Shanti

Shanti (Peace)
– by His Holiness Maitreya Rudrabhayananda ji

Duality in life> Restlessness> Discontentment>Hatred and Fear

Duality is the life we all lead. This duality creates a sense of restlessness in a
person. This leads to a state of discontentment, which is the cause for all the
emotional activities that our mind creates in every event of life. Small events
become the source of outbursts of hatred, anger, sadness, depression, tears and
lead to trauma. This creates a sense of fear and the person shuts himself in a
cocoon. He fears everything and everyone. He starts building a conditioned
lifestyle that is so unique to himself that he starts feeling there is no one in the
world who suffers more than him.
Imagine a world filled with such people and everyone crying for peace. They look
for every event that transpires to prove that peace exists. They look at pictures of
Saints and Sages, start worshipping their calmness in the feeling that they too
shall get peace. They also go to various saints, sages and teachers to learn the art
of peace. But they fail to realize that externally nothing can be found. Only the
moment they are able to be still and are able to delve within that they find the
peace and harmony. People talk about meditation with a notion that it is about
sitting idle. Yes. The difference being that meditation is actually an art that is
simple yet most difficult to be able sit and do nothing.
A simple way to start meditation process is to sit comfortably and silently in
a room for one or two hours daily. There should be absolute silence in the
room. It is possible that the first few days it will be uncomfortable when one
is distracted with bodily itching, wavering of thoughts, stiffness of joints. But
make sure that you do not move your body during the period. If the mind
wanders, allow it to do so. Do not stop anything – if itching happens, scratch,
stiffness should be borne. But in all the cases, be very slow in moving the
body. Let the movements be like that of a snail. Bring the awareness to the
event that has made the body make the movement. Once the event is over,
become silent in thoughts until the occurrence of another event. For example
if you want to scratch, move the hand very slowly to the spot. Let not the
movement make any other body part to move. Scratch the spot and slowly
bring the hand back to its original position.
This practice is the basis for allowing the person to become a Sadhaka
(seeker). Unless you have perfection in this simple yet powerful technique,
all the other techniques will become superfluous. Practicing any technique
without basic preparation shall give you some pleasure and experience only
for a short period of time because then the mind will get unattached with the
technique itself. This makes you look for more avenues and techniques for
getting the satisfaction. This technique if perfected makes you calm and
quiet resolving all the problem areas in the body and mind.
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Aum Shanti Shanti Shanti Aum
Aum Shanti Shanti Shanti Aum
Aum Shanti Shanti Shanti Aum


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