What is Moksha Meditation?
A calm and clear mind is the way to freedom
Moksha translates as freedom. Moksha is freedom from attachment and aversion, freedom from a clouded, agitated or heavy mind, freedom from desire, freedom from ignorance, but ultimately Moksha is freedom from the cycle of death and rebirth.
Moksha is a significant theme in many spiritual and religious traditions. The definition and meaning of moksha (freedom) has a degree of consensus amongst the religious faiths, however freedom from what and how is where the faiths have less agreement. Moksha or freedom is not dependent on time and space, heaven or earth and can be attained while we are alive in these bodies (jivanmukta). It permits us to see our inherent nature, the truth of our being.
What techniques are used in this meditation?
Moksha meditations utilise techniques from Yoga, Vedanta, Buddhism, Christianity and many other spiritual paths. We sit alone and together with the intention of calming and cleaning the mind, returning to freedom. We endeavour to release the inherent truth and beauty of the Soul from the shackles of karma and ignorance, from habit and unawareness.
We perform techniques to clean the mirror of the mind. These techniques include guided visualisations, moving meditations, quiet and reflective meditations and one-pointed meditation techniques. We endeavour to become masters of our once unruly minds, transforming each moment of the human incarnation. We endeavour to uncover the way we think, the what and why of the mind and then how to re-direct our thoughts to clarity and compassion.
What are the benefits of meditation?
Moksha meditation is founded on the traditional belief that meditation is for spiritual development and the realisation of the Soul. We sit to become free and the side benefits of improved physical health, improved mental health, personal development positive thinking, life coping skills, material increase are delightful, but secondary.
When is this practised?
Every Friday night at 6pm – 7pm, Hanuman Das leads Moksha Meditation. He also leads workshops and special events through out the year which include this type of meditation. Check out the Events page for more details.
Who can practice Moksha Meditation?
This meditation is for EVERYONE, from beginners to experienced practitioners. We all tend to have a busy mind, and we have to start somewhere to quiet that monkey mind. It is rare to have a completely quiet mind, so what we do is practice, practice and practice again, and perhaps we then experience moments of peace.
Also, comfort in the body is key when practising meditation. You can either sit on a chair or sit on the floor to practice this meditation.
“Beyond caste, creed, family or lineage,
That which is without name and form, beyond merit and demerit,
That which is beyond space, time and sense-objects,
You are that, God himself; Meditate this within yourself.”
Verse 254 – Vivekachudamani