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 a normal and natural state of being. It is not a forced state, or hallucination. It is something that happens spontaneously when we silence our mind. Meditation springs from within like a fountain of light. It reveals our positive qualities and emotions. Meditation can be an indispensable tool to overcome obstacles in our life. It is a way to experience deeper joy and inner fulfillment. Everyone can meditate. With meditation, our inner, spiritual power comes forward. We can use it in daily life to become better artists, poets, sportsmen…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 the goal is one”. There are many different ways to silence our minds and experience meditation. Each individual ultimately meditates in their own unique way. During our classes, we offer many different exercises and techniques so that you’ll find the method that works best for you. All of our meditation techniques place importance on our spiritual heart.

In the beginning, we first learn concentration. We focus all our attention on a single object, thought, sound or image inside our mind. With gentle practice, we can make our minds calmer and control our thoughts more easily. It is in this quiet space that we can enter into our spiritual heart. It is from our spiritual heart that meditation springs forward like a fountain.

Starting something new is never easy. There are many things we can do to make it easier. We have to awaken our determination and discipline to reach long-lasting results. As part of our meditation classes, we go through many practical tools to make your meditation regular and satisfying, all shared in an atmosphere of enthusiasm and inspiration.

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Why meditate?

Why do we meditate? We meditate because this world of ours has not been able to fulfill 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 to grow in light and fulfill 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 that 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 needs.

Sri Chinmoy

This website is inspired by Sri Chinmoy. This Indian mediation master, artist, musician and athlete have 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 a 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