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Meditation: God speaks and I listen, part 1
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. Published on srichinmoylibrary.com with the permission of Sri Chinmoy. This is the 192nd book written by Sri Chinmoy after he came to the West in 1964.
Table of Contents
Question: What is the best way to meditate?
Question: How do I begin meditation?
Question: When we are learning to meditate, what sort of questions should we ask?
Question: I would like to know what teaching you give for obtaining a good state of meditation.
Question: In order to practise meditation with one Master, do you advise giving up all the other spiritual paths?
The only thing I know
Question: How should I do meditation if I have never done it before?
Question: I have never been to your Centre before. I have read a few books but I'm a beginner in meditation.
Question: Is it good for one to be with other spiritual people?
Question: I attend the meditation here at the college once a week but I feel I need more spiritual nourishment. If I try to meditate alone, it's different. I feel that there is something I am losing.
Question: Why do we have to meditate every day?
God and I meet together
Question: I have recently become your disciple. Does what you say about meditating when you get up apply to disciples or do you have a different standard for them?
Question: Why should someone meditating alone in his room be bothered by the agitation of the world outside in the street, especially if he can't hear it from his room?
Question: Why is it necessary to have flowers, incense and so forth in order to meditate?
Question: Should a person be alone when he meditates, or does it have anything to do with environment? Do you advise him to be in a big crowd or do you want him to shut himself away all alone?
Question: Can we meditate while lying down? Is this not the best way to relax?
Question: I don't seem to feel comfortable and relaxed while meditating in a sitting position.
Question: Is the lotus position the most comfortable one for meditation?
Question: I read a book about concentration and meditation that said one should pay attention to the direction one faces while meditating, whether East, West, North or South. If one wants spiritual things and a quiet life, one should always face North. If one wants worldly things one should face East.
Question: I wonder if you could tell me something about inner discipline.
Question: To start meditation, do you discipline yourself through will or do you joyfully start?
Question: When you meditate, do you reject thoughts or do you think?
What are you doing?
Question: How do you go about emptying your mind in order to be able to meditate?
Question: How do you do it?
Question: Can we do our meditation without doing concentration exercises first?
Question: I am a musician and I would like to know your ideas on concentration. When we study music we realise that we need a great deal of concentration. I would like to know how you develop concentration.
Question: To be one's witness is the secret?
Why do you hide?
Question: I'd like to develop better concentration so that I can keep my mind focused on one thought.
Question: How do you apply that way of concentrating to a chapter of a book that you have to study?
Question: I would like you to teach me that mantra.
Question: How can we meditate better each time?
Question: Is meditation our duty?
Question: What do you mean when you say that dedication is meditation?
Question: What happens if after meditating for a while, you decide you want to take a rest and then continue your journey at a later time?
Question: Do you pray sometimes?
Question: Is there a method whereby if one does not have patience for meditation, he could use hypnosis or self-hypnosis instead to quiet the mind so his soul can come forward?
Question: Do you feel pain while you are meditating? Do you feel any pain? If someone hit you, would you feel pain?
If I can
Editor's preface to the first edition
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