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Meditation: man's choice and God's Voice, part 1
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. Published on srichinmoylibrary.com with the permission of Sri Chinmoy. This is the 171st book written by Sri Chinmoy after he came to the West in 1964.
Table of Contents
When you live
Father, tell me
Do you need happiness?
Question: How can one make meditation practical?
Question: How can I see divine Light? Aside from concentration and meditation, what concrete or practical things can I do to see the divine Light? Also, during concentration and meditation, what kind of practical things can I do to see Light?
Question: In trying to lead the spiritual life, I am beset by evil forces. How can I protect myself?
Question: I have recently felt quite distinctly a force that people throw around themselves for protection, or when they don't want to speak to someone. I have felt it like a solid object, like a wall. I would like to know how it is built. Is it built consciously or unconsciously?
Question: Why can't we get rid of all our undivine and negative forces permanently? Why can't we do it, why don't we do it?
Question: Can one overcome one's fears through meditation?
Question: Can we conquer the fear of death through meditation?
Question: How can one contact one's dear ones in the other world?
Question: When meditating, inside I feel very strong and outside I feel very soft. But as I go deeper, I start expanding.
God is proud of him
Question: I am constantly bothered by thoughts during my meditation. Is there any way I can punish the mind so that it will behave?
Question: I have an experience at some of your lectures which I never am aware of at your other talks. I have a feeling that I am falling asleep, yet I hear what you are saying. I try very hard to keep awake but it almost seems an impossibility. Could you explain whether I am doing something wrong?
Question: While meditating, I feel some forces in the
chakra (third eye) and in the heart centre that transform my face and my physical. What are these forces?
Question: Master, during my meditation, I see a triangle of pure, white light behind you that covers your head. What does this mean?
Question: When I meditate, I sometimes feel a kind of pressure pushing in my mind.
Question: When I am meditating, I feel my head expanding and I feel that something is pounding the top of my head.
Question: At times during meditation, I feel that the physical heart stops for a few seconds and then it resumes beating.
Question: You talk about spiritual practices, either elaborate or very simple. When we, as ordinary people, listen to a piece of music or see a very great piece of art, we feel a certain kind of joy. Is the joy you achieve after many years of spiritual practice the same as the joy we achieve momentarily, or is it greater?
Question: I am not very sure that I understand what you mean by inner peace or keeping the mind quiet during meditation. When I am very close to nature, I get a feeling of peace. But I am not sure if this is inner peace or whether it is just the atmosphere of the place that gives me this peaceful feeling.
Question: When I meditate, I enter into the inner world and if certain good vibrations help me, I see things which materialise in the outer world after a few months. Should I try to transcend this?
Love is a flower
Question: During my meditation there is a very strong sound and within that sound, there are thousands of sounds.
Question: Sometimes after meditation I touch things and find that they are not solid; they are fluid. They seem to lose their solid state.
Question: Sometimes in my meditations, I come to think about Eternity. This feeling, instead of giving me joy, on the contrary causes me great anguish. I feel that I am all alone, I feel that by the power of my mind I have destroyed the world and am all alone by myself. Please tell me if I am taking the wrong track.
Question: When I meditate, I see within and without that everything is alive and has millions of patterns. I see something like a living presence in everything.
Question: Very frequently when I start my meditation, I feel a vibration as if I were a motor. This vibration starts going up into the head and then my head more or less falls, as though I am falling asleep. Then I try to wake up, and then the vibration starts up again.
Question: Sometimes, even though I concentrate on my heart, my head pulls down energy and I can't seem to stop it, and I just end up with a headache and a stiff neck, and I lose my meditation. Is there any way I can get out of that and still get back to the heart?
Question: Could you please explain the difference between taking drugs and meditation? What is your opinion on using drugs?
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