There’s been an ongoing study amongst the terminally ill, with an overwhelmingly recurring result: the number one regret of the dying is “I wasn’t true to myself.” That’s a very strong indicator that at the end of one’s life, when all is said and done, the most important thing is one’s relationship to oneself; to know oneself. This, according to yogic philosophy, is the essence of the human condition.

We are all on a journey to finding ourselves; our true nature; our inner self.

This whole universe is an expression of consciousness.

Your own consciousness —your own sense of being — is part of the infinite consciousness of the universe, just as a wave is part of the sea.

In fact, just like the wave, we are not only part of but one with the infinite. We just don’t realise it.

We think our existence is limited and so we experience a limited sense of reality. But we have an internal longing for limitlessness. We want unlimited happiness. What we ultimately want is the bliss — the infinite happiness — within ourselves; the essence of ourselves. That’s why we’re searching for ourselves. That’s why we’ll only be content when we find ourselves.

So if we can expand our sense of existence from our own consciousness to the
infinite consciousness; from our small sense of self to the greater Self; if we can
merge our own sense of self with the Cosmic Self, like a river merges in the sea,
then we will experience the bliss — the infinite happiness — we all long for.

Self realization

When one realises one’s small self as the Greater Self; the Greater Self as one’s own self; that’s self-realisation. And the essence of that realisation is the experience of exquisite happiness; infinite happiness; bliss… a sublime feeling beyond all worldly enjoyment.

 

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That realisation is inevitable for each and every one of us. We are all on a journey to realising that ultimate state of eternal bliss. There is no possibility of ending up in the wrong place forever; only the right place forever. So there is every reason to be optimistic.

And meditation is the way to do that.

Meditation is the process of centering yourself on your inner self; of connecting to your true self.

It’s not the imposition of any belief from outside yourself. This is about you. It’s about finding the essence of yourself within yourself.  After that, realize that essence as the inner self of all beings and the entire universe.

Meditation is the core practice of the wider lifestyle called yoga. Yoga means to unify one’s individual consciousness with the infinite consciousness; your small self with the Greater Self. It’s an entirely internal process. And so, more than anything else, you can only experience it internally.

Read more such interesting stuff at  https://www.anandamarga.org/

 
 
 
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Dada Gunamuktananda Gunamuktananda

Author: Dada Gunamuktananda Gunamuktananda

Dada Gunamuktananda is a yogic monk and meditation teacher. He studied medicine for five years before training in meditation, yoga, and yogic philosophy. He has been ameditation teacher of Ananda Marga since 1995 and has lectured and taught in Australasia, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and North America.

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