DANGERS OF MEDITATION
Millions around the world believe that 'meditation' [or 'DHYAN'] itself leads to blissful and healthy life. There can't be a greater danger to one's bliss and health than this attitude. And those who have corporatized meditation are even more dangerous because their primary focus is profit not your bliss or health. DUMP THEM.
One has to go through eight stages in yog [the word YOG should never be pronounced as 'YOGAA'] and meditation is the seventh stage. YOU JUST CAN'T SKIP THE FIRST SIX. These are simplified in the article and here are they:
अहिंसा सत्यास्तेय ब्रह्मचर्यापरिग्रहा यामा: ।
The five qualities of ahimsa, adherence to truthful ways, non coveting of other's property, brahmacharya, and non interest in accumulating wealth make up the first limb called yama.
सौचसन्तोष तप: स्वादयायेस्वर प्राणिदानानी नियमा:।
cleanliness, pleasantness regardless of one's status, life of sadhana, self study of works of adhyatma path, dedication of all oneself to Iswara [your God, any God, your favourite deity] constitute Niyama
[My favourite deity is snow clad mountain.]
A proper posture which can afford painless sessions of sadhana is asanam. This is also a victory over our posture which allows us to do long sadhanas.
बाह्याभ्यन्तरस्तम्भ वृद्धिर्देशकाल संख्याभि: परिदृष्टो दीर्घसुष्म : ।
Retaining the prana inside or outsidewith regard to the place time and count are called the deergha and sookshma pranayamas.
स्वविषय सम्प्रयोगे चित्तस्वरूपानुकार इवेन्द्रियाणाम प्रत्याहार : ।
The stage in which the senses are withdrawn from the sense objects and dwell in the chitta is called pratyahara.
दसबंदश्चित्तस्य धारणा : ।
Focussing the mind for quite a lenth of time is called dharana.
तत्र प्रत्यैकतानना ध्यानम् ।
Ability to focus the chitta further for much longer periods is called dhyaanam.
तदेवार्थ मात्र निर्भासम स्वरूपसुनयमिव समाधि : ।
When the feeling of I vanishes during dhyaanam and only the meditated object remains, that state is Samadhi.
There is NO, absolutely no, quick fix to health and bliss. Health and bliss comes from following the first six steps above. It's all to do with very simple, uncluttered life and focusing on connectedness with the cosmos. In our modern world it is tough ask BUT eminently doable.
The author of this article is actually an inventor and businessman and when you read his personal experience with meditation and then his spiritual journey, you will find that there is no inherent contradiction between what he does for a living and his spirituality.
I hope this little discourse is of help to you all.