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Blessed Self,

Hari OM and Namaste!

THOUGHTS:

Meditation Tips - Choosing a Quiet Place/Time - By Swami Chinmayananda!

Meditation is the final gateway that leads to the discovery of the Supreme within. before the Self - the core of the human personality - can be reached, one's attention must be withdrawn first from the world of sensual activities and then from the five layers of matter enveloping it.

     The mind of a person attracted by the sense organs constantly dwells in the sense objects around him. Since his attention is extroverted, the world of things and beings creates desires and agitations in him, thereby rendering him unfit for any concentrated meditative activity. To subdue these sensual activities, the first step in the process of meditation necessarily would be to disengage his attention from the world. This is achieved by practicing selfless service, by cultivating devotion to the Lord, or by studying and reflecting upon the spiritual truths.

     Having thus achieved a certain amount of withdrawal from the world, the meditator chooses a quiet place for his meditation so as to be physically away from the disturbances of the external world. It has been the common experience of seekers, particularly in larger cities, not to be able to procure a quiet place for the purpose amidst the noises both outside and inside the house. Whenever such a situation arises, the situation would be to choose a quiet time - say, an early hour of the morning when everything is silent and peaceful.

     One should bear in mind that an absolute quietude is not found even in the serene atmosphere of the Himalayas, and what we are seeking is a relatively peaceful place. In fact, real tranquility is found within one's self and not in the environment.
The ears are deliberately put in perfect ventilation line for meaningless noise to pass through.

With Prem and OM
Shivatmananda
 
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