Ancient Contemplative Meditation Exercise from the Mahabharata


This week’s featured ancient practice is a meditation and practice of awareness in nature. This article on inner peace and awareness of the present moment explains how to become aware of the spiritual “both outside and inside one’s body”, and this explanation of using concentrated visualization can also help with the meditation of the different parts of the body described below.

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shutterstock_101105515_resizeFollowing is a classic description of a contemplation and meditation exercise found in the ancient Hindu text the Mahabharata:

Restraining all the senses in a forest that is free from noise and that is uninhabited, with mind fixed thereon, one should meditate on the All (or universal Brahman) both outside and inside one’s body. One should meditate on the teeth, the palate, the tongue, the throat, the neck likewise; one should also meditate on the heart and the ligatures of the heart!

~ The Mahabharata, Book 14: Aswamedha Parva: Anugita Parva: Section XIX (Translation by K.M. Ganguli)

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  1. Thanks, It is very nice to see how others have approached this meditation of awareness. It helps me to broaden my understanding of being in a moment.

  2. Always a great exercise and interesting description from the Mahabharata.

    Unfortunately I can’t get to such a magical looking forest, it always makes the practice that much more special to be in nature and in solitude.

  3. Amen

  4. Its so wonderful to have these inspiring and uplifting practices brought out like this, its like one by one the jewels are being brought out of the ancient treasures that have lay silently beneath the layers of modern life.

    Its also really beautiful to see the ancient lineage of these practices flowing through to the practices given here on this site. The yearning and the teaching of spiritual expression, learning and experience seems so vast and so deep. It so valuable to have these ancient practices unearthed in this way and the connection it brings to so many things!