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5 Principles you must know if you are practicing Preksha Meditation

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Preksha meditation has its roots in Jainism from the time of Lord Rishabh, who was the propounder and the first Tirthankara (ford founder) of Jainism. It is a technique of meditation which aims at the purification of practitioner’s mental state and realization of his own self. During the middle age, it was overlooked and lost its value but Acharya Mahapragya of the shvetamabar terapanth sect worked for the revival of Preksha meditation and has been successful in restoring its value.

 

The word Preksha means “to understand carefully and deeply.” This meditation is a neutral perception, where there is neither the emotion of attachment nor detachment, neither pleasure nor displeasure. This meditation allows you to experience bereft of the like and dislike. Preksha meditation purifies your emotions and conscious by destroying negative vibes and is a technique for attitudinal change, behavioral improvement and integrated development of personality. It helps in leading a peaceful life without stress.

 

Every meditation technique follows a certain set of guidelines so does Preksha Meditation. If you want to practice Preksha Meditation you must follow these 5 guiding principles noted down:

 

1. Mindfulness (Bhavakriya):
Mindfulness or Bhavakriya is the unison of mind, emotions, and activity. It has three aspects:
  • Present-mindedness: It means to remain conscious and aware of each and every moment. As the present is the only reality which exists. If you let the present slip away, are never able to recapture it, and hence, mindfulness is the only means of capturing the reality of the present. It requires present-minded action.
  • Complete awareness of your action: Habitually, while working you tend to think with ‘half a mind’ which leads to the division of your thoughts and little engagement in the work in hand. If you have complete awareness of your action and coordination between mind and body, it will result in no wastage of efforts and energy and increased efficiency.
  • Spiritual Awareness: You must be always aware of your ultimate goal of purification of mind and realization of your own self.

 

2. Action, not Re-action (PratikriyaVirati):

It is human nature to react accordingly to the external environment because we are overwhelmed by the emotions or vengeful thoughts. But this is ‘re-action’ instead of ‘action’ which is not what is expected at times. There should be a logical explanation for your actions. This principle teaches you to be an ‘action-oriented rather than ‘re-action oriented’ person. This means to think logically and reasonably taking the action. It helps in fighting with the negative and impure thoughts and emotions.

 

3. Friendliness:
This principle tells you about what kind of behavior is expected of a practitioner. You should have a friendly, sympathetic and compassionate behavior towards others. This can only be achieved by conquering re-action with action and undermining vengeful thoughts.

 

4. Eating habits:
Food plays an important role in meditation. Food not only influences your physical health but also have a great impact on the mental and emotional state. You should be careful about your diet as overeating or less eating can provide you with physical, mental and emotional problems which in turn can hinder the process of meditation.

 

5. Silence:
This principle aims at controlling your speech, that is, speak when necessary. We speak in order to communicate with one another. However, if you speak too much and too long it becomes annoying for others. Practitioners should be careful in choosing their words and have a controlled tongue. Your speech should be modulated and measured.

 

These were the basic guidelines one should be aware of while practicing Preksha Meditation. Preksha meditation helps in achieving a positive change in your attitude & introduces you to a betters version of yours.
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