Understanding means a state of no-mind.
That's what meditation is all about.
Meditation is the art of putting the mind aside,
not allowing it to interfere, not allowing it to
stand between you and the real.
When you face the real without any
interference of any kind - philosophical,
political, religious - when there is no idea between
you and the real, when the real is simply reflected
in you like a tree is reflected in the lake or the face
is reflected in a mirror,
then there is understanding.
Understanding is a byproduct of meditation;
misunderstanding is a shadow of the mind.
And these are the only two ways a man can live:
either one can live as a mind or
one can live as meditation.
Understanding arises out of silence;
silence means no-mind.