Why Ancient Yogis Used to Meditate in the Cremation Grounds?

There are a few places around which a person would not like to go unless they lose someone dear to them. Yes, I am talking about places like cemeteries or cremation grounds.

To my surprise, I found out that the ancient Indian yogis preferred meditating on cremation grounds and some of them still follow this practice.

They were neither insane and nor ghost whisperers, such yogis are also known as the “Aghoris” and there are so many myths associated with them that they perform occult practices there.

In reality, this practice is associated with freedom for them, they use the energy of cremation grounds to realize the truth.

By meditating on these grounds, they sought enlightenment using the atmosphere that had the vibrations which further led them to deep thoughtlessness and dispassion.

A true “Aghori” is hard to find these days because people are now aware that meditation is possible wherever they are and moreover some people have misused the concept of Aghoris for their personal materialistic gains. Unlike earlier, today we have so many better ways to achieve inner peace but these ancient stories of real Aghoris are still interesting.

What Kind of Vibrations or Energy Am I Talking About?

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In India, when people think of cremation ground, they can only get thoughts of grief and despair, especially because we tend to forget that everyone has to die someday.

Even the thought of going to cremation grounds during the night-time is terrifying; thanks to the stories of witchcraft and ghostly appearances which are specifically associated with such places.

Coming back to the yogic practice of mediating in cremation grounds, I can assure you that these yogis were very courageous indeed (LOL), but the actual reason behind their choice of such places is the isolation from the materialistic world.

These cremation grounds actually have an energy field or atmosphere of dispassion, something that every spiritually inclined person is looking for, one can feel these vibrations at such places (near crematory or any place where funeral rites are conducted) because they represent that this journey has to end one day.

It Was Actually Their Way of Practicing Dispassion

We know that in order to dwell into the deep states of meditation, it is vitally important that we should be free of any attachments from the external world, but due to the nature of our mind which is always attracted to the worldly pleasures, we fail to achieve those states.

In ancient Hindu texts, it is said that “Fear of death” is the cause of all the miseries and when a person understands profoundly that death is just a natural process, but it is not the end, then only a person realizes what unconditional love is, and then only they can reach the eternal state of joy. As the yogis knew these facts, the atmosphere of the cremation grounds made it easier for them to practice dispassion, and hence they chose that place for meditation.

So, when these yogis became so familiar with the atmosphere that made it easier for them to practice dispassion, they chose that place for meditation.

Should We Follow Them?

No way, Absolutely not!.. at least I won’t because dispassion is something that should naturally happen, I am not against their methods, but I believe that it is possible to practice dispassion by living a normal life if we are always aware that nothing is permanent.

The human mind is just a little forgetful of “death”, but when we become learners and indulge ourselves in knowing more about our higher self, I believe that we can naturally be detached from the outer world.

By detachment, I don’t mean giving up responsibilities and to leave things that give us joy, I believe that everything is here for us to enjoy it and to explore more, detachment for me is not depending upon something for our state of joy and to accept the present moment for what it is.


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