It is only through merit that you can have faith. When you lack faith, there can be no happiness in either the inner or the outer world. Happiness springs from faith and in forgetting the body consciousness. Pain and sorrow means you are holding on to body consciousness. When you are happy, you do not feel the body and when you are miserable, you have aches and pains.
Q- Then why in guided meditation, attention is taken to various parts of the body?
Ans- For an arrow to go forward, it must be pulled back. In the same way, when you take attention to various parts of the body, that process frees you from your body consciousness.
First published in Celebrating Silence
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