Activity of mind is necessary for existence. In our day-to-day life cannot move with an inactive mind. However the mind gets so engrossed in the activity that it forgets the very purpose of this activity and blindly gets caught-up in the unceasing cycle of mental activity. Mind gets tired with this unending mental activity.
Secondly every moment the mind perceives the world around it through the five senses. Every perception gives rise to some thoughts and emotions. Some are pleasant and some unpleasant. These perceptions along with associated thoughts and emotions get stored in memory as impressions. Stronger the associated emotions stronger are these impressions. Thus we collect millions of impressions with passage of time. Some impressions are strong, some are not so strong. These past impressions in the mind colour our perception of present moment. Unless the mind is free from all past impressions it will never be able to perceive the present moment ‘as it is’. Unless the mind is free from all past impressions it will never be able to perceive the Truth ‘as it is’.
Tired mind and too many impressions in the mind cause:
- Loss of enthusiasm & energy
- Excessive stress
- Lack of focus
- and finally, derangement of the mind.
Nature has given some inbuilt mechanisms like sleep and dreams to erase or dilute some of the impressions. However present day hectic and stressful life demands something more. Meditation is the solution for all these problems of the mind.
Meditation is a delicate art of doing ‘nothing’ on the level of thoughts and yet having completely restful and alert mind. A meditative mind is silent and at the same time an alert mind. Meditation gives mind the deep rest it yearns for and at the same time it cleanses the mind of unhealthy impressions. It improves perception as well as improves communication and expression. It energizes and rejuvenates the mind in all aspects. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji says, “Meditation brings inner peace, gives energy to cope up with difficult situations and unites the hearts and minds of people.”
Meditation is a skill which needs to be mastered. The easiest and most effective way to learn meditation is to learn it from a Guru who has mastered the art of meditation. In a very subtle way the meditative mind of a Guru gently guides the mind of a disciple on the path of meditation. On this path the communication between a Guru and disciple is almost non-verbal. The few words the Guru utters, to guide the disciple into meditation, are there only to communicate something which is beyond words.
8th AUGUST 2015 is a special day for meditation and all the meditators. It is a golden opportunity for the uninitiated ones to learn meditation. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji will be conducting online guided meditation for the whole world from Russia. This event “The Planet Meditates” aims to bring together over 100,000 people meditating at the same time all over the world, and also setting a Guiness Record! It is an opportunity to experience meditation with the Master as well as opportunity to participate in a World Record event. It is said that when 1000’s of minds meditate together it has leaves a positive impact on the whole planet.
Don’t forget to become a part of this historic opportunity by registering on http://planetmeditates.org/ .The event is scheduled on 8th August 2015 at 2:00pm GMT / 7:30pm IST. Log on to http://artofliving.org/webcast or the Sri Sri App on your mobile to join the LIVE online meditation with Sri Sri.