The result of practicing silent meditation is that of a clear mind and a razor-sharp perception. Allowing the mind to settle into a more stable frequency is a gradual process.
Though the practice is needed to advance your meditation, achieving bliss is meant to be simple — as it represents your most natural state. The simplicity of meditation can be found in some of the earliest teachings to have ever been known to exist.
Vedic Period (c. 1500 – c. 500 BCE)
Vedism is the ancient religion of the Indo-Aryan civilizations that takes its name from the collections of sacred texts – the Vedas (wisdom, knowledge, or vision).
The Veda is a body of knowledge considered to be the most sacred books of India. Many historians would agree that these very well could be the earliest documents of the human mind.
Stemming from the original scriptures of Hindu teachings, the Vedas are believed to contain the source of spiritual knowledge encompassing all aspects of universal life.
According to legend, this foundation of knowledge is not manmade. The original Vedic scriptures were believed to have been taught by the Gods to the sages — forming the basis of all philosophy. Vedic meditation was used as an effective way to regularly stay in touch with this source.
Believed to remain the most comprehensive and universal of all ancient scriptures, the Vedas are not only books of mystic teachings. Some philosophers say that all human knowledge, known and yet to be known, is hidden in the Vedas in symbolic form, including all scientific discoveries and innovation.
As there are still many secrets that are not completely understood, the core essence of the Vedas are based on the principle concepts of Satya and Rita.
- Satya: The principle of integration rooted in the absolute — the nature of reality.
- Rita: The expression of Satya, which regulates and coordinates the operation of the universe and everything in it.
These concepts eventually evolved into the Hindu paths of yoga, meditation, and ayurvedic medicine.
The Vedic Meditation Technique
Based on the ancient realization that man could find tremendous resources through the development of his consciousness, Vedic meditation is the result of thousands of years of contemplation and investigation into the inner workings of the mind and body as well as the spirit of nature.
Today Vedic meditation is considered to be the most natural form of meditation and often used a freestyle technique designed for people living busy lives.
Vedic is a mental technique that allows you to experience fully-awake restful consciousness. Achieving this meditation is meant to be effortless and completely natural.
This is accomplished by simply sitting comfortably with your eyes closed for about 20 minutes, and is traditionally practiced in the morning and before bed each day.
When you assume the position of surrender and complete acceptance of being still and silent, you are doing something called ‘effortless transcendence.
You are not trying to make the mind settle down, you are allowing it to spontaneously do so, without any thinking necessary at all. In fact you are learning to naturally transcend thinking by applying the law of least effort.
This deceptively simple meditation technique has repeatedly been found by regular meditators to be more of an effective relaxation technique than others.
The Vedic meditation technique is similar to Transcendental Meditation in that a mantra can be used as a stabilizing point.
The reason Vedic meditation and TM have this in common can be found in the Vedas scriptures.
Each Veda consists of four parts:
- the Samhitas (hyms)‚Äã
- the Brahmanas (rituals)
- the Aranyakas (theologies)
- the Upianishads (philosophies)
The Samhitas represent the collection of mantras (hyms). The Aryonyakas (forest texts) intended to serve as objects of meditation for people who lived in forests and often dealt with mysticism.
Research into the effects of Transcendental Meditation and the Vedic meditation technique demonstrate the capacity to create a powerful physical response in our bodies and a very deep calming of the mind.