Find your soul with meditation

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By YOGASIKHO

Find your soul with meditation

Meditation has emerged into an age which has all but overthrown its own spiritual heritage. The vacuum created by this loss has served to redirect personal energies back into the search for spiritual values.

Paradoxically many who have vigorously thrown off the traditional yoke take up the discipline of meditation quite happily. What is it that meditation has to offer?

Why does it still appeal in the twentieth century?

What is the value of techniques first used by Buddhist monks, Christian hermits/Zen roshis and Sufi masters?

What does meditation have to offer the individual and the wider group?
The Tibetan teacher who wrote extensively through the hand of Alice Bailey made it perfectly clear that meditation should be seen as a force for world transformation. This is indeed a staggering claim but it is also an inspiring one, for the world is certainly in need of transformation.
The Tibetan outlines the concept of a network created by illuminated minds around the globe together acting as a force for good within mass consciousness. If we take up meditation we probably expect personal results of some kind. We do not expect to change the world – or do we? The ripples that spread out from a simple act of meditation may not be immediately apparent.

Members of the TM movement have been especially interested in the wider effects of meditation. They claim that crime, acts of violence and other anti-social behavior decline as the number of meditators increase in the community. It is suggested moreover that there is actually a critical turning point within group consciousness when meditation becomes a positive and dynamic force for good.

Some support for this argument is given by what has been called the case of the hundredth monkey. It is based on the behavior of a group of monkeys on a Japanese island. By chance one monkey discovered that potatoes dipped in sea water were better to eat. She was observed teaching this to others in her group until it was common behavior. The same behavior then spontaneously appeared among members of the same species on other islands.

Such monkeys had no contact whatsoever with the original band. The phenomenon is not easy to explain. The hypothesis put forward suggests that when new behavior is integrated into the group it is more likely that others will also discover and adopt it for themselves. It is suggested that every person who takes up meditation makes it easier and indeed more likely that someone else quite unknown to them will also be able to do the same.

The idea of critical mass is important in the natural world. We know that evolution can suddenly take an unexpected leap. Circumstance and prior development interact and combine in a unique way. Out of this comes a jumping-off point. It gives rise to a radical new line of development. Perhaps we are close to a quantum leap in mass consciousness? Who is to say what the critical number might be in the case of meditation? Perhaps you might be the ‘hundredth monkey’, the one that makes all the difference.

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