Meditation: the mysterious origins of the world’s most popular ancient practice

Meditation: the mysterious origins of the world’s most popular ancient practice

Meditation is as common today as aerobics, with millions of people using it for stress release, peak performance and spiritual enlightenment.

Even CEOs and Hollywood celebrities are now using it to master themselves and gain an untouchable advantage!

But the origins of this ancient practice may just surprise you…

According to archeological and scientific data, we know that recorded evidence of meditation has been in existence for over 4,600 years, and that recorded history has been around for 6,000 years in Mesopotamia.

Around 3,000 B.C., when writing developed in the Indus Valley, the ancient scripture of the Tantras mentioned meditation, specifically the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra.

It contains 112 techniques of meditation in the form of a dialogue between the legendary Shiva and his wife Parvati (referred to as Devi in the book), where he discusses 112 meditation techniques to find one’s true self.

And then there was Mohenjo-daro.

In the 1920’s, while excavating the city known as Mohenjo-daro, the archeologist Sir John Marshall discovered a carved figure on a seal of a yogi sitting in meditation pose:

The estimated time period it came from? 2,600 B.C.

Mohenjo-daro was the capital city of the Indus Valley Civilization which spanned across Pakistan and India and included approximately 5 million people.

It’s perhaps no wonder that such a rich, enduring and sprawling civilization could have given birth to this timeless practice.

Some researchers have lamented that if only recorded history could be stretched even further back, we would find even more priceless gems of ancient wisdom in this region.

Why should an ancient explorer care about meditation?

Because seeking wisdom is what being an explorer is all about.

And we believe the greatest wisdom isn’t just hidden in ancient ruins and civilizations – but deep inside ourselves.

As the mythical deity Shiva told his wife – the greatest journey of all doesn’t require travel gear or horses, but rather an open mind.

That’s why Ancient Explorers founder Amish Shah has prepared a free online experience focused on what is perhaps the most powerful ancient practice since the beginning of time.

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