There is a very strong concept regarding meditation. People either believe that meditation is an intellectual process (like repeating a few words, mantras or focusing on your breath) or that exercise/practice is necessary to prepare the ground in order to meditate. It seems all such concepts are wrong and we will show it below.
So what is meditation? Or even better, what is not meditation? Is meditation thought or intellectual movement/concentrating/exercising/practicing – all these imply thought in order to happen, thought is their root -? If yes there would be no need to call it meditation. You could just call it “Thought”. And thought is, in its very essence, dualistic, divisive, confusive, thought will bring another thought and the second thought will bring a third one etc – which has nothing to do with meditation. This is the nature of thought and this is not an opinion of the writer, its a fact.
So how meditation takes place? This is a wrong question. There is not a “how” at all, there is not a path to gain the marvellous experience of meditation. This question demands an intellectual answer, a method, a technique that will bring us to the desired result.. to meditate. All these are just inducing more thoughts. They have nothing to do with the other. They are completely irrelevant.
A rational question would probably be to genuinely ask “Is it possible that actual meditation takes place”? We found before that meditation has nothing to do with thought, once thought is, meditation is not. So yes, meditation is possible to happen only if thought ceases. All thought “must” cease for meditation to happen. This “must” has nothing to do with an intellectual effort. This must happen effortlessly, naturally, without the slightest sense of effort/trying/desire/hope/fear. All these are again thought so if any of these does exist then its again impossible that meditation takes place. Then one would make the same mistake and ask “how will i will make all these stop” and once again he’s trapped in the network of thought.
It seems that meditation just happens. Meditation may happen to a businessman or a spiritual person, it may happen to anybody, but if only all these intellectual approaches cease effortlessly. Is it possible? Yes, it definitely is. Once one directly (not intellectually) sees the vanity of his desire to meditate, one sees that his desire to meditate makes meditation inevitable one willingly, naturally loses his interest on such desire. Once one sees exercising in order to induce meditation hinder actual meditation, one is not interested anymore in exercising. So its the very seeing, the direct observation of the vanity of all such intellectual movements that make them cease effortlessly. And then meditation is and this is not a matter of choice or effort.
People are heavily conditioned, people are addicted to intellectual effort, technique, method, practice. So there is huge resistance to the statement “you need no effort at all for meditation to take place”. People accept all such techniques as the only path to meditation. We showed above that there is no path to meditation. Also people call on direct experiencing.. many people claim that after following a technique for some time they experience this timeless.. thing that is meditation. But truht is they are not very attentive. They don’t see that this experiencing of meditation is either an illusion (created by thought) or that actual meditation did happened the very moment they consciously or unconsciously abanonded effortlessly all exercises/techniques. And then comes the mind, the Ego to do the only thing its capable of, to turn the unknown to known, to translate the whole experience with an abstraction like “You need to follow a habitual daily practice that will prepare the ground for meditation”.