Meditational Practice

Published: 13.11.2008
Updated: 13.11.2008


Deccan Herald

Meditational practice is the practice of enlightenment. Man wants light. He never desires darkness. As light enters, darkness is chased away. It is possible for both darkness and light to exist in one's life. Both are possible. And this is possible because the universal law operating in this world is that of transformation. Just as the constant is an eternal rule, transformation is also an eternal rule.

Anekanta has explained truth. There are two aspects of truth: substance and mode. In substance lies the root and the mode is additional. Without transformation, nothing can be named constant and without the constant nothing can be termed transformable. Transformation and the constant go hand in hand.

One remains in the root and one in the flower. We see the flower not the root, which is underground. Sometimes a few people even try to uproot the root. They accept the changes and reject the root.

There are yet others who accept only the root and totally reject the flower. This is a single dimensional view. Anekanta accepts both. Both the root and the flower are valuable. Neither can be rejected.

Near the town there was a beautiful garden. A board there read, "Not allowed to pluck flowers." A boy came along and wanted to uproot the plants. The gardener saw him and came running. "Hey! What are you doing! See what is written!" he asked the boy. The boy replied coolly, "Yes I read what was written. It does not allow you to pluck flowers so I am plucking the root."

When the root is plucked away then the question of the existence of the flower does not arise. We cannot reject the root. Our life is a flower. We can see it. Life has become an unsolved riddle. There have been many attempts to explain life, but many seem to stop short after describing the flower.

The first aspect of our life is knowledge. The basic, aspect of life is knowledge. The second aspect of life is mode. It keeps changing. Modes are not of one kind.

Transformation is also not of one kind. One is a natural change that occurs normally and the other is yogic change that occurs due to external stimuli, due to associations and relations.

Nobody has control over natural transformation. It takes place in tune with nature and it can neither be stopped nor arrested. It is in the very existence of the object. In the same existence, change is also contained. It is necessary for change to take place so that the object can move from one moment to another retaining its existence.

It is natural that an object changes every moment. It is a voluntary change. This is the object's self operating nervous system. The other is involuntary change which takes place due to external stimuli.

Sources
Deccan Herarld - by the efforts of Mr. Lalit Garg
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