Wednesday, February 06, 2008

On Meditation

I am not competent to tell anything on meditation despite my substantial wanderings both physical and metaphorical.

Today, I read on the passing away of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi the founding Guru of Transcendental Meditation. He was at the Hague and was 91 when dead. Right from the fifties, he had great following from the east and the west and his celebrity disciples included the Beatles.

“Being happy is of the utmost importance. Success in anything is through happiness. Under all circumstances be happy. Just think of any negativity that comes at you as a raindrop falling into the ocean of your bliss," he wrote in 1967.

These words are inspiring indeed!

In 1978, as a young man of 23, after my post graduation, far away in Delhi, I had just joined as a PO with a Bank. I was into bit of serious reading and the thoughts of existentialism and spirituality had taken roots in the mind. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a favourite, though I was rather a novice.

During a break in 1978, I went to the Himalayas. In Rishikesh, I bathed in the Ganges and in the early morning sat on the banks and prayed for the world at large. I thought of my forefathers and prayed for them too. I wandered around and visited the Ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and met his brother who was reportedly a judge who took up sanyas. I remember having taken some lessons in meditation too. But, looking back, I now realize that I was very naïve and immature at that time.

Later in life, I have had the good fortune of meeting some great spiritual masters. I was also blessed to get my guru, a fully realized soul, who found the ultimate truth. He was a doctorate holder from Rutgers State University, USA and who later worked with IBM before embracing Sanyas. He leads his spiritual life in a secluded Ashram in India. Though, ignorant, rather irregular and known for my indiscipline in spiritual matters, I believe, I get the blessings from him and those closely known to me.

One day, I shall certainly begin in earnest about my meditation lessons.

Dubai, 7th February 2008.


Maddy said...

hi there - you certainly write about interesting subjects - Abraham Tharakan tipped me about your blog, and I enjoyed reading a few of the articles..

that was a time when many tried out TM including the Beatles and many others - I personally have not gone that route, at least not as yet...

Murali RamaVarma said...

Thank you. Coming from AT and you, both prolific and most wonderful writers, I take it too flattering.

One day, you may take that route, I presume, because it is a quest for truth.

Ashvin said...

I have tried TM (got initiated in Chennai at the ashram there) but the habit tapered off over a period of time.....

Murali RamaVarma said...

Dear Ashvin,

The key to success in any area is the consistency with which we pursue it. I too am not regular in my meditation and hence can not claim any superior knowledge of it from strictly personal experiences even though I have dwelt into the subject very exhaustively.

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