What is Meditation?

Meditation is the most straightforward method for the human mind, yet it yields limited outcomes. Contemplation, on the other hand, is more challenging but offers greater rewards. The most demanding, yet the most expansive and rewarding, approach involves self-observation and liberation from the constraints of thought. One can select any of these methods based on their inclination and ability. The ideal approach, known as Heartfull Meditation™, involves utilizing all of these methods in their appropriate contexts and for their respective purposes. However, this requires a steadfast faith, unwavering patience, and a strong determination to apply oneself fully to the practice of true yoga.

“Meditation is the easiest process for the human mind, but the narrowest in its results; con-
templation more difficult but greater; self observation and liberation from the chains of
thought the most difficult of all, but the widest and greatest in its fruits” – Mira Alfassa of Sri Audobindo Ashram

Meditation, being the simplest of the three practices, involves calming the mind and focusing on a particular object or mantra. By doing so, individuals can experience a sense of peace and relaxation, but its effects may be somewhat limited to the immediate state of mind during the practice. It serves as an excellent starting point for those new to the world of introspection and self-discovery.

Contemplation, on the other hand, demands a deeper level of engagement and intellectual exploration. It requires one to delve into profound thoughts, questions, and ideas, often leading to insights and deeper understanding. This process can be more challenging because it demands critical thinking, self-reflection, and the ability to confront complex emotions and concepts. However, the rewards are greater as it allows individuals to gain a broader perspective and wisdom beyond the surface level.

The most demanding yet ultimately the most rewarding practice involves self-observation and liberation from the chains of thought. This level of self-inquiry and self-awareness calls for a profound examination of one’s thoughts, beliefs, and conditioning. It entails breaking free from mental patterns that limit personal growth and hinder a deeper connection with oneself and the world. The fruits of this practice are vast and transformative, leading to greater emotional freedom, increased self-confidence, and a stronger sense of purpose in life.

Choosing the right practice depends on an individual’s inclination and capacity. Some may naturally resonate with meditation, finding solace in its simplicity and immediate benefits. Others may be drawn to contemplation, as they enjoy the intellectual stimulation and insights it brings. Those seeking profound transformation and spiritual growth may opt for the more challenging path of self-observation and liberation.

However, the true essence lies in integrating these practices harmoniously through Heartfull Meditation™. This approach acknowledges that each method has its unique value and purpose. By employing them in their proper context and for their respective objectives, one can create a holistic and well-rounded spiritual journey. This integration requires a fixed faith, unwavering patience, and a great energy of Will. It may not be an easy path, but the rewards are immeasurable—enriching every aspect of life and fostering a deep connection with the self and the universe.

As individuals progress on their spiritual journey, they may find themselves naturally gravitating towards a balance of these practices, allowing each to complement and enhance the others. The key lies in consistent practice, openness to growth, and an unyielding dedication to the transformative potential of the yogic path.

As the Mother, of Sri Aurobindo Ashram states how Sri Aurobindo speaks on Dynamic Meditation and it’s importance. She says:

It (a dynamic meditation) is a meditation which has the power to transform your being, a
meditation which is progressive. Usually people do not have a dynamic meditation. When
they enter into what they call meditation, it is a kind of immobility in which nothing chang-
es; they come out of it just as they entered into it, without any progress either in their being
or in their consciousness. They could meditate in this way for eternities and it would bring
no change either in themselves or in the universe. That is why Sri Aurobindo speaks of dy-
namic meditation, for it is just the contrary; it is a transforming meditation

The most important thing is to know why one meditates; for it is that which gives the quali-
ty of the meditation:
💖 You can meditate to open yourself to the Divine Force;
💖 You can meditate to reject the ordinary consciousness;
💖 You can meditate to enter into the depths of your being;
💖 You can meditate to learn how to give yourself integrally to the Divine;
💖 You can meditate to enter into the Peace, the Calm and the Silence; the last purpose is
most often adopted.

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