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Vipassana Meditation

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vipassanaVipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art Of Living.
This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation. Healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering, is its purpose.
Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.
The scientific laws that operate one’s thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterized by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace.
Since the time of Buddha, Vipassana has been handed down, to the present day, by an unbroken chain of teachers. Although Indian by descent, the current teacher in this chain, Mr. S.N. Goenka, was born and raised in Burma (Myanmar). While living there he had the good fortune to learn Vipassana from his teacher, Sayagyi U Ba Khin who was at the time a high Government official. After receiving training from his teacher for fourteen years, Mr. Goenka settled in India and began teaching Vipassana in 1969. Since then he has taught tens of thousands of people of all races and all religions in both the East and West. In 1982 he began to appoint assistant teachers to help him meet the growing demand for Vipassana courses.

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  1. Jaikumar Rana

    Nice work Manu! Keep it up!
    Well now Manu I think I must explain the technique Vipassana a bit. The meaning of the word Vipassana is Vi – Back and Pashy – to see. That means to look back. But where to look back? You know this technique is connected with the observance of our breathing pattern- watch the breath coming in (inhalation) and watch the breath going out (exhalation). But that is not all! While watching the exhalation and inhalation the sadhak must watch the watcher as well. That is double arrowed consciousness! One arrow of our consciousness is targeted on the breathing and another toward the watcher of this breathing. Now the sadhak is aware of the breathing as well as he is aware of the self. The most important thing is the awareness of the self. If the sadhak misses it , he has missed the whole technique. Remember what J Krishnamurthy means when he says, “When the observer becomes observed”.

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