Meditation has its root meaning 'to measure'
What is generally called meditation is but concentration . Concentrating on a particular object,sign,set of syllables,breath,sound,light etc!. One set of thought curbing or struggling to suppress other thoughts . SUPPRESSION IS THE KEY OR ESSENCE, and the outcome is conflict struggle and pushing the problem deeper! By associating with some religious symbols or mantras or signs,one considers it as a very sacred act!
And the repetitive-ness brings about 'peace' which is nothing but drowsing the mind akin to hypno- therapy where subconscious mind is lulled by repetitive activity of the mind.
Mantras--Chanting of mantras which have a specific meaning and vibration does shape ones psyche in a desired form to re enforce and superimpose a chosen thought pattern over the pre-existing pattern ,to temporarily achieve the desired mental state. But it is extremely VIOLENT as it fights the existing, opposite pattern , overpowering and suppressing it,only for the suppressed thought pattern to express itself in magnified and virulent form at a later stage!!!!
T ANOTHER GIMMICK OF MIND TO KEEP ITS CONTINUITY.And its unfortunate that one does not have any other tool other than mind at one's disposal!
one can alter ones physiology with various drugs like L.S.D,MESCALIN [Reduces oxygen and glucose to the parietal lobe which functions in self identification of the self]and have some wonderful psychic or religious experiences. One can stop the oxygen supply to the brain by holding the breath or bring about hypothermia and change the sphere of visual and audio perception and have these so called religious experiences.
After the end of all this struggle and effort, one essentially remains the same.one remains with the insecurities, the conflicts, the sorrow and the quest for eternal happiness!
And the effort and the conflict gradually brings about a neurosis of a kind,which may or may not be visible or classifiable. The ego of a person practicing meditation or sadhna of any kind is thus bloated [may or may not be concealed] as the doer strengthens itself in doing!with ever widening gulf of division between I and you!
It is nothing but "high" which one seeks ,either through yoga or meditation
Bored with daily routine life,one seeks sensual pleasure of a kind in form of religious or spiritual experiences.or when the mind is saturated by daily life worries,anxiety,trauma,one seeks an outlet through meditation, and the peace which one experiences is but a gap between two worries or stressful situations.
AS LONG AS ONE KEEPS ON PURSUING AN IDEAL STATE OF PEACE AND TRANQUILITY, OVERLOOKING WHAT ONE IS[ONES TURMOIL], ONE WILL KEEP ON PURSUING IT FOR ETERNITY!
SPIRITUAL GYMNASIUM AND ENLIGHTENMENT
Yoga kriyas ,kundalani awakening techniques, tantric sex and various other forms of meditation and sadhna are flooded in spiritual market promising peace ,eternal happiness and spiritual growth . And the outcome of all this is the society, we live in!!!
All this effort and struggle is to attain an idealistic state ,ignoring what 'one is'
a movement away from unitary life energy,which is always in present.
One who is taking you into an inner journey,does not know ,that by dividing the self into inner and outer he is making sure ,that he is perpetuating the existing conflict.
In a nutshell as long as the mediator is different from the meditation, There always will be duality and conflict, and there is no way they can become one.
Mankind has been taken for a ride by the gurus into believing that meditation is a gradual evolutionary process at the end of which , waits liberation, the final bait!!!!