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What is meditation?
When you are talking about meditation, you have to understand first that meditation is not the matter to the hermit or the ordained ones only. But meditation is the way to train and develop your mind to become more stable, adhere to the goodness and have a better quality of mind. In the Buddhism, the worldly people can meditate to be happier and get better livings and the ordinants can meditate as the way to free own self from all defilements.
However, meditation is universal. It means that not only Buddhist can do, the other religious followers can do too. Meditation is focusing on the own practice because the practitioners will get and understand about the result of meditation by themselves. And if they have any question, they can ask the expert with the accurate questions corresponding to their experience. Although the meditation theories have been described thoroughly, the practitioners may overlook it while they are meditating.
The Meanings of Meditation
Meditation can explain its meaning in many aspects including to the meditation effects and its processing, for example, meditation is calm, comfortable and happy feeling that human can make. In Buddhism, meditation has been appointed to be a regulation for the doers will have a better life, be conscious and intelligent. There is no limit of age or gender for meditation. Everyone can meditate simply.
The meanings in the aspect of meditation effects
Meditation is the indication of mind being in only one emotion continuously or the indication of mind being still, not wandering. The concentrated mind is united to be one, clean and clear enough to see how pure the mind is. The pure mind will cause that person to have a strong willpower, be smart and happy in the same time.1
The meaning in the aspect of processing
In the other hand, meditation in the aspect of processing is the stableness of mind, the stable state of mind in/on to something or the mind standstills to something without wandering.
The meaning in the aspect of the Dhammakaya attainment
The Most Ven. Phrarajbhavanavisudh said about the meaning of meditation in the aspect of practicing that meditation is the way to standstill your mind within your physical body. That is to let your mind to come back into your body in the happy and comfortable mood. It is to let your wandering mind in various emotions or thoughts e.g. family, business, studying problems etc. to come back into your body and have only one emotion – peaceful emotion. The Most Ven. has referred to the Great Master Phramongkolthepmuni’s words that meditation is about how to reunite your seeing–sphere, remembering–sphere, thinking–sphere, and understanding-sphere to be the only one sphere with the peaceful emotion within your body. The way to meditate well enough to attain Dhammakaya is the way of training your mind to be standstill within your body.2
1Phrabhavanaviriyakhun (Ven. Dattajeevo Bhikkhu), [B.E. 2545] The Real Monk, Pathum Thani, p. 210.
2 Phrarajbhavanavisudh, [B.E. 2537] The First Sunday Sermon, (November 6th, 1994) Pathum Thani.
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