Meditation means conversation with silence. ~ Sri Chinmoy

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“The moment you know who you really are,

all secrets of the world will be an open book to you.”

SRI CHINMOY

WHAT IS MEDITATION?

Sri Chinmoy gives this beautiful description about the experience of meditation:

“Meditation is like going to the bottom of the sea where everything is calm and tranquil.  On the surface there may be a multitude of waves, but the sea is not affected below.  In its deepest depths, the sea is all silence.   When we start meditating, first we try to reach our own inner existence, our true existence – that is to say, the bottom of the sea.  Then, when the waves come from the outside world, we are not affected.  Fear, doubt, worry and all the earthly turmoil will just wash away, because inside us is solid peace.  Thoughts cannot trouble us, because our mind is all peace, all silence, all oneness.  Like fish in the sea, they jump and swim but leave no mark.  So when we are in our highest meditation we feel that we are the sea, and the animals in the sea cannot affect us.  We feel that we are the sky, and all the birds flying past cannot affect us.  Our mind is the sky and our heart is the infinite sea.  This is meditation.”  SRI CHINMOY

Jogyata Dallas, a student of Sri Chinmoy’s runs the Sri Chinmoy Centre in Auckland.  Jogyata first came to meditation classes at the Sri Chinmoy Centre whilst living in Adelaide in the 1980’s.  He gives this insight into meditation:

“Meditation is an inner quest to understand yourself, to reconnect with your soul, to realize what and who you really are. All the big words – enlightenment, yoga, self-discovery, God realisation – refer to this achievement. It’s really our deepest purpose, but we’re so immersed in our life dramas and enchanted by the world that we’ve forgotten about our spiritual nature and how important it is to real happiness. People who have an interest in meditation are awakening – meditation is the response, looking down into the silences to see what is there.”

WHY WE MEDITATE

“You have to know that meditation will give you joy. You have to give tremendous importance to joy. So, if you really give importance to joy and can feel the necessity of joy in your life, then you will do everything in your power to acquire joy. You will meditate most soulfully. Just by thinking that you will improve your meditation, you will not do it. But if you know what you can get from meditation, if you know that your meditation will give you tremendous joy, then definitely you will work hard inwardly and outwardly to improve your meditation.” SRI CHINMOY

Exercises you can try..

Becoming the soul….

This chapter from Sri Chinmoy’s book: “The Wings of Joy” is read by Sri Chinmoy’s student, Padmasini Guilett from France. Padmasini teaches meditation around the globe and we hope she will visit Australia very soon.  Sit back and allow Sri Chinmoy’s words feed your heart and expand your mind’s understanding of meditation and the inner life. 🙂

In this video below Archbishop Desmond Tutu from South Africa reads the chapter “Peace” from Sri Chinmoy’s book: “The Jewels of Happiness”.  Sri Chinmoy and Desmond Tutu were very good friends.   This chapter is bursting with insights and wisdoms to steer your meditation practise.

 

“How can you lose in the battlefield of life if you are already well-acquainted with the real in you: your heart’s aspiration-cry?”

Sri Chinmoy