What is Meditation According to Upanishads?
16 Nov

What is Meditation According to Upanishads?

We have been reading different kinds of meditation beginning which are mention in different scriptures such as in the Kathopanishad, the Bhagavadgita, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Epics and Puranas, and so forth. In the Upanishadic method of meditation, which is the predominant found in all these Vedantic texts. 

In the Upanishadic method wherein meditation becomes identical with understanding. It is spiritual enlightenment taking place inside and settling upon Reality through meditation. Knowledge is the undercurrent of the thought of the Upanishads. That is why they are called scriptures on jnana, tattva Darshana. They deal with Reality, the Supreme Being.

Chandogya is one of the oldest Upanishad in which defined as a “Meditation is greater than the mind in which we meditated through the earth, Heaven as it and the water. The atmosphere in which meditated are both men and gods. Those who worship God as meditation as far as meditation extends, so far does he gain the power to act as he wills".

The Upanishads consider meditation as intense mental worship. A beginner can meditate on some visual Divine form and develop his concentration. With progress in adeptness, he can move on to an audible symbol which can be a mystical syllable from the scripture. In the third stage, the seeker can dwell on qualities of the Divine in a particular manifestation. 

The form of the Divine should be looked on as the essence of universal consciousness. The fourth and the last stage of meditation is meditating on inner self as identical with all-pervading pure universal consciousness. Meditation goes on like ‘I am He' or ‘I am His'

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