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  • Maintaining Aspiration | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    and others make is that you have a fixed goal If you come to a certain standard during your meditation you feel that you have reached your goal Or if you get a little joy in your inner life then immediately you get a complacent feeling You want to rest on yesterday s laurels But I wish to say that our goal is an ever transcending goal Yesterday you got an iota of joy and today you are crying to get that same iota of joy But how do you know whether the Supreme wants you to have that iota of joy or whether He wants you go farther higher and deeper In your case it happens that you always try to reach a particular goal If you know how to run fifty metres then after you have run fifty metres you feel that your part is over But the Supreme does not want you to be satisfied with fifty metres He wants you to run fifty one fifty two fifty three fifty four metres When you have a higher goal automatically your aspiration increases Otherwise if you always aim at the same goal you don t make progress and it becomes monotonous If you always go to the same place after a while you don t want to go there anymore But if you feel that your goal is constantly farther higher deeper that it is ever increasing ever ascending then there is constant enthusiasm Joy is in progress not in success Success ends our journey but progress has no end When you have a fixed goal and you reach it that is your success After that you are finished But if you don t have a fixed goal if your goal is going higher all the time then

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  • Meditating on the heart | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    heart If you meditate in the heart you are meditating where the soul is True the light and consciousness of the soul permeate the whole body but there is a specific place where the soul resides most of the time and that is in the heart If you want illumination you have to get it from the soul which is inside the heart When you know what you want and where to find it the sensible thing is to go to that place Otherwise it is like going to the hardware store to get groceries There is a vast difference between what you can get from the mind and what you can get from the heart The mind is limited the heart is unlimited Deep within you are infinite peace light and bliss To get a limited quantity is an easy task Meditation in the mind can give it to you But you can get infinitely more if you meditate in the heart Suppose you have the opportunity to work at two places At one place you will earn two hundred dollars and at the other place five hundred dollars If you are wise you will not waste your time at the first place As long as you have tremendous faith in the mind which complicates and confuses everything you will be doomed to disappointment in your meditation Ordinary people think that complication is wisdom But spiritual people know that God is very simple It is in simplicity not in complexity that the real truth abides I am not saying that the mind is always bad No it need not be But the mind is limited At most what you can get from the mind is inspiration which itself is limited For real aspiration you have to go to the

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  • Meditation is not an escape | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    Brazil Canada Central America Puerto Rico United States Africa Ghana Kenya South Africa Asia Bangladesh India Indonesia Japan Mongolia Nepal Singapore South Korea Australia N Z Australia New Zealand Search form Search New Zealand Home Meditation Sri Chinmoy Contact us You are here Sri Chinmoy Centre New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Books by Sri Chinmoy Meditation Book by Sri Chinmoy Meditation is not an escape Meditation is not an escape If we enter into the life of meditation in order to escape from the world and forget our sufferings then we are doing it for the wrong reason If we enter into the spiritual life because of outer frustration or dissatisfaction then we may not remain in the spiritual life Today I have failed to satisfy my desires so I am dissatisfied with the world But tomorrow I will say Let me try again Perhaps this time I will get satisfaction But eventually we will feel that the desire life will never satisfy us we will feel the need to enter into the inner life This is aspiration Back to Meditation Home Page created by Jogyata Dallas Last updated on May 28 2012 Previous and next pages Meditating on the heart

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  • Quieting the mind | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    Z Australia New Zealand Search form Search New Zealand Home Meditation Sri Chinmoy Contact us You are here Sri Chinmoy Centre New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Books by Sri Chinmoy Meditation Book by Sri Chinmoy Quieting the mind Quieting the mind No matter which path you follow for meditation the first and foremost task is to try to make the mind calm and quiet If the mind is constantly roaming if it is all the time a victim of merciless thoughts then you will make no progress whatsoever The mind has to be made calm and quiet so that when the light descends from above you can be fully conscious of it In your conscious observation and conscious acceptance of light you will enter into a profound meditation and see the purification transformation and illumination of your life How will you make the mind calm and quiet The mind has its own power and right now this power is stronger than your present eagerness and determination to meditate But if you can get help from your heart then gradually you will be able to control your mind The heart in turn gets constant assistance from the soul which is all light

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  • Receptivity | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    Chinmoy Centre New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Books by Sri Chinmoy Meditation Book by Sri Chinmoy Receptivity Receptivity Receptivity is the flow of cosmic energy and cosmic light Receptivity is the capacity to absorb and hold the divine gifts that the Supreme showers upon you during your meditation If you want to be receptive when you sit down to meditate consciously try to bring light into your being Once you have brought light inside direct it to the right place the spiritual heart Then try to grow into that light If you feel that you have a little receptivity then cry for more Do not be satisfied with the receptivity that you have Today if it is a tiny pool then make it into a pond then into a lake and finally into a vast ocean Receptivity can be expanded gradually and endlessly But without receptivity you will not be able to achieve anything in your spiritual life even from countless hours of meditation One way to increase your receptivity is to be like a child If the mother says to the child This is good the child has no tendency to think it is bad No matter how advanced you

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  • What is Meditation? | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    Nepal Singapore South Korea Australia N Z Australia New Zealand Search form Search New Zealand Home Meditation Sri Chinmoy Contact us You are here Sri Chinmoy Centre New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Books by Sri Chinmoy Meditation Book by Sri Chinmoy What is Meditation A question about meditation Meditation is man s self awakening and God s Self offering When man s self awakening and God s Self offering meet together man becomes immortal in the inner world and God becomes fulfilled in the outer world In the life of aspiration we want only God If we sincerely want God then naturally He will give Himself to us But He will do it in His own way and at His own time If we pray and meditate with sincere aspiration for certain qualities even if God does not grant them to us still we will be satisfied We will simply say He knows best Right now I am not ready for these things But He will definitely give them to me the day I am ready In the life of aspiration it is not our achievement that gives us satisfaction it is our aspiration Aspiration itself is our satisfaction Back to

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  • What is a Guru? | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    is a big difference between a private tutor and an ordinary teacher An ordinary teacher will look at a student s paper and then give him a mark He will examine the student and then pass him or fail him But the private tutor personally encourages and inspires the student at home so that he can pass his examination At every moment in life s journey ignorance tries to examine you but your private tutor will teach you how to pass the examination easily It is the business of the spiritual teacher to inspire the seeker and increase his aspiration so that he can realise the Highest as soon as possible In order to learn anything in this world you need a teacher in the beginning To learn mathematics you need a teacher To learn history you need a teacher It is absurd to feel that for everything else in life you need a teacher but not for meditation Why do people go to the university when they can study at home It is because they feel that they will get expert instruction from people who know the subject well There have been a few but very few real men of knowledge who did not go to any university Yes there are exceptions every rule admits of exceptions God is in everybody and if a seeker feels that he does not need human help he is most welcome to try his capacity alone But if someone is wise and wants to run toward his goal instead of stumbling or merely walking then certainly the help of a Guru will be immeasurable Right now perhaps I am in London I know that New York exists and that I have to go back there What do I need to get me there An airplane and a pilot In spite of the fact that I know that the plane can take me to New York I cannot get there without the help of the pilot Similarly you know that God exists You want to reach God through meditation but someone has to take you there As the pilot takes me to New York someone has to take you to the consciousness of God which is deep within you Someone has to show you how to enter into your own divinity through meditation A spiritual Master comes to you with a boat He says Come If you want to go to the Golden Shore I will take you Moreover once you get into my boat you can sing on the boat you can dance you can even sleep but I will bring you safely to the Shore If you say that you do not need anybody s help if you want to swim across the sea of ignorance alone then it is up to you But how many years or how many incarnations will it take you And again after swimming for some time you may become totally exhausted and then you may drown

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  • Why do we meditate? | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    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 get really abiding peace light and delight We need meditation because we want to 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

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