Why Do We Meditate? What is the Point?
Before we can get to that, we must examine the point of the Universe. One point of the Universe is chaos. Entropy. Disorder. But this is not a Universal disorder. So if the point of the Universe is chaos, then by definition we are chaotic. We are in disorder. So what is the goal of meditation? Order. That which is the virtue of righteousness and order. Order, virtue, and righteousness that come out of understanding the deeply rooted underpinnings of disorder are is the most important understanding one could ever gain. This disorder produces despair.
We meditate because we are in despair. When we are in despair, we seek hope. But that is not the right way. When in despair, understand and observe despair. Do not hide from it. Do not run from it. Do not shelter yourself from despair. Observe it. Because it is only in the understanding of despair that you find hope. It is only when you gain an understanding of ‘what is’ that despair vanishes and transforms into hope. In our greed, we follow blindly and never think to observe our own minds. You must not allow yourself to slip into the comfortable, the familiar, the easy, the lazy, the meaningless and the useless. You must demand of your mind this arduous task, which is simultaneously the easiest thing you’ll ever do, yet it seems almost impossible. But almost. Only almost.
Meditation without the harmony of the brain, the emotions, and the body becomes nothing more than self-hypnosis.
If you practice any technique told to you, you become what the technique offers and promises, and what it offers is not truth. The truth is alive and thriving but the method is always mechanical. You become a mechanistic reductionist image of your former observant self. In the practice itself while watching yourself, there is the one that practices and the thing to be practiced, therefore it introduces the division I spoke of earlier, therefore conflict, therefore distortion, therefore disorder which gives rise despair and therefore the search… the seeking… the very things that destroys the mind and the concept of meditation. The observer and the observe exist as one, so if we introduce a division, it produces a conflict.
We meditate because we want order. And since order comes from understanding, and understanding comes from observation and observation is effortless, meditation must by definition also be effortless.