“Buddha” means the “enlightened one.” Buddha’s teachings emphasize self- awakening. Though this world is full of sorrows, we can get over them through self- knowledge and self-awareness. Until such knowledge is attained, one cannot be truly free from rebirth. Self-awareness – knowing the Lord is possible only if one possesses a sound mind in a sound body According to Bodhyadharma (the religion espoused by Lord Buddha), there are eight ways to attain a healthy mind in a healthy body.
The Padmasana pose of Lord Buddha deep in meditation is symbolic in that it inspires his devotees to rise above the temptations offered by the materialistic world and instead, immerse themselves in devotion. A comparison is drawn to the lotus flower which, despite blooming in muddy waters, is yet beautiful and fragrant. If one continues to think about worldly matters while meditating, one would never be able to truly concentrate his mind. And, without acute, uninterrupted concentration, one can never attain the state of Samadhi (the highest state of meditation wherein the meditator acquires the power of suspending the connection between his body and soul for as long as he likes). And without attaining Samadhi, one cannot attain peace and enlightenment. Hence, those desirous of attaining Samadhi, should go to a temple or any other quiet place (which has a pure, serene environment) and sit cross-legged in the Padmasana stance. To meditate, firstly, one should begin by concentrating his mind from the tip of his nostrils to the centre of his forehead above the nose. Regular practice will gradually lead to undivided concentration of the mind.