Today the entire world is rising to the power of meditation and yoga and these two seem to be the most sought after techniques. But have you ever wondered where did meditation first originate? History has traces that meditation has been an age old practice in Asian countries such as India, China, Sri Lanka and Japan.
Even though noted history of meditation primarily seems to have originated from Asia, the concept of meditation is universal – one that appears in all cultures of the world. However, there are differences in the way this practice is followed in different part of the globe.
Meditation practices were common amongst tribal South Indian people some ten to fifteen thousand years ago. Back then, it was a desire to endure and conquer one’s conscious mind. So when answering the question, where did meditation originate, this seems to be the most logical answer as meditation was certainly a popular and common practice in India. It was called as tantric meditation in those times.
So after it was practiced for some four to seven thousand years in tantric meditation format, an Indian yogi Shiva further developed it to the form that most resembles the meditation of today. From thereon meditation carried on as an integral part of cultures such as Buddhism and Zen. Siddhartha Gautam, the first ever Buddha, is known to have given up his kingdom and went to study spirituality with two holy men. This obviously signifies that at the time of Siddhartha – around 2,050 years ago – meditation was already a well-known and fairly widespread concept in India. Once Siddhartha learned the art of meditation, it spread across Asia to soon become a commonly followed lifestyle practice.
Going by archeologists’ records, meditation was originated in the capitol city of Indus Valley Civilization, Mohenjo-daro which is where the modern day India and Pakistan are.