HEARTFULNESS MEDITATION – A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO SPIRITUALITY (Part 2)


HEARTFULNESS  MEDITATION – A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO SPIRITUALITY

( Continued from the previous issue )

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.

Energy and Meditation

We use the word “Kshobh” in Sanskrit as the term for the Big Bang. This Kshob/Big Bang was all about energy outburst that created the universe with all the particles in space. The material particles can be transformed into energy – is a scientific law and is accepted by modern science too.

Energy manifests itself in light (as sunlight), heat (as warmth from the sun/fire), power ( from water, electricity and magnetism).In the spiritual sense we talk of this energy in the form of vibrations and meditation as resonance with these vibrations.

When we talk of “Transmission” we mean the transmission of this spiritual energy from the ‘Source’ through the capable Master to the individual during meditation.

What is Transmission

Why do we seek blessings from spiritually elevated persons? Because we have experienced that their wishes or blessings have the ‘power’ or ‘energy’ behind it for the blessing to be actualized.

We see this in our daily life when we seek blessings from our elders who are  more experienced in life and have all the good feelings and the best of wishes for the growth and development of the person receiving the blessing.

The blessings carry a sort of positive energy that gets transmitted to the persons who receive the blessing. This helps in a positive force being created enabling the person to achieve what s/he sets out to do. This is the very elementary basis of our system of Transmission.

Transmission has been defined as the utilisation of divine energy for the transformation of man. Here we are not speaking of physical transformation, as our bodies are limited by our genetic makeup. For example, we might be able to gain or lose a few pounds, but we cannot change our height substantially. On the mental level, there are fewer limitations. We can all learn – some very easily and some with greater difficulty. But it is only on the spiritual level that there is infinite scope for growth. The Transmission spiritually nourishes such unlimited growth.

If the energy that is transmitted can bring about infinite growth, it must also be infinite. In the physical world, there is no such thing as infinite energy. The sun can blaze for billions of years, but eventually, even it will burn itself out.

Under Einstein’s famous equation: E=mc², Energy is always limited by the velocity of light and the finiteness of mass. Even light cannot travel instantly. If a distance can be traversed in zero time, the velocity is infinite. Hypothetically, what would happen to Einstein’s equation if we were to substitute the speed of light with such infinite velocity? Inserting infinity into the equation means that the energy that comes to us would also be infinite and its source would also have to be infinite. This is the transmission of divine energy.

Great Masters  have never been bound by physical laws. An adept meditator may be seated in one country, while the aspirant is seated in some distant place across oceans and mountains. Yet, the moment the adept triggers the transmission, the aspirant receives it wherever he or she may be. This is the common experience of so many meditators.

There is a study on quantum entanglement  that describes how the change in state of one sub-atomic particle can affect the state of another sub-atomic particle instantly no matter how far they are transcending time and space.

Trying to grasp transmission intellectually is like trying to understand the taste of strawberry ice cream intellectually. Is it possible to convey its taste in words to someone who has never tried it? You can explain all about sucrose, dairy proteins and the temperature at which milk freezes, but it would all be useless. In the end, you would probably say, “Just try it!”

The best way to understand transmission remains to experience it practically.

Transmission makes meditation truly dynamic

The Guru of the Heartfulness approach to meditation has this capacity of transmission. What he transmits is his own spiritual energy which he has got access to by virtue of his own yogic accomplishment under his own Master. It has opened up in him the possibility of transmission which was rediscovered by his Master after many, many centuries of lost wisdom. It has been rediscovered that one human being can transmit to another this energy which is not limited in any way just because it comes from a human but is really is is unlimited because it is connected with the Ultimate source of all energy. Therefore, this transmission has no boundaries, it has no limits, there is no end to the amount of transmission that can take place or, the quantum of transmission that can take place. It is, therefore, possible to transmit to one person or to a hundred, or to millions, there is no limit. Also, he can transmit here or he can transmit to a person wherever he is.

By this transmission, the Master is capable of putting   into a   practicant’s heart his own energy. If somebody gives me a million dollars, I am a millionaire overnight.  He makes us spiritual millionaires, as it were, by putting into us his own wealth of spiritual attainment.

Spirituality is the science of wonder, science is the science of curiosity and wonder leads us forwards – towards the future.

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You can use scientific experimentation to test the effects of transmission. First, meditate without transmission, using the prescribed Heartfulness technique. Then, after a few minutes, meditate using the same technique, with transmission, with the assistance of an adept who meditates along with you. This expert can either be physically present with you or at a remote location. You can do this as many times as you like, as it will be replicable. This test will allow you to compare the difference between meditation without transmission and meditation then with transmission. So, experiment and experience it for yourself.

Transformation of Man

Scientists agree that the particles of the body are being continuously made and unmade. It, therefore, follows that our new particles are being continuously made. When we foment the new particles with the warmth of love, which is a very subtle vibration, the particles begin taking the effect thereof and get transformed.

In each of our cells is the divine energy, that which sublimates the entire being. It is the divine presence within, which nourishes the soul and transforms matter. The living Master is himself nourished by that which he receives from the Source.

And then what happens? Beliefs change, minds evolve and aspire to an ever more perfect union with this divine Source which is inexhaustible and unique.  A fervent heart is eager to progress and allows it to put things into perspective and not neglect that which is essential – namely the divine energy that dwells in it and asks only to manifest itself which is made possible by the Masters.

A time may come when our entire being thus gets transformed . That is in the real sense the transformation of man.

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  1. Adapted from Literature of the Heartfulness Institute and Interviews and Talks given by Mr Kamlesh Patel, President Heartfulness Institute
  2. For more on the subject, please visit http://www.heartfulness.org
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Heartfulness Meditation – A Scientific Approach To Spirituality

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.


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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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  1. Adapted from Literature of the Heartfulness Institute and Interviews and

Talks given by Mr.Kamlesh Patel, President Heartfulness Institute

  1. The next article in the Newsletter will cover the concept and process of

Heartfulness Meditation

  1. For more on the subject, please visit http://www.heartfulness.org

Harmony and Positivity – The Role of Communication


FRAC is starting with a new series of posts – Holistic Care. We feel that what we eat is not the only food for soul. What we see, feel, speak, hear, touch ; everything is food for soul. Thus, we all require a holistic care to excel in life.

In today’s edition, we speak on – “ MAKING COMMUNICATION EFFECTIVE – THROUGH HARMONY AND POSITIVITY

THE PRINCIPLES OF CONVERSATION

The style of speech should be devoid of rise and fall in pitch. In fact, it should be like the divine current, flowing evenly since the beginning of creation.  Innumerable are its benefits, beyond the possibility of narration. This is a philosophy, that when the flow of conversation proceeds in such a manner, there develops a state of harmony between the two who are communicating with each other.  This results in effectiveness: whatever is spoken touches the hearts of persons. In other words, a sort of positive relationship is created with effectiveness. While communicating in this manner, only those words will be flowing out during conversations which are intended and are right. The technique for achieving this consists first of all in attempting to remove the rise and fall in the voice while talking, which is also called sharpness. This flow of speech will go on acquiring harmony to the extent that such a reduction is achieved progressively. ‘Sharpness’ does not imply only anger, which is very gross. The flow of speech should not carry any kind of weight in it. An illustration of this is a current of still air. This is very difficult to achieve, but everything is possible through sustained effort and courage.

BALANCED CONDITION OF THE MIND

The balanced condition of mind is an expression of the right attitude of man in all his activities, under varied circumstances. In a broad sense, it is the reflection of one’s character. It has a deep impact and a favorable influence on people who are associated with such a person.  It reveals itself in conversation, serious and long or light and short, which is devoid of excitement or emotional outburst; devoid of a rapid, short-tempered and moody reaction, but a prompt, methodical and civil expression of one’s own self. It is soft, cultured and smooth like the harmonious descent of divine grace. The pure heart pours itself forth naturally with nobility, magnanimity and love. It leaves an impression immediately and it progressively makes deep inroads into and establishes itself in the minds of all.

The voice may be modulated to avoid a high pitch or any variation of the tone, because that goes with anger and anger is a poison to spirituality. If a nasty and short temper is avoided, if the evil of anger is overcome, there is scope for the attainment of the balanced condition of mind. This frailty of man leads to loss of self-respect and individuality and results in unhappiness. It restrains the flow of divine grace. The greater the control over this attitude, the freer and more bounteous is the celestial gift. It is a pity that this important and essential principle of the use of the tongue in the inevitable and constant activity of man is not only overlooked but also neglected.  It is no doubt very difficult to control the mind.

NATURE OF SPEECH

  • He whose tongue is polite, civilized and cultured, has a large heart, pure and noble, and thus has wide sway over the minds of others. But equivocation is not to be encouraged.
  • A civil tongue is a prerequisite to achieve the goal of human life.
  • A cultured tongue rules the kingdom of the heart.
  • A polished tongue in discourse or conversation influences humanity and reigns supreme.

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Adapted from Shri Ram Chandra’s article on the Principles of Conversation

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