Criticism and Creation: A Meditation

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“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”

It is much simpler to criticize than it is to create. All criticism takes is a quick wit and a sharp tongue. It requires little investment of the depths of yourself, and you can all the while maintain a safe and respectable distance from committing yourself to anything.

Creation, on the other hand, is a profoundly self-giving and self-sacrificing enterprise. It requires me to pour myself out into a task, to dredge up the deepest parts of myself and give them expression in what it is I am creating. It is a difficult, vulnerable task; one laced with pitfalls and characterized by suffering.

The critic says to the creator, “you’re not doing it right.”

The creator says to the critic, “something must be done.”

I would much rather be a creator. I’m afraid that I’m the critic.

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God, You are the Creator who reigns over all of my potential for co-creation. Kindle in me a fire for all of the things that the critics within and without would keep me from doing. Help me to look for the beautiful and the good rather than a smug ability to point out things that are not as they should be while doing nothing about it. Stoke in me a flame of imagination that sees the power and goodness of Your kingdom making all things new.

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”Meditative Mindfulness: Clear Your Mind ”

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”Do not dwell on the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

Buddha

Did you know that the simple act of freeing your mind from distractions can greatly enhance your health, creative energy, and productivity? A clear mind is the easiest path to greater accomplishments in life – both personal and professional.

Just as a clean environment, free from clutter, removes disorder and promotes harmony, a clear mind provides the same benefits, by replacing the chaos of anxious thoughts with lucidity, peace and greater focus.

Clearing the mind instantly soothes emotions, releases negativity and heals the effects of stress. It breaks down subconscious mental barriers that can sabotage goals and dreams, allowing you to replace them with new, empowered thought processes.

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A free mind is the mental, emotional, and spiritual equivalent of a clean slate. Once you have cleared the pallet; you determine where your thoughts and energy are redirected. You gain control of the mental processes that define your experiences in life.

Imagine yourself being in full control of your destiny, by simply knowing how to clear your mind and redirect your thought processes at any given moment.

Meditation is the best tool for this purpose. Your mind will be free, and you will experience the full range of benefits that clarity provides.

”Meditation And Knowledge”

 

Knowledge:-

As the mind becomes pure and clean through karma yoga and Upasana, one develops jijnyasa – a thirst to know, ‘Who am I’; a thirst to know, ‘Who is God’; and a thirst to know about the essence of this world. To obtain answers to these significant questions, one approaches a teacher and starts studying the scriptures. Theoretical knowledge of the Self is grasped through the buddhi – intellect. When the buddhi becomes discriminating and pure through karma yoga and Upasana, we gain the vision and understanding that one tattva exists in all the beings. He exists in all and everything exists in Him. It is the knowledge of oneness that the Self in me is the Self in all. That Self is essentially God, Ishvara, Brahman. This understanding dawns after contemplation and reflection on the teachings of the scriptures – the Upanishads, Brahmasutra, and the Bhagavad-gita.

At present, I see things from the standpoint of my body: I am different and you are different. But when I understand my essential nature, I will know that I exist in all. God exists in me and in everything. God is everywhere. I will understand that my essential nature is divine, Brahman. This is theoretical understanding; it gives me a perception of oneness. But it will not give me the experience of that oneness.

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Meditation:-

Meditation is the only real, royal road to the attainment of salvation. Meditation kills all pains, sufferings, and sorrows. Meditation destroys all causes of sorrow. Meditation gives a vision of unity. Meditation induces a sense of oneness. Meditation is a balloon or the airplane that helps the aspirant to soar high into the realms of eternal bliss, everlasting peace, and undying joy.

Meditation is the royal road to attain Godhead. It is the grand trunk road which takes the aspirant direct to the destination of divine consciousness. It is the mystic ladder which takes the Yogic student from earth to heaven. It is the divine ladder of Yogis which pushes them to the heights of Asamprajnata Samadhi. It is the step in the staircase of Chidakasa to take the aspirant to the highest story of Advaita Nishtha and Kaivalya Mukti of Vedantins. Without it, no spiritual progress is possible. It is the aerial ropeway that allows the devotee to glide easily to the other shore of Bhava Samadhi and drink the honey of Prema and the nectar of immortality.

Regular meditation opens the avenues of intuition knowledge, makes the mind calm and steady awakens an ecstatic feeling and brings the Yogic student in contact with the source of the Supreme Purusha. If there are doubts, they are all cleared by themselves when you march on the path of Dhyana Yoga steadily. You will yourself feel the way to place your footsteps on the next rung of the spiritual ladder. A mysterious inner voice will guide you

In order to experience what I have understood, I have to meditate. Meditation in Vedanta follows knowledge. Without knowledge, meditation is not possible. Some people meditate regularly, but if they do not have the theoretical knowledge of the Self, they might be meditating on something else. Have we gained the knowledge of that on which we have to meditate?

God Avatar, Sri Krishna advises us to first gain knowledge and then meditate. When we meditate, we experience ourselves as we are. Once this happens, our vision changes and gets transformed. We actually experience what we have understood theoretically. We experience the presence of God in everything and everyone. We live in the world as a free person. We live in this world as a jivanmukta – liberated while alive.

''Meditation And Knowledge''

 

Knowledge:-

As the mind becomes pure and clean through karma yoga and Upasana, one develops jijnyasa – a thirst to know, ‘Who am I’; a thirst to know, ‘Who is God’; and a thirst to know about the essence of this world. To obtain answers to these significant questions, one approaches a teacher and starts studying the scriptures. Theoretical knowledge of the Self is grasped through the buddhi – intellect. When the buddhi becomes discriminating and pure through karma yoga and Upasana, we gain the vision and understanding that one tattva exists in all the beings. He exists in all and everything exists in Him. It is the knowledge of oneness that the Self in me is the Self in all. That Self is essentially God, Ishvara, Brahman. This understanding dawns after contemplation and reflection on the teachings of the scriptures – the Upanishads, Brahmasutra, and the Bhagavad-gita.

At present, I see things from the standpoint of my body: I am different and you are different. But when I understand my essential nature, I will know that I exist in all. God exists in me and in everything. God is everywhere. I will understand that my essential nature is divine, Brahman. This is theoretical understanding; it gives me a perception of oneness. But it will not give me the experience of that oneness.

revised-chakra-chart

Meditation:-

Meditation is the only real, royal road to the attainment of salvation. Meditation kills all pains, sufferings, and sorrows. Meditation destroys all causes of sorrow. Meditation gives a vision of unity. Meditation induces a sense of oneness. Meditation is a balloon or the airplane that helps the aspirant to soar high into the realms of eternal bliss, everlasting peace, and undying joy.

Meditation is the royal road to attain Godhead. It is the grand trunk road which takes the aspirant direct to the destination of divine consciousness. It is the mystic ladder which takes the Yogic student from earth to heaven. It is the divine ladder of Yogis which pushes them to the heights of Asamprajnata Samadhi. It is the step in the staircase of Chidakasa to take the aspirant to the highest story of Advaita Nishtha and Kaivalya Mukti of Vedantins. Without it, no spiritual progress is possible. It is the aerial ropeway that allows the devotee to glide easily to the other shore of Bhava Samadhi and drink the honey of Prema and the nectar of immortality.

Regular meditation opens the avenues of intuition knowledge, makes the mind calm and steady awakens an ecstatic feeling and brings the Yogic student in contact with the source of the Supreme Purusha. If there are doubts, they are all cleared by themselves when you march on the path of Dhyana Yoga steadily. You will yourself feel the way to place your footsteps on the next rung of the spiritual ladder. A mysterious inner voice will guide you

In order to experience what I have understood, I have to meditate. Meditation in Vedanta follows knowledge. Without knowledge, meditation is not possible. Some people meditate regularly, but if they do not have the theoretical knowledge of the Self, they might be meditating on something else. Have we gained the knowledge of that on which we have to meditate?

God Avatar, Sri Krishna advises us to first gain knowledge and then meditate. When we meditate, we experience ourselves as we are. Once this happens, our vision changes and gets transformed. We actually experience what we have understood theoretically. We experience the presence of God in everything and everyone. We live in the world as a free person. We live in this world as a jivanmukta – liberated while alive.