“Dhyanam Nirvishayam Manaha” is the sanskrit definition of meditation. It means, when the mind is free from the objects of the senses, meditation occurs."
It may be the case for one who is seeking an escape from the mind and the senses. Otherwise, for one who has integrated a meditative consciousness - whether hearing, smelling, seeing, tasting, touching, sitting down silently or involved in a storm of action - the stream of meditation continues. Meditation does not mean an escape from the senses, it simply means to be capable of remaining a witness from moment to moment without identifying with whatsoever may arise in your experience. Even if a million and one thoughts pass by the scene of the mind - one can remain an observer, seeing without judgment. That can be done anywhere, one need not go into a deep samadhi for it - although the same approach will take you into a deep samadhi. That is why one Zen master Hakuin has said, that meditation in activity far surpasses meditation in stillness. Because while you are involved in activity - you can become disturbed by any number of things. The possibility of entanglement is enormous. If you can remain centered and grounded even while involved in the world, then you can remain in the world but not of the world, in the mind but not of the mind.[/QUOTE]
For “meditation in activity” to take place one must attain “vairagya” or dispassion.
However, for someone to attain this state, the “samskaras”, must thin out and vanish, since they are the source of all “vasanas” i.e. the sense gratifying tendencies.
For this to happen, either the mind or the prana or the veerya has to be stilled, because only then the prana will flow through the middle path known as “sushumna”. So the word “escape” would be a misnomer here.
Even after kundalini awakening, ordinary persons like me would have to spend years or even several births for “kundalini” to reach the “sahasrar” or the thousand petalled cahkra at the crown of the head. As you must be knowing, this is verily the divine union of “shakti” and “shiva”.
After this divine union (or enlightenment), both “shiva” and “shakti” descend together and such a person is known as “Avataar”.
Only such an “Avataar”, even though he or she may appear no different from the rest, can be in “meditation while in activity”. Many of us may mistake extreme concentration and involvement in a particular activity as meditation. This is not so. The commonest example in this regard would be “carnal bliss”.
I don’t know about you, but I have a long way to go.