Over the past years, I have been practising a specific meditation by Sadhguru and the Isha Foundation. However, I have been inconsistent with practising his specific meditation over the years, and there have been extensive periods where I have not practised the specific meditation. The large gaps or periods between the practice have been from some days, months, and even to an entire year. Nevertheless, each time I have attempted to do the meditation, I have always left more energised, calm, present, and even ended up in better emotional states. As a result, I recently decided to dedicate 90 days to execute this meditation daily. Due to Sadhguru and his foundation often recommending finishing an entire Mandala (48 days) or 90 days if not performed twice a day.
The meditation I am referring to is called Isha Kriya and can be found on YouTube or an app in Google Play or Apple Store, which is named after Sadhguru himself. To be honest, I have noticed an insane amount of benefits from improved focus, productivity, and emotional states. However, the most impactful aspect of the Isha Kriya has been the phrase mentioned by Sadhguru and his foundation, which is ‘Do not underestimate the size of a drop. A drop is an ocean by itself’. The phrase refers to the Isha Kriya meditation because its duration is short compared to other forms of meditation, which often is around half an hour to an hour. The duration of the Isha Kriya meditation is insanely short and last around twelve to fifteen minutes.
There was a lesson in the phrase ‘Do not underestimate the size of a drop. A drop is an ocean by itself’, which was never taken seriously by me in the beginning. On the other hand, after two years, I have grasped the lesson and realised the significance behind the simple phrase. The lesson was to value simplicity and how change or influence does not require some significant act. However, often the most trivial acts can have a more significant impact on someone’s life or even the world than a massive contribution.
The harsh truth about our lives is that we often end up doing the same things repeatedly throughout our existence. Simultaneously, I have noticed that we fantasise about a more thrilling future with adventure, joy, fun, etc. However, over the past years and after chasing after several goals continuously, I realised that we often think that happiness or peace is at the other side of these dreams. Our imagination often constructs the other side of these dreams, and often we end up feeling disappointed after achieving our desired outcomes, goals, circumstances, etc. Besides, we and especially I often imagine that these achievements or dreams will make us feel more positive emotions or reconcile our struggles.
Recently, I have been delving deeper into a program by Quazi Johir called Reality Mastery, which has been ground-breaking and led to massive growth in a short period of time. The most important lesson I received from Quazi’s program was how much he mentioned an old Zen proverb, which emphasised that we often end up doing the same things even after enlightenment. Regarding regular student or human life, it is evident that we repeatedly perform the same tasks and often end up further along the upward spiral of life. Personally, nothing spectacular occurred after I achieved better marks, finances, occupations, etc. However, I realised the old Zen proverb Quazi mentioned more than a few amounts of time was a hundred per cent accurate. As a result of the realisation, I fell into a short gloomy period where I gained a pessimistic perspective on life. On the other hand, the depressive period did not last long and led to a feeling of calmness and liberation.
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, a sense of peace and liberation emerged after realising that I would not necessarily feel more positive emotions. However, often or not, my chase for improvement or success was connected to an increase in dopamine levels. The old Zen proverb has proven its validity because I am currently more successful and financially stable than in the past, but I am still performing the same tasks and even behaviours. Correspondingly, I am still doing the same things, such as meditating, training, reading, writing, etc. On the other side, the execution and efficiency have improved, but those fundamental factors have been present throughout life anyways.
Before Enlightenment, Chop Wood and Carry Water
After Enlightenment, Chop Wood and Carry Water
The dominant part of our lives often looks the same when we observe our progress, and most of the time, it can be discouraging to keep performing tasks repeatedly. Specifically, when we have to perform the same task for an extended period of time, which can last over several days, weeks, months, years, and even decades. On the other hand, we get told that something worthwhile or beneficial is on the end of these duties and that these are often positive consequences. An example of these positive consequences is the improvement of one’s health after starting a diet or fitness routine. Subsequently, one has to develop a routine, and we eventually perform the same task over an extended period of time, which might eventually lead us to the results we desire.
Several of us, especially myself, become frustrated or discouraged because of the lack of results or boredom. Honestly, performing the same task repeatedly and especially over an extended period of time can be tedious, habitual, and almost depressing. However, we, especially I, forget how change, growth, and life function in reality and on a metaphysical level. According to Jung, progression in life is not linear and has more similar cyclic patterns, which means that we are moving up a spiral. In other words, when we perform the same task repeatedly, we are essentially moving gradually up the spiral, which means we are making incremental progress.