Most of us have an understanding of what is meditation – either based on self experience or through others experience. I am sure you my readers do have your own experience to share and inspire others. A friend sent me a simple but highly inspiring wisdom on ‘meditation’. It is very simple yet so very inspiring ~ Lord Buddha’s wisdom! Enjoy!

        

So shall be all make time to meditate?

Cheers and thank you!🙂

About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

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  1. I was never any good at meditation. When I do pick up a knife and block of wood, however, and focus on the carving there is a liberation from the milieu of the world around.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      What you say is true most of us speak on the virtues of meditation but find it difficult to practice by sitting in one place🙂

      Yes I do believe that meditation means focusing on what ever you do whether its carving a wood or chopping wood or even when playing.

      Thanks Carl.

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  2. Ketaki says:

    Dear Dilip Naidu,

    Wonderful , this very small and truly meaningful article grabbed my attention becaz i had been a part of the Meditation course by the followers of Buddha by Guru Goenkaji, popularly known as the “Vipasana Discourse of 12 days of Meditaion”

    I attended it for complete 12 days, in which you have to keep mum (Maun Vrath) for 11 days and then the last 12th day, you are allowed to speak and share our Experiences with others …

    That course really gave me insights of my own being, my mind and body …

    However it is very important to meditate atleast 10 mins Everyday, all we have to do is just focus our attention on our breathing – Inhale & Exale … dats it …

    Honestly i dont do this everyday, but i make it a point to take 10 mins whenever i am free during the week ….. but now after this remainder , i am going to do it everyday …

    Thank you God 🙂 , for that Reminder for me …

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Good one Ketaki. How nice to know you have done a course on Vipassana mediation. And for the full 12 days in total silence. That’s not easy and yet you did it. Great.

      Ya we all need to do at least 10 minutes of meditation every day.

      Cheers & thanks.

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  3. ajay says:

    dear dilip, I am glad to read such a beautiful way of lord budha!s similistic statement about meditation. when you loose the extra qualities of anger, depression. greed and fear of death which we acquire when we grow up it is easy to go with the flow. Meditation is a twentyfour hour thing. it is not that you do it once a dayand you are finished with it. It has to become your flavour, it has to become your climate. It should surround you wherever you are, whatsoever you are doing. Budha used to say; not even your breath should be allowed to go out and in without your consciousness. Be watchful whatever you are doing. Never allow any act to be done without awareness, and then nothing else is needed. This awareness will spread all over your life; it will be a twentyfour hour thing.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Kya baat hai Ajay… this wonderful take on meditation … yes it is not a one or two hour process its a 24 hour living … whatever you do is to be done meditatively … mindfulness is another word for it ..

      Thanks my friend and cheers …🙂

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  4. Binky says:

    That certainly says it succinctly!

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  5. sriram says:

    Dear Sir,

    The root of the work Meditate comes from a greek word that means ‘think about’… Though this is the common purport of the word, to meditate is actually to get to the state of or being in the state of ‘thoughtlessness’….

    I am not sure if the quote ascribed to the Buddha is truly His, for a realised Master does not talk about dualities – for He understands that there is but Him and nothing else, so there is nothing to Gain in meditation nor is there anything to Lose….

    As Nipun Mehta wonderfully points out – Walking is meditative, infact any action that gets us into some form of introspection of driving the mind inwards is meditation… thus cooking, singing, dancing, gardening, et al & to work in the office can also be treated as meditation…..(for students sitting in class, for teachers – teaching!!)

    There is a beautiful anecdote on meditation – Narada the great sage, went to Vishnu once and asked Him if there was anyone better than him in singing the Lord’s name or thinking of the Lord. Vishnu merely smiled and said YES. Narada was so taken aback that he wanted to see this great person. So Vishnu took him to earth and showed him a farmer who worked in the fields uttering the Lord’s name whenever he had to put in extra effort or whenever he felt a wee bit tired… In all during the day, the farmer had uttered the Lord’s name a total of 5-6 times! Narada found this strange & felt that Vishnu was being partial. He looked at the Lord perplexed and said,” This man utters Your name 5-6 times in a day while i must be reciting Your name atleast a 1000 times more than him! yet You say he is better ?” Vishnu merely smiled and said, take this bowl of oil and come around this small hillock, ensuring that the oil does not spill even once!. Narada, thought not understanding the connection, took up the task in earnest and went around the Hill and was back with a beam on his face that said “Mission Accomplished”. The Lord merely smiled and said, ” now tell Me, in the entire time you went round this small hillock, how many times you uttered My Name or remembered Me?” Narada understood in a flash & went again to the farmer to fall at his feet & seek his blessings!

    With this simple anecdote, it has been established by our masters that the ‘act’ does not count, but the intent behind the act counts. Similarly – meditation is not about sitting in a quiet corner or focusing on some object or idling away time saying I am in ‘Dhyan’ – but turning inwards & reflecting while in the daily busyness of everyday life.

    Sri Ramana had a simple technique for meditation – He would say just ask the question – Who Am I – every time, every moment you ‘act’ – that itself is meditation & will lead you to ‘realisation’ or Self Knowledge… It is to be clarified here that its not that one ‘acquires’ Self Knowledge or comes to be ‘Aware’, its not an ‘active’ action that one does nor is it something that we ‘seek’. Its simply this that we become Aware that we have wrongly identified ourselves with the impermanent instead of the permanent in Us.If We are permanent, then where is the question of anger, greed, hate, insecurity, etc.? If we are the permanent, where is the question of ‘loving others’ as a ‘duty’ or an active act?

    Its this seeking inaction in action – that meditation is all about….

    Even reading this blog, posting on it is Meditative…..

    Whatever we do, or don’t, we have to just Be!

    Cheers!!

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Dear Sri,

      What a lovely story of Lord Vishnu and sage Narada to illustrate ‘meditation’. Yes ‘it is the intent’ and not the act’ wow this is so simple but what deep meaning.

      Thanks my dear friend! Cheers to you too🙂

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  6. Geetha says:

    Dear Sir,
    Thank you very much for sharing this profound wisdom.
    Personally speaking, I believe that when I meditate, the ‘me’ and the ‘I’ get eaten up for a while at least and I am one with the World after absorbing and assimilating sublime peace.
    Regards,
    Geetha

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Dear Geetha,
      How nice of you to share your own experience. I thank you for spreading the awareness. Many good wishes to you. Take care.

      Cheers🙂

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      • Geetha says:

        Dear Sir,

        The Joy in pay-it-forward circle of giving!

        It was just yesterday that a very dear friend sent me this very inspiring Graduation speech that was delivered by Mr. Nipun Mehta, Founder Of Service Space, to Students At The University Of Pennsylvania on 14th May, 2012.May I please have the pleasure of sharing it with this enlightened forum here on your blog?

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/16/nipun-mehta-founder-of-se_n_1521485.html

        What is of special relevance to this particular post on meditation by you is here in this extract from the speech:

        “And lastly, the K in WALK stands for Know Thyself.

        Sages have long informed us that when we serve others unconditionally, we shift from the me-to-the-we and connect more deeply with the other. That matrix of inter-connections allows for a profound quality of mental quietude. Like a still lake undisturbed by waves or ripples, we are then able to see clearly into who we are and how we can live in deep harmony with the environment around us.

        When one foot walks, the other rests. Doing and being have to be in balance.

        Our rational mind wants to rightfully ensure progress, but our intuitive mind also needs space for the emergent, unknown and unplanned to arise. Doing is certainly important, but when we aren’t aware of our internal ecosystem, we get so vested in our plans and actions, that we don’t notice the buildup of mental residue. Over time, that unconscious internal noise starts polluting our motivations, our ethics and our spirit. And so, it is critical to still the mind. A melody, after all, can only be created with the silence in between the notes.

        As we walked — witnessed, accepted, loved — our vision of the world indeed grew clearer. That clarity, paradoxically enough, blurred our previous distinctions between me versus we, inner transformation versus external impact, and selfishness versus selflessness. They were inextricably connected. When a poor farmer gave me a tomato as a parting gift, with tears rolling down his eyes, was I receiving or giving? When sat for hours in silent meditation, was the benefit solely mine or would it ripple out into the world? When I lifted the haystack off an old man’s head and carried it for a kilometer, was I serving him or serving myself?

        Which is to say, don’t just go through life — grow through life. It will be easy and tempting for you to arrive at reflexive answers — but make it a point, instead, to acknowledge mystery and welcome rich questions … questions that nudge you towards a greater understanding of this world and your place in it.

        ….May you be blessed. Change yourself — change the world.”

        And when he says this:

        When one foot walks, the other rests. Doing and being have to be in balance.

        This is of significance to what you had shared with us here:

        https://dilipnaidu.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/weekly-inspiration-change/

        Mr. Mehta’s awesome speech is bound to go viral on the Net just as two other famous speeches did in the last few years:


        http://www.mindtree.com/subrotobagchi/iim-bangalore-speech/

        Regards,

        Geetha

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      • dilipnaidu says:

        Dear Geetha,

        Nipun Mehta’s speech richly deserves every bit of the standing ovation he received. It is an eye-opener revealing the importance of being observant and aware. And this awareness is of the external as well as of our internal selves. Your commentary too explains the finer points in a simple manner.

        The two videos of Steve Job and Subroto Bagchi are certainly worth viewing over and over again.

        Thank you so much for sharing your insights and letting us know of Nipun Mehta’s outstanding speech at the University Of Pennsylvania.

        Kid regards!

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  7. Asifa Zunaidha says:

    very nice saying of Lord Buddha.. Thanks for sharing🙂

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  8. Lubna says:

    So true. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Ved Ojha says:

    ‘Nibbanam paramam sukham’ meaning ‘the enlightenment (Meditation) alone gives an eternal peace and bliss’

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      My dear Ved,

      What a lovely surprise after years🙂
      The Sanskrit meaning always has so much depth! Thanks my friend I am sure you are doing very well in life!

      Best of luck!

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      • Ved Ojha says:

        Your blessings are with me always loving sir! You will be glad to know that I am regular follower of your each blogs you post, even I have subscribed it long ago, along with that few of my friends too follow your blogs; though I am not verbally in touch with you but I try my level best to follow you in each & every aspect of my life! Thanks to you sir!

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      • dilipnaidu says:

        My dear Ved,

        I am touched by the sentiments expressed by you. I do remember you not only as a student but a lovely human being. I myself was inspired by you after knowing more of your spiritual inclinations and observing your exemplary behavior and attitude in college.

        Wish you well and do spread your goodness around,

        Cheers🙂

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  10. Beautiful – thank you so much.🙂

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  11. …no better way to say it!

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