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With the assimilation of meditation into daily life, the fifth state of consciousness, called cosmic consciousness, dawns
Every cell in the body has the capacity to hold infinity. A worm too eats, sleeps and performs its daily activities. There is no point in living like that. We must tap the full potential nature has bestowed upon us, the potential to hold infinity in every cell of your body. For that, we must practice meditation regularly. It takes only a few minutes every day, and once we imbibe it in our daily routine, it is no more a burden or a chore.
Meditation is like a seed. The better a seed is cultivated, the more it flourishes. Similarly the more we practice meditation, the better it cultures the entire nervous system and the body. Our physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with ‘prana’ (life-force). As the level of ‘prana’ in the body rises, we are filled with joy.
The culturing of the system by meditation is normal. Some people call it the higher state of consciousness as we are endowed with the ability to live in that state. Meditation helps in two ways: It prevents stress from entering the system and simultaneously releases the already accumulated stress. Regular meditation also leads to happiness and fulfilment.
With the assimilation of meditation into daily life, the fifth state of consciousness, called cosmic consciousness, dawns. Cosmic consciousness perceives the whole cosmos as a part of oneself. When we perceive the world as a part of us, love flows strongly between the world and us. This love empowers us to bear with the opposing forces and the disturbances in life. Anger and disappointments become fleeting emotions that occur momentarily and then vanish.
By Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: first published in Rishimukh.