Effects of Meditation on Social Life of People- Sociological Study of Oshodhara
Meditation Centre, Hetauda, Makwanpur, Nepal
Introduction: Mediation is an adventure, an adventure into the unknown, the greatest adventure the human mind
can take. Meditation is just to be, not doing anything- no action, no thought, no emotion, you just are and it is a
sheer delight. From where does this delight come when you are not doing anything? It comes from nowhere, or it
comes from everywhere. It is uncaused, because existence is made of the stuff called joy.
When you are not doing anything at all- bodily, mentally, on no level- when all activity has ceased and you
simply are, just being, that's what meditation is. You cannot do it, you cannot practice it: you have only to
understand it (Meditation: The First and Last Freedom- Osho/2012- pj 2). Above mentioned theme is the main
intorductary spritual theme part of the study.
Background of the Study: Most of the people are suffering from tension, frustration, depression, sleeplessness
and those issues are the social problems of our modern society. Most of the post modernist mentioned that again
the people were following which people follow in the ancient period such as meditation & yoga etc. This study
consist the symbolic interactonism theroy. Meditation is a form of the medicine of all those mentioned social
problems. On the basis of social problem, dissertation research has done in Oshodhara, Meditation center
Hetauda, Makwnapur, Nepal among 100 meditation practicener. Where different cast, culture, ethinicity and
religion has involved.
Methodology: Research Design > Rational of Selection of the Study Area > Nature and source of Data >
Universe and Sampling > Data Collection Techniques > Interview > Non participant observation > Analysis and
presentation of Data
Summary: The present study on "Effects of Mediation on Social Life of People: a Sociological Study of the
Oshodhara in Hetauda" metropolitan of Makawanpr. The main focus of the study was to analyze the reasons
behind the people joining to a meditation group and the outcome of the meditation practice as the practitioners
perceived. There are more than 100 practitioners of meditation in Oshodhara. In the sample of 56 practitioners for
the research. They think meditation can play a role as therapy in modern. They get happiness in meditation. Total
respondents feel through meditation they achieve happy life, all respondents experienced that their relationship
with families, friends and others are changed positively. Practitioners of meditation claimed that, through the
meditation, they have reduced their mental problem and they have gained peace of mind, physical fitness and they
take meditation as the way in their journey of spiritual quest of life.
Firstly, meditation is not the concentration it is the awareness of whole being that is how Budhha called
an awakened person. Many of the people are using meditation as a form of concentration so this research
has denied on this idea.
National Ayurved Health Policy 2052 also mentioned the meditation as an alternative treatment
procedure but study shows that meditation is more than this; it can help to manage conflict, stress, and
goal with many more of the person.
There are so many meditation groups around Nepal. Government of Nepal has not yet developed any
properly written specific policy to promote the meditation activities in Nepal hence it may have better to
establish the legal international meditation center which will help to enter the foreign currency and it will
help to increase the financial condition of Nepal.
Nepal can be the spiritual destination among whole world. It will also help to create the peace and harmony with
each other and stress free life which obviously will be fruitful for all humanity.
Conclusion: Twenty-first centuries is the age of rapid change, changing working environment, a lot of challenges
and massive competition, globally. The modernization has brought the gap between the ‘haves and have-nots’.
The individual is far from mental peace to too much industrialized organization brought serious problems for the
whole world. In this restless context, man is searching peace and progress. S/he wants popularity, rapid social
change, tremendous growth of knowledge and intellectual related needs. The present context of Nepalese society
also has been facing same kind of problems. The meditation has been taken a therapy as well, by which people
achieve physical, mental as well as spiritual solution. Through meditation people can reduce their mental,
physical, familial, personal and societal problem as well. That’s why this study recommends that there is a need
for sound research aimed for utilizing meditation as alternative therapy than the conventional therapies. Almost
all the mediators suggest practicing meditation, as the most essential aspect of human life.
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