During Meditation stress and tensions are released. A state of deep relaxation is achieved effortlessly and in a systematic way. Meditation is experienced as something very useful, pleasant, and refreshing. It strengthens us mentally and physically. It develops the full mental potential and brings more stability and success to our life in all our endeavors.
The word ìmeditationî comes from the Latin word ìmeditireî. The first part of this word signifies ìmediumî (the source, center of our being) and the second part ìireî means ìto moveî. It is the same meaning which we find in the Yoga Sutras of Maharishi Patanjali:
ìyogas citta-v?tti-nirodha?ì (Y.S.I.2.).
Yoga means to transcend the activity of the mind. This sutra gives the principle of meditation. Transcend all mental activity and come back to yourself. During our daily activities we are more or less out of ourselves. The purpose of meditation is to experience our true self which is pure, transcendental consciousness, the state of Yoga. To achieve this, many meditation methods were designed. Each method takes some area of life from which it starts its journey, enabling the meditator to transcend the mental activities and reach the goal, the Self. To serve its purpose, meditation must transcend its own process.
Any of the senses can be used to bring awareness inward (pratyahara) and hold attention on the object of the sense (dharana), experience finer levels of the object of that sense organ (dhyana), and finally transcend the finest experience of the object and achieve unity of subject and object (samapati), in their common basis of the Unified Field, Pure Consciousness (Samadhi).
Transcendental MeditationTranscendental Meditation, brought to light by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, is a simple, natural, and effortless technique which gives the experience of “restful alertness”. Transcendental Meditation is practiced for 15-20 minutes twice a day, sitting comfortably with eyes closed. In these few minutes, stress and tension are dissolved.
Yoga NidraThe sleep of yogis is called Yoga Nidra. The yogi does not sleep – only his body sleeps. Jivatma (the Self of the yogi) is constantly awake. In the practice of Yoga Nidra, the yogi relaxes his body parts one by one and thereby induces a process of relaxation.