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The space for meditation is truly special.

It can have a tectonic impact on the quality of your meditation practice. It did for me. Here are a few
things to consider when creating your own meditation space..

Select a small corner of a room you like (for e.g. living room/bedroom/back Porsche/patio but not
bathroom or kitchen or close to a shoe rack etc. Avoid using your bed if possible).

Place your meditation chair/seat here. A pillow or a cushion would also work. Consider including some
plants in this vicinity (Combination of Holy Basil and Marjoram is a fantastic choice for meditation rooms
– they store up the vibratory charge and also have a sanctifying function on it). In your mind, mark an
area around that place where you intend to sit for meditation. Make a vow to yourself that the only
reason you would enter this space is when you wish to meditate or do something related to it, and for
nothing else.

Not even reading a book!

This is your own space for meditation. But wait, it hasn’t become a meditation space yet. It needs to be

Align your meditation time with your body’s circadian rhythm. The best time would be sometime
between 4 am & 6 am everyday. If this is not possible, choose a time convenient to you, (before food).
Commit to this time as an appointment with the most important person.

Meditate at exactly the same time everyday in this space in the same posture (the one you are
comfortable in).

It helps to have authentic guidance. ‘Heart in tune’ is a great free mobile app that provides authentic,
advanced guidance with good resources for a meditator.

After sometime, maybe a few months, you will feel a distinct and holy vibe as soon as you enter this

Now, this has truly become a meditation space.

For some reason this seems to be the eternal dilemma that hounds the psyche of most people. Society,
specially the religious zealots are so hung up and fanatically dogmatic about holy books. Almost every
single genuinely realized teacher has said that the truth given in the books only serve to remind you of
the possibility that the life as a human offers you. They may also help inspire you to do something about
it. They may also help ascertain various experiences on the way even. But most of the times bookish
knowledge about experiences is more an obstacle, and is not reflective of a genuine experience.

Shankracharya is believed to have said –

“books dont help you in realization. And once realization is achieved, books are of little use”
Of course, this doesn’t apply to people who have been prepared by their guide sufficiently. Those who
are ready, a mere hint can send them into throes of ecstatic experiences or even realization of the
reality of the universe.

Sage Jabala is supposed to have seen a few birds, and animals on his way and attained realization. But
this was possible only because his guru Haridrumata Gautama was working on him behind the scenes for
an extended period of time. It is said that Hazrat Harun, by a mere glance transformed a whole room of
pots into painted ones with the name of God inscribed on them. He was only a painter and spent most
of his time in Meditation.

In fact it is believed that Rumi’s spiritual guide ordered him to throw away all his books in river, and
come with nothing if he wanted to become His (Shams Tabrez’s) disciple.

Lord Krishna mentions (in the Bhagvad Gita) that the way to understand the truth is –

“by living a life that is conducive to understanding it, seeking out someone who has experienced it and
knows the truth, and by serving that person”.

Yes, there might be special vibrations in words that are heard and recorded as is from a higher
dimension (Sruti, Quran etc.) that can open up profound experiences when read with surrender and
openness or recited with a particular tone and meter. But even for this one needs to be first initiated by
a genuine guide.

But not everyone has the required desire or interest to seek such a thing. Most of us are drowned in the
trappings of sensual gratification, which are really poor quality reflections of what we truly seek, and we
are content with checking the boxes of religious propriety and social acceptance.
Quoting Shankracharya again,

“These three things are extremely difficult to obtain. They are obtained after immense efforts, and with
special blessings… the fortune of being born as a human., the desire to be free (attain liberation), and the
patronage of a great one who can help you achieve this”

Only when the three of them act together can something worth its while occur. Rest are just writings on
water. Hence, the question that matters is, who is a genuine teacher?
Today there are so many, yet too few.

I always felt it was the other way round. Religion was created because meditation works. Because it
works so well if done right.

Religion. Spirituality. These are vague constructs of human mind, programs that societies evolve in order
to align unitedly towards things that change paradigms. Can I say to support evolution.

The ultimate quest of all earthly beings – happiness, lies in a simple event: the stillness of the mind. In
this stillness, the mind becomes, a powerful singularity. And this is not just the basis of profound peace,
but also the basis for the powers to act in ways commonly not understood (read extraordinary). (Note:
power by definition, is the ability to do work. What work? That is something to ponder. Why does it
need to be done? After the work is done what is it that is left?)

When the frequency of the mind waves resonate with the ambient frequency of the universe, deep
peacefulness and joyfulness is experienced. (the ones who experienced understood this state as samaadi -the original balanced state of the mind). The conflicting vibrations of pride and insecurities, desire
and hatred, etc. seesawed the mind into a frenzied cacophony. This noise disturbed the mind.

Meditation is just the process that accelerates tuning back into the resonance of your heart. Eliminating
the separation between the mind and the heart – ego.

Techniques are taught. When the techniques work really well they are widely accepted. And then they
solidify, become rigid. The focus is trapped within the letter rather than the spirit. They become
contorted and made complicated.

They become religions.

What had once started with a simple purpose – to create stillness in the mind, and for the sublimation of
the ego, now creates confusion & chaos and amplifies the ego.. The bridge that was created to reach
infinity has become the wall.

That is why i am of the opinion that any simple, authentic system of meditation practiced with pure
enthusiasm and clarity of purpose, free of religious clothing, may actually work better than approaching
it with preconditioned beliefs.

Just thinking out loud…

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