Vipassana can be referred to as an ancient technique of meditation. The technique was rediscovered by Gautam the Buddha. This rediscovery was made about 2500 years ago.
This asana (posture) is taught by several instructors in India and many countries abroad. The instructions are mainly provided under the guidance of Sir S.N. Goenka. He is widely acclaimed as the principal teacher of Vipassana.
This form of meditation is known to promote conscious lifestyle changes and even works towards enhancing concentration of mind. The whole process also helps in providing deeper psychological introspection and ultimately results in certain behavioral changes that are long lasting.
Once your total being gets absorbed in meditation, all the stress and strain you experience in your daily life will slip away from your shoulders. Within a few minutes, you would feel physically as well as mentally refreshed and rested.
A) Main objectives of Vipassana is the Purification of mind:
This is one of the best benefits that can be enjoyed by the person who performs this form of meditation. This technique works towards bringing out full transformation of the human personality.
No wonder, this meditation technique is usually described as a technique of purifying the mind of the instincts it has developed long back. This further facilitates the individual in exhibiting the true qualities of a human being such as tolerance, equanimity, kindness, sympathy, forgiveness and a lot more.
The technique reveals the true nature and the ultimate purpose of existence of human soul. The whole benefit is obtained in a scientific manner. This is done via a systematic cultivation of Right mindfulness in conjunction with non-reactivity.
B) Here are some of the characteristics of Vipassana meditation:
a) The Vipassana meditation technique is universal. You can practice it irrespective of whatever caste, creed or country you belong to.
b) It works towards getting to the base of an individual’s defilements in the unconscious mind and also minimizes the distance between the unconscious and conscious layers of the mind.
c) One does not require to use the imagination in this technique of meditation. The person who practices this form of meditation requires to walk on the path himself. No one is going to make the effort but the individual who practices it. One does not require any ritual of ‘teacher guidance’ in this form of technique.
d) As one works towards becoming a better individual, the more he or she is going to obtain the benefits.
C) Here are certain steps of Vipassana meditation you need to perform in order to ensure best of benefits and performance:
a) To start with, one requires to take a vow of observing certain rules related to moral conduct also known as sila.
b) One requires to abstain from stealing, lying, taking an intoxicant, killing any sentient being or sexual misconduct.
c) One requires to be aware of the respiration process. It involves regular observation of the natural flow of inhaling and exhaling the breath.
d) The action of observing the breath promoted awareness of the current moment and tranquility of mind.
There are several benefits of performing this form of meditation including corrective influence of psychic disturbances.