Is meditation an advance into a more mature form of human behavior or is it a retreat into infantile self-centered inaction? We may approach this question by using my theory that human growth goes through a natural progression which for the convenience of discussion has definable stages. They are — infant, child, adolescent, adult, mature, sage, and ourora. This last term refers to solving practical problems of self-actualization on a universal scale.
It would appear that a pre-speaking child just going into a quiet state of mind without any preparation would result in a quiet infant and a mature person going into a similar physical and mental state would produce entirely different results, that they would be seeking those that are associated with a mature person. A sage-like Buddha sitting quietly under a tree is going to have very different results from a child sitting in the same spot. It would appear obvious that persons in the different stages of maturity would have different discoveries while meditating.
A human being must begin working with themselves, and their processes are those of discovering themselves first before they can move on to grander aspirations. It is sometimes the goal of adult people to meditate into an infantile mental state of being wholly concentrated on their inner self. That can be useful for resetting their mind to a more open state where they can then explore new options for approaching their world. The world is complex and it requires many cycles to find the proper way for any individual.
For a child to go into a meditative state would be to explore and attain capability to control their environment, and to make it obey their desires. From that perspective for them to meditate on their inner self would be to gain control of those inner processes, and understand how to explore the external world more fruitfully.
An adolescent would be seeking to attain a higher level of self-control and to achieve some status with those people around him based on his proficiency. He would demonstrate to others the attainment of that ability by retaining his composure in stressful situations.
The adult meditator would be mostly concerned with the welfare of people in his immediate family and social circles, and demonstrate to those other people the value of having developed the ability to meditate. The value might include having a peaceful demeanor and a deep empathy with the problems and successes of his people.
The mature person’s meditations would carry those virtues of social advancement of his group to a level of abundance for everyone whom he comes into contact with.
The sage person would bring the virtues of his transcendent meditations into a public awareness in such a way that all individuals of the world could be advanced to a higher level themselves. He would demonstrate how they could seek from among the options presented to them those that would bring them into a more sublime relationship with their world.
Meditation can be a momentary quietness when a person’s complete being explores the options available and chooses those goals that will be most beneficial.