How to Meditate: A Step-by-Step Beginner's Guide to Meditation
|I want meditation to be like surfing. Can it be?|
|Om (aum), Sanskrit|
Ancient History of Meditation
|There is the ultimate, the gone beyond: nirvana|
In its earliest forms, it appears to have been part of the early Vedic tradition in Bharat (proto-India). Over a thousand years later, it became part of Buddhist practices in India, Central Asia, and China, home of Taoism.
Interest in meditation was later cultivated in Western society, first by Philo of Alexandria and later by Saint Augustine.
To fully grasp the history of meditation, it’s important to note the split that appeared in the Eastern traditions of the Vedas (Brahmanism now Hinduism) and Buddhist meditation, respectively.
While Hindus believed that meditation could be used to essentially commune with GOD (Brahman) or be reborn with God (Brahma), the Buddhist perspective held that we could use the practice to break the cycle of rebirth and awaken (gain enlightenment) and better understand the interconnectedness between all things.
It is this non-religious reading of meditation that is most commonly adhered to today... More