Quotations about Meditation

Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak. ~Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both the means and the end. ~Jiddhu Krishnamurti

Meditation allows us to directly participate in our lives instead of living life as an afterthought. ~Stephen Levine

Meditation has to become your heartbeat; even when you are asleep the meditation continues like an undercurrent ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Spiritual meditation is the pathway to Divinity. It is a mystic ladder which reaches from earth to heaven, from error to Truth, from pain to peace. ~James Allen

Meditation is a flower and compassion is its fragrance. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. ~Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Meditation is the golden key to all the mysteries of life. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Enjoy simple things with total intensity. Just a cup of tea can be a deep meditation. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation is the antidote to all the poisons of your life. It is the nourishment of your authentic nature. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

The you that goes in one side of the meditation experience is not the same you that comes out the other side. ~Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

In meditation, you are calm and receptive. You are like an open door providing a kind of cross ventilation so that the air of divinity can move through you. ~Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanu

At the beginning of every winter people are careful to install storm windows. These extra panes of glass protect their houses against the bitter winds. We do something very similar to protect our minds through the practice of meditation. ~Eknath Easwaran

Meditation is a valuable exercise, but eventually you have to open up your eyes and look around. ~Dan Millman

Meditation provides a way of learning how to let go. As we sit, the self we've been trying to construct and make into a nice, neat package continues to unravel. ~John Welwood

We spend a great deal of time telling God what we think should be done, and not enough time waiting in the stillness for God to tell us what to do. ~Peace Pilgrim

Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God. ~Author Unknown

Meditation is not something that should be done in a particular position at a particular time. It is an awareness and an attitude that must persist throughout the day. ~Annamalai Swami

Meditation is the soul's perspective glass. ~Owen Feltham

Meditation is silence. If you realize that you really know nothing, then you will be truly meditating. Such truthfulness is the right soil for silence. Silence is meditation. ~Yogaswami

[M]editation stills the wandering mind and establishes us forever in a state of peace. ~Muktananda

True meditation gives us, as it were, wings for flight to a higher realm and thus detaches us from terrestrial fetters. ~Paramananda

Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. ~Sivananda Saraswati

Mindfulness meditation doesn't change life. Life remains as fragile and unpredictable as ever. Meditation changes the heart's capacity to accept life as it is. ~Sylvia Boorstein

Meditation is a silent heart, a peaceful mind which can make life more lovable, more livable.... ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

If you can't meditate in a boiler room, you can't meditate. ~Alan Watts

Contemplation places us in a purity and radiance which is far above our understanding. ~John of Ruysbroeck

Seek in reading and thou shalt find in meditation; knock in prayer and it shall be opened in contemplation. ~John of the Cross

To be alone and to be drunk with your own aloneness is what meditation is all about. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

One hour of contemplation surpasses sixty years of worship. ~Muhammad

Meditation is the most significant because it opens the door for all other significant things: love, prayer, God, light, music, poetry. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation, perhaps, is the only alchemy that can transform a beggar into an emperor. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

My whole effort here is to keep you as non-serious as possible, for the simple reason that meditation, all kinds of meditation, can make you too serious and that seriousness will create a spiritual disease and nothing else. Unless a meditation brings you more laughter, more joy, more playfulness, avoid it. It is not for you. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

You cannot see clearly, because you are so full of expectations, hopes, desires. Your eyes are covered with many layers of dust: you need a deep cleansing of your eyes. That's what meditation is. Let the thoughts disappear, the hopes disappear, the desires disappear. Then you have a clarity, then your eyes are perfect mirrors. Only then, in that silent state of your vision, will you know the secrets of the beyond. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

The practice of reflective meditation, which consists of holding certain ideas in the mind long enough to enable them to form emotional connections, tends to break up the crust of habit and to create a new will. ~Walter M. Horton

Mind is a door that leads you outside in the world; meditation is the door that leads you to your interiority—to the very innermost shrine of your being. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation makes you innocent, it makes you childlike. In that state, miracles are possible. That state is pure magic. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

[W]hen the mind is really absent, in that silence, in that unlimited space, your potential starts glowing, radiating, flowering. Suddenly you are full of cherry blossoms, a new presence, a new fragrance. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation is not a matter of trying to achieve ecstasy, spiritual bliss or tranquility, nor is it attempting to be a better person. It is simply the creation of a space in which we are able to expose and undo our neurotic games, our self-deceptions, our hidden fears and hopes. ~Chögyam Trungpa

If you learn to go beyond the jabbering of your mind, and can go to the deeper aspects of your consciousness, then body, breath, and mind will not come in your way. ~Swāmī Rāma

Meditation here
May think down hours to moments. Here the heart
May give an useful lesson to the head,
And learning wiser grow without his books....
~William Cowper, "The Winter Walk at Noon"

As meditation flowers, you find that on one hand truth has revealed to you all its mysteries and on the other blissfulness is showering all its treasures on you. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Wisdom happens through meditation, and bliss also happens through meditation. Both the flowers bloom on the same branch. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation is just a strategy to take away your personality, your thoughts, your mind, your identity with the body, and leave you absolutely alone inside, just a living fire. And once you have found your living fire, you will know all the joys and all the ecstasies that human consciousness is capable of. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Once you start drinking a little of meditativeness, a little of love, you start growing wings. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

When they go fishing, it is not really fish they are after. It is a philosophic meditation. ~E.T. Brown

If you ask Zen people they will say; tea is not something that you pour with unawareness and drink like any other drink. It is not a drink, it is meditation; it is prayer. So they listen to the kettle creating a melody, and in that listening they become more silent, more alert. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Mind only thinks, meditation lives. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation is to know oneself as one is. It is see our real face with out any mask. ~Author Unknown

Meditation is simplicity itself. One is to just let go, nothing special is supposed to happen. ~Author Unknown

In meditation you are not unconscious, you are conscious—more conscious than ever. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

The purpose of meditation practice is not enlightenment; it is to pay attention even at extraordinary times, to be of the present, nothing-but-in-the-present, to bear this mindfulness of now into each event of ordinary life. ~Peter Matthiessen

Those who miss meditation miss the whole dance of life. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Thoughts can create such a barrier that even if you are standing before a beautiful flower, you will not be able to see it. Your eyes are covered with layers of thought. To experience the beauty of the flower you have to be in a state of meditation, not in a state of mentation. You have to be silent, utterly silent—not even a flicker of thought—and the beauty explodes, reaches to you from all directions. You are drowned in the beauty of a sunrise, of a starry night, of beautiful trees. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Just a little relaxation, just a little looking inwards, and the doors of immense potentialities open up. You are no more a beggar. Without conquering the world you have conquered the whole universe. Just conquer yourself. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

A man of meditation functions differently. Whatever profession he chooses, it does not matter. He will bring to his profession some quality of sacredness. He may be making shoes, or he may be cleaning the roads, but he will bring to his work some quality, some grace, some beauty, which is not possible without samādhi. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there—buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day. ~Deepak Chopra

Sleep is the best meditation. ~Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Meditation is the only cure for all sicknesses that man is prone to; a single medicine. And I should remind you that the word meditation and medicine come from the same root. Medicine for the body and meditation for the soul. They both bring health. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

A very sensitive person in this stupid world is bound to become mad.... Only meditation can save him from becoming mad. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Love is the flowering of meditation. Meditation brings many treasures; perhaps love is the greatest roseflower that grows on the bush of meditation. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

You have to put aside your ideology. Howsoever beautiful it looks, howsoever systematic it looks, howsoever philosophical you have made and decorated it, you have to put it aside and see within. That's the whole method of meditation, awareness, watchfulness. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

[M]editation is not just being silent—that is only one part of it.... [I]t has to be creative. And when a poetry comes out of your inner silences, or a painting, it has a flavor which is not of this world. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

The more intense the nature of a man, the more readily will he find meditation, and the more successfully will he practice it. ~James Allen

Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit. ~Jeremy Taylor

Meditation is a rich and powerful method of study for anyone who knows how to examine his mind. ~Michel de Montaigne

Passing through the fire of meditation, everything that is not your authentic reality, everything that is borrowed, will be burned away. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Meditation is the way to individuality. It makes you a light unto yourself. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Avoid such situations in which you are unnecessarily burdened with rubbish. You already have too much as it is, you need to be unburdened of it. And you go on collecting it as if it is something precious. Talk less, listen only to the essential, be telegraphic in talking and listening. If you talk less, if you listen less, slowly slowly you will see that a cleanliness, a feeling of purity, as if you have just taken a bath, will start arising within you. That becomes the necessary soil for meditation to arise. Don't go on reading all kinds of nonsense. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing....
~T.S. Eliot

He sat thus, lost in meditation, thinking Om, his soul as the arrow directed at Brahman. ~Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

The soil in which the meditative mind can begin is the soil of everyday life, the strife, the pain, and the fleeting joy. It must begin there, and bring order, and from there move endlessly. But if you are concerned only with making order, then that very order will bring about its own limitation, and the mind will be its prisoner. In all this movement you must somehow begin from the other end, from the other shore, and not always be concerned with this shore or how to cross the river. You must take a plunge into the water, not knowing how to swim. And the beauty of meditation is that you never know where you are, where you are going, what the end is. ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

A racing mind that reacts sensitively to little things indicates thinking that has lost its spiritual strength. Meditation restores that power. ~Author Unknown

The supreme bliss that pulsates in the wake of meditation is your pure essence. ~Swami Muktananda

Awareness is a flower that blooms but never dies. ~Author Unknown

Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively. ~Sharon Salzberg

A jeweler could meditate by envisioning that everything is as pure and radiant as shimmering gold; a winemaker might picture herself as distilling bliss from the grapes of experience; a shoemaker could imagine that he was sewing the leather of passion with the thread of freedom to produce shoes of enlightenment. ~Miranda Shaw

Meditation needs an awake mind not an unconscious one. ~Annamalai Swami

Before embarking on important undertakings, sit quietly, calm your senses and thoughts, and meditate deeply. You will then be guided by the great creative power of Spirit. ~Paramahansa Yogananda

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