Developing A Sense Of Equanimity

Posted: 05.06.2008
Updated on: 12.03.2009


Thursday, June 5, 2008

 

The complete definition of this world is tied in these two words: like & dislike. Our entire behaviour is regulated by like & dislike. Hence, the necessity for a third eye arose. The third eye should open. The third eye is the eye of equanimity. 'The third eye' is often talked about today.

Preksha means the development of the sense of equanimity - to open the eye of equanimity. When this eye is opened, we will see- and only see. We will try to comprehend Reality, know the Truth. Neither the feeling of like nor dislike will be linked to this. This is the balanced management of our sensory perception.

The purpose of Preksha meditation is that we bring out this form of sensory perception, wherein we only see.

This is not possible without practice: to only see, only hear. Neither should the feeling of like nor dislike arise along with this perception. We should understand the motive of the word only. This is a very great power, which can be developed only through balanced management of our senses. Our mind remains entangled in the five senses. The mind is by nature, restless. We should not treat it otherwise because this is its very nature.

Since the mind is creative and a sum total of many thoughts, restlessness or unsteadiness is its intrinsic nature.

We should learn to balance it also completely. Many thoughts come to us at a time. One thought is followed by another. Thoughts are born according to the circumstances and also come from the stream of feelings within. The two streams of the mind's instability are from within as well as from outside.

Meditation means to control the wavering nature of mind and to decrease its instability. The two words are 'restlessness' & 'one-pointlessness'. The mind cannot remain stable at one point. Its preferences keep on changing. This is the restless state of mind. When it stabilises at an object or at a point, it attains the steady state.

The primary definition of meditation is the practice of concentration of the mind at one point or base. As our mind is able to remain steady for a longer and longer time on a preferred point (which we choose), our concentration power has increased and restlessness has reduced.

It is necessary to decrease restlessness. All the problems that are being created owe their cause largely to restlessness. If there is a small problem and the mind is restless, even a tiny (mustard-seed-sized) problem can magnify into one that is the size of a mountain. On the contrary, if our restlessness has abated, then the problem is also small, while high restlessness augments the magnitude of the problem.

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