Vipassana Meditation   1 comment

In mundane Life, various extravagant maze things coerce us to approach indifferently; acknowledge ourselves precariously with falter notion of dogmatic hegemony subjects. No time to recapitulate subject meticulously unless persuaded or self-imposed by alacrity. Pensive mind circumvents vehemently searching the pristine source that emancipates us from mundane suffering once and for all. Does it or someone exist? Is there a God above Sky come to rescue in times of trouble?

There’s no God in the Sky waiting, when one gets in trouble for rescue. An individual one has to do work hard for self-salvation. It is the “Vipassana” Meditation, which means “insight”, seeing things as they really are without mathematics. It is the essence of the teaching of Gottama Buddha and he himself attained supreme enlightenment that experience by the practice of this meditation, and therefore is what he primarily taught. Practicing Vipassana, he penetrated the veils of ignorance, delusion, and illusion. He discovered the law of dependent origination, the chain of cause and effect conditioning the universe. Whatever arises, it arises due to a cause; when the cause is eradicated there can be no resulting effect. Therefore, by totally eliminating the cause of suffering one can attain real happiness, real liberation from all misery. With this realization, he penetrated the illusion of solidity in mind and matter, dissolved the tendency of his mind to cling and crave, and realized the unconditioned truth. The darkness of ignorance was dispelled and the light of wisdom shone forth in all its brilliance. The subtlest defilements of his mind were washed away. All the shackles were broken. No craving remained for the future; his mind became free from all attachments. Siddhattha Gotama attained supreme enlightenment, experiencing the ultimate truth in all its purity. With the experience of total liberation the following words of joy came forth:

“Through countless births, I wandered in samsara (Mundane world), seeking, but not finding, the builder of the house. I have been taking birth in misery again and again. O builder of the house you are now seen! You cannot build the house again. All the rafters and the central pole are shattered. The mind is free from all the sankhara (defilements). The craving-free stage is achieved.”

After his enlightenment, the Buddha spent several weeks enjoying nibbanic (Nirvana) peace. With an infinite compassionate volition, the magnanimous Buddha decided to teach the profound Dhamma and many received ordination and realized the truth of the impermanent, substanceless, and unsatisfactory nature of reality at the experiential level.

Whole world is living misery life, no god comes to us. There’s no heaven in the sky. It is here and right now to push ourselves. In fact, it is simple in philosophy. It simply avers to remain in equanimity because craving and aversion misleads us to attachment and abhorrence respectively, which is the origination of unhappiness. Can you remember your personal experience pertaining to the past, present craving, aversion thoughts and deeds? Have you ever become remorseful for your unwholesome deeds, thoughts to others? How many times did u forgive others realizing it also happened to me or may happen in future? What originates in you is it without a cause? Let us suppose, an absent of that cause for a moment, then, this supposed cause would not have impaired your equanimity or tranquil state of mind? And universal truth is that lots of causes reproach us without portending. Pragmatic knowledge, experience and wisdom are better actions than theoretical. What’s the solution then?

Practice Vipassana technique running in many countries, diverse people from every caste, community, and background are benefited. Its goal is to purify the mind, to eliminate the tensions and negativities that make us miserable. Vipassana meditation as taught by Sir Satya Narayan Goenka and his assistant teacher, a few words from Sir S.N. Goenka,

I do not wish to convert people
from one organized religion to
another; I have no interest in any of
these organized religions. My
interest is in the truth, the teachings
of all Enlightened Ones. But
conversion is involved: from misery
to happiness, from defilement to
purity, from bondage to liberation,
from ignorance to enlightenment. -S.N. Goenka

Vipassana Meditation is taught in courses of ten days, open to anyone who sincerely wishes to learn the technique and who is fit to do so physically and mentally. During the ten days, participants remain within the area of the course site, having no contact with the outside world. They refrain from reading and writing, and suspend any religious or other practices, working exactly according to the instructions given. For the entire period of the course they follow a basic code of morality which includes celibacy and abstention from all intoxicants. They also maintain noble silence for the first nine days of the course, although they are free to discuss meditation problems with the teacher and material problems with the management. The “noble silence” means silence not only in speech but even abstaining from gesticulation austerely. The important thing is to experience it as it is well said in the movie “matrix” about what matrix is? It says “unfortunately, no one can be told what matrix is, you have to see it for yourself.”

Above all, it is a teaching to be practiced. Simply having faith in the Buddha or his teaching will not help to free us from suffering; neither will a merely intellectual understanding of the path. Both of these are of value only if they inspire us to put the teachings into practice. Only the actual practice of what the Buddha taught will give concrete results and change our lives for the better. The Buddha said,
“Someone may recite much of the texts, but if he does not practice them, such a heedless person is like a herdsman who only counts the cows of others; he does not enjoy the rewards of the life of a truth-seeker.
Another may be able to recite only a few words from the texts, but if he lives the life of Dhamma, taking steps on the path from its beginning to the goal, then he enjoys the rewards of the life of a truth-seeker.”

It is what I do. Once again, “There’s no God in the Sky waiting, when one gets in trouble for rescue.” I have not attained enlightenment, but on the way. And, The Buddha gave his last admonition to all just before few seconds of his life in 544 B.C as follows.
“Decay is inherent in all compounded things,
Work out your own salvation with diligence.”

Date: September 12, Tuesday, 2006; Time: 11:30-12:18,


Posted February 28, 2012 by arjunlimbu in Philosophy

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  1. An amazing article, thanks for the writing.


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