Meditation is the best way to attain self-knowledge which is perhaps the highest ‘knowledge’ that man can aspire to. By self-knowledge, I do not mean a SWOT analysis of your personality—but an introduction to your true self. When you know yourself, you realise your potential and widen your possibilities. Therefore, meditation can also be an effective instrument to help you transform your life by enriching your creativity and adding to your sense of harmony and happiness.
Meditation is neither strenuous nor difficult nor complicated. When it is practised under proper guidance, it is a peaceful, relaxing process that helps ease the stress of the body and mind. Therefore, meditation is therapeutic even during its earliest stages. It is the best antidote to stress and tension.
Meditation is neither an ‘interior monologue’ nor an inner conversation with yourself. It is not even a system of thought—clarification or seeking a solution to a problem. Rather, it is an effort to achieve a single-minded, one-pointed focus of awareness—what the Gita describes as ekagrata.
Meditation is not emptying the mind of all thoughts—for that is impossible for us to achieve. Rather, through meditation, we try to focus our mind on a single point or object which will enable us to reach deeper into our super-consciousness. In this process of unitary focus, relief is automatically brought to the mind from its habitual stresses, strains, and tensions.