Vipassana Meditation: An Ailment or a Cure?

Hurt? Broken? Distracted? Baffled? Tired? Ever wondered why do you feel these emotions? Where do these appear from and where do these feelings go? Why do these emotions affect us to the extent that they alter the entire mode or pace of our lives? If this life is yours then why do these feelings actually govern it? There is no other concrete answer to these questions but one – it is because we ‘react’.

Triggered by events, we actually define the outcome of these situations through our reactions. “The event was a blast. I am so happy excited about my new job. My life has no motive because he left me. I should just quit my job as I hate my nagging boss. Please scratch my back – I feel itchy.” In each of these statements – one thing is common and that is, a ‘reaction’ created by an ‘emotion’ which is originally borne` by a ‘feeling’.

The road that leads to a ‘reaction’ begins with a ‘feeling’ that is triggered in a given situation. Stopping a certain situation from sprouting up is not always in our control. However, the route from ‘feeling’ to ‘reaction’ can be devised, controlled and transformed into a much amicable, acceptable state. This is the outline of Vipassana Meditation. A science dedicated to establishing clarity of mind, an awareness that denotes supreme wisdom and liberates one from getting webbed in futility. It is a step-by-step process of creating mindfulness and awareness until the entity reaches the stage of eventual ‘Liberation’. It is one of the most ancient and sacred forms of Meditation techniques practiced by Lord Buddha.

Now, if Vipassana Meditation practice is so divine then why call it an ailment? One or more of the following reasons might give you some answers:

  • It might be because of its process and its technique – walking upon the rigorous path to its attainment is painful.
  • It could be because of the lost interest in worldly charms and an aversion to the supreme wisdom and spiritual enlightenment.
  • Or, it could just be due to the addiction it entails that invokes a being to renounce everything else.

Its process and technique is not a one way street – the more you allow it to happen, the better it gets. It simply commences by sitting in verse of silence and focusing on each body part, being aware of it, without questioning it. It does not matter how that body feels or what it is experiencing – it neither requires your reaction nor an emotion, it requires your attention, an attention that simply flows through the entire body – completely uninterrupted.

Initially, it gets boring. And, then it begins to turn itchy and uncomfortable before becoming severely painful– as the person sits for hours on a stretch in silence, observing, meditating desperately trying to ignore the torture. And, finally, it becomes ‘liberating’ when the body accepts it all, becomes comfortable with it – when this torture seems ineffective, mentally or physically – when you do not feel ‘compelled’ to react and you are too liberated to be influenced by it.

It takes months, years and a lifetime of practice to attain a fragment of Vipassana Meditation. When they do, the evolution of their soul and their body is – Inevitable. Whether you call it an ailment that disconnects you from avarice or a cure to distraction, suffering and pain – is redundant.

Shruti Singh

Shruti Singh is a creative writer, a blogger and a yoga enthusiast. She has been practicing yoga since a few years now. She has been a student of Rishikul Yogshala where she attended their yoga teaching training program. And she has not looked back ever since. She claims that yoga has spiritually inspired her. And, she wishes to inspire others by sharing her thoughts and insights on it.

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