Meditation – Man-Perfection in God-Satisfaction
Revised Edition 2018
Publisher: The Golden Shore
Take your meditation to a deeper level with this complete and practical guide, useful for both beginners and more experienced meditators.
Presented with simplicity and clarity, this book will take you from the beginning stages of concentration and meditation through the advanced practice of contemplation and higher states of consciousness. Sri Chinmoy’s writings belong to the ancient stream of wisdom-teachings that elevate meditation to the sacred and restore its deeper purpose of spiritual awakening and self-knowledge.
- A structured, step-by-step guide to meditation
- Techniques that anyone can learn
- Developing your power of concentration
- How to find – and keep – lasting inner peace
- The secret power of the heart to calm the busy mind
- Practical advice for work and life situations
- Breaking through negative emotions like anger and fear
- How to unfold your deepest spiritual self
Plus special sections where Sri Chinmoy answers over 100 questions on a wide range of experiences often encountered in meditations.
These teachings provide a map for the inner journey and haven in which to find encouragement, instruction and enlightenment. May this volume be an invaluable friend to you in your search for peace, happiness and spiritual fulfilment.
Excerpts from Meditation by Sri Chinmoy
Is meditation practical?
We say that somebody is practical when he does the right thing at the right moment in his outer life. He thinks and at in a specific way so that others will not perceive him and his outer life runs smoothly. No matter how clever, how sincere or how conscious we are, at times we are at a loss in the outer life. We do not know what to say. We do not know what to do. We do not know how to behave. Or, despite our saying and doing the right thing, everything goes wrong. We do not know how to cope with our outer existence; we cannot manage our lives. We sincerely want to do something or becomes something, but we cannot do it.
Why does this happen? It happens because our outer capacity is always limited by our limited inner awareness. But if we are practical in the inner life – that is to say, if we pray and meditate, then we will have boundless inner awareness. One who has inner awareness has free access to Infinite truth and everlasting joy, and he can easily control his outer life.
The inner life constantly carries the message of truth and God. Where the truth is, there is a seed.
Let us allow the seed to germinate and become a tree. When the trees bears fruit, we will see the capacity of the inner world being manifested in the outer world.
No matter what we do or say in our outer life, we are not nearing the truth-light. But if we meditate first, and afterwards act and speak, then we are doing and becoming the right thing. The inner life and the inner reality must guide to the outer life, not the other way around. The life-breath of the outer life has to come from the inner life. The inner reality must enter it into the outer life; only then can we be really practical in the outer life.
Author, poet, musician and spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy is recognized as an authoritative and highly regarded teacher of meditation. For 37 years he was director of the non-denominational Peace Meditations at the United Nations in New York City. He wrote and lectured extensively on the topics of meditation, happiness, health and the spiritual foundations of peace in our modern world.