Nobody Can Do Meditation!

From top-level CEOs to glamorous movie stars, everybody who is anybody does meditation these days. But… you can’t really do meditation, you can only become meditation. Confused? Don’t worry, just read on.
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From top-level CEOs to glamorous movie stars, everybody who is anybody does meditation these days. But… you can’t really do meditation, you can only "become" meditative. Confused? Don’t worry, just read on.

Sadhguru: The moment we utter the word “meditation,” there are all kinds of misconceptions about it. First of all the English word “meditation” doesn't mean anything in the sense, if you close your eyes and sit, in English we call it “meditation.” You can sit with your eyes closed and do many things. There are many dimensions. You can do japa, tapa, dharana, dhyana, samadhi, shoonya. Or you might have just mastered the art of sleeping in vertical postures!

So what is this thing that we call as meditation? Generally we assume that people are referring to what is known as dhyan or dhyana. In that context of referring to dhyan as meditation, it is not something that you can do. Nobody can do meditation. Why most people who have tried meditation have come to the conclusion that it's very difficult or impossible is because they are trying to do it.

You cannot do meditation but you can become meditative.

You cannot do meditation but you can become meditative. Meditation is a certain quality. It is not a certain act. If you cultivate your body, your mind, your energies and your emotions to a certain level of maturity, meditation will naturally happen. It is just like if you keep the soil fertile, if you give it the necessary manure and water and if the right kind of seed is there, it will grow and bloom into flowers and fruits.

Flowers and fruits will come out of a plant not because you want it, but simply because you created the necessary, conducive atmosphere. Similarly, if you create the necessary atmosphere within yourself, on all the four dimensions of who you are, then meditation will naturally flower within you. It is a certain fragrance that one can enjoy within himself.”

Editor’s Note: Sadhguru offers Isha Kriya, a free, online guided meditation that helps bring health and wellbeing. Daily practice of this simple yet effective 12-minute process can transform one's life.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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7 years ago

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7 years ago

I liked Sadhguru's expression @0.43... Sadhguru, You got to deal with such people (like me) who come up with such strange questions. Still your explanation is thought provoking. Thanks for this experience!

6 years 11 months ago

Wow. This post has been really interesting. I have to admit that I see meditation as an act but after reading this, I know better. Thank you.

5 years 11 months ago

[…] din acest element în somnul vostru, în timp veţi dobândi în mod natural o stare meditativă. Meditaţia nu ca act, ci ca şi calitate va deveni parte din existenţa […]

4 years 3 months ago

"Flowers and fruits will come out of a plant not because you want it, but simply because you created the necessary, conducive atmosphere. " But how is that you create that necessary environment that's missing here.... Everyone talk about poetic terms but not the truth on how exactly can you reach that state of mind.........