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The hour of meditation
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. Published on srichinmoylibrary.com with the permission of Sri Chinmoy. This is the 342nd book written by Sri Chinmoy after he came to the West in 1964.
Table of Contents
Part I — Introduction: a talk to disciples
Introduction: a talk to disciples
Part II — The Master's presence
Question: What is your process for enlightenment and what do you ask of your disciples?
Question: Do you teach people to meditate in a specific way?
Question: How can we meditate well?
Question: Guru, how can we go deeper and deeper within so we can go beyond the surface mind?
Question: I am strongly tuned to the mental plane. What can I do to enter into my inner being and feel my inner self more in my daily meditations?
Question: Some days I feel that instead of meditating I want to say prayers or I want to do something for another person. Is that the ego?
Question: What do you do when you are not one hundred per cent alert during meditation?
Question: Is it wrong to sleep in meditation if we have worked all night?
Question: Will visiting a holy place, such as the Himalayas, help our spiritual progress?
Question: I read a book about concentration and meditation in which it said that one should pay attention to the direction in which one is facing, whether it is to the East, South, West or North.
Part III — Collective meditation and the Master: a talk
Collective meditation and the Master: a talk
Part IV — Questions and answers
Question: Can you please speak about collective meditation?
Question: Why is it important to meditate with other people?
Question: What are the ways to go deep within or raise our consciousness while meditating in a group?
Question: Guru, sometimes when you come into the meditation hall, you ask people not to stand up.
Question: At the end of a meditation for the general public, what is actually happening when you stand up and put on a garland?
Question: Are outer gestures important for aspiration to increase?
Question: Most disciples fold their hands when you are meditating and looking at them. But sometimes when I am meditating with you this doesn't come naturally. Is it all right not to fold our hands while you are looking at us?
Part V — Experiences in meditation
Question: How can we tune in to the particular quality that you are bringing down most in your meditation?
Question: Why should we keep our eyes open and look at you in meditation?
Question: When we receive light and peace from our meditation, is it assimilated and stored for our gradual use, or do we constantly need it as we need food?
Question: Is there any way to evaluate the result of our meditation?
Question: Is dedication the same thing as meditation?
Question: When people are sleeping during a very high meditation, do they receive anything?
Question: Why do I sometimes feel sad when I come out of meditation?
Part VI — The hour of meditation
Question: If we meditate in the evening or at other times during the day, is it as beneficial as meditating early in the morning?
Question: Recently we were meditating four or five times a day. Has the effort of doing this caused any general improvement in our consciousness during the day?
Question: Should we try to get up spontaneously to meditate or should we set an alarm?
Question: Is it bad for someone to go back to sleep after meditating from two to three in the morning?
Question: Once you said that if we concentrated on an idea for half an hour, it would work miracles.
Question: If during your meditation you feel comfortable and really inspired, can you increase your meditation time?
Question: If we start at the same time, can we meditate one day for half an hour and another day for an hour?
Question: If you set a time for your meditation and are able to get up earlier, should you still keep your time?
Question: Is it good to get up earlier than our appointed meditation time so that we can shower and get ready?
Question: If we are sleepy, is it all right to exercise?
Question: After five minutes of meditation I feel tired.
Question: What purpose do you have in offering a seven-hour meditation?
Question: Why do you hold such a long meditation?
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