— M.N.Raju
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
— Buddha

Some people meditate in life. For some, life itself is a meditation

This is the topic that was discussed in the previous article. It was made, clear that some people go on meditating for longer periods of duration, sitting in a lonely place, far away from people.

But some other people make their life a meditation. They don’t go away from the society. Indeed they remain in their day to day work and action, leading quite normal life like you and me, but meditate. They don’t sit with eyes closed. They are among us, yet they meditate. They make every action a meditation, every thought a meditation and every word a meditation. They are ‘Karma Yogies’ and they act according to ‘Raja Yoga’. They are the greatest people on the earth and they are the real Yogies, Rishies and Icons.

They know that:
Life is a beautiful lie
Death is a painful truth.

They also know the:
Art of Living
Art of Loving
Art of Giving
Art of Guiding
Art of Forgiving
And Art of Helping.

They also know that:
Their thoughts become their words
Their words become their actions
Their actions become their habits
Their habits become their character.

Such is the power of the person who makes his life itself a meditation. He discovers himself through his work. For him work should be happening and not a doing. For him work gets expanding and enhancing his personality. It is not an effort, but is a flow for him. The work is a celebration for him. He doesn’t quantify his work with his pay.

He works for passion.
He does not work for pension.

He counts his garden by the flowers.
He does not count his garden by the leaves that fall.

He counts his days by golden hours.
He does not count his days by gloomy hours.

He counts his nights by stars.
He does not count his nights by shadows.

He counts his life with smiles.
He does not count his life with tears.

He is a bridge builder.
He is not a fence builder.

He believes in the sun, even when it is not shining.
He believes in love even when it is scarce.

He gives us courage.
He gives us calm.

He gives us companionship
He gives us new set of commitments

He is the man who made his life a meditation.
He believes in God, even when God is silent.

Because of the above attitude, he is ‘Blissful’ and he becomes ‘Bliss’ since his life itself is a ‘Meditation’.

He finds bliss blissfully.
He begets bliss because he is blissful.
He knows bliss cannot be given by someone.
He knows bliss is his own.
He knows bliss is simple by simple life.
He knows bliss is a bridge between him and God.
He knows bliss is God and he is in him.
He knows bliss makes him close to God.

To know more about such man / woman who made his / her life a meditation itself, let us try to know some more points and digest them.

Once Hanuman said to Rama “Oh Lord, there is something superior to you”. Rama got surprised to listen such a word from Hanuman, and with much astonishment asked Hanuman “What is that thing superior to me?”

Hanuman said “O Lord, you crossed a small river with the help of a boat, but I crossed the ocean with the help of ‘Your Name’. Your name is superior to you”.

Hanuman’s faith is such. He could find that ‘something is great and superior to Rama,’ and something beyond Rama himself, because he was Meditative in his thoughts and action. He made his life a meditation.

But many people ‘Meditate in the life’. They believe in God and meditate to gain something, in their lives. They ask God many things to be provided. They follow many rituals, sit with closed eyes for longer times, chant the name of God several times and roll around a temple asking something. Even some of the people, they expect something for nothing. They offer costly ornaments, clothes, do pujas with tons of flowers. All these rituals satisfy the mind and may bring happiness to the soul, but don’t make him “a man who made his life meditation itself”.

So a person like Rabi al – Adaviyya says:
“O Lord, if a I worship from fear of Hell, burn me in Hell and if I worship thee from hope of Heaven, exclude me thence, but if I worship thee for thine own sake, then withhold not from me thine eternal beauty.”

Baruch Spinoza said:-
“The mind’s highest good is the knowledge of God, and the mind’s highest virtue is to know God”.

Swami Vivekananda said:
“In life and in death, in happiness and in misery, the Lord is equally present. The whole world is full of the Lord. Open your eyes and see him.

Ramakrishna Paramahansa said:
“If you meditate on an idea you will acquire its nature. If you think of God day and night, you will acquire the nature of God.”

So our life depends on our ‘Karmic Investments’ and on our ‘Karmic debts’. Life is an integrated package of everything. Life gives you what your ‘Karmic deeds’ are.

About the Author
Shri M N Raju, the Chairman of MNR Group of Institutions, is a prolific writer and critic. He has published several articles in literary magazines across the world. His book Two Billion Heartbeats that talks about his philosophy and his life, has been published by Jaico Books and is widely read and acclaimed by authors and critics alike. He has won several national and international awards for his contribution to Indian education and healthcare sectors.

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