It is commonly said that we are what our thoughts are. In Preksha Dhyaan too, meditation revolves around the thought process. But is this saying a general one or is there a science behind it? In fact, if we look at it closely, we will find that not only do we have innumerable thoughts, these are also different thoughts. At the same time, each thought leaves an impression on us. In meditational science, this is explained by a principle that whatever thought occurs to us, whatever matter comes to us, the energy of that matter gets directly connected to us.
To explain this further, I shall give a broad example. Suppose we think of something scenic, an environment with a pleasing fragrance, surrounded by beautiful things. It will immediately give rise to a feeling of happiness, a feeling of goodness, a feeling of comfort within us. Conversely, if we think of something smelly and dirty, we shall be overcome by disgust and unable to think about it for long, despite the fact that we might actually be inhabiting a beautiful and comforting space. The very thought of a dirty and foul-smelling place affects our mood negatively and we would prefer not to think about it even for a few seconds. These examples explain that the direction of our thought connects us to the particular entity being envisioned and it brings about changes in our emotions. Hence, we are made of our thoughts.
In meditation, there is a system of conducting an acid test as to whether a person has perfected the art of meditation or not. The rule is that one has to start sweating in minus 40-degree temperature on the mountains without a single stitch of clothing on their body. How does one do it? If the individual is exposed to extreme cold but concentrates and thinks of something hot like fire or the sun, then even while surrounded by extreme cold conditions, the thought of a hot surrounding makes them feel hot and they start sweating. Similarly, in extremely hot environment, one can start thinking of cold surroundings and start shivering. These are the tests which are carried out for ascertaining as to whether a meditator has been able to take his thought process to a matured level where he exercises control over his thought process and can focus it on for long.
All this is to emphasize the point that it is our thought process which brings about a change within us. And the whole purpose of meditation is to take our thought process to a direction which is positive, which is friendly, and which takes us to a stage where we want to reach. This principle applies to everything and anything in our lives, be it our relationships, be it our health, be it our economic progress, or spiritual progress. Whatever we want to achieve in our life, it will be dictated by our thought process.
Will the practice of Preksha Meditation, one is able to manage ones thoughts much better. With practice, one can become a complete master of one’s thoughts.