The form of mediation we practice at Saraniya is Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are. It was an ancient form of meditation which was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago. The Buddha taught this to his followers and disciples as a remedy for universal ills.
Vipassana also known as Insight Meditation is practise to attain not only deep concentration of the mind but also liberation from all kinds of mental and physical dukkha or suffering. The eradication of these mental and physical impurities will result in the healing of human suffering.
The technique for Vipassana is through realisation of our body-mind processes and their true nature. Essentially a process of self-transformation through self-observation. Focus is on the deep interconnection between mind and body, experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations. The observation of these sensation and the self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind dissolves the mental impurity, resulting in increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace.
The teaching is universal and can be practised by anyone without conflict with existing religious beliefs or absence of beliefs.
To calm a restless mind
A short Story
Once Buddha was walking from one town to another town with a few of his followers. This was in the initial days. While they were travelling, they happened to pass a lake. They stopped there and Buddha told one of his disciples, "I am thirsty. Do get me some water from that lake there."
The disciple walked up to the lake. When he reached it, he noticed that right at that moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake. As a result, the water became very muddy, very turbid. The disciple thought, "How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink!" So he came back and told Buddha, "The water in there is very muddy. I don't think it is fit to drink."
After about half an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake and get him some water to drink. The disciple obediently went back to the lake. This time too he found that the lake was muddy. He returned and informed Buddha about the same.
After sometime, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back. The disciple reached the lake to find the lake absolutely clean and clear with pure water in it. The mud had settled down and the water above it looked fit to be had. So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha. Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said;
"See what you did to make the water clean. You let it be.... and the mud settled down on its own - and you got clear water.
Your mind is also like that! When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own. You don't have to put in any effort to calm it down. It will happen. "It is effortless."
Having 'Peace of Mind' is not a strenuous job; it is an effortless process. When there is peace within you, the peace permeates to the outside. It spreads around you and in the environment, such that people around you and in the environment, will start feeling that peace.
Meditation Articles and Further Reading
http://www.vipassanadhura.com/whatis.htm What is Vipassana?
Insight / Vipassanā Meditation