Editor's preface to the first edition

Mystics the world over have always practised meditation to attain the exalted states of illumination and ecstasy of which every seeker has heard. Meditation is indispensable for every spiritual aspirant; indeed it is the path itself. Meditation is not only a discipline or a technique. It is an experience perpetually expanding into a universe of spiritual consciousness. But to scale the heights to which meditation can take us, we must begin our ascent step by step from the ground where we now stand.

In this volume Sri Chinmoy answers questions asked by beginners on meditation, and offers basic instructions in methods of meditation. He also offers his explanations, issuing from his all-embracing inner vision, of many vivid experiences individual seekers have during their meditation.