Quotations about Meditation 2

Meditation is neither of the body nor of the mind, but belongs to the third within you—your being. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

There are qualities which grow as meditation deepens. For example, you start feeling loving for no reason at all. Not the love that you know, in which you have to fall—not falling in love. But just a quality of lovingness, not only to human beings. As your meditation deepens, your lovingness will start spreading beyond humanity to animals, to trees, even to the rocks, to the mountains. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Don't just do something - sit there! ~Author Unknown

Meditation is the art of staying in this present moment. A sleepy person either lives in the past moment or is dreaming about the future life. But a meditator stays in this present moment and is alert about his thoughts and actions. ~Author Unknown

We become contemplatives when God discovers Himself in us. ~Thomas Merton

Because of Christianity the West has missed many things, and one of them is meditation, the rarest flowering of a human being, because they have made it equivalent to contemplation. Contemplation is thinking. Meditation is no-thinking. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation is not something you do once and you are done with. It is something that is like breathing, like blood circulating. It is not that once the blood has circulated it is finished, once you breathe there is no more need of it. No, you have to breathe and you have to go on meditating; every moment you will need it. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

[T]he peace of mind that we get from meditation does not fade away. It lasts for good in some corner of the inmost recesses of our aspiring heart. ~Sri Chinmoy

Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment. ~Alan Watts

The words were unexpected, but so incisively true. So much of prayer is like that—an encounter with a truth that has sunk to the bottom of the heart, that wants to be found, wants to be spoken, wants to be elevated into the realm of sacredness. ~Sue Monk Kidd

Stop talking, stop thinking, and there is nothing you will not understand. Return to the root and you will find Meaning. ~Jianzhi Sengcan

There is no necessity for a technique or formula for meditation. Inner feeling, or inner knowing, is the silent voice of inspiration. ~Walter Russell

Meditation is to get out of your psychosis and to get out of your neurosis; it is simply to slip out of them. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation. ~Jetsun Milarepa

Untrained warriors are soon killed on the battlefield; so also persons untrained in the art of preserving their inner peace are quickly riddled by the bullets of worry and restlessness in active life. ~Paramahansa Yogananda

Meditation is simply seeing reality and acknowledging it with bare honesty. ~Bo Lozoff

The spirit of meditation is the combating of self-willed thinking—it is a combat against the weight of one's feelings. ~Hakuin Ekaku

The act of meditation is being spacious. ~Sogyal Rinpoche

Meditation is a journey without movement. In the external world you have to move in order to go ahead, in meditation you don't move, yet you attain. ~Swāmī Rāma

Meditation is listening to the Divine within. ~Edgar Cayce

Experience yourself in silence. ~Erich Schiffmann

Meditating means bringing the mind back to something again and again. Thus, we all meditate, but unless we direct it in some way, we meditate on ourselves and on our own problems, reinforcing our self-clinging. ~Yeshe Dorje

Meditation is not sitting and fidgeting, daydreaming, worrying, or fantasizing. It means watching, calmly observing the mind itself. Calm observation makes the mind itself calmer. The calmness of the mind creates power to go deeper and deeper into the beds of samskaras, into all the latent memories and impressions that daily provoke our habits and personalities. However, by calmly and very quietly going to the samskaras and observing them they are burnt away; they bubble to the surface and dissipate. This is the process of purification. It is a very powerful practice, and an essential one. Meditation is the exact method of becoming aware of who you are. It is the fundamental training for knowing your inner world. ~Swāmī Rāma

Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer. ~Dean Koontz

The stormy life can be braved only by the heart's sunny meditations. ~Sri Chinmoy

Start with meditation, and things will go on growing in you—silence, serenity, blissfulness, sensitivity. And whatever comes out of meditation, try to bring it out in life. Share it, because everything shared grows fast. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

It is just like dust gathers on the mirror; every day you have to clean it. On the mirror of your mind dust gathers, dust of experience: it becomes knowledge. Clean it. That's why every day meditation is needed. Meditation is nothing but cleaning the mirror of your mind. Clean it continuously! If you can clean it every moment of your life, then there is no need to sit separately for meditation. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Asanas attune the body to meditation, just as a guitar is tuned before a performance. ~Author Unknown

[M]ental peace is not meditation. Meditation is the flight beyond the mind. It has nothing to do with mental peace. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Everything can become a meditation if you live it totally and intensely. And then your life becomes whole. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Yoga practitioners advise the times around sunrise and sunset, well before eating a meal, as the best time for yoga and meditation practice. The science of biometeorology (the study of natural forces on human and animal life) tells us that the sun has a tremendous impact upon the lives of plants, animals, and human beings. Even our blood chemistry changes with the rising and setting of the sun! Therefore, there may be a chemical basis for the thousands of years of belief, in every spiritual tradition, that to meditate and pray at sunrise and sunset is somehow more effective, more auspicious. ~Vimala Schneider McClure, A Woman's Guide to Tantra Yoga

When you meditate you have to try to quiet and calm the mind. There should be no thought within the mind. Right now you feel that if you can cherish twenty ideas at a time, then you are the wisest man on earth. The more thoughts that enter into our minds, the more clever we feel we are. But in the spiritual life it is not like that. If consciously we can make the mind calm and quiet, we feel that a new creation dawns inside us. ~Sri Chinmoy

Meditation simply means a discipline that makes you capable of being aloof and detached from your mind. So even if the mind is sick, your consciousness is never sick. Even if your mind is going crazy, you are just witnessing it. Mind is only a machine. You are not. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation is not growth of the ego, it is death of the ego. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation applies the brakes to the mind. ~Ramana Maharshi

Stop thinking that meditation is anything special. Stop thinking altogether. ~Surya Singer

[I]t can feel as if the entire body has dropped away or has become transparent, as if its substance were in some way erased. It can feel as if there is nothing but breath flowing freely across all the boundaries of the body. ~Jon Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

A good meditation, even when it is interrupted by occasional nodding, is much more beneficial than many outward religious exercises. ~Johannes Tauler

If you want to find God, hang out in the space between your thoughts. ~Alan Cohen

Whenever you try to dictate the outcome of your meditation you negate its most wondrous benefit—the pleasure of simply being. ~Paul Wilson

An interval of meditation, serious and grateful, was the best corrective of everything dangerous in such a high-wrought felicity; and she went to her room, and grew steadfast and fearless in the thankfulness of her enjoyment. ~Jane Austen, Persuasion

This withdrawal from the day's turmoil into creative silence is not a luxury, a fad, or a futility. It is a necessity, because it tries to provide the conditions wherein we are able to yield ourselves to intuitive leadings, promptings, warnings, teachings, and counsels and also to the inspiring peace of the soul. It dissolves mental tensions and heals negative emotions. ~Paul Brunton

To me the greatest problem with humanity is that they don't know anything of meditation. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Some people think that meditation takes time away from physical accomplishment. Taken to extremes, of course, that's true. Most people, however, find that meditation creates more time than it takes. ~Peter McWilliams

That's what I call meditation. You simply stand aloof and just see the mind disappearing, like a cloud on a faraway horizon, leaving the sky clean and pure. And in that state arises your consciousness in its full glory, in its full celebration. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Millions of people miss meditation because meditation has taken on a wrong connotation. It looks very serious, looks gloomy, has something of the church in it, looks as if it is only for people who are dead, or almost dead, who are gloomy, serious, have long faces, who have lost festivity, fun, playfulness, celebration.... A really meditative person is playful: life is fun for him.... He enjoys it tremendously. He is not serious. He is relaxed. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Somewhere in this process, you will come face to face with the sudden and shocking realization that you are completely crazy. Your mind is a shrieking, gibbering madhouse on wheels barreling pell-mell down the hill, utterly out of control and helpless. No problem. You are not crazier than you were yesterday. It has always been this way, and you just never noticed.... So don't let this realization unsettle you. It is a milestone actually, a sign of real progress. ~Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

Modern man is too impatient and wants to master the art of meditation immediately. ~Swāmī Rāma

[S]tand aside and watch the working of the divine power in yourself. ~Sri Aurobindo

Every soul innately yearns for stillness, for a space, a garden where we can till, sow, reap, and rest, and by doing so come to a deeper sense of self and our place in the universe. Silence is not an absence but a presence. ~Anne D. LeClaire

The very essence of meditation is to be so silent that there is no stirring of thoughts in you, that words don't come between you and reality, that the whole net of words falls down, that you are left alone. This aloneness, this purity, this unclouded sky of your being is meditation. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

[T]hat is the true function of meditation: to create a space in you where you can be rich, infinitely rich, utterly peaceful, absolutely ecstatic. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

When you are in deep meditation, you feel a great serenity, a joy that is unknown to you, a watchfulness that is a new guest. Soon this watchfulness will become the host. The day the watchfulness becomes the host, it remains twenty-four hours with you. And out of this watchfulness, whatever you do has a wisdom in it. Whatever you do shows a clarity, a purity, a spontaneity, a grace. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

The process of meditation does not take you to some new world; it only introduces you to the world where you have been for lives upon lives. The process of meditation does not add anything to you; it only takes away what is wrong, cuts it away, sheds it off. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation is the only magic that can help you to be free from the mind, can help you to be free from yourself, your past and all the burden of the past. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation does not answer the questions of the mind, but it dissolves the very mind which creates many questions and confusion in our life. ~Author Unknown

Through meditation one discovers one's own light. That light you can call your soul, your self, your God—whatsoever word you choose—or you can remain just silent because it has no name. It is a nameless experience, tremendously beautiful, ecstatic, utterly silent, but it gives you the taste of eternity, of timelessness, of something beyond death. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

The meditation that gives you immediate joy or continuous joy is the best meditation for you. Everyone will not have the same meditation. Your meditation will not suit me, my meditation will not suit you. You like a certain food, I don't like it. You are right in your own way I am right in my own way. ~Sri Chinmoy

With meditation I found a ledge above the waterfall of my thoughts. ~Mary Pipher

If you want to possess things—money; if you want to possess yourself—meditation. And if you possess yourself, money loses all meaning. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

There is only one meditation—the rigorous refusal to harbor thoughts. ~Nisargadatta Maharaj

Your mind is a constant traffic of thoughts, and it is always rush hour, day in, day out. Meditation means to watch the movement of thoughts in the mind. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

By and by... there are more and more gaps of silence. Through those gaps, windows will open to the divine. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

True meditation can never be done with the mind. Very often we make a mistake when we say that we are meditating in the mind and utilizing the mind. Real meditation is done in the psychic being and in the soul. It goes hand in hand with flaming aspiration, the burning flame that wants to climb up to the Highest. ~Sri Chinmoy

Meditation is that exercise of the mind by which it recalls a known truth. ~George Horne

Serenity is the flavor of meditation... ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. ~C.S. Lewis

Meditation is nothing but coming to terms with your inner emptiness: recognizing it, not escaping; living through it, not escaping; being through it, not escaping. Then suddenly the emptiness becomes the fullness of life. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Use all your suffering for meditation, and soon you will come to know that the suffering disappears because the energy starts moving inwards. It is not moving to the periphery, to the suffering, you are not feeding your suffering. It looks illogical, but this is the whole conclusion of all the mystics of the world: that you feed your suffering and you enjoy it in a subtle way, you don't want to be well—there must be some investment in it. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

While meditating we are simply seeing what the mind has been doing all along. ~Allan Lokos

Through meditation, the Higher Self is seen. ~Bhagavad Gita

The kingdom of God is just behind the darkness of closed eyes, and the first gate that opens to it is your peace. ~Paramahansa Yogananda

As a mighty river which when properly harnessed by dams and canals, creates a vast reservoir of water, prevents famine and provides abundant power for industry; so also the mind, when controlled, provides a reservoir of peace and generates abundant energy for the human uplift. ~B.K.S. Iyengar

The process could be likened to relaxing on a riverbank and watching a fish leap out of the water, sparkle for a moment in the sunlight, then dive back in a graceful arc. There is no need to engage in a mental dialogue about the merits and demerits of the fish, emotionally react to the fish, or jump into the water to try to catch the fish. Once the fish is out of sight, it should also be out of mind. ~Miranda Shaw, Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism

Your love will deepen as your meditation deepens, and vice-versa: as your meditation blossoms, your love will also blossom. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation is simply a strange surgical method which cuts you away from all that is not yours and saves only that which is your authentic being. It burns everything else and leaves you standing naked, alone under the sun, in the wind. It is as if you are the first man who has descended onto earth—who knows nothing, who has to discover everything, who has to be a seeker, who has to go on a pilgrimage. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation is a process of getting rid of the whole past, of getting rid of all diseases, of getting rid of all the pus that has gathered in you. It is painful, but it is cleansing, and there is no other way to cleanse you. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation is not spacing-out or running away. In fact, it is being totally honest with ourselves. ~Kathleen McDonald

Just to be and not be a person is the whole art of meditation, the whole art of inner ecstasy. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Your goal is not to battle with the mind, but to witness the mind. ~Swami Muktananda

Meditation is just a courage to be silent and alone. Slowly slowly, you start feeling a new quality to yourself, a new aliveness, a new beauty, a new intelligence—which is not borrowed from anybody, which is growing within you. It has roots in your existence. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation is the breath of your soul. Just as breathing is the life of the body, meditation is the life of the soul. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation has no goal. We should not have any aim, goal, or desire for having any gains through meditation. It should be playful and natural. ~Author Unknown

When you meditate, what you actually do is to enter into a calm or still, silent mind. We have to be fully aware of the arrival and attack of thoughts. That is to say, we shall not allow any thought, divine or undivine, good or bad, to enter into our mind. Our mind should be absolutely silent. Then we have to go deep within; there we have to observe our real existence. ~Sri Chinmoy

The so-called transcendental meditation is nothing but a psychological tranquilizer. It is nothing—just a tranquilizer. It helps, but it is good for sleep, not for meditation. You can sleep well, a more calm sleep will be there. It is good, but it is not meditation at all. If you repeat a word constantly it creates a certain boredom, and boredom is good for sleep. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

The mind is constantly talking. If the inner talk can drop even for a single moment you will be able to have a glimpse of no-mind. That's what meditation is all about. The state of no-mind is the right state. It is your state. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Words are but the shell; meditation is the kernel. ~Bahya ibn Paquda

Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries—stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you to water, if water there be in all that region. Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor. Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded for ever. ~Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Meditation requires courage. It requires the basic integrity, sincerity, respect towards your own being. At least don't deceive yourself. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

When meditation releases energy in you, it will find all sorts of ways to be expressed. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

In meditation we witness our thoughts without any judgment. ~Author Unknown

Meditation is a tool to shake yourself awake. A way to discover what you love. A practice to return yourself to your body when the mind medleys threaten to usurp your sanity. ~Geneen Roth

Why do we meditate? We meditate precisely because this world of ours has disappointed us and because failure looms large in our day-to-day life. We want fulfillment. We want joy, peace, bliss and perfection within and without. Meditation is the answer, the only answer. ~Sri Chinmoy

The child is naturally meditative. He is a sort of samadhi; he's coming out of the womb of existence. His life river is yset absolutely fresh, just from the source. He knows the truth, but he does not know that he knows.... His knowledge is not yet aware. It is innocent. It is simply there, as a matter of fact. And he is not separate from his knowledge; he is his knowledge. He has not mind, he has simple being. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation has to be a part of our every activity. Its not sufficient to meditate for one hour and be unaware for twenty-three hours. It must become the inner thread of all our actions. ~Author Unknown

The only way to read a book of aphorisms without being bored is to open it at random and, having found something that interests you, close the book and meditate. ~Prince Charles-Joseph de Ligne, 1796

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

The world can come to a harmony if meditation is spread far and wide. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh


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