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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Meditation for peace, tranquility - HT Inner Voice

 
ANGER DIRECTED AT SOMEONE ELSE, IF EXAMINED CLOSELY, IS ACTUALLY ANGER AT ONE'S OWN INADEQUACIES


One human being killing another just because he belongs to a different faith is an indicator of the hollowness within the perpetrators of violence. We all know that no religion would justify such an action. Why then does it happen?
When we are ourselves incomplete, we look for excuses outside.
Anger directed at someone else, if examined closely, is actually anger at one's own inadequacies.
If we were equanimous, negative thoughts and actions would not even rise. How does one then reach such a state?
It is through the practice of meditation.
Intrinsically, it results in the control of the mind; and at the subtle level, peace and tranquility within.
When the body is not exercised, it becomes weak and unhealthy.
Similarly, if the mind and spirit are not serviced regularly, they decay and the rot sets in.
Modern life, with all its pressure, allows us time only to watch television and that too only of the purely entertainment variety.
Consequently, great contributions of our ancestors in developing methods for nurturing our souls hardly reach us. So many different meditative techniques develop to suit varied individual temperaments have been or are in the process of getting lost.
Mostly, we are not even aware of the value of what we are losing. It follows that grossness in the society is growing.
An increasing level of insensitivity towards our fellowmen is reflected in the recent happenings all over the world.
Not a day passes when there are no killings. We are getting restless by the day and the call for peace is lost in the wilderness.
Considering that these are troubled times and there is a need for peace, we must make it a point to spend sometime every morning meditating.
If everyone doses it, the chances of seeing peace and prosperity will grow beyond our imagination. And we will have a beautiful world to live in.
(This is an edited version of an extract from the book `Chintan')



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