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I want to meditate, but...
Yes. This is the problem with the people. All kinds of people, all over the world, want to meditate, but they can't. They spend most of the day by keeping the eyes 'open' - working, reading, writing, playing, etc. They watch the TV for long hours. It means, it is not a problem to keep the eyes open - the problem is in closing the eyes. Yes. It is true that we can't sit quietly and close the eyes, because thoughts, many, many thoughts attack our mind like mosquitoes, making it extremely difficult to sit with closed eyes. The many thoughts create anxiety, worry, fear that is unbearable. With added problem of leg pain, backache and other body pain, how is it possible to sit with closed eyes? Not able to close the eyes means not able to meditate. Meditation means sitting quietly with the closed eyes.
Why are we not able to meditate?
Human mind navigates 'three mental states' - nadis - all the time, day-in & day-out and these states are called ida, pingala and sushumna. In ida, the mind is inward - passive, worried / over thinking, etc., and in pingala, the mind is outward - active and wants to do many things. It is only in the state of sushumna that the mind is in a state of 'no-thoughts' and 'no-thoughts' means meditation. Mind is a monkey and it is extremely difficult to tame the mind. Hence, a lot of yoga practice is required. There is an asana called 'padhadhirasana', which helps to balance ida and pingala, so that mind becomes calm & quite - sushumna.
Among many meditations, 'Vipassana' is one of the best. It is easy involving no tantra, no mantra. Sit quietly - watch the breath - how it enters and exits in the nostrils. Take a 10-day holiday and enjoy the experience of unexperienced in a vipassana meditation centre.
To meditate, the mind must be in 'still' state. Because we are not in 'still-mind' state, we are unable to meditate.
- Raghavendrachar (Yoga shikshak & sujok acupuncturist), Bangalore, India