Overcoming Disturbances during Meditation | Swami Sarvapriyananda

Swami Sarvapriyananda provides great insights on dealing with disturbances during mediation.
This question was part of the ‘Ask Swami Q&A’ from Jan 6th, 2019:

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41 thoughts on “Overcoming Disturbances during Meditation | Swami Sarvapriyananda

  1. I think the problem is that when she notices a disturbance she perceives it as a disturbance and in recognising the act of being alerted, That itself is seen as the disturbance and not the actual sound that disturbed her. Maybe she could just tell herself that she is not meditating in space where there is absolutely nothing, so there will always be some "disturbance" or the other, and the act of hearing or feeling any "disturbance" is normal bodily/mental function, rather than recognising it as a disturbance to the meditation by being alerted, just let it pass as normal bodily/mental function. One doesnt ignore the disturbance completely because they cant, but is both aware of it yet detatched from letting it disturb them. Meditation is not the blocking of external disturbances but rather excersising how to rest internal disturbances. Is that right ?

  2. Why So much Confusion:Take the help of Srimad BhagavadGita: Please refer 2Slokas:
    2:14:O son of Kunti, the nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception, O scion of Bharata, and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.
    6:26:From wherever the mind wanders due to its flickering and unsteady nature, one must certainly withdraw it and bring it back under the control of the Self.

    From above two slokas, What we can learn is don't get carried away by thoughts(non-permanent appearance & disappearance)) because all our thoughts arise from sense perception . We need to tolerate & not get disturbed by just focusing on the Goal.

    There are many Slokas like this in Srimad Bhagavadgita which will immensely help all the problems of the Mankind(Physical, Mental, Intellectual & spiritual).

  3. swami please throw some light in context of how student study when mind not stick on it or like doing it. how to keep motivated for competitive exams. every aspect on spirituality ofor students. i wish our message reach you Swami

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