Questions and answers

The following questions were asked by disciples at the New York Centre on 6 February 1977.

Question: At home, how can we tell when we have meditated long enough?

Sri Chinmoy: When your meditation is only ten minutes old, during these ten minutes if wrong forces enter into you, you have the energy, dynamism and will-power either to destroy them or to transform them, illumine them or purify them. Later it may happen that you do not have the necessary capacity. When you no longer have the capacity, dynamism and will-power to destroy, transform, illumine or purify the wrong forces that enter into you, that is the best time for you to stop meditating. It may be ten minutes, fifteen minutes, twenty minutes, half an hour or even an hour.

Recently we have adopted the best method: to meditate for five or ten minutes, then relax for a few minutes. It is like running a long distance. You run for a few minutes, then you take rest to energise yourself, then again you run. This policy is excellent. So when you feel that you do not have the energy, strength, willingness or capacity to transform, illumine, destroy or purify the wrong forces during your meditation, then the best thing is to stop at that time. At that time you have to feel that you have meditated enough.