AuthorsDen.com   Join | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Cindy Ziperman, iDiana Perkins, iSteven Holley, iElizabeth Weeks-Rowe, iBonnie Milani, iPhyllis Jean Green, iMiller Caldwell, i

  Home > Inspirational > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Raji Lukkoor

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Books
· Articles
· News
· Stories
· 4 Titles
· 2 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Aug, 2011

Raji Lukkoor, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
What's In Your Heavenly Account? The Workbook
by Neeta Blair

Since writing What’s In Your Heavenly Account, we uncovered vital information not presented before – and in ways not seen earlier. Yet, these processes have been around ..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Featured Book
Button Nose the Sad Little Bear
by Gina LoBiondo

What if toys could actually feel? Would they be happy or sad? Would they be able to love? Button Nose the Sad Little Bear is the story of a much loved little bear and the..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members





   Recent articles by
Raji Lukkoor

Shhh............The Language of Silence
           >> View all

Vipassana: The Path to Freedom
by Raji Lukkoor   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Thursday, November 17, 2011
Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011

Share    Print   Save    Become a Fan


What did the Buddha want us to "see?"

Vipassana. To see things the way they are. That’s what it means in
Pali—the language of the Buddha. Vipassana is an ancient form of sitting meditation that the Buddha rediscovered and introduced to the world.

For ten consecutive days a few summers ago, casting aside all luxury
and self-indulgences and pledging to adhere to the course rules, I
enrolled in and attended a vipassana meditation retreat offered by
Spiritual Master S. N. Goenka. Total silence and breath observation
characterize this retreat. At the time, I didn’t have the faintest idea
of just how swiftly this experience would transpire change.

Watch Inner Pilgrimage video trailer

“Like” Inner Pilgrimage Facebook page

 

So, what did the Buddha want us to see?

Of the six sense portals of sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch, and thought, the sense of sight is perhaps the most used but least valued. When aroused from bed, the first sight to greet the ancient human was the natural brightness of the


early morning sun; most modern humans see the alarm clock’s blinking
digits. Sight permits the safe and efficient completion of
movement-oriented tasks: walking, running, lifting, climbing, driving,
swimming, grooming, cutting, cooking, cleaning, stirring, kicking, and
punching. Sight allows us to distinguish the colors of the rainbow, read
the printed word, write a letter, watch a movie, type an email, dial a
phone number, message friends on Facebook. Sight is a stand-alone entity in that it facilitates the accomplishing of tasks often times without
the aid of thinking. These are examples of external or “outer” sights
that occur on a daily basis. They are automatic, routine actions that
don’t depend on meditation for completion.

Surely, this isn’t what the Buddha preached about? What the Buddha actually referred to was “inner” vision, or that which allows human transformation through self-observation and introspection. So, how does external sight transform into “inner” vision, and in doing so, transforman individual? Also, how is an ancient meditation technique such as vipassana relevant in the digital age?

Vipassana is the practice of examining the mind through silence and
breath observation. Becoming aware of the mental chatter by passively
observing the mind’s phantom dramas, and accepting feelings and emotions as transitory entities leads to the understanding that human success depends largely on an honest ability to look inside—at the dark side—and weed out the demons while embracing the vision of a deeper, more meaningful life.

The practice of vipassana opened up my mind to phenomenal personal growth and spiritual insight. The three take-away messages from the ten-day vipassana retreat were untie the noose of sense gratification, accept the reality of “change,” and unleash the grip of fear.

We will explore these messages in my future posts. We will focus mainly on analyzing the relevance of vipassana in the digital age.

Until then, be well.

© Raji Lukkoor, 2011. All rights reserved.

Web Site: Mindfulness through Vipassana Meditation



Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!





Marie's Story by Nora Ryan

Set amidst the sweeping landscape of rural Haiti, Marie’s Story chronicles the life and adventures of Marie and her brother Gustaf. Orphaned after their mother dies from a mysteri..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


The River of Winged Dreams (Hardcover Gift Edition) by Aberjhani

What began as Songs of the Angelic Gaze in the summer of 2006 continued the following year as The Bridge of Silver Wings, and developed even further two years after that into The B..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.