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December 20, 2023

Author: Venugopal Chepur

The Pool of Serenity: An Analogy for Meditation (Dhyana)

Meditation, or Dhyana, is a practice that offers profound insights into the depths of our consciousness. One might think of it as a solitary journey, much like my recent experience during a long weekend get-together at a friend’s place.

As the day unfolded and the joy of the get-together filled the air, I found myself seeking solitude amidst the revelry. The perfect place turned out to be by the side of a tranquil swimming pool. At around 5 PM, I decided to meditate.

The scene was serene, with the setting sun casting a warm glow. However, the pool’s surface was far from calm. A gentle breeze had stirred ripples and waves upon the water, obscuring the view of the bottom of the pool. The initial sight was akin to the unsettled thoughts that often clutter the mind.

But as I sat down to meditate, I began to focus on the pool. Just like the mind, the water was in constant motion, its waves mirroring the ebb and flow of thoughts within. At first, I couldn’t see through to the pool’s bottom, much like how the tumultuous chatter in my mind was blocking the path to tranquility.

As I persisted in my meditation, something beautiful started to happen. The water in the pool, mirroring the journey of my mind, began to calm down. Gradually, the waves grew gentler, and the clarity of the water improved. As I looked deeper into the pool, I started to have a glimpse of the serene bottom.

I couldn’t help but draw a parallel to my own internal journey. The initial stages of meditation were marked by wandering thoughts – reflections on the party, work, and the drive back home, all analogous to the ripples and waves. But through the practice of disengaging from worldly thoughts and returning to my meditation, I slowly achieved a stillness of mind, much like the pool becoming serene.

The experience was a gentle reminder that meditation is not about suppressing thoughts but about patiently guiding the mind towards stillness. Like the pool, our minds have the potential to settle, and in that stillness, we find tranquillity.

The power of this analogy lies in its simplicity. Just as the waves in the pool subside to reveal the depths below, the turbulence of our thoughts can be stilled through meditation, uncovering the serene essence within.

In conclusion, meditation, like observing the calming of a swimming pool, is a journey towards inner peace and self-discovery.

It’s about taming the waves of thoughts, gradually allowing the mind to settle, and accessing the profound tranquillity that resides within us all.

By engaging in meditation, we embark on a path towards understanding our consciousness and achieving mental serenity. This simple analogy serves as a reminder that, no matter how turbulent our minds may be, they can find stillness, and through stillness, we find peace.

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Author: Venugopal Chepur

The Pool of Serenity: An Analogy for Meditation (Dhyana)

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