Some time back, I was listening to Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans.
That day I thought I should test meditation myself. Though I reaped many benefits (physiological and mental) over a period, what I want to share with you is the spiritual benefit I got.
One day, I had thought about questions such as: why many conflicted religions, what is the key to happiness and so on. That day, during my meditation, I had an illuminating thought thrown to me (by God, I believe):
“Religions are the products of the time and circumstance in which they were all born, and their scriptures are just like mirrors of people of that time, hence differ from one another. I have put the guiding principle in the sun which is known for its eternal duty—to give light and heat (which reminded me of Gen 1:14-16 and Mathew 5:44-48). Then I asked myself: “But how many people can know this by themselves?” Then came this thought: “People derive certain amount of happiness from whatever they choose to do.” But if they want real, and lasting happiness, they have to adopt the principle behind what sun does—practice of giving light (wise living) and heat (be empowering) to others with no thought of receiving anything in return. People will soon or later will come to this realization—each one in their own time. No need of haste as time is infinite!”
This brought an end to my search for meaning and happiness!