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Meditative truth

india Updated: Dec 21, 2010 00:13 IST
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The Buddhist way of meditation , says Samdhong Rinpoche, is the way to seek the ultimate truth and not to seek peace because you have a disturbed mind and that you want to get rid of your frustrations. The Rinpoche, a scholar monk and the prime minister of the Tibetan Government- in- exile, says such people should better take a couple of pills for quicker results.

In his book, Buddhist Meditation, the Rinpoche says some people do meditation as a way of therapy for curing physical and mental problems. He admits that meditation does cure problems but he advices one to better go for modern medicines that give quicker results.

The point that one is reminded of is that before going in for any kind of meditation, one must ask oneself why one wants to do meditation. The motive behind the intention to do meditation is important. One must keep in mind that meditation is primarily meant to seek the truth, to see who we are and why we are here. It is not a way to give ourselves temporary relief from our day-to-day problems.

In Buddha terminology, it is searching for our selflessness or searching for that which is illusive within. Meditation is worthwhile if one is serious about the meaning of one’s life and also about what to do with others who are yet to find themselves out.

The seriousness that meditation demands can be understood if one understands the two aspects of meditation — dharma and bhavana. Dharana means concentration and bhavana means to ponder, investigate and analyse. The power of an analysing mind on a subject or object alone can lead one to meditation that takes one towards self-realisation.

Meditation , therefore, is an act and a means through which one can discover one’s real self. The knowledge or the understanding of the real self alone helps one realise the purpose of life and thereby discovering the truth, the ultimate bliss. So, take life seriously enough and let it not be wasted away in one’s daily struggle for existence.