What is meditation?

“When we meditate we actually enter into a deeper part of our being. At that moment we are able to bring forward our inner treasures.”

Meditation is normal and natural state of our being. It is not an enforced state of hallucination. It is something that happens spontaneously when silence our mind. Meditation springs from within like a fountain of light that carries to the surface all our positive qualities and emotions. It is an indispensable tool to overcome obstacles in our life while maintaining always a positive attitude. It is a way to our real joy and inner fulfilment; key to unlock our hopes and aspirations, and it is also in reach of every human being. With meditation our inner, spiritual power increases. We can then use it in daily life to become better artists, poets, sportsmen and generally better citizens of the world.

How to meditate?

“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”

There is a saying: “Ways are many but goal is one”. There definitely exist different ways how to silence our mind and experience meditation. During our classes we teach different exercises and techniques that place importance on our spiritual heart.

At the beginning we first learn concentration. We focus all our attention on single object, thought, sound or image inside our mind, and we put out effort to keep at it. After a while our mind becomes focused into this single object. At that moment we are able to control our thoughts more easily. We release the concentration and our quiet mind lets us enter into our spiritual heart. It is from inside our spiritual heart that meditation springs out like fresh water.

As with everything, beginning something new is never easy. There are many practical details that we have to sort out in our life. We have to awaken our determination and discipline to reach long-lasting results. To make this easier we regularly organize meditation classes where we go through practical things and share together our enthusiasm and inspiration.

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Why to meditate?

Why do we meditate? We meditate because this world of ours has not been able to fulfil us. The so-called peace that we feel in our day-to-day life is five minutes of peace after ten hours of anxiety, worry and frustration. We are constantly at the mercy of the negative forces that are all around us: jealousy, fear, doubt, worry, anxiety and despair. These forces are like monkeys. When they get tired of biting us and take rest for a few minutes, then we say that we are enjoying peace. But this is not real peace at all, and the next moment they will attack us again.

It is only through meditation that we can get lasting peace, divine peace. If we meditate soulfully in the morning and receive peace for only one minute, that one minute of peace will permeate our whole day. And when we have a meditation of the highest order, then we can get really abiding peace, light and delight. We need meditation because we want ot grow in light and fulfil ourselves in light. If this is our aspiration, if this is our thirst, then meditation is the only way.

If we feel that we are satisfied with what we have and what we are, then there is no need for us to enter into the field of meditation. The reason we enter into meditation is because we have an inner hunger. We feel that within us there is something luminous, something vast, something divine. We feel that we need this thing very badly; only right now we do not have access to it. Our inner hunger comes from our spiritual need.

Sri Chinmoy

This website is inspired by Sri Chinmoy. This Indian mediation master, artist, musician and athlete has been born in 1931 in eastern Bengal. After 20 years of devoting his time to meditation in Sri Aurobindo ashram in Pondicherry he has received an inner message and inspiration to move to New York in 1964 to be of service to people in the West. To those who are looking for deeper spiritual understanding of themselves. During his whole life Sri Chinmoy tried in different ways to achieve one thing – to awaken the inner need in humanity to find its real self.

“Our path is basically the path of the heart and not of the mind. That doesn’t mean we criticise the mind, far from it. We simply feel that the path of the heart will lead us to our goal faster…”
~ Sri Chinmoy