MEDITATION CENTERS IN INDIA
Meditation Centers in India
Since the past era India has been distinguished for Meditation and Yoga methodology. As a result of the popularity of meditation and Yoga in India, many meditation and Yoga centres mushroomed in India. The centres propagated in India are acclaimed for their distinctiveness in Indian as well as global arena. Some of the famous meditation and yoga destinations, learning centres and ashrams in India are Haridwar, Rishikesh, Varanasi and Nashik. Meditation and Yoga Places in India have added on with time but the traditional and original element remains confined to these places only. The aim of these meditation centres is to bring Passion, Truth and Experience to the practitioners and learners with an addition to heal the mental and physical strength and flexibility. With the progression of time and practice of yoga and meditation, the mental and emotional body begins healing itself allowing students to achieve holistic health through natural movement.
The Indian meditation and yoga centres are located in all parts of India like there are some centres in Western India, Central India, Eastern India and Southern India. Some of the major meditation centres in India are located in Maharashtra, Igatpuri, Nashik, Kolhapur; Nagpur; Sugata Nagar; Dhule, Pune City, Pune , Aurangabad, Gujrat, Kutch, Ahmedabad, Rajkot , Jaipur, Rajasthan, New Delhi, Kammaspur Village and Karnal at Haryna, Dehradun at Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sarnath, Shravasti, Lucknow at Uttar Pradesh and Hoshiarpur at Punjab. Some other meditation centres located in Central India are established in Belaghat, Bhopal at Madhya Pradesh. Even some centres are settled in Eastern India, Calcutta at West Bengal; Muzzaffarpur, Bodhgaya in Bihar and Machmara in Tripura. The meditation centres in Southern India include the centres in Hyderabad, Nizamabad, West Godavari, Nagarjunasagar at Andhra Pradesh, Chennai at Tamil Nadu, Bangalore at Karnataka and Chengannur at Kerala.
According to the Hindu and Buddhist ways of meditation, the meditation centres generally follow some authentic methods of meditation like Kundalini yoga, Sahaja Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and Raja Yoga which are effective in attaining the spirituality of soul. Some other yogas and meditation are practiced in the meditation centres of India like Surat shabd yoga, or "sound and light meditation", Japa Yoga, in which a mantra is repeated aloud or silently, Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of love and devotion, in which the seeker is focused on an object of devotion, Hatha Yoga, in which postures and meditations are aimed at raising the spiritual energy, also known as Kundalini, which rises through energy centres known as chakras. According to the Patanjali meditation centre, the ultimate end of meditation is the destruction of primal ignorance (avidya) and the realization of and establishment in the essential nature of the Self.
There are some Indian meditation centres which offer meditation classes free of cost and people from all over the world join the camps to enjoy the all pervading beauty and purity of inner soul and mind. As Buddhist meditation is fundamentally concerned with two themes that are transforming the mind and using it to explore itself and other phenomena. Most forms of Buddhism discriminate between two classes of meditation practices, viz. `shamatha` and `vipassana` that are essential for attaining enlightenment. The former consists of practices aimed at developing the ability to focus the attention single-pointedly; the latter includes practices aimed at developing insight and wisdom through seeing the true nature of reality. The `anapanasati` meditation is said to start off as a `shamatha` practice but that goes through a number of stages and ends up as a `vipassana` practice.
Theravada Buddhism emphasises the meditative development of mindfulness (sati, see for example the Satipatthana Sutta) and concentration (samadhi, see kammatthana), as part of the Noble Eightfold Path, in the pursuit of Nibbana (Nirvana). Traditional popular meditation subjects include the breath (anapana) and loving-kindness (metta). On the other hand meditation in Hinduism is thought to have developed out of man`s need to find Brahman (God`s) true nature.
The meditation centres in India also emphasise on practicing after breathing exercises, or `pranayama`. Even some centres follow practicing some yoga asanas before meditation as the body would be prepared to relax and loose enough that sitting on the floor would be comfortable. In some meditation centres follow the ways of meditating through `kirtan` or chanting the prayer through singing. There is also meditation on sound that can occur with music or in a `kirtan` session. There are some centres which offer open-air yoga and meditation classes held at sunrise and sunset, with qualified masters in attendance.
There are some well known meditation centres in all over India that are renowned for their assistance, faculties and process of teaching meditation. The Sahaja Yoga meditation centres are located in Adilabad, Ananthapur, Guntakal, Hyderabad, Patancheruvu, Ramachandrapuram, Secunderabad in AndhraPradesh, Patna in Bihar, in Chandigarh and Delhi. In addition to that there are some authentic meditation centres in Dagshai, Dharamshala, Hamirpur, Kullu, Nalagarh, Shimla, Solan in Himachal Pradesh Ambala, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Hissar, Jagadhari, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Narwana, Palwal, Panchkula, Panipat, Rewari, Rohtak, Sonepat, Yamuna Nagar in Haryana. Other well known centres that have achieved their popularity all over India are situated in Bangalore, Belagum, Dharwar,Kadur, Karkala, Kolar, Mangalore, Mysore, Sedam, Tumkur, Udupi in Karnataka. Badwani, Betul, Bhopal at Madhya Pradesh are the destination of meditation centres.
The present scenario of leading life has become so complicated that most of the people are tend to lead the normal life with a fresh touch of spirituality. And as meditation offers not only the peace of mind, but also the flexibility and comfort ness of health, there are some meditation centres located in states like Kolkata in West Bengal, Jammu in Jammu & Kashmir, Bokaro, Chas, Daltonganj, Dhanbad, Gumla, Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, Jhumritilaya, Ramghad, Ranchi in Jharkhand, Pudducherry to spread the ancient tradition of securing and purifying body and soul. In North Goa in Candolim beach, Tao-Zen meditation centre is situated.
Vipassana International Meditation Centre
Introduction to Vipassana Meditation
Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills, an Art of Living. To those who are not familiar with Vipassana Meditation we recommend visiting the International Vipassana website for an introduction. Commonly Asked Questions
Introductory Talks and Events
Public talks about Vipassana Meditation and other events are periodically scheduled to provide interested persons with information about the technique.Listen to talks by S.N. Goenka
About Dhamma Khetta
Goenkaji conducted the first course at Hyderabad in 1973 on being invited by a student, Ratilal Mehta, in his farm house; part of which he later donated to construct a permanent centre for Vipassana Meditation. This Vipassana Meditation Centre at Hyderabad, is named Dhamma Khetta, meaning "Dhamma Field"