DAY 9 of Meditation for Mindfulness, Inner-Engineering, and Self-Realization (MMIS) COURSE

Sit in any comfortable position and play the guided meditation audio given below.

Do read the discourse after the completion of meditation session.

Congratulations, you have completed the ninth day of the meditation course.

I have written the explanations that the Buddhists give on a similar kind of technique called Vipassana. But as I said the course is not any kind of religious course. It is better to know the explanation and might be convincing for some, so I have kept it here without any modification said by the late, SN Goenka Ji. The Buddhist culture says that the mind stores all the data from our experiences whether pleasant or unpleasant in the form of Sankharas (Pali word), from the present life and past several lives (If you believe in that). These Sankharas are mind memories, which define the life we are going to create for ourselves from each moment. How is a Sankhara created? The mind has four broad roles, to cognize, to recognize, to feel and then react to a situation. However, only the reaction part of the mind creates a Sankhara. We create a Sankhara knowingly or unknowingly every moment but not always all Sankharas matter, there are three levels- shallow, medium, deep. The former two can be easily removed with regular practice; it is the deep ones that are hardbound in the system. Therefore, our present life can be said to be a sum of the deep to surface level Sankharas accumulated of the past and present life and these bring forward all the pleasant and unpleasant experiences in our environment.

Through the technique, we learn to dive deep into the recesses of our mind and start feeling these accumulated Sankharas and it gives us the ability to start nullifying these Sankharas and eradicate them and hence lessen the miseries arising in future. So this a scientific approach.

Best wishes for tomorrow.

With Love,
Arun Khanal