Meditation, creative disequilibrium and self-actualization

A.A. Pal & B. Krishnamurthy

Meditation, inevitably ultimately resulting in a holistic approach to existence, leads the individual being to an integral vision of the universe and the being. This integral vision does not lead either to withdrawal from the schisms -- economic, political, social or cultural -- nor passive adaptation to them. Because an integral vision inherently involves identification of the individual being with the rest of mankind, schisms of any kind generated by the past ten thousand years of civilization and culture throw the individual being into a state of disequilibrium; but this disequilibrium is caused, as it is, by an integral vision of existence and is creative in nature driving the individual to act to free the structures from the schisms. Creative disequilibrium thus drives the individual to create the socio-cultural frameworks promoting growth of mankind necessarily and leads the individual towards self-actualization. A disequilibrium not generated by the integral vision of existence drives the individual to passive adaptation to the existing schisms. Hence the importance of the role of meditation in generating creative disequilibrium, and consequently self-actualization.


This paper was presented at the
National Conference on
Yoga and Indian Approaches to Psychology

Pondicherry, India, September 29 - October 1, 2002