A GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNING TO MEDITATORS

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A GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNING TO MEDITATORS

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Christophers Dharma Blog
Tue 1 Nov 2011

A GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNING TO MEDITATORS - Posted by Christopher under Dharma Reflections

The Government has determined that meditation is harmful to your health.
The Government’s health warning states that early physical symptoms in the process of meditation include pain in the knees, sore ankles, tension in the shoulders, and various degrees of back pain.
Early mental symptoms arise in meditation include lust, negativity, boredom, restlessness, fear and doubts. Meditators are liable at any time to multiple hindrance attacks.

Meditators believe they can resolve these issues without recourse to the NHS, medication and years of weekly analysis in the private sector.

As early symptoms abate, meditators will sit motionless for hours every day or will find themselves, at fixed times, walking up and down, repetitively, unable to offer reasons for their behaviour. Some meditators stand still for an hour or more unable to move. They appear catatonic.
They show no interest in blind pursuits of pleasure, endless hours in shopping malls or running up huge debts.
Surveys from the government show that some meditators remain vulnerable to reaction.

It is advisable to avoid talking to meditators who are in meditation. Such an approach can provoke strong irritability from the meditator. Under no circumstances touch a meditator as it can release a sudden outburst of hostile reaction such as ‘Can’t you see that I’m meditating?’
Government inspectors said that such meditators will probably apologise for their reaction and spend days, mornng, noon and night, developing more loving kindness meditation.

The ability of meditators to spend most of their lives in an office or studying for years for degrees is greatly reduced. Hard core meditators show no interest whatsover in sense objects – sights, sounds, smells, taste or touch nor want to chat constantly about sex, money, sport, work, cars or computers. They tend to explore a different way of life.

In advanced stages, meditators will intentionally cut off all memories and any associations with the past. Such meditators will show a complete unwillingness to plan for the future and a refusal to associate themselves with anything that is happening in the present.

Some are willing to work up to one hour per day in a retreat centre but they are known to work very slowly; they barely accomplish anything. Some advanced meditators take an hour to slice a single carrot.
In the most advanced cases, meditators spend long periods in solitude and silence ranging from a few weeks to many months or even years. These meditators require total care and support from retreat centres.

More and more advanced meditators claim they have no self while others claim they are the self of all. In either case, these meditators develop loving kindness, compassion and appreciate joy and cease to be competitive and ruthless in the private and public sector.
After they leave these centres, they might teach meditation and engage in a way of life free from any drive for personal sucess. They believe in co-operation, sustainability and the happiness of simple living.

The Government has defined meditation as a serious mental health hazard and advises the public to take all precautions necessary to avoid exposure to this dangerous activity.
If meditation is not stopped immediately, it can cause an end to craving for consumerism, desire for wealth and a total loss of interest in the constant pursuit of recognition.

Meditation has become associated with street protests, Occupy! and action for revolutionary change.
If meditation continues, it will bring about an end of to the rebirth of “I” ‘me” and “mine” upon which capitalism, economic growth and State/Corporate control over the lives of citizens depends.
In its conclusion, the Government has determined meditation as a threat to our society and our way of life.
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I've really been enjoying the humor you have been posting here. :goodpost:
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.
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lol, very nice :clap:
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:rofl:
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I would laugh, but I'm too busy practicing equanimity :meditate:
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Government prohibition regarding the practice of meditation is a reality in certain countries.

it is the case in Malaysia where any Malay or follower of muslim religion is prosecuted by their own government if they attempt to participate to a meditation course, just as the center in which they would try to do so.
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The whole time I was reading this I thought about the Mystics from "The Dark Crystal," the Jim Henson movie.
AAUUUMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.... (slices carrot)*
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