Hey all !! Who missed me?? Or my blog posts?? 😉 well, even if you didn’t, I did. Since last 3 Mondays I was missing my #MondayMusing blog posts. Well for the first one, it was just after Diwali Festival. No, no I am not blaming the festival as “21 random facts about me ” is still in drafts, which I planned to publish but didn’t for some reason. Will do it soon enough.
As for the last two Mondays I was in a ten-day residential course of “Vipassana”. Now you might be thinking what is this “Vipassana”.
It is simply science experienced on our own, for those who know about science. For spiritual people it is the only practical way to liberation, nirvana. For simple people it is the way to get rid of miseries and pain in life. In my words it is for everyone who actually want to explore about life and know how to live.
I have got no words to describe my thoughts. It is like you give pancakes and pastry to a dumb/mute person and ask him how it is like. (in hindi we call this situation as गूंगे का गुड़)
We all agree that there are miseries and sorrows every now and then. Life is full of good and bad moods, ups and downs, happiness and sadness. For, not good things and situations few even say that “This too shall pass”. Yes eventually everything will. CHANGE IS THE ONLY PERMANENT THING.
Many of you even know that our body is also made up of tiny cells, atoms etc. which are continuously vibrating and changing their form. All this we “believe” by words and study, not by experience. We don’t know we just believe.
There is a difference between “believing” and “knowing”
We have heard so much about how to live, how to manage things, how to behave in anger or how to handle situations. But all these are just from the upper layer of the mind. Deep within our mind is still the same. Keep on reacting..keep on collecting miseries keep on agitating self and others. It is not under our control. Is it?? Nope.
Vipassana teaches this, How to apply all these words and sayings practically in day to day life. Vipassana lets you know what you have been believing since ages.
Vipassana means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills.
It teaches what “Shuddha Dharma” , “Pure Dhamma” is.
What is Dharma / Dhamma (in pali language). It has nothing to do with a particular “sect” . Yes, all these years we have lost the true meaning of dhamma. It means the law of nature. It is not hindu, not Muslim, not Christian, not Jain, or any sect. Dhamma means nature. Like it is the nature of fire to burn, it is nature of ice to provide coldness. It is their dharma, it is their pure nature. Irrespective of any sect or religion.
So in deeper meaning Vipassana is Pure Dhamma / Shuddha Dharma.
Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body.
The scientific laws that operate one’s thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterized by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace.
This is so scientific and clear that one cannot raise a single doubt against it.
The entire practice is actually a mental training. Just as we use physical exercises to improve our bodily health, Vipassana can be used to develop a healthy and purified mind.
The course requires very hard and serious work. There are four areas one will learn during the course –
1. Sheel / Precepts – The first step is, for the period of the course, to abstain from killing, stealing, sexual activity, speaking falsely, and intoxicants. Nothing wrong. One should follow all these. Right??
2. Samadhi / Mastering Mind – This step is to develop some mastery over the mind. Who doesn’t want this?? And this is done by observing normal natural breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils.
3. Pragya /Pannya – In this important step one learn while observing sensations throughout the body, understanding their nature, and developing equanimity by learning not to react to them.
4. Mangal Maitri /Metta Bhawna – When you find some precious gem, you want to share it. You want others also to be happy as you are happy. On the last full day participants learn the meditation of loving kindness or goodwill towards all.
While reading all this, you might be thinking what’s the big task. It is so easy. I insist just attend one course. Yes take the first step.
Do not just believe what I am saying. Go, give it a try. know yourself, experience it yourself, check it, then only believe.
For further details visit the website – http://www.dhamma.org
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