Monday, August 18, 2008

Meditating monkey

“Health, a light body, freedom from cravings, a glowing skin, sonorous voice, fragrance of body: these signs indicate progress in the practice of meditation” ……Shvetashvatara Upanishad
I was fascinated when I saw the picture of the meditating monkey. There was grace in the posture and a glow in the face accentuated by the rich fur. A monkey spends a very active and alert life because it has to share the food source with many companions as well as with competitors. It has also to be on guard all the time against predators.
A monkey is the symbol of vigorous physical activity.
Our lives also have a similar pattern but on a different scale. We often mistake non attachment with a sense of detached complacency. It is not what the seers and spiritual masters taught by their example. Adi Sankara and Vivekananda travelled the length and breadth of India, teaching. The great Gautama travelled far and wide visiting sangas and villages teaching for nearly forty years. Jesus constantly travelled the entire region of Judea and its neighbouring regions teaching and healing. Physical activity is an imperative element of holistic life style.
In meditation we gradually reduce our obsessive identification with the body. The body will feel lighter, our step will be more buoyant and our senses will come more easily under our control. By getting plenty of physical exercise, we help the process along.

Love to you all


  1. Do I really meditate was the immediate question that cropped up in my mind when i read the blog about meditating monkey.
    Am I just pretending? No
    I am I just attempting and boasting about it might be closer to truth

  2. Meditation, a mental discipline focusing on single point of reference and agility on the contrary, which involves lot of physical movements are essential for completion the life cycle of any creature in the world. They are supplementary.
    One has to choose appropriate timings for its execution, so that it can be useful for others for guidance.

  3. Magi!
    That is a humble self assessment of your meditative practice.
    Perfection is something relative and is an evolving process. Mostly one life time is not suffiient.

  4. Pramod!
    Well said.
    Keep those comments coming which enrich the contents of the blog.