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Bhaavanaa (Meditation) for the Intellectual Mind

Buuddhi means wisdom. One who is wise likes to associate with virtuous people and act cautiously without delay. Such an individual does not postpone things unnecessarily. He/she can easily adapt to any environment and never feel disappointed or retreat due to criticism, obstacles and discrimination. When one is wise, one has the firm determination to realize what is wholesome and what is not. Therefore, for the intellectual mind, bhaavanaa on reflections of death is more appropriate and may achieve progress effectively.

Bhaavanaa on the Reflection on Death

All beings that are born are subject to death – it is inevitable. When the sun rise in the morning, it sets in the evening. Similarly life ends in death. With these thoughts in mind, one is able to realize the important nature of life.

All worldly beings and every thing around us appear and disappear, deliverance from this suffering is blissful;

Soon will this body be buried in the soil,
Then it becomes something like a dead trunk in the woods;

Bribes and friendships, certainly do not help to escape the death;

Elder or younger, educated or not,
No one can escape the death that is inherent.

Birth comes together with death,
like an executioner who always carries out orders to kill;

Death is at war with each one of us,
He is the winner and we are always the losers.

Nothing is permanent in this world we know,
Suffering brings realization laying the foundation for nirvanic bliss.

One may chose any one of the above phrases and focus on it to establish Samadhi. It will allow one to realize how life ends in death trough stages of infancy, childhood, adulthood, and old age.

When one trains the mind on this bhaavanaa, one’s mind is occupied with wholesome qualities. Gradually one distances oneself from unwholesome activities. This person develops the desire to cultivate great virtues. All obsessive desires decrease, resulting with loving kindness. Such an individual attends to his duties and responsibilities towards others without delay. Therefore, reflecting on death should not be understood as a suggestion that destroys happiness but as a method to achieve more peace and harmony in the mind. Those who forget about death, destroy not only themselves but also others and the society. The mindful individual notices it all around.