MEDITATION AND RELAXATION.
MEDITATION GOES FAR BEYOND RELAXATION. IT IS A STATE FAR FROM THINKING. IT IS BEYOND THE MIND! Relaxation is not meditation. Meditation is not relaxation. Whoever seats down to think is not meditating. That person is thinking and it has nothing to do with meditation.
MEDITATION IS SO DEEP THAT IS NOT EASY TO BE EXPLAINED TO BEGINNERS. But we all start in a way or other. So let us try to explain more about this.
- Physical relaxation.
- Mental relaxation.
Once you are able to relax your body (This means you can stay in calm and motionless for at least one hour) then you can try relaxing your mind through different techniques such as visualization, mantras, breathing, pranayamas, etc.
A person needs a lot of patience, perseverance and discipline in order to reach the state of meditation. The first thing a person needs to do is to relax his/her body. This might take some practices, but that is just the beginning.
WHAT MEDITATION REALLY IS!
Yes, there are different ways to meditate, but the main objective is the same. So, what is the matter on going beyond the mind? what for? What can I get from it?
BEYOND THE MIND:
Enlightenment is a state that you can experiment when you go beyond the mind. Buddha called it the other shore. We are on this shore where darkness or ignorance prevail. This is the shore of reasoning.The other shore is the shore of intuition, the shore of light: Enlightenment!
ENLIGHTENMENT IS THE PERCEPTION OF ATMAN.
This stage is called SAMADHY, please check WHAT IS RAJA YOGA (link at the bottom). Meditation takes you to Samadhy the Supreme and divine blessing of the presence of Atman. Nobody goes there with his own effort, but because Atma's love.