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The Art of Meditation

The Monkey Mind

It has been called the "monkey mind" It is that stream of consciousness that keeps flitting from one thing to another like a monkey jumping from branch to branch.

Even when you are concentrating your mind drifts off to fantasise about something you are going to do next weekend or an unresolved problem you must face tomorrow.

But you have the power to stop the antics of this monkey mind and achieve the "quiet or still" mind that is essential to develop your spiritual nature. Meditation is the method for exercising this control.

An Inner Centre of Peace

As the pressure of the world increase and multiply, many persons are turning to the practice of meditation as a step toward a calmer life, toward the release of strength and wisdom in their lives, and most important, toward direct realisation of the wellspring of strength and peace within themselves.

In this spiritual search we must not lose sight of the tact that it is an inner journey. For just as the ocean has quiet depths, untroubled by agitation on the surface, so has every human. In those depths -the true centre and source of all that we are abide stillness, peace and beauty. And we can reach this inner centre.

Consciousness focused on the inner centre can release the power of the divine potential that is true spiritual nature of every man and woman. But most of us, engrossed in the activities and self centred endeavours of everyday life in the physical world, shut out our spiritual nature and the Light, and Sound that flows through it from the ONE Source.

It is a natural law that our attachments and our constant busyness, our tears, desires, habits, doubts and judgements severely limit the amount of power we take in.

By meditation we can remove the obstacles so that the door to those spiritual levels of consciousness can be opened. Then creativity and inspiration flow into our lives, reducing the urgency of our problems and allowing us to express love and peace in all that we do.

Meditation is perfect stillness -silence of the body, silence of speech, and silence of mind.

A Science Centuries Old

Meditation has been a central tocus of most spiritual traditions, but because it takes place in silence and alone, it is less well known than more social practices like preaching and singing, However, precise instructions in meditations set down thousands of years ago by Indian sages, are still available to us today, stressing the need tor a pure life based not on greed and sensuality, but on harmlessness, truthfulness, simplicity, and contentment.

How to Meditate

1. Meditate regularly at the same time each day in a private place.
2. Sit in a comfortable position with spine erect, relax, with eyes closed, hands on ones lap.
3. Withdraw attention from all outer stimuli., and focus at the eye centre between the two eyes.
4. Recite wordlessly the Simran given by the Master at initiation .
5. Look for the inner Light, and Listen for the inner Sound
6. Inwardly contemplate on  the Masters form
7. After the chosen time slowly come back to normal consciousness.

Techniques that interfere with one's control of the mind are not recommended as they can cause serious harm to the individual both physically and psychologically. The use of drugs as aids to meditation is also discouraged, for though they may open up paranormal awareness; drugs do not take consciousness to spiritual levels. In fact all practices that either promise to awaken psychic faculties or encourage the meditator to give control of the mind to external agencies are not part of true meditation.

The Purpose of Meditation

The ultimate goal of meditation is to connect with the Inner Master , and the Sound and Light ...This experience is the greatest spiritual achievement any individual can enjoy.