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The Sri Chinmoy Library
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Meditation: humanity's race and Divinity's Grace, part 1
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. Published on srichinmoylibrary.com with the permission of Sri Chinmoy. This is the 173rd book written by Sri Chinmoy after he came to the West in 1964.
Table of Contents
Morning and evening love
Part I — Techniques of meditation
Question: How do you learn to concentrate?
Question: The moment I sit down to meditate, all kinds of silly or ugly thoughts come into my mind. Is there any specific technique you can recommend to help me overcome these thoughts?
Question: It is difficult for me to concentrate on my heart for longer than just a few minutes. Is there any advice you can give me?
Question: When we want to concentrate or meditate on a special thought or problem, how should we do it?
Question: Guru, how important is it to meditate with our eyes open? Sometimes I can feel your presence more when my eyes are closed.
Question: Do you feel it is necessary to assume a particular posture when you meditate, to sit in the lotus position, for example?
Question: It is said that if one can sit on the floor with his legs crossed for an hour or so completely quiet and peaceful, not thinking any thoughts, then energy will rise up the base of his spine. But this has never happened to me.
Question: Sometimes I like to meditate while I am lying down. Is this wrong?
Question: In our meditation, can we consciously invoke our soul? And if so, how?
Question: What is the best attitude to have when meditating with others?
Question: How may a disciple receive the maximum benefit during collective meditation in a group?
I maintain perfect freedom
Up and down
Part II — The hour for meditation
Question: When is the best time for meditation if you want something like peace, for example?
Question: In your answer you said that the best time to meditate for power is at twelve noon. What if it is impossible for me to meditate at that time of day?
Question: When is the best hour to meditate? Is six o'clock in the morning early enough, or is there a better time?
What it has
Question: If I get up at three or four o'clock in the morning, is it bad for me to go back to sleep after my meditation?
Question: Is it important for seekers to meditate regularly at an appointed hour every day?
Question: How long should I meditate? Is fifteen or twenty minutes enough, or should I meditate longer?
The inner and outer setting
Question: As far as physical surroundings are concerned, where is the best place to meditate?
Question: Why do you use flowers and burn candles and incense when you meditate?
Together stay, together play
Question: In connection with your meditation, do you follow any dietary rules? For example, is it necessary to be a vegetarian in order to follow the spiritual life?
Question: Does meditation require fasting or can you do it after eating?
Question: Would you speak a little about proper breathing in meditation?
When I pray, when I meditate
Editor's preface to the first edition
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