I find the name “Quantum Foundation” very significant. The literal meaning of quantum is quantity. But as a physicist the word ‘quantum’ has deeper significance for me. Though everything looks similar in the visible world; from the scientific point of view the laws of the small are different from the laws of the large. In the visible world we see energy as uninterrupted. Take angular momentum for example. But if we enter the world of small particles we see that the energy the atoms are exchanging is not continuous. Rather it happens in clusters. And this is Quantum Mechanics.
Now if we turn to our body, we see that the foundation of our consciousness is the neuron which is minuscule and sophisticated. The process by which these neurons work falls within the scope of Quantum Mechanics. So the name “Quantum” has been very appropriate, since quantum teaches how one can reach the depth of his consciousness through meditation to break free the chain of anxiety, disease and failure. Quantum teaches how one can harness his immense inner power and use it for good.
A man can best serve others by awakening confidence within them, and showing them the path of peace and contentment. The value of this service cannot be measured with money. Through relentless hard work and service Quantum has successfully completed 300 courses in the last 17 years. This is undoubtedly a milestone. When a course in meditation, a subject about which common people had almost no idea, reaches the 300 mark in just 17 years, it is evident that it has really found a strong place in the hearts of the people. First one person came to the course and benefited. He in turn brought his family and friends to this course. This is how the Quantum has moved ahead.
Morakaba, tafaqqur, or meditation is a special technique in Islam. Take namaaz for example. This compulsory ritual (faraz) is really a combination of meditation and yoga. When we say our prayers, we shut ourselves from all the noise and confusion of the world and we submit ourselves to the Almighty. ‘Maybe I can't see or hear Him, but he can see me, hear me’: this earnest thought, this single-minded devotion, is meditation.
Once an arrow hit Hazrat Ali (RA)’s leg. He was groaning with pain. Some of his companions tried to take off the arrow. But as soon as they touched the arrow Hazrat Ali (RA) started to scream with pain. The prophet (PBUH) then asked them to take off the arrow when he was in sizda (prostation) during his prayer. He would be so absorbed in his prayer that he wouldn’t feel anything. Things happenned just the way he said. Hazrat Ali (RA) started his prayer. The others took off the arrow. He didn’t even notice.
In this age of mobile phones talking to a person thousands of miles away is a daily thing. However impossible this might have seemed at one time, today, due to advancement in science, we know that an electromagnetic signal is being transmitted from the caller’s cell. This signal is being received by the receiver’s cell. All this is possible because the caller and the receiver are tuning in to a special frequency.
In a similar way, if a devotee can seek God earnestly, if his tuning is right, then a connection between the two is established. This is why the great sages have recommended meditation for years. Only the one absorbed in meditation knows how this connection is established. Other people won’t understand. Thus meditation is a way to connect with the creator of the universe, the Supreme Being, the Almighty.
From namaz we also get the benefit of yoga. When we perform ruku and sijda blood flows to our head. When we thumb “la ilaha illallahu mohammadur rasullulah” the compression of the finger tips facilitates blood circulation. Thus namaz helps us physically, spiritually and psychologically. We get such wholistic benefit from meditation as well.
Distractions reduce efficiency. On the other hand, concentration focuses our energy and increases our efficiency. As a result even large assignments can be completed easily. This is what happens in meditation. We are directing our thoughts in a particular direction. Energy is being transmitted and this energy can be used to accomplish even the unthinkable.
Allah has given us a system. If we can believe that he has also empowered us to overcome any problem in this system, we feel more confident. Meditation enhances this confidence like nothing else. That is why meditation is immensely important. Meditation awakens a person physically and spiritually; gives him strength and increases his confidence manifold.