamp and, covering it with the end of her sari, walked slowly towards the room, where she kept the lamp, and returned.

The mahatma asked,” Did you think of anything while you were carrying the lamp?’

The woman said,” Absolutely nothing, I had only one concern: that the lamp didn’t blow out due to the wind”. The mahatma said That’s it: this is what is called meditation. Fix your mind on one thing.”

If your mind has resolved something like, ‘ I have yet to earn this, enjoy this, do this, renounce this, etc.’ how can one do meditation? Only when the mind is tranquil, you can meditate. One cannot do meditation harboring attachment or aversion in the mind; only a serene-minded person can do meditation.

Your mind has attachment and aversion, and that’s what makes you restless. The root cause of all misery is nothing but attachment and aversion. Neither the god nor the relatives/opponents distress you. verily it’s the attachment and aversion in your internal organ alone that are the root cause of your misery.

Wherever you go, your mind will follow you. Hence attachment and aversion must be removed.

You cannot undo what has already happened, you cannot stop what is happening currently, and you have no control over what is about to happen. So be calm wherever you are; be serene-minded.

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