Meditation is a Realization









Meditation is popularly treated as a technique. However, it becomes clear after time that it clearly isn’t a technique. One cannot ‘do’ meditation, as there’s nothing to ‘get’. There’s no ‘benefit’ after doing meditation, we don’t meditate ‘in order to’ get something, we can’t use meditation as a ‘tool’. In fact, I even say it isn’t a ‘being’ either, as many teachers describe it — all these assumptions are off.

While it’s almost unavoidable to talk of meditation in the above terms, given the language we use and colloquies we participate in, at least for the purpose of this article, I ask you to bear with me and get into what I’m saying — the point I’m making is that meditation is a realization process, pure and simple. It is neither a doing something or being of something.

What is it a realization of? Well, I often say it is the realization of the non-separation between an observed object and us (the observer) — anatta. However, I must add realization could take other forms as well. It could be the realization of the vibratory, changing, burning nature of all phenomenon (ourselves included) — anicca. Alternatively, it could also be realization of the inherent dissatisfaction found in the fixation of any ideation or objectification, including us — dukkha. All these characteristics are of course interrelated, but all nonetheless separate vantage portals for meditative realization — pick your poison, or pick ’em all!

Ranjeeth Thunga
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