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What is Meditation?
The yogis developed their minds to be their servant, not their master.  They did this through meditation.  First the body must be stilled.  In that stillness, the mind will begin to jump about.  At this point, the yogic practices of proper posture, inner concentration and focus on the breath and / or mantra are essential.  A person who has the patient to allow the mind to go through what ever antics it will, while remaining firmly planted, will experience something,  That something is different for each one, but it will be, in some way or another, a re-awakening of the self .  With this new awareness comes inner change, then outer change.  Through the meditative mind, the human takes his or her rightful place as the master of the house.

By simply letting thoughts pass by, and not dumping them into the subconscious mind, where they can resurface at any emotional trigger, the mind is cleansed.  The person is literally renewed.

Once your mind starts becoming used to this process, meditation becomes very cozy, very heartful.  You will want to do it again and again.  In the beginning, you may not be able to do it for very long.  Gradually, as you develop that coziness, this initial barrage of thoughts becomes shorter and shorter.  After a time of practice, you will find your meditative mind responding instantly to your call.  Eventually, you can remain in an elevated consciousness for much of your daily life.

Practicing Kundalini Yoga is one of the best way to prepare yourself for meditation.  The meditative focus on the breath is basic to Kundalini Yoga.  As you exercise and move your body, your concentration is on the rhythmic breathing patterns.  After a time of regular Kundalini Yoga practice, using a silent mantra on the breath, usually Sat Nam, becomes second nature.  When you sit for the purpose of meditation, you take this one step further by sitting the body and focusing solely on meditating deeply.  The skill you learn from Kundalini Yoga focusing on the breath and using mantra, are invaluable in the process of meditation.

Adapted from: Kundalini Yoga by Shakta Kaur Khalsa

Why Do We Meditate?
These thoughts, which the subconscious, releases; some we deal with some we don't deal with.  Those we don't deal with go into the subconscious.  Meditation is nothing but a self-invoked dream.  The proper translation of meditation is, 'Self-invoked Hypnotic Dream in which you Clean Your Subconscious'.

When somebody says, "I had a dream of this, I had a dream of that", actually what you are dreaming comes from your subcouscious.  And then you have day-dreaming, you have night-dreaming, you have nightmares.

That is when the subconscious starts unloading into the body any favour, and you are not going to grow wings from your armpits.  It will only help you to be a self-controlled person.  It will only mean people will respect you, trust you and like you.  You will not have a split personality, and your words will mean exactly what you are saying.  That's all.  Its no big miracle.  When you meditate you will be true to yourself.

Yogi Bhajan, The Master's Touch, 21st April 1997