For an ongoing discussion with a philosophy teacher who did define meditation as super-consciousness, I looked up the most rudimentary definitions of the pragmatic Wikipedians:
a.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meditation (points 1 – 6)
b.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhyana_in_Hinduism (points 7 – 11.3)
c.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhyāna_in_Buddhism (points 11.4 – 13)
- “a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity”
- meditation is derived from Old French meditacioun, in turn from Latin meditatio from a verb meditari, meaning “to * think, contemplate, devise, ponder”
- covers a wide range of dissimilar practices in different traditions
*”think[ing] deeply about (something)”;
- ” focusing one’s mind for a period of time”,
- “the act of giving your attention to only one thing, either as a religious activity or as a way of becoming calm and relaxed”,
- “to engage in mental exercise (such as concentrating on one’s breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness.”
*to get beyond the reflexive, “discursive thinking”
- Dhyana is taken up in Yoga exercises, and is a means to samadhi and self-knowledge.
- “sustained attention”
- and the “application of mind to the chosen point of concentration”
- Dhyana is non-judgmental, non-presumptuous observation of that object.
- Dhyana means contemplation and meditation.
- The root of the word is Dhi refers to “imaginative vision” and associated with goddess Saraswati with powers of knowledge, wisdom and poetic eloquence. It is a composite of three terms, namely dhyai,
- upasana (“dwelling upon”),
- and bhavana (“cultivating”).
- the term jhāna (Skt. dhyāna) is derived from the verb jhayati, “to think or meditate,” while the verb jhapeti, “to burn up,” explicates its function, namely burning up opposing states, burning up or destroying “the mental defilements preventing […] the development of serenity and insight.”
- the training of the mind, commonly translated as meditation, to withdraw the mind from the automatic responses to sense-impressions, and leading to a “state of perfect equanimity and awareness
- “to see, to look,” “to show.”
I did not find a terminology of super conscious there, so my understanding of meditation is that it is a tool to reach super consciousness, not the super consciousness in itself.
The difference being similar to define music as “excitement”, when in fact it can be a tool to reach excitement.
And the reason why I am so pedantic, is because I am of the opinion that especially in the non-material world we have to be very clear as to what we talk about in order to create a clear structure of the abstract realm of spirituality.
The earlier we get sloppy, the more muddled a picture becomes.
Now I ask you readers:
What does the word meditation mean to you specifically ?
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Meditation has to have some structure, a breath pattern or more.
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That is a great answer, David,
within this week I will write an article about the elaborate Buddhist view on meditation which is less concerned with techniques than the mental attitudes.
Initially I learned a bit of Zen and later moved on to Sodarshan Chakra Kriya, because, like you, I also believe that yogic techniques do change our energy.
About 1-2 years ago (after purely having focussed on building up the SCK-time) I was dissapointed that the maximum time did not yield significant results, so I did search around for a better mental attitude I could implement and on my search came along some self-realisation books from the teacher of Nisragadatta Maharaj and also looked into my attitude towards the divine (which was spoiled for me by the authoritative catholic father figure I was made to believe).
Additionally I recently also looked into Raja Yoga (which to me does not seem to be other yogic techniques but ethical guidelines, such as Buddhism has).
Very slowly I come to the conclusion that we should utilise all techniques: guided yoga-movements to balance out our internal energy, the right approach to the divine within, a sincerety or integrity and I think on the higher level even a willingness to let go of all residual self-images – even the one of being the big yoga-teacher, the great health-advisor etc…
Your input always is valuable, so I have to let you know that in case you get my blog through twitter (where you seem to be my ownly follower ;-) that is good, and if you rely on the wordpress feed, feel free to simply just resubscribe, because I recently did weed out all but 7 subscribers who did confirm in my questionaire that they still are active. So please don’t take it personal that you also were unsubscribed – just read my homepage, then you will see that I simply cleared out everyone.
I admire you for your continuing persistence to do SCK amongst other 3HO exercises,