श्री गणेश मंदिर - शिक्षा वाणी
Sri Ganesh mandir - Serene Sunday Reflections
25th August 2019 : MEDITATION IN ACTION
KEYWORDS :: Karma Yoga, Meditation, Samadhi, Action, Passion, Rashtra Dharma, Jnana, Bhakti
Last week we reflected on the Importance of Karma, On the path of Karma, Karma Yoga with fully aware of the chosen destination and path as prescribed by scripters, following Dharma Sasthra through the Jnana-Marga in Devotion, Bhakti Marga; what we do is Mediation in Action / Meditative Action or Dynamic Meditation.
Meditation is Samadhi conceptually and practically it is Dharana as people practice Guided meditation, that too for a specific interval of time in groups etc. When Samadhi is the state in which you are not connected to this world and is within you, how is this possible.
As per ashtanga yoga, yama (), niyama (self-discipline), asana (Physical yoga – body making flexible), pranayama (breath practice), prathyahara (withdrawing sensory perception), dharana (concentrating on one, focused), Dhyana (devotional), samadhi (merge into self) are the progressive steps for meditation.
You must have seen when one drives, his focus is in driving and when (s)he could do it so casually and all the actions are perfect and quick response to situations without any brain activity is what proves that (s)he is an expert driver. He is in fact in Meditative action. And he is enjoying driving, the brain is not taxed and long drive is so casual. Ask him to be in a place closed eyes, it may be so difficult for him and makes him upset as he thinks the time he was wasting and is unproductive.
Same is the case with one cleaning a place, setting-up the house, reading, music, cooking, walking, lecturing, doing worship, bhajan etc. But each of us have to choose the modes of work that makes us to find in the mind of no taxing, casual, and soothing to make the life in bliss. Mostly this activity that gives us this state is that which we call as hobby, or passion.
Not many are gifted with a profession that could be a passion. But assume you are skillful and also devoted fully in that, then the action is that you enjoy. That means if the karma in which you have enough jnana and is submitted with full bhakti, that is what is Meditation in Action. Thus Jnana-Yoga and Bhakti-Yoga mixed in the action that you are leading into Karma-Yoga then that is what is Meditation in Action.
Question is will it be possible to make many / most of the activities in life as meditative, then you are in bliss. Else, for the time being when one is in that action, he is happy and rest of the time again in agony. This shouldn’t happen, as work is not done for the life; but life itself is work. Thinking that I am working to live is waste as when we work, that time itself you are not living. As whole life we are in action and the action itself is not to lead to what you think is the target of life, it is the path that is the target in the life when we think of each and every stage in relation to earlier and next stage in life.
Learning is to get a job to earn. If learning is not meditative and you don’t enjoy, you will somehow push the days and you are in a job. Your job is for getting a good wife and a good status in life. The job in hand is just done as you are aiming for something from it and it itself is not interesting. The wife and status is not your aim, but it is that what you wanted to show others that you have and you are neither enjoying all that is around in us. So whole life goes with all these troubles of future and more of external satisfaction and nothing in as to self is seen interesting and passionate. No happiness is seen and found in life, family, society, etc.
Meditative action is not just one action in meditation, all that we are into must be in sequence made into meditative and enjoying experience to make life meaningful and meditative. Any job when added to skill/knowledge and done in devotion with people around us who can enjoy the benefit, that means your actions are for a public better and social motive, you enjoy the fruit of it from the feelings of others, specialy to the benefit of the nation you are in (Rashtra Dharma).
This is the focus of Karma Yoga in Bhagavad Gita, therefore we shall reflect on Bhagavad Gita in the coming week.
----- Next Week 1st September 2019 – Bhagavad Gita ------