Why I meditate

Why I meditate

I meditate so that I will improve.

I tried improving through my own efforts. A person can learn to type and master languages or become a very good skater through practice, trial and error, study – everything of one’s own effort. But there is a limit.

To improve in the real sense, to be something better at the end of your life than you were when you arrived here demands more than just skills and talents. It demands change.

To change, to become something different – better than what you were yesterday – requires that which is greater than effort. It requires surrender. That’s what meditation is. It is surrendering yourself to that which is beyond yourself. It is the desire to become your greater self, which is beyond your body, beyond your mind and beyond your ego.

That is why I meditate. To improve.

Richard Payment is a film librarian at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada. He is also the editor of The Divine Cool Breeze magazine. He has enjoyed the benefits of Sahaja Yoga for 28 years. Richpay

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  • Chad
    Sep 17, 2008
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    Agreed! Surrender requires an understanding that an unlimited power exists, and yet, how can one accept such a power other than in blind faith. Our mind is limited thus it does not comprehend that which is limitless. Through self-realization we feel the connection to that which is unlimited in a subtle but believable way. Thus the Sahaja Yogi need not act on blind faith, but on a certain understanding as felt on her or his central nervous system.

    I believe there is a book coming out on how science removed itself from religion as a reaction against religious persecution of scientists in previous ages. It is my belief that there will come a time that science will remove itself from religion in the dogmatic sense, but not remove itself from a quest of understanding the Divine.

    For all of the limitations of blind faith and organized religion I think many of us of have failed to see the limitations of empirical science. This too can be blind when convenient.

    Perhaps a common ground between the two may be in the fine arts. But a true fine art not limited by the intellect, rather driven by an innate connection to the Divine.

    The scientist in a sense belongs to the category of artists as well for they provide alternate ways of seeing the world. Through arts, science and Sahaja Yoga meditation, we may gain the greatest understanding of humanity ever known.



  • Rohit
    Oct 24, 2009
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    extremely well written !! After realization, religion goes beyond belief or disbelief it becomes a living state in you!!!



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