Heartfulness is a simple, practical way to learn to relax, meditate and discover the unlimited resources of the heart. With practice, one experiences the calmness from within, leading to the creation of better concentration, inner balance and true wellness of being.
Nourishment through Heartfulness Meditation
How does Heartfulness-Meditation nourish the mind, body, and soul?
The nutritional aspects of our existence vary for our physical body, for our mind and for our soul. Our physical body receives nourishment through vitamins and minerals. We enrich our minds and educate ourselves through different educational systems, through school, college, books and the Internet.
What is the source of food for the soul? It is the Divine Energy, Divine Essence, which is transmitted from the heart of the giver into another person’s heart. This Divine energy comes from the Eternal Source (Cosmic Energy).
And this is where Heartfulness Meditation comes into play its role.
The Science behind Heartfulness- Meditation
Science of Spirituality
There is no conflict between Science and Spirituality – both search for the truth – while one looks at the external, physical world and needs proofs, the other looks within, at the consciousness within and provides experiential truth.
If spirituality is scientific, is it not necessary for it to be proved beyond doubt to be believed and accepted?
The scientific nature of spirituality tells us – form a hypothesis, set up a personal experiment in meditation practice and see what the results are. This way, we realize the reality of anything ourselves.
Citing a Harvard study, Spiritual Master Kamlesh.D.Patel says that an electroencephalogram test conducted on some Buddhist monks, who have meditated for more than 20,000 hours, had entered the ‘delta’ stage (fourth level) of consciousness. Meditation, done the Heartfulness way, aims at attaining this stage much earlier.
Mr.Kamlesh Patel advocates – “Let belief be based on experience.” He also likens the present level of consciousness among humans to a thin film of water, indicating the presence of an ocean of super-consciousness above and another ocean of sub-consciousness beneath it.
Heart as the Laboratory
Heartfulness Meditation combines a scientific approach to spirituality. There is a great underlying philosophy in meditation on the heart. The heart is the pumping station for our blood. A purified heart sends out purified blood to all parts of our body, including the smallest cells, thus purifying our entire being. We take the heart as the center for meditation as it is the center of life and by this practice, purify it and set our individual mind on the right path. The heart is the field of action of our mind and thus must always be set right to guide our mind.
Whatever you experience through a meditation process, first you prove it in your heart. Your heart thus becomes your laboratory.
Why do we meditate on the heart when the brain alone thinks of everything?
The heart is the field of work for the mind and all the points which are there in the body and the brain, almost all of them, are found in the heart and meditating on it, facilitates in purifying all those points.
Like scientists, we experiment with this meditation in our own hearts and see how we feel. These results of meditation are reproducible every time. In scientific experiments, however, the results are reproducible under one and the same set of circumstances. The moment you change the circumstances the results will be different.
In science, for example, water boils at 100° temperature, but is this a universal truth? No. You can boil water in the mountains at 5000 feet or 10,000 feet, at a lower temperature. Even in Science there are no fixed rules. What about the melting point of water? It is the same principle: at zero degrees at sea level water will freeze but if you put a little salt in it, it will not freeze at zero degrees. That is why we use salt when there is snow on the roads. So, this simple experiment of observing at what temperature water will boil or will freeze depends on external circumstances and also on what is present in the water – salt or no salt.
It may however be noted that in spiritual experiments, you are the judge, you are the experimenter and you can change the circumstances and yet arrive at the same conclusion: ‘Yes, meditation does make me tranquil, it does make me peaceful, it does bring calmness within me.’
When one commences Heartfulness Meditation, there is no need for faith or belief on the very first day. We are like scientists; we experiment with this method of meditation in our own hearts and see how we feel. The experiment provides the experience.
- Adapted from Literature of the Heartfulness Institute and Interviews and
Talks given by Mr.Kamlesh Patel, President Heartfulness Institute
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