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November 2020

How Meditation Actually Works

Meditation

Meditation 

Meditation has been a fascinating term for the west as they are new to the terminologies of ancient India. For us, meditation has been an integral part of our lives. Unfortunately, in the last few centuries, we have been alienated from yoga which was a part of our daily lives previously. 

Today, I would share one simple technique which can be performed by anybody anytime with little efforts.

Why most of us can’t meditate? 

Due to lack of practice.

To become good at something we spend hours, people spend their lives to become a classical singer. To learn any instrument, it takes years. So, how do you expect to meditate by just closing your eyes? Not possible. Because, ¼ of material gains takes years of practice & ¾ of spirituality (which is infinite) is not going to be that easy. 

Most of us meditate on how not to get confused & distracted throughout the day as 16 to 17 hours a day we remain distracted with 10 different things in our mind. Remaining hours we sleep. Now, with the such practice of being distracted, we are now so PERFECT in getting distracted that we can’t mediate.

How meditation works?

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When you wake up, pray to mother earth and start your day as usual. Don’t carry your cell phones into the bathroom, and sit for the first lesson by meditating upon the entire digestive system to pass the waste from the body. This is exactly where the Mooldhara chakra is located whose element is earth. Concentrate on it. This is also the first/base chakra. This helps us to get rid from material attachments. Material things are like waste, the little pleasure we get when our stomach removes all waste, similarly we feel free when we give up our temporary material pleasures.

Brushing teeth, imagine every tooth where the brush moves, the mouth movement, tongue etc. 

Bathing: The element of the second chakra, the Swadhisthana, is water. Imagine the droplets of water from your shower or bucket passing from your head to toe, every body part the water touches. See it as some healing energy from the cosmic sky ( to make it more deep, imagine the colour orange of water) this would keep the lust factor in control.

Third chakra is the Manipura, whose element is fire. Fire means teja/ojas which is achieved via tapas/austerity/mantra chanting etc. So, give some time in the mantra japa. But, the monkey mind won’t allow, so make the monkey mind confuse with 3 imaginations . Listen to what you chant, see or imagine what’s being chanted, imagine those mantras floating with closed or open eyes, try to understand the meaning of the chant. Let the monkey mind remain confused in those 3 questions & all will be fine. This helps us to get rid of aggression, builts our aura, increases healing and psychic powers. Give more time to this chakra. 

Fourth chakra is the Anahata (located in the heart region) whose element is air. This chakra is for love and hate. When we live in grihasta, we should show respect to our elders and give love to those who are young, smell their head. Plant trees. Look at nature and thank Parameshwar for such beauty. This chakra helps us to balance our fake emotions and keeps us detached from material attachments. 

Fifth chakra is the Vishuddhi chakra, which represents the sound element. Sound is vibration, energy. Time to go back to work now, business or job. We should think 3 times before making any decision or replying to someone. Choose the right words because whatever words that we use, positive or negative, it would come back to us. Words always work in the form of waves, frequency or energy, and the universe doesn’t understand positive or negative. We get the way we give it to someone. This helps us build knowledge, gives access to secret knowledge already present within our cosmos. 

Sixth chakra is the Ajna, the third eye. 

Seventh chakra is the sahastradhara chakra.

When we practise, concentrate on any work that we perform in our day to day life, spread love, respect, compassion, kindness and the above two chakras would get active automatically. It helps us see things beyond our imaginations, it can take us to higher planes and give access to multi-dimensions. The above practise helps us to build our aura, the more powerful the more access to higher frequencies. Our body would now be a device to attract higher frequencies. 

Meditate on everything, keep the TV off, phone off while eating, feel the taste, the smell, imagine the way it’s been chewed and passes from our neck to the digestive system. Feel the food forming energy inside.  Every possible thing can be a part of our meditation. We can go deeper once we start practising the basics. 

One should restrain from food which comes from cruelty, which doesn’t come from agriculture. Such food creates gaps/holes in our aura system, and later these gaps are filled with negative energies, such practice would always keep our mind distracted. Won’t allow us to meditate.

So, go ahead!

||HaRe KriShna||

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About The Author: Dhaval Yash Das is an ardent follower of ISKCON and regularly shares his thoughts on social media. He is a seeker and loves to look for answers in Sanatana texts.

Who are the Yazidis and Why are they relevant to Hindus?

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Yazidis have existed and, in fact, nurtured themselves in the middle East for many centuries. But, in the last decade, they have been a centre of persecution at the hands of Islamic terrorism. Let’s take a look into the story of Yazidis.

Who are the Yazidis?

Yazidis are a monotheistic minority community residing mainly in northern Iraq and nearby regions of the Middle East. Their population is limited to 700,000 to 1,000,000 in the whole world. Yazidis mainly speak Kurmanji or Kurdish language. 

What is the history and origin of Yazidis?

The term “Yazidi” derives from the word “Ez da”, meaning “I am created”. They also refer to “Xwede ez dam” meaning, “God created me”. 

The origins of Yazidis can be traced to ancient mesopotamian civilization, Mithraic religion and Zoroastrianism. 

Mesopotamians were people residing in the middle East and North Africa before the Abrahimic religions started taking control. They dominated the area from as early as 10,000 BC to 5th Century BC. They were mainly polytheistic people worshipping nature gods. The Abrahimic religions in the area are influenced by the mesopotamian philosophy and faiths. 

The Mithraic and Zoroastrian faiths which are also said to have influenced the Yazidis are pre Abrahimic faiths and philosophy. There are dualistic, polytheistic as well as monotheistic ideas which developed within them. 

The Yazidis believe in one God who created the world and left it in care of seven mysteries known as “heft sirr”. They believe in Tawuse Melek or Melek Taus who is also referred as Peacock angel. 

Yazidi Tradition

Melek Taus is considered as a messenger of God sent by him to take care of the people. 

How are the Yazidis Connected with Hindus?

There are many similarities in philosophies and traditions which suggests that Yazidism traces its roots to the Sanatana Culture. For instance, “heft sirr” or the seven mysterious figures might have been influenced by the Seven Sages or Sapta Rishis. They are born from Lord Brahma who again produced the world and propagated the knowledge in form of Scriptures and texts. 

Vaivasvat Manu, who is son of Vivaswan or Surya Dev, is the leader of humans who guides the them to a better life and takes care of them as a father and king. Melek Taus is such a figure who can be compared with Manu. 

Zoroastrians, who are said to have influenced the early Yazidis, are strongly linked to the Vedic Culture. The “Ahur” is said to have descended from Asur (which Zoroastrians despise) and “Daevas” are Devas or deities in Sanatana Culture. 

Mithraism which is also an ancient faith in that area and proposed influencer of Yazidis revolves around Supreme God Mithra, who is the God of Light and truth, who shows light to nomads. Mithra is very much similar to Mitra, or Surya in Vedic tradition. I don’t think I need to explain about Mitra here to you guys. 

Similar to Hindus, Yazidis respect and worship nature and it’s members like trees, snakes and other creatures. They too believe in rebirth and karma. 

What we can say is that Yazidis are the long lost brothers of Hindus whose ancestors were probably separated from us at some point back in antiquity. 

How Islam has affected Yazidis?

After Islamic Conquest of forced conversions and Caliphate began, many Yazidis succumbed to the atrocities and converted to Islam. They were known as Kurds. Today, they are so much in percentage that few Pro Islamic Scholars identify Yazidis as a subgroup of Kurdish tribe. That is certainly not the case. 

Ottoman Empire has played an important role in limiting the number of Yazidis in the area during Medieval period by the means of mass conversion to Sunni Islam and Massacre when failing to do so. 

Yazidis, at general, hate Kurds for the fact that they gave up the fight and converted to Islam. More than that, Kurds have been waging the “Holy war” against Yazidis and have been trying to convert them. 

The Sufi missionaries and Catholic Christian missionaries have been trying to convert the Yazidis by maligning their tradition. They term Melek Taus as Satan who was thrown out from heaven — which is certainly not acceptable to Yazidis. 

It is the constant persecution at the hands of Kurds and the Islamic terrorists that Yazidis are at the verge of extinction. The genocide of 2014 at the hands of ISIS was most gruesome act to wipe out them from middle East. 

In 2014, when Islamic State took over the regions of Iraq and Syria, thousands of Yazidis were executed by ISIS. Many succumbed to death while trying to flee. 

The plight of Yazidi women has been most haunting for human civilization. They are systematically raped and torchered to death by the terrorists. They are sold in market with a price tag as a sex slaves. Many girls have narrated these haunting stories to the world. All of this persecution is justified with the verses in a certain “book” which cannot be named. The United Nations estimated the figure of those killed to be 5000 in 2014. 

Yazidi girls being sold as sex slaves

Why Hindus should take a cue from Yazidis story? 

Yazidis have let themselves to be diluted and digested by Islam and Kurds for a larger period. This led to their persecution by the same converted Kurds. The weakened remaining Yazidis were then wiped out by Islamic terrorism. 

Hindus though are in majority in India and yet they are facing similar issues in many parts of the nation. In Pakistan, Hindus have been almost wiped out by the same forces. So is the scenario of Hindus in Bangladesh.

It is high time that We take note of this and start recognizing our roots and revive our tradition. Else, we will be digested by the missionaries from two of the biggest vultures in the present world.

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