Quotes on Meditation

meditation

 

“We meditate for various reasons. Peace of mind we all badly need. Therefore, when we meditate, either consciously or unconsciously we aim at peace of mind. Meditation give us peace of mind without a tranquilliser. And unlike a tranquilliser, the peace of mind that we get from meditation does not fade away. It lasts for good in some corner of the inmost recesses of our aspiring heart.”

- Sri Chinmoy (1)

“How do we meditate silently? Just by not talking, just by not using outer words, we are not doing silent meditation. Silent meditation is totally different. When we start meditating in silence, right from the beginning we feel the bottom of a sea within us and without. The life of activity movement and restlessness is on the surface, but deep below, underneath our human life, there is poise and silence. So, either we shall imagine this sea of silence within us or we shall feel that we are nothing but a sea of poise itself.”

- Sri Chinmoy (1)

“Meditation is acceptance. It is the acceptance of life within us, without us and all around us. Acceptance of life is the beginning of human satisfaction. Transformation of life is the culmination of divine satisfaction. “

- Sri Chinmoy (1)

“When we meditate we expand, spreading our wings like a bird, trying to enter consciously into Infinity, Eternity and Immortality, welcoming them into our aspiring consciousness. We see, feel and grow into the entire universe of Light-Delight.”

- Sri Chinmoy (2)

“When you meditate, what you actually do is to enter into a calm or still, silent mind. We have to be fully aware of the arrival and attack of thoughts. That is to say, we shall not allow any thought, divine or undivine, good or bad, to enter into our mind. Our mind should be absolutely silent. Then we have to go deep within; there we have to observe our real existence. “

- Sri Chinmoy (3)

“The meditation that gives you immediate joy or continuous joy is the best meditation for you. Everyone will not have the same meditation. Your meditation will not suit me, my meditation will not suit you. You like a certain food, I don’t like it. You are right in your own way I am right in my own way. But once you know what your best meditation is, please stick to it.”

- Sri Chinmoy (4)

“How do you meditate? You meditate with an inner cry. There should be an inner cry here, in the heart. The outer cry is ego-centred; it wants name and fame. … While you are feeling this inner cry, you try to make the mind absolutely calm and quiet. If a thought enters your mind, you try to reject it. Consider this thought as a fly. When a fly comes to land on your arm, you don’t allow the fly to remain; you just wave your hand and it goes away.”

- Sri Chinmoy (5)

“When you meditate you have to try to quiet and calm the mind. There should be no thought within the mind. Right now you feel that if you can cherish twenty ideas at a time, then you are the wisest man on earth. The more thoughts that enter into our minds, the more clever we feel we are. But in the spiritual life it is not like that. If consciously we can make the mind calm and quiet, we feel that a new creation dawns inside us. “

- Sri Chinmoy (6)

“When we meditate, what we actually do is enter into a vacant, calm, still, silent mind. We go deep within and approach our true existence, which is our soul. When we live in the soul, we feel that we are actually meditating spontaneously”

- Sri Chinmoy (7)

“Meditation speaks. It speaks in silence. It reveals. It reveals to the aspirant that matter and spirit are one, quantity and quality are one, the immanent and the transcendent are one. It reveals that life can never be the mere existence of seventy or eighty years between birth and death, but is, rather, Eternity itself.”

- Sri Chinmoy (8)

“Whether we meditate individually or collectively, there is one thing we absolutely must do: we have to meditate consciously. Making an unconscious effort is like forcing oneself to play football in spite of one’s utmost unwillingness. One plays, but gets no joy. Conscious effort is like playing football most willingly. One gets real joy. Similarly, conscious meditation gives us inner Delight from the soul.”

- Sri Chinmoy (8)

‘Meditation’ is a most complicated and most fulfilling word. When we meditate without knowing how to meditate, when we meditate with our mind, it is most complicated. But when we meditate with our inner conviction, with the feeling of divinity within us, it becomes most fulfilling.”

- Sri Chinmoy (10)

“When we go deep within, into the deepest recesses of our hearts, we commune with God through meditation. It is through meditation that we can know that God is both with form and without form, with attributes and without attributes.”

- Sri Chinmoy (10)

“Why do we meditate? We meditate precisely because this world of ours has disappointed us and because failure looms large in our day-to-day life. We want fulfilment. We want joy, peace, bliss and perfection within and without. Meditation is the answer, the only answer.”

- Sri Chinmoy (10)

“True meditation can never be done with the mind. Very often we make a mistake when we say that we are meditating in the mind and utilising the mind. Real meditation is done in the psychic being and in the soul. It goes hand in hand with flaming aspiration, the burning flame that wants to climb up to the Highest.”

- Sri Chinmoy (10)

 

“Real meditation we get from within or from a spiritual Master. We can never get it from books. From books we can get inspiration or an inner approach to the fulfilment of our outer life. But in order to have true meditation we have to go deep within or follow the guidance of a spiritual Master. “

- Sri Chinmoy (10)

 

“When we meditate, what we actually do is enter into the deeper part of our being. At that time, we are able to bring to the fore the wealth that we have deep within us.”

- Sri Chinmoy (10)

stormy life

“The Stormy life can be braved
Only by the heart’s
Sunny meditations.”

- Sri Chinmoy (9)

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” I meditate
So that I can inundate
My entire being
With the omnipotent
Power of peace.”

- Sri Chinmoy (11)

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Cry within. Meditate within.
Dive within.
Your inner achievements will far outweigh your outer imperfections.

- Sri Chinmoy (12)

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My meditation
Is my soul’s
Soundless sound-conversation
With my Inner Pilot.

- Sri Chinmoy (13)

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In your outer life
If you can feel
Consciously and soulfully happy
Even while doing
Ordinary, mundane things,
God will consider this
Your real meditation.

- Sri Chinmoy (14)

“You must direct your full, intense concentration on the heart. You must feel that you are not the mind. You have to feel that you are growing into the heart. You are only the heart and nothing else.”

- Sri Chinmoy [15 ]

“During meditation if you can really make yourself feel that you have only the heart, or if you can feel that you do not even have the heart, but that your whole existence from the sole of your foot to the crown of your head is the soul, then you will see that the mind does not exist. But if you cannot feel the presence of your soul, you can easily feel your heart’s presence and your heart’s glow. When you see light glowing in the heart or in the soul, you can rest assured that you have already transcended the intellectual mind. At this stage you have entered into the illumined mind, which is very different from the reasoning, intellectual mind.”

- Sri Chinmoy [15]

 

“Meditation does not mean just sitting quietly for five or ten minutes. It requires conscious effort. The mind has to be made calm and quiet; at the same time, it has to be vigilant so as not to allow any distracting thoughts or desires to enter.”

- Sri Chinmoy [16]

“Meditation means conscious self-expansion. Meditation means one’s conscious awareness of the transcendental Reality. Meditation means the recognition or the discovery of one’s own true self. It is through meditation that we transcend limitation, bondage and imperfection.”

- Sri Chinmoy [17]

“True meditation can never be done with the mind. Very often we make a mistake when we say that we are meditating in the mind and utilising the mind. Real meditation is done in the psychic being and in the soul. It goes hand in hand with flaming aspiration, the burning flame that wants to climb up to the Highest.”

- Sri Chinmoy [17]

“Meditation tells you only one thing: God is. Meditation reveals to you only one truth: yours is the vision of God.”

- Sri Chinmoy [18]

“Meditation is the eye that sees the Truth, the heart that feels the Truth and the soul that realises the Truth.”

- Sri Chinmoy [19]

“Meditation speaks. It speaks in silence. It reveals. It reveals to the aspirant that matter and spirit are one, quantity and quality are one, the immanent and the transcendent are one. It reveals that life can never be the mere existence of seventy or eighty years between birth and death, but is, rather, Eternity itself.”

- Sri Chinmoy [19]

“If you want to simplify your life, meditation is the answer. If you want to fulfil your life, meditation is the answer. If you want to have joy and offer joy to the world at large, then meditation is the only answer.”

- Sri Chinmoy [20]

References

(1) Excerpt from The Seeker’s Mind by Sri Chinmoy.

(2) Excerpt from Prayer-World, Mantra-World And Japa-World by Sri Chinmoy.

(3) Excerpt from Meditation: Humanity’s Race And Divinity’s Grace, Part 2 by Sri Chinmoy.

(4) Excerpt from Meditation: God Speaks And I Listen, Part 1 by Sri Chinmoy.

(5) Excerpt from My Heart’s Salutation To Australia, Part 1 by Sri Chinmoy.

(6) Excerpt from Two Divine Instruments: Master And Disciple by Sri Chinmoy.

(7) Excerpt from A Sri Chinmoy Primer by Sri Chinmoy.

(8) Excerpt from: Yoga and the Spiritual Life by Sri Chinmoy

(9) Excerpt from:Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 7,  by Sri Chinmoy. Agni Press, 1998.

(10) ‘What is Meditation?’ Excerpt from Meditation: God’s Duty and Man’s Beauty by Sri Chinmoy

(11) Sri Chinmoy, I Meditate So That, Agni Press, 1982.

(12) Sri Chinmoy, Arise! Awake! Thoughts Of A Yogi, Agni Press, 1972.

(13) Sri Chinmoy, My Prayer-Life My Meditation-Heart, Agni Press, 1999.

(14) Unsourced.

(15) Sri Chinmoy, The Mind and the Heart

(16) Sri Chinmoy, Meditation: Man-Perfection in God-Satisfaction. p5 v 1984

(17) Sri Chinmoy, Meditation: God’s Duty And Man’s Beauty, Agni Press, 1974.

(18) Sri Chinmoy, Eastern Light For The Western Mind, Agni Press, 1973.

(19) Sri Chinmoy, Yoga And The Spiritual Life. The Journey of India’s Soul., Agni Press, 1971.

(20) Sri Chinmoy, Experiences Of The Higher Worlds, Agni Press, 1977.

 

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