What is Meditation?

Meditation is a process whereby the mind is withdrawn from external thoughts and concentrated on a single object. This object may be a word, idea, point, process, image, or some combination of the above. When the mind is made calm, it can reflect upon itself and experience the truth of its own nature more clearly. This is called self-realization. This calmness also removes the waves of agitation which cut us off from each other and the universe. Thus, meditation helps us experience unity and harmony with the world we live in.

Our human mind has a most unique and valuable quality – the ability of self-transformation. It can expand and contract; it can change its shape and nature. It can make itself resemble any object, simply by concentrating on that object. Our minds are true “shape-shifters”. In meditation, we use this quality to free ourselves from defects and limitations and mold ourselves into what we truly wish to become. By meditating on love, little by little, we are transformed into love. By meditating on God, little by little, we are transformed into God. Thus, through meditation, we can realize our unlimited potentialities.

A steady, clear and positive mind is the source of power from which all our abilities come. Thus, by practicing meditation we improve every aspect of our lives - self-understanding, understanding of others, appreciation of life, ability to handle difficulties, capacity for self-healing, etc.

While on the surface we may appear separate, in reality we are all interconnected. Meditation withdraws the mind from the superficial separateness and focuses it in the deeper level of universal oneness. Thus, meditation brings connection between everyone and everything.

Benefits of Meditation:

  • Mental clarity and peace.
  • Feeling of bliss and enhanced well-being.
  • Transcending negative complexes and developing positive self-image.
  • Self-knowledge and deeper awareness in all aspects of life.
  • Vitality, longevity and stronger immune system.
  • Emotional stability and cheerfulness.
  • Forgiveness and detachment.
  • Lower pulse rate and less anxiety.
  • Increased ability to handle stress and adapt to different circumstances.
  • Sense of meaning and purpose; feeling of progress.
  • Better concentration and improved memory.
  • Self-control and fearlessness.


Many people want to meditate, but simply do not have a clear understanding of what meditation really is. In the following video, Dada Rainjitananda explains clearly the process and technique of Yogic meditation in its various steps.

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