Did You Know Meditation Is A Half Of All Main Religions?
Meditation is a common practice all over the world today. This is because meditation is an effortless way to achieve balance, contentment, and inner peace even in dire life situations. Most outstanding about meditation is the fact that it is a practice that is incorporated and incorporated into various religions such as Hinduism, Judaism, Islamism, Christianity, and others. The reason for this is not far-fetched. Meditation has been shown to be a practice that can help its practitioners achieve a state of inner stillness, which is one of the basic requirements for communication and supplication from the Supreme Being of any religious belief. For this reason, different religions adopt meditation as an integral part of their religious practice, and do so in different styles and forms, as apply to the beliefs and principles of their religious framework. So in this piece we are going to look at the different religions in which meditation is practiced and how it is practiced.
- Meditation in Buddhism
As you may already know, Buddhism stems from Hinduism and they value meditation very much, albeit with a different approach than Hinduism. In Buddhism, mindfulness meditation is a core practice that separates it from Hinduism, where the concepts and worship of gods and goddesses are an integral practice. However, the newer sect of Buddhism, like Tibetan Buddhism, still worships and chants gods and goddesses during deep meditation. Buddhism is known for mindfulness meditation and breath control, which corresponds to pranayama and impersonal chanting during meditation.
- Meditation in Hinduism
Among the various religions in which meditation is practiced, Hinduism seems to have the highest rank. In Hinduism, meditation is viewed as an integral religious practice that is normally practiced in yoga. As is common with other meditation practitioners, meditation in Hinduism mainly focuses on achieving absolute tranquility of the mind. According to the Hindus, meditation thus consists of three phases;
- Dharana – a steady concentration of the mind by concentrating on a solid object.
- Dhyana – an abstract religious practice in which one focuses on a particular subject in order to learn the whole truth about it.
- Samadhi – to merge or merge our identities into a unity and become one with the divine being.
- Meditation in Christianity
Meditation is also a longstanding practice among Christians in its simplest and most universal form, involving repeated prayers either in a cycle, in groups, or individually. In Christian meditation, which can be expressed either through song, contemplation, study, or prayer, the focus is usually on the heart. The reason for this is that the heart is the engine room from which all of life’s problems that cause chaos come.
- Meditation in Islam
In Islam, meditation as a means of spiritual development and inner calm and purification depends on four main practices or pillars.
- Prayer (wrong) – seek communion with the Most High through prayer five times a day.
During this prayer, Islam is expected to maintain a meditative mindset for their prayers to be effective.
- Fasting (sawm) – Take one month of the year to practice exclusive and individual justice and self-control.
- Compulsory Alms Giving (Zakah) – develop a sense of sympathy and financial sacrifice for others around you.
- Pilgrimage (Hajj) – geared towards the universal unity of believers in Islam through the worship of the highest being in a single place of worship
What Muslims have in common during the fasting month of Ramadan is the belief that prayers must be said in a meditative and contemplative manner, based on Tafakkur.
- Meditation in Judaism
In Judaism, meditation is known by the word “Kabbalah”, which is interpreted as both receiving and revealing. The universal symbol of Kabbalah is the Tree of Life (Otz Chim) – a cosmogram made up of eleven different spheres called Sephiroth. Through meditation, students and practitioners of Kabbalah change their inner and outer natures by internalizing some sacred symbols and absorbing the properties of such symbols through a few moments of meditation. During the act of meditation in Judaism, it is believed that a person’s higher abilities, beyond physical reasons, are triggered to bring life to the symbols used to practice meditation.
Meditation is a centuries-old practice of inner stillness and calm. Because of the spiritual effects of meditation, it has become an integral part of many religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and even Hinduism etc. Part of the reason that different religions adopt meditation is because meditation is one of the best ways to connect with the Supreme Being through all of the forms that apply to a particular religion.