why mind always craves pleasant things..?

Over the years may people believed that they don't have power of concentration.But there is no valid basis for such thinking.Everyone,even a child, can concentrate.While watching cartoons on TV,children display great concentration. At that time their minds appear to be glued to the TV screen.
 It is not true that we cannot concentrate. What we lack is simply the ability to concentrate our minds on everything,and under all circumstances.It is easy to focus on what is pleasant.The difficulty arises when we have to concentrate on what is unpleasant.A student finds it hard to focus on a dull and uninteresting book, and a parishioner feels drowsy when listening to a boring sermon.

       Yet, all that is pleasant is not necessarily good.On the other hand, what is unpleasant may be good and beneficial.We must learn to concentrate on whatever we do, whether pleasant or unpleasant, as long as it is beneficial for us.Meditation-which is no other than training in concentration-can enable us to do this.
                     Concentration is indispensable in achieving success in life.Success in no area of human life can be attained without it.Swami vivekananda(1863-1902) used to say that the difference between a genius and an idiot is in their power of concentration.

Swami Vivekananda

Some say that meditation is good for health. It removes stress by relaxing the body and mind.It reduces high blood pressure.It helps in slow down the aging process and improves memory.Some also say that meditation helps in gaining supernatural powers While these claims may be true, the sages tell us that these are not the best reasons to meditate. Rather,meditation has a much higher purpose.

The highest goal of meditation is God-Realization or experiencing the ultimate truth.

According to the sages, we should meditate in order to achieve the highest goal of human life-experiencing Divinity or the Ultimate Truth. It should be clearly understood that meditation or Dhyana is only a means. It is not a goal itself. The most mature form of meditation is Samadhi. In Samadhi the mind becomes free from all thoughts or delusions and is absolutely still. Patanjali call this state of mind Yoga. Even Samadhi is only a means to an end.
Samadhi has been described as the super-conscious state of the mind. In that super-concious state a spiritual aspirant goes beyond the domain of matter , and experiences the inherent Divine Spirit.Swami Vivekananda has beautifully explained this in his monumental work Raja Yoga.

Meditation involves true personal transformation.Following are some personal benefits you will gain from meditation.

  •  Gain inner peace
  •  Makes you grounded and calmer
  •  Increase your Self-awareness
  •  Increases sex drive
  •  Improves intelligence
  •  Assists in finding life purpose
  •  Can lead to enlightenment
  •  Promotes inner peace
  •  Helps you to live in the present
  •  Regulates breath
  •  Reduces headaches and migraines
  •  Regulates breathing
  •  Reduces high blood pressure
  •  Increases energy levels
  •  Improves sleep
  •  Helps heal depression

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