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Meditation unites us in the Age of Division

Each of us is inexorably shaped by the environment of which we are a part. Our language, culture, politics and belief systems are all influenced by where we are born and how we are brought up to view the world.  This process of relative conditioning affects all of us in varying degrees and is a major factor in the emergence of the “Age of Division” in which we find ourselves today.

 

Where does the solution lie?

 

by David Dunphy

How meditation helps in being balanced and grounded

While meditation has a number of benefits, we at Sahaja, are unique in bringing out some unusual benefits you may not commonly hear about with the scores of other forms of meditation in the market. That is because Sahaja is a very deep, holistic and intricate practice. It works at the deepest levels inside you – your subtle energy system of chakras – to produce multiple benefits.

 

A while ago, we explained how meditation can help avoid lethargy within you.

 

Today, we’d like to share another uncommon benefit – strategies on how to use meditation for becoming more balanced and grounded. What makes this discussion even more interesting is that most people have some sort of vague and generic understanding of what those two terms really mean or will feel like. And admittedly, it’s more cool these days to say “My meditation just blew away my stress” than tell someone “Meditation helps me stay grounded”.  The latter remark is sure to raise some eyebrows even though it is a much more sustainable and longer-term benefit and positive outcome.

 

We’d like to define them in a very practical way and how you can experience the benefits of being balanced and grounded on an everyday basis.

by Shankar Ramani

The top 3 benefits of meditation simplified

Earlier today, I was conducting a meditation session for a group at Youngstown Ohio when I tried to simplify and summarize the benefits of meditation. It occurred to me that sometimes life needs to be very simple.

 

While we all are looking for something out of it, at Sahaja Online we undertook an endeavor to unearth every possible benefit, the scientific backing behind it and shared it all with you.

 

But can we provide a simplistic view of the top 3 benefits? A simple upshot of what is possible with meditation? Here it is.

 

by Shankar Ramani

How to focus on Spiritual Evolution

Intellectual and spiritual evolution are not the same

 

How does one measure spiritual evolution? If someone asked you “How spiritually evolved are you?”, what will your answer be? And how do you justify your answer?

 

Tough questions, hardly any doubt. More than that, these are very subtle and very much subject to an individual’s interpretation of their his or her goal in life and also interests and passion.

 

Those who think they are spiritually evolved and mature can very easily fall into the trap of confusing spiritual evolution with intellectual evolution. The latter is straightforward. Human civilization has made amazing advances in every area, especially in the last 100 years. Our lives and living standards have been transformed compared to our ancestors. It feels like technology modernization is running away from us, so fast that we cannot even catch up.

 

In many ways, the collective worldview is also a lot more mature. For the most part, people agree on many fundamental tenets without any dispute or disagreements – for instance, racism is not a good thing. Nor is sexual harassment. Peace and negotiations are always better than any kind of war. Basic human rights and freedom of speech should not be denied to anyone.

 

A few centuries ago, or even a few decades ago, all these weren’t a given. We were still trying to find a mature and acceptable view of these topics.

 

But could one say that we have spiritually evolved and are much better off than we were decades or centuries ago?

 

Unfortunately, the answer is no. In fact, the bad news is that we may even be worse off than we were decades or centuries ago. Why is it so?

 

by Shankar Ramani

Becoming a skilled meditator

You’ll be surprised to know how precise Meditation and Spirituality can be in the way they work and the outcomes they produce. It’s very common to come across a lot of vague, feel good and ambiguous offerings and techniques in this area. Those who want to make money out of meditation exploit this very aspect very well.

 

Who after all knows a lot of detailed, specific things about meditation or the spiritual instrument within us? Just promise a bunch of things that people want to hear or wow them with some mystical, magical stuff and people will buy it just to try out something new and fancy.

 

Worse, many of them simply use auto-suggestion, a form of self-induced suggestion that may make you believe that you’re in a meditative or spiritual or relaxed state. When in reality, nothing actually happens.

 

Well, not Sahaja, for sure. We’re here to prove, demonstrate and share very specific constructs and knowledge of how meditation works and the spiritual basis behind it. We like defining everything very precisely and clearly and backing that up with science as well as practitioner experiences that serve as anecdotal information.

 

And arguably, meditation is a skill by itself and not very easy to master. Since we’re not here to sell you anything, we’d like to tell you that it takes patience, perseverance, and hard work to acquire this skill in order to realize the benefits. Yes, you heard it, you cannot become skillful or an expert unless you really work hard after learning a lot from expert instructors.

 

Here’s our favorite list of precise aspects in our meditation practice that we’re in fact, proud of. And tips on how you can become a skilled meditator.

by Shankar Ramani