Mindfulness & India

One of the greatest contributions to the world and to whole mankind from India (Bharat) after ZERO (SUNYA) is YOGA.  It is recognized as one of the best techniques for health and wellness in the modern world. It is not a religion, rather a process that elevates the mental and physical state of the person. That’s why it is called YOGA as it joins the body and mind in a single practice.

However, another contribution that has caught the imagination of mankind which has the origin in India 2500 years back is called MINDFULNESS.  Sounds very English. YOGA has no English translated name.  However, why is this English word having an origin in India? It may puzzle many people and a lot of skeptics may question the truth of the origin. But the truth has come out now.

India is one of the oldest continuing civilization in the world. It has gone through a lot of devastating turmoil and has risen from ashes in the last 1000 years of well-known history. But it is fortunate to keep a lot of its hidden treasures somehow.  In Some extreme situations, the whole Vedas were kept alive by remembering all the SLOKAS and transferring to generation to generation, as the texts are destroyed by invaders.   The same way the great Nalanda University was destroyed by burning it to ashes. It has taken 3 months to burn the entire university as per historians. However, even if the university was burned by barbaric invaders, the knowledge was not confined to textbooks only, rather it has already spread to other countries like Burma, China, Japan, Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the rest of eastern countries. This is the power of truth & knowledge; it survives and comes out from darkness ultimately.

Why am I telling so much about 1000 years history of India? Am I boosting my culture just because I am a fellow Indian?  Absolutely not. I am trying to create the base of the plot, why, how and when this treasure of knowledge was lost from India and survived in neighboring countries in different forms. But in last 70 years, after the stabilization of India as a country, the knowledge has come back to its roots and spread to most of western countries. Special thanks to learned monks from Burma and Sri Lanka and other countries.

Yes, yes, MINDFULNESS has an Indian name. It is called SATI in Pali and SMRUTI in Sanskrit.  Sanskrit is the mother of all Indian languages and Pali is the local language on which Lord Buddha had been teaching to his disciples 2500 years back.  The meaning of both words is AWARENESS or MINDFULNESS.  It is part of the great technique taught by Lord Buddha which is called VIPASSANA. You will find millions of practitioners of VIPASSANA in India and around the world now. It’s very difficult to productize the practice as per modern thinking and branding. There was nothing like this earlier. The knowledge is like a river; it flows and flows until it meets the vastness of the ocean. The same way nobody can productize or claim the right of true knowledge. The intention of true knowledge is to take mankind to its ultimate destination called NIRVANA or ENLIGHTENMENT.

Like ZERO (SUNYA) or Emptiness and YOGA, MINDFULNESS has no dogma, no religious adherence, no concept of GOD, no rituals. So, it is as pure as air and water of Himalaya or Alpes. The modern world with free spirit has recognized the utility of this great technique called MINDFULNESS like YOGA as part of their life to stay healthy and happy. People say ancient India (Bharat) is THE JAGAT GURU, the teacher to the entire world, and mankind. I think she deserves the praise with utmost humility.