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Mind-confusion and heart-illumination, part 2
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. Published on srichinmoylibrary.com with the permission of Sri Chinmoy. This is the 144th book written by Sri Chinmoy after he came to the West in 1964.
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The mind and the heart in meditation
Question: What is the difference between thinking and meditating, or are they the same?
Question: In meditation sometimes the mind stops functioning and there seems to be little information coming.
Question: What technique would you recommend for stilling the mind, so that one will be able to concentrate?
Question: How do you meditate?
Question: I am a beginner in meditation, and I find that I am constantly troubled by thoughts. How can I have a successful meditation?
Question: When I meditate, I have to concentrate so hard on keeping my mind still that I cannot contact my inner self.
Question: Sometimes when I meditate I cannot control my mind. What should I do in such a case?
Question: Isn't it necessary to control the mind first in order to receive divine Light?
Question: I have read about different methods of clearing my mind of outside thoughts, but it seems that the harder I try, the more difficult it becomes. As I understand it, if you are meditating properly, light or knowledge will come from outside sources if your mind is completely clear. Is this true?
Question: I try to keep my mind from wandering so much during meditation, but I have very little success.
Question: What happens if wrong thoughts enter into your mind during meditation?
Question: When I am meditating I am all peace, but since I still don't have full control of my thoughts, sometimes a negative thought comes. I am afraid the wrong thought may use the power of my meditation for doing some wrong.
Question: I feel pressure in my forehead when I meditate. Can you tell me what causes this?
Question: Often in the morning it takes me quite a while to get started meditating. How does one empty one's heart of negative forces in order to start meditating?
Question: Does it matter if you concentrate and meditate on the heart centre or on the third eye?
Question: Why should you concentrate and meditate an the heart instead of an the mind?
Question: How does one learn to concentrate on the heart?
Question: How does a beginner meditate on the heart?
Question: What does it mean when one says that an aspirant has reached a consciousness above his imagination during meditation? Do you mean that the aspirant is not conscious of that Grace?
Beyond the mind: reaching the spiritual heart
Question: The mind is in constant turmoil and conflict. Is there ever any conflict in the heart?
Question: Why do you tell people to stay in the heart and not in the mind?
Question: Since you feel that spiritual aspirants should pay more attention to the heart than to the mind, I assume that your path is primarily a path of the heart. Can you please tell me in what ways your path tends to focus the aspirant's attention on the heart?
Question: Is the path of the heart easier than the path of the mind?
Question: How can we integrate the mind and the heart?
Question: Can you tell if something comes from the mind or the heart, or do things always go from the heart to the mind?
Question: The moment you invite questions my mind wants to ask many questions, but my heart does not want me to ask any questions. Why is this?
Question: Many times I feel many important questions inside myself, but I cannot conceptualise them. How can we be aware enough inside us to know the questions that we have?
Question: When you speak of the heart as being the centre of love and the place where the soul resides, do you mean the physical heart, or is 'heart' just a term that you use?
Question: Since I started meditating here, I have felt that my consciousness is in a different place, and I just wondered if you would comment on that.
Question: Is spiritual dryness inevitable?
Question: Can you explain how the aspirant may reach his spiritual heart?
Question: How can I become my heart and remain in my heart at every second?
Question: How can we learn to love God with all our heart?
Question: How can I have a heart as vast as Jesus Christ's?
Question: How can we expand our heart more in order to embrace you and have you constantly with us?
Question: How can I stay in a good consciousness while you are physically away?
Question: How can we expand our heart and have more of its divine qualities in our daily actions and our relationships with people?
Question: How can you conquer attachment when you have a large heart and want to help people?
Question: Is it possible for the physical mind to try to veil the gratitude of the heart?
Question: It's sometimes said that America has a big heart. Do you find that Americans live more in the heart than Europeans, for example?
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