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Wisdom Classification: Meditation


Sayings of Pujya Babuji Maharaj:

♦ We proceed with meditation on the heart thinking of the Divine Light within, and by so doing we gradually begin to rise or to express it better, to dive deep into the inner consciousness. (SDG 59)

♦ It is at this point(Heart) that the connecting link between the animate and the inanimate is most clearly felt. (BWS 306)

♦ If we make our heart the target of masterly force we begin to expand inside, with the result that in the long run we find ourselves stretching throughout the Godly empire. (BWS 101)

♦ Meditation really means that the mind may be accustomed to the centre itself instead of wandering elsewhere. Meditation on heart is prescribed for that purpose. (SDG 49)

♦ There must be yielding attitude towards the master. (SDG 49)

♦ Please think only that Godly light within is attracting you. (IPAM 57)

♦ You should only meditate. You should not struggle with the ideas and thoughts which generally come in during meditation.(SS 136)

♦ When we meditate, the central power we have remains in force. (BWS 44)

♦ If we are deep-rooted in meditation, we connect our link with the innermost thing desired. (BWS 100)

♦ By meditation we make a will in our heart covering thereby the surroundings around the heart region. (BWS 43)

♦ By meditation we create a temporary lull in our mind and calmness prevails for the time during which we are in touch with the divine force. (BWS 254)

♦ While meditating, if you secure even a temporary lull, that means you have gone a step further on the path. (SDG 161)

♦ When you acquire a state of permanency in your meditation, touching the innermost plane, the idea of the Ultimate or God becomes quite near you.(SDG 161)

♦ Meditation only at a certain fixed hour is not enough, for we are thus in touch with the sacred thought only for a while after which we have no idea of God whatsoever and are for most part of the day away from the path of service and devotion. (BWS 254)

♦ If we try to retain the effect gained by meditation for the most part of the day, and abide in the same state for as long as we can, we are in a way in constant remembrance of God and our progress is easy and rapid. (SS 307)

♦ The density of the thought can only be removed if we take to the subtle method. (SDG 62)

Inspirational Quotes from Various Sources:

♦ Generally, quietude, calmness, peace, silence and stillness are taken to be identical states of mind. But in reality, this is not so. All these are states of a deepening order of consciousness, silence being the deepest. In a state of deep silence, there are no thoughts, feelings or mental movements that can disturb or alter the peace of the inner being.

The human mind gets absorbed in the core of silence where it touches the original source of energy, love, purity and bliss of The Being, and discovers the soul. The mind is transmuted into the Mind of Light. This transmutation is the bridge that leads us to our true Self within. There, God becomes a living presence, and silence a conversation of the soul with God, wordless and wonderful.

HE takes men out of time and makes them feel eternity.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

♦ God is the tangential point between zero and infinity.

- Alfred Jarry

♦ The person who is willing to say yes to experience is the person who discovers new frontiers.

- John Marks Templeton

♦ "Reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one"

- Albert Einstein (Times Magazine's Man of the 20th Century. American Nobel Prize Laureate for Physics in 1921. 1879-1955)

♦ Silence is the secret that is not hidden from anyone.

- Sri K. C. Narayana

♦ Silence is an eloquence where words die.

- Sri K. C. Narayana

♦ "Silence is God's first language; everything else is a poor translation. In order to hear that language, we must learn to be still and rest in God."

- Invitation to Love

♦ "Meditation - You have the right to remain silent."

♦ An act of meditation is actually an act of faith--of faith in your spirit, in your own potential. Faith is the basis of meditation. Not of faith in something outside you--a metaphysical buddha, an unattainable ideal, or someone else's words. The faith is in yourself, in your own "buddha-nature." You too can be a buddha, an awakened being that lives and responds in a wise, creative, and compassionate way.

- Martine Batchelor, "Meditation for Life"

♦ Half an hour's meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.

♦ Words are the shell, meditation the kernel. Words are the body of the prayer, and meditation its spirit.

- Bahya, Hobot HaLebabot, 1040

♦ We should always remember that meditation is the cultivation and practice of nonattachment. The Buddha taught only the middle way, and mindfulness is nothing but the middle way. It is neither an intense practice, nor can it be done without effort. It must be done with balance. Properly done, it is neither detached pushing away nor egoistic clinging. Be very careful about sitting down with ideas like, "I am sitting, I am watching, I am breathing, I am meditating, I am this, that is mine."

- Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, "Mindfulness With Breathing"

♦ Thought is an event like the weather but the sky is unaffected. The weather can obscure the sky but the sky is no less as a result.

- Todd Vickers

♦ When all the myriad streams that flow in different places, each with its own colour and taste, enter the great ocean, they blend and become just one taste, with one name. In the same way, stupidity and wisdom both become one in the awakened mind. When one first starts along the path, there seems to be a distinction that this is stupidity and that is wisdom. But later, when one penetrates more deeply, one finds there is no difference between stupidity and wisdom.

- Visuddhi Magga

♦ Self-discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you do not talk back.

♦ [BUDDHISM] Actually, emptiness of mind is not even a state of mind, but the original essence of mind which Buddha and the Sixth Patriarch experienced. "Essence of mind," "original mind," "original face," "Buddha nature," "emptiness"--all these words mean the absolute calmness of our mind.

- Shunryu Suzuki, "Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind"

♦ [BUDDHISM]There is an extremely easy way to become Buddha. Refraining from all evil, not clinging to birth and death, working in deep compassion for all sentient beings, respecting those over you and pitying those below you, without any detesting or desiring, worrying or lamentation—this is what is called Buddha. Do not search beyond it.

♦ The no-mind state is not the vacancy of idiocy but the most supremely alert intelligence, undistracted by extraneous thought.

- Ramesh Balsekar

♦ All my days I have been raised among the Sages, and I found nothing better for oneself than silence; not study, but practice is the main thing; and one who talks excessively brings on sin.

♦ Before you speak, ask yourself, is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?

♦ There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.

- Aldous Huxley

♦ Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.

- Buddha

♦ The revealed to the heart, not to the eye...Thou wilt find thy God within thy bosom, Walking gently in thine heart.

- Judah Halevi, "Selected Poems"

♦ The continuous and unbroken awareness of the indwelling presence, the inner light of consciousness, is the supreme meditation and devotion.

- Maharamayana

♦ The Buddha meditated for six years, Bodhidharma for nine. The practice of meditation is not a method for attainment of realization—it is enlightenment itself.

- Dogen, "The Practice of Meditation"

♦ Learning is like a design in water, contemplation is like a design on the side of a wall, meditation is like a design in stone.

- Adept Godrakpa, "Hermit of Go Cliffs"

When I say silence I do not mean the inflicted silence of an angry lover, nor is it the silence of a punitive parent. Many people fear silence because to them it seems nothing more than a mind full of angst or painful boredom. When I say silence I mean the peace that is unaffected; birthplace of creativity; freedom in the midst of all changing events; the all inclusive and abiding nature that remains constant and is revealed in one moment of no thought when all that you "think" has dissolved including who you "think" you are.

♦ How to cope with wavering thoughts? Versatile are flying clouds, Yet from the sky they are not apart. Mighty are the ocean’s waves, Yet they are not separate from the sea. Heavy and thick are banks of fog, Yet from the air they are not apart. Frantic runs the mind in voidness, Yet from the Void it never separates.

- Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa

♦ "The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said."

- Peter Drucker

♦ "Meditate Deeper than a Zen Monk!"

♦ William James put it, "the intellectual life of man consists almost wholly in his substitution of a conceptual order for the perceptual order in which his experience originally comes.