15977Re: Enlightenment or Grace
- Feb 9, 2008--- In email@example.com, medit8ionsociety
> > I looked up Jnana, Bhakti and Raja practices and these seemmedit8ionsociety said
> > complicated to me.
> > My approach to meditation is simpler, more aligned with Vipassana
> > meditation and the following is a good fit with my experiences:
> > http://www.urbandharma.org/pdf/mindfulness_in_plain_english.pdf
> But for many, Raja, Kharma, Bhakti, Hatha, Jhnana,All I was saying about Vipassana is that it was a good description of
> etc. Yogas will be far "simpler" and
> "a good fit" for their experiences. This
> is one reason that I have found a "game plan"
> that includes all types of meditation to be
> "the best"
what happened to me when I took up meditation. I believe that all
approaches to meditation in this diverse universe should be accepted
as valid. The first time I was in a state of meditation was the
summer before my senior year in high school. I was with a work camp
by the American Friends Service Committee on an Indian reservation in
southern Idaho and we were invited to a Sun Dance. The drumming and
chanting put me into meditation, but I had no idea what was happening
and only recognized it many years later. So, I accept the Native
American approach to spirituality as being as valid as any other. My
first discovery of concentration occurred listening to the wind in
the trees outside my grandmother's home. I had some idea what to
expect because I had already experienced a `guided meditation', but
that was where there was a leader and myself. I tried to take the
position of both leader and myself in my mind and managed to do so.
Enlightenment came about a decade after that. My quest has been very
eclectic. I have studied Christianity, Sikhism (Yogi Bhajan),
Hinduism, Zen, but only after the fact of my discovery of
meditation. When I discovered meditation I was somewhere between
atheism and agnosticism, but immediately changed my mind about the
existence of God when I experienced enlightenment. It is said that
enlightenment cannot be described, and that is so. When it happened
to me, I did not know what to do because I found the `light' so
overpowering to my personality. It was only through fortuitous
circumstances that I found myself living in an ashram for a few
months on an extended business trip. I then learned how to use
enlightenment to further my development with meditation.
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