Meditation is a common human expertise discovered in lots of cultures all through the world and it’s practiced by most main religions, colleges of philosophies and mystics. Meditation is a really massive a part of the traditional faculty of yoga, which has profoundly affected different cultures. It simply occurs to be that yoga is the oldest methodology of meditation and probably the most documented. Though most individuals are accustomed to yoga as numerous bodily postures, yoga isn’t restricted to the follow of bodily poses.
In Buddhism, meditation was handed down from the Buddha (who lived 2,500 years in the past) to twenty eight successors of an Indian monk named Bodhidharma, who later traveled to China and launched Dhyana (Sanskrit for meditation) to the Chinese language. In China, meditation was named Chan (a mispronunciation of Dhyan) and was later exported to Japan the place Chan turned Zen. The meditation custom of India was additionally launched to Tibet by Jetsun Milarepa within the 12th century, which had a profound influence on the event of the Tibetan Lamas.
In Judaism there have been many mystics who practiced meditation. One such famend mystic was referred to as Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer (Baal Shem Tov) who lived in Poland within the 1600’s. He as soon as remarked that “All that I’ve achieved; I’ve achieved not by examine, however by the state of the soul. When man provides up the consciousness of his separate existence, and joins himself to the everlasting, such a state produces a species of indescribable pleasure”.
Within the…Islamic mystical path of Sufism, the mystics (dervishes) follow a meditation referred to as “moragaba”. This intently resembles the meditation follow of yoga. In truth, many of those famend Sufis traveled to India, all through the ages, as a way to obtain meditation directions, which impacted the event of Sufism. Within the West the poetries of famend Sufi masters resembling Hafiz and Rumi are actually extensively revealed.
Within the Christian custom, Saint Teresa of Ávila (who lived within the 1500’s) was a famend Spanish mystic whose instructing is crammed with meditation, ecstasy and rapture. Saint John of the Cross is one other mystic of the identical period, and his teachings are additionally crammed with meditation. There are quite a few Christian mystics who practiced meditation together with St. Francis of Assisi, Saint Therese of Lisieux and even the trendy day saint Padre Pio. In his writings, Padre Pio states: “Whoever doesn’t meditate, is like somebody who by no means seems to be within the mirror earlier than going out. If he does not hassle to see if he is tidy, he could exit soiled with out realizing it.”
The Hopi Indians of North America additionally practiced meditation. They consider that numerous religious doorways need to be opened as a way to expertise the wholeness of all creation and meditation is the follow that makes means for his or her spirituality.
To at the present time, within the far reaches of the Kalahari Desert in Africa, the individuals of the Kung tribe follow a ceremonial dance and meditation as a way to enter into “Kia” or transcendence.