Meditation

Published in The American Theosophist, November 1970

The word “meditation” stands for a large variety of mental exercises adopted by people who have a spiritual ideal of one kind or another in their lives and want to realize this ideal, at least to some extent. As the mental activity and discipline involved in meditation is of very wide scope, it is not easy to deal here with the subject systematically and comprehensively. Those who read this article are expected to be familiar with the general aspects of meditation. We shall therefore confine ourselves to the discussion of a few interesting aspects of meditation, which are not generally understood, but are of vital interest to those who are serious about the problems of the inner life and do not want to go through their meditation as a mere routine.

 

As the pressures of the world increase and multiply , many people see meditation as a step toward a calmer life, and towards direct realisation of the wellspring of strength and peace within themselves.

We must not lose sight of the fact that this is an inner journey. For just as the ocean has quiet depths, untroubled by agitation on the surface, so has every human. In those depths — the true centre and source of all that we are — abide stillness, peace and beauty. And we can reach this inner centre.

By meditation we can remove the obstacles, so that the door to those spiritual levels of consciousness can be opened. Then creativity and inspiration flow into our lives, reducing the urgency of our problems and allowing us to express love and peace in all that we do.

This Brochure has been produced by the New Zealand Section.

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