Meditation may be defined as 'the art of learning to be still.' In our everyday world of constant activity and movement, sound and sensation, one might question the value or necessity of learning inner stillness and tranquility. But the real purpose of meditation is to discover whether or not there is something beyond or behind this realm of complexities which we call everyday life. The person who has begun to meditate is constantly confronted by the question, "Is it really necessary for me to go through my everyday life as if I am in the midst of an endless battle of opposition, both with myself and the people within my world? Is there not a saner, more creative and harmonious way to live?" And, after some time of meditation practice, the person finally receives his or her answer: "Peace exists within me and I can find peace at any moment, in any situation." Once a person knows this, he is free.