Meditation Pathways Of The Inner Self

Published: 06.01.2009
Updated: 06.01.2009


Central Chronicle

The one who has learnt to live around the self has the potential to become a follower of anekanta. But the one living around others, does not stand a chance of understanding anekanta

Acharya Mahaprajna

The knowledge of meditation and experience is not bookish knowledge.

Meditation is not closely linked with youth or old age. It is the way to the inner self, the way to assess the inner world. The man who has been able to estimate the value of the inner world will move ahead on this path. But one who has not assessed the inner world, but has concentrated on the world of circumstances alone, will not be able to move ahead on this path.

Assess the self and others. Assess both but from different perspectives. Let us make full use of the principle of anekanta. It is has been our greatest mistake that we have shoved anekanta into the world of philosophy. Anekanta is the principle of meditational practice. It is not the rule for logic nor does it belong to systems of logic. It is the perception of the pure conscious. One who is not trying to cleanse his psyche cannot access the view of anekanta. Anekanta is accessible only by a spiritual person. Only the one who has pacified passions and is not agitated or plagued by biases can access anekanta. The one who has learnt to live around the self has the potential to become a follower of anekanta. But the one living around others, does not stand a chance of understanding anekanta.

It is an old story. One day Shiva called his sons Kartikeya and Ganesha. He told them to go around the world. The one who finishes first would be eligible for a prize. Kartikeya was strong. He sat on his mount and set off to accomplish the task. Ganesha was on the heavier side and his mount was the rat. "Whatever the prize, the race is very difficult. I cannot even think of winning it," thought Ganesha. Circumstances are never binding on man. He tries to make the impossible possible. Without knowing it anekanta enters our life.

Ganesha began exploring all the possibilities. He thought he just had to find a way. "Defeat is mine, but I must think of the possibility of winning." He concentrated deeply. He found the solution. He got up. He went around Shiva three times and sat down. Kartikeya returned some time later.

He had complete confidence in himself and his mount Garuda, the eagle. He told Shiva, "I have finished, but Ganesha has not. Poor chap how could he have gone. His vehicle is the rat. Give me the prize" Ganesha said, "I returned before you." Kartikeya asked, "If you never went, then how did you return? You have been sitting in the same place." Ganesha laughed and said, "I have circumambulated the world thrice." Kartikeya asked in wonder, "How?" Ganesha replied, "I went around Shiva, three times. In him reside the three worlds. Shiva is the world and the world is Shiva. The world is not separate from Shiva." Replied Shiva in a decisive tone, "Ganesha has won and Kartikeya has lost."

The one who lives around the self always wins while the one who does not live around the self but depends on others always loses.

Desire propels man. Only the one who lives around the self can overcome desire. The one who is always obsessed with objects can never overcome desire. Man has many desires, mental dispositions and aspirations, obsessions and passions. They may all never be fulfilled. Till now history tells us no man has been able to satisfy all his desires. At the time of death he would say that a certain desire remained in his heart, it could never be fulfilled. Ravana said the same thing. Napoleon and Alexander spoke similarly. Everybody said the same thing...that his desires were still unfulfilled. If anybody had said that he was content, he must have been one who had lived around himself. All those who have lived around themselves never say that any of their desires have been left incomplete. Those who are within themselves satisfy all their desires but those who think only of others are never able to satisfy their desires. May our wisdom awaken and may we understand the value of relativity.

I do not say "objects" or "others" are of no value. I do not even say that circumstances are not of importance. Everything has its own importance. Both objects and behavioural patterns have their value. The present gross mode or aspect has also its own value. Even thought has its value. To recall and to think are also of value. The present is of value and so are the past and the future. If it is said that these things do not have any value then it would be false. Where meditation has its value, there even farming and bread have its value. If there were no bread or farming, then the importance of meditation itself would be lost. If there is bread, meditation is of value.

Bread has its own value and meditation its own. Sometimes man gives bread too much importance and then he eats more than he can manage. Even in food

man is becoming more and more independent without giving thought to whether the body benefits or not. He has forgotten the anekantic view. Sometimes he drinks too much milk, at other times he eats too many fruits. Sometimes he eats too many sweets and some other times too much bread. The tongue finds everything tasty. It also worth considering if the food eaten will benefit the body or not. Milk is tasty to the tongue but it affects the eye. Both are related. Neither the tongue nor the eye can be dealt with as independent. They both have relative value. The tongue and the intestines are related. Man gives in to the demands of his taste buds and overeats but does not consult the intestines. This independence can be dangerous. Man listens to his taste buds but not to his energy buds. This way his entire life has become independent. This increases a certain kind of obstinacy or a lack of holistic concern.

Sources
Central Chronicle - by the efforts of Mr. Lalit Garg
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