By Swami Chaitanya Keerti

For the man of understanding, meditation is a lifestyle. It is the way of living or one can call it, the art of living.  Or if you are  of a scientific temperament, you can call it the science of living.

People complain about not having enough time to meditate.  Meditation is like breathing, you don’t need any separate time to breathe,  otherwise,  if you forget to breathe, you cease to exist. You know that breathing is going on without being aware of it.  This happens on a wider scale too.  The river of our life keeps on flowing in all such small & big activities without our awareness.  Lack of awareness is the real cause of our miseries.

The man of meditation will change this.  He will first become aware of this unawareness.  He will witness that he is acting mechanically.  He will start becoming aware of his acts – big or small.  Many things that bring misery in life because of lack of awareness will automatically disappear.

We act unconsciously & then out of habit, we repent.  This is a vicious circle, which creates bondage.  The fire of awareness burns all this bondage & sets us free from the chain reaction.  Meditation is freedom.  Freedom to act consciously.  When you are present in this moment, you break the continuity of your story, of past and future. Then true intelligence arises, and also love.