Let’s break down what the Sanksrit word “mantra” means.

The syllable “man” means thoughts, and “tra” means release: thought-release.

Whenever we recite a mantra, we are engaging in a process of releasing our thoughts, thereby tuning into a Higher Intelligence within us.

A mantra can be a word, phrase, sound, rhythm or even breath. Since our breath is universal and always on, so to speak, it makes for a really suitable mantra.

Meditation and mantra are thus, perhaps, synonymous.

Student of Meditation
Ranjeeth Thunga

Meditation: Simple but not Easy

Meditation is simple. Dirt simple. Painlessly simple to understand. Perhaps it’s the simplest of any “skill” to comprehend.

It is two moment-to-moment steps, in lock-step with one another, of 1) remembrance and 2) letting-go.

Each tradition, religion, or practice might have a variation of this, or express meditation in different words…but it’s simply this.

But… simple does not mean easy.

Meditation is a lifetime (or lifetimes) process of mastery, which has us go through and come to terms with all the paradoxes and complexities of life.

We’re constantly put into question all of our doubts, insecurities, distractions, fears, and hesitations. One by one, step by step.

But over time, our conviction builds. Over time, we work through and unravel it all.

Student of Meditation
Ranjeeth Thunga

Real Work is Inner Work

We often equate work with tangible output and results we see on the outside.

But that isn’t the real work.

Real work is what’s shifting on the inside. The moment to moment transformation of Consciousness in us.

Inner work doesn’t always get validated by the outside. It’s not meant to. In fact, inner work is quite misunderstood as being of trivial importance, or at most, of secondary value, in our society.

We don’t realize continuous inner transformation is actually the point of any action we take, any experience we have.

While we might not get external validation, inner work is most certainly validated from the inside, by the Spirit within. And this provides all the solace we need to keep doing the work.

The fruits of our work are inevitable, in their own way, in their own time, for ourselves and those around us. As long as we keep in mind what work actually is.

Ranjeeth Thunga
Student of Meditation

What Really Matters

The number of digits in our bank account…doesn’t really matter.

The number of alphabets after our name…doesn’t really matter.

The number of facts we can spew, skills we can carry out, scriptures we can recite…doesn’t really matter.

The number of awards we won, accomplishments we made, top rankings on our transcript…doesn’t really matter.

The number of contacts in our rolodex, followers on our feed, or subscribers to our videos… doesn’t really matter.

The number of people we’ve managed, projects we’ve completed, organizations we’ve built…doesn’t really matter.

The number of compliments we receive, customers we’ve persuaded, people we’ve bedded…doesn’t really matter.

But…can we be guided by Truth within, and can we love and respect one another, especially those that did us wrong?

This really matters. This only matters.

Everything else simply happens as it does.

Ranjeeth Thunga
Student of Meditation

Breath Leads Us

Our breath is not just a way of calming the mind. It actually is a way of leading us through our lives. It shows us where to go, where to uncover, and where to let go.

Breath can very well be equated with Higher Intelligence.

When we realize that breath is more than just a physiological process but a portal into Divinity itself, a whole universe of possibilities unravel and a bold, powerful direction for life itself becomes self-evident.

Ranjeeth Thunga
Student of Meditation

Skills Temporary; Wisdom Eternal

Many skills, on their own, seem to be temporary. They don’t last forever. They come and go as situations demand. They often get built, and get dropped.

This applies to work skills we might have honed, knowledge we might have built, social graces we might have picked up, relationship skills we might have refined.

I’ve found various abilities within me get developed and then get lost, with the underlying discontent untouched. In other words, their value was impermanent.

However, in some cases, something essential remained.

Baffling yes, but illuminating, as to what skill development really is for.

The realization is it’s not about the skills, nor is it about the tangible results they seem to bring. It’s about the underlying wisdom cultivated in the process.

It’s about the gradual shedding of our separation, from Source, from others, and from our own fears and desires.

To the degree our skills are about achieving a tangible status, reward or visible mark, is the degree they haven’t met their true purpose.

To the degree they do reflect shedding of our separation from Source, and from others, is the degree they have met their purpose.

Skills must necessarily cultivate wisdom (i.e. love), if they are to have demonstrated their true value.

Thus important, when cultivating new skills, to realize the underlying subtext of cultivating wisdom. Otherwise, what we develop will never truly uplift us, or others, and will fade away into pointless squandering of our time

Ranjeeth Thunga
Student of Meditation

Meditation Carries Us

At a certain point, our meditation process carries us. It no longer is an effort we put into it. Rather, the impulse / pulse of the process takes over and subsumes our own investment of energy.

While we might be putting in effort into the process of meditation, it’s more like we’re tuning into the transcendent process within us of meditation, built into our core.

I find that our breath is this anchor. It carries us with us, to the Deeper, Truer part of ourselves.

Ranjeeth Thunga
Student of Meditation