Meditation: The Scientific Reasoning and Religious Perspective of Meditation

Meditation: The Scientific Reasoning and Religious Perspective of Meditation

‘Dharana’ literally means ‘static concentration of mind’ it is practiced as concentrating over a single entity or object from the universe.

The next stage is ‘Dhayana which means “worship or abstract meditation’ which includes concentrating on a point of focus with conscious acknowledgment of the truth about it.

The final stage is ‘Samadhi’ which means ‘to bring together or to unite’. According to Hinduism, at this stage, the meditators’ identity amalgamates into the divine entity and becomes one.

Meditation in Christianity.

Like other religions, meditation does not contain a central position in Christianity. However, there are many traditions regarded as a practitioner of meditation. Also, they refer to it as spiritual worship rather than formal prayer which every Christian performs.

Meditation in Islam.

Meditation in Islam is known as ‘Muraqba’. It is said that The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) before receiving his revelation used to go to the cave of Hira to meditate, contemplate and pray. It is believed that during this practice he received the first revelation. Hence, meditation, opening the door of revelation.

Moreover, In the Qur’an, the Book consists of Divine words; we are offered to ponder over the Qur’an itself with words such as, Tadabur, Tafaqur’, ‘Ziker and to reflect upon the signs of God which are everywhere.   

In some Qur’anic verses God explicitly says: “During the night, you shall meditate for extra credit, that your Lord may raise you to an honorable rank. And say, “My Lord, admit me an honorable admittance, and let me depart an honorable departure, and grant me from You a powerful support.” [17:79-80]

In another verse, God tells us when and what to meditate: “praise and glorify your Lord before sunrise, and before sunset. During the night you shall meditate on His name, and after prostrating.” [50:39-40]. Thus, meditation as well as other conventional prayers might be a way to receive higher spiritual ranks, strengthen the connection with God, and attain internal peace.

A Sufi Poet Shah Hussain States his feelings of supplication and remembrance as,

بڈھا ہویو شاہ حسینا، دندی جھیراں پایاں
اٹھ سویرے ڈونڈن لگوں، سانجھ دیاں جو گایاں

‘Shah Hussain is old
With wrinkles all over
At dawn, he looks for those
Who have left their hearth’

ہر دم نام سمبھال سایں دا، تا توں استھر تھیویں

‘With every movement
Vibrates the name of the Master
With every beat
There is the perfect union
There is perfect communion’

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Meditation in Judaism.

Meditation in Judaism is practiced as a spiritual activity. The motive of Jewish meditation is to alleviate the mind. Many different meditation techniques are being followed by Jews. In one of those practices, one has to accurately visualize a letter (an alphabet), this is significantly a powerful meditative technique in Jews.

Moreover, in another, they have to meditate using prayers, if one does not know which prayers to perform. S/he has to just repeat the phrase “Ribbono Shel Olam” (Master of the Universe). Hence, as per their faith, continuous chanting may lead them to gain higher spiritual power.

Regardless of what meditation practice you follow, the key is do you believe it? Is it important to you? Do you buy into it? Whether you are Muslim, Hindu, Christen, Buddhist, or any spiritual person, experiencing the Divine actually changes the way we see the world and our overall well-being.

If you want to know more about meditation being a mystical practice, then check this video out below:

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Tahreem Riaz

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