Meditation According To Bhagavad Gita
The Vedanta Kesari|September 2021
The Bhagavad Gita deals elaborately with several aspects of meditation. This article presents these thoughts, especially from the sixth chapter.
Gokulmuthu N

Our true nature is to be free from all sorrow and anxiety in spite of the natural ups and downs of life. We have a wrong notion that our happiness is based on security and pleasure. We have another wrong notion that security and pleasure come from people, objects and situations. All spiritual practices are to free us from these two wrong notions, and free us from the fundamental wrong notion about our limited individuality. Meditation is an important step in this process.

To be able to meditate effectively, it is important to have a meditation-conducive lifestyle. Without that, the mind would be thinking about all kinds of things and meditation will not be possible. After aligning the lifestyle, following the prescribed process makes meditation possible with some patient effort. The fruits are enormous to make everything worthwhile.

Preparation

Our strong identification and attachment to our life and what we think support life — money, job, relatives, etc., make us dwell on the past and future. We have a lot of regrets and guilt about what we did in the past. We have grudges against people, situations and even God about what happened to us in the past. We have fear and anxiety about the future. If we don’t resolve these, at least to an extent, these thoughts will rise up when we close our eyes. These psychological defects or complexes should be resolved by Karma Yoga.

There is an order in the Universe. What we face in the present is because of our intentions and actions in the past. The people that did undesirable things to us were just delivering the results of our own past actions. We only get what we deserve. So there is no point in having any grudges against anyone. At any point of time, a person does what he thinks is the right thing to do. If we have done something stupid in the past, it is because we thought it was the best thing to do at that time, or at least thought it was okay to do. If we see that as wrong, it is because we know better now. So, instead of having guilt, we just need to apologize to the people affected and resolve not to repeat it. The same applies to others also. Someone did something because they thought it was okay at that time. If we think it was not appropriate, it is a difference in understanding. We need to resolve it or just forgive the person. Thus, we need to fully forgive everyone, including ourselves, for everything in the past. What we do now decides the future. So, there is no need to be anxious about the future. We just need to do good things, wish well to everyone, help everyone as much as possible, do our duty and work hard constructively. Everything will be fine. We don’t need to worry (Gita. 6.40). God knows every thought in our minds. He knows truly what is needed for our spiritual development and He is our true well-wisher. Everything happens by His will. By knowing this, we can place all our past, present and future in His hands and relax (5.29). By assimilating these deeply, we can become free from all grudges, regrets and anxiety. We can accept everything that happens as a gift from God and offer everything that we do as a gift to God. This is called Karma Yoga. Having such an attitude at least to a certain extent is needed to be able to meditate.

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