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The summits of God-Life: Samadhi and Siddhi
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. Published on srichinmoylibrary.com with the permission of Sri Chinmoy. This is the 141st book written by Sri Chinmoy after he came to the West in 1964.
Table of Contents
Author's introduction: Illumination
Chapter I: Consciousness, Siddhi (God-realisation) and Infinity
Question: What is Consciousness?
Question: What is the difference between human consciousness and divine consciousness?
Question: Could you please speak briefly about the different states of consciousness.
Question: Would you please explain the seven higher worlds?
Question: How can we tell which plane of consciousness we are in?
Question: When you meditate, sometimes your eyes shift back and forth sideways very rapidly. Why do they do that?
Question: What does God-realisation really mean?
Question: When you speak of seeing God face to face, what is your conception of God? Is He some being?
Question: What part of man achieves realisation?
Question: I have read that realisation is not an achievement but a discovery.
Question: Is realisation a fairly common experience during any single generation of human beings? In India, for example, are there many realised spiritual Masters?
Question: There are some paths which speak of the goal as enlightenment, and there are other paths which speak of the goal as God-realisation. What is the difference between enlightenment and God-realisation?
Question: What is the relationship between realisation and the law of karma?
Question: What is the difference between seeing God and realising God?
Question: When a person reaches the state where he achieves union with God, does his emotion or feeling of aspiration become so intense that it automatically expresses itself in terms of words?
Question: Even if they are words of praise and oneness with God?
Question: After a person realises God, does he still act like an ordinary human being?
Question: How can one recognise a God-realised spiritual Master?
Question: When we reach liberation, does the physical body change?
Question: Is there any difference between liberation and realisation, or are they absolutely identical?
Chapter II: The great pilgrimage: human transformation
Question: Can a human being know the Infinite?
Question: But you are not infinite.
Question: Do you believe that a human being can realise God and become one with Him here on this material plane, which is so ignorant and dark?
Question: What about the teachings found in some Western religions that one can see God only after death, if one has been good and goes to Heaven?
Question: Do we have to remove all materialistic goals in order to realise God?
Question: Is technology acting as a hindrance to God-realisation?
Question: Is it possible to have complete knowledge and wisdom of God in one lifetime?
Question: If a seeker does not realise God in this lifetime, does this mean all his efforts will be lost?
Question: Is it proper to have a motivation for achieving realisation, such as the desire for liberation? Is this a proper motivation?
Question: Is there a specific way to accelerate realisation?
Question: How do you achieve perfection?
Question: Could you speak on the role desire plays in the movement towards God-realisation?
Question: I have recently become your disciple, and I was wondering if it would help my progress if I kept thinking about my Goal of God-realisation.
Question: Once a seeker becomes advanced, do all the obstacles to God-realisation vanish and does his realisation become a certainty in this incarnation?
Question: When I think of all the failings and undivine qualities in myself and my fellow disciples, illumination seems a million miles away.
Question: Can we actually feel our realisation coming, or does it appear spontaneously and unexpectedly?
Question: How do you know that there is such a thing as realisation, and how do you know when you are realised?
Question: After a disciple has realised God, will he always serve you in the inner world?
Question: Most of the time during my meditation I find myself walking inside a spiral. Does this have any relationship with inner realisation?
Question: Could you elaborate on the difference between experience and realisation in the spiritual life?
Question: Are all our experiences transitory?
Question: What about an experience we had in the inner world, such as an experience during meditation? Do we remember this consciously?
Question: So after one realises God, he remembers all his experiences?
Question: Is the experience of the Beyond calm or excited?
Question: Who is the Unmanifest?
Question: Can a seeker live in vast expansion of mind, or is this possible only for a realised soul?
Question: Are the kinds of experiences that Yogis have different from those ordinary people get in life?
Chapter III: Samadhi and Bliss: the inner universe
Question: Once you said that transcendental Delight is one of the divine qualities not manifested on earth. Why is that?
Question: Do children sometimes experience this kind of Delight?
Question: Is there a difference between the realisation of one Master and the realisation of another?
Question: What is the lower samadhi?
Question: Is the
consciousness a form of samadhi? Is it in any way related to
Question: Could you speak a little more extensively about the experience of
Question: What is the difference between samadhi and God-realisation?
Question: In the highest state of samadhi when you look at other human beings, what kind of consciousness do you feel in them?
Question: For how long can a realised soul remain in
Question: I understand that a liberated soul can prolong his stay in the physical world for twelve or fifteen days even while he is in nirvikalpa samadhi.
Question: Will a Master know beforehand if he is to leave the body during samadhi?
Question: Could you explain the difference between samadhi of the heart and
Question: Is there anything higher than nirvikalpa samadhi?
Question: If a Master is in
samadhi all the time, which is the highest form of samadhi, is it a sort of conscious descent when he goes into
Question: If a Master is in
samadhi all the time, does that mean
samadhi is not fulfilling to him?
Question: When you bring down Peace and Light to us, do you have to go into
Question: Do you teach your disciples any specific technique for attaining samadhi?
Question: As you evolve spiritually, does your meditation become longer, and does it change its focus or orientation?
Question: If meditation gives you such a marvellous feeling, why don't you stay in your highest meditation twenty-four hours a day? Why do you come here and give a lecture, for example?
Chapter IV: The illumined Master: messenger from the beyond
Question: Is a liberated soul the same as a spiritual Master who tries to help humanity?
Question: Does every person who realises God become a spiritual Master?
Question: If someone has realised God, why would he want to leave the higher Bliss and come down into the darkness of the earth to help others?
Question: Won't a person lose his realisation if he comes down from the realisation-tree and has to face the darkness and ignorance of the world?
Question: Does a realised Master who chooses to help suffering humanity lose anything by doing so, especially since humanity is so reluctant to accept his wealth?
Question: When a Master brings down more light, peace and bliss than those meditating with him can absorb, what happens to it?
Question: I once read that a Master will come down to help humanity in this world, and then he will continue helping from other worlds. Is this true?
Question: Why is it so difficult for a realised Master to be accepted by the world?
Question: Among those Masters who decide, after realisation, to go out into the world to help humanity, why do some accept large numbers of disciples while others do not?
Question: Why do some spiritual Masters go out into the world to increase their following?
Question: Once you said that when a seeker reaches the highest realisation, automatically spiritual manifestation comes. Would you explain to me what you mean by that kind of manifestation?
Question: What is the difference between revelation and manifestation?
Question: Can a spiritual Master who tries to reveal the highest truths be compared in some ways to a poet who tries to express and reveal artistic truths?
Question: Why is it that realised Gurus sometimes seem to defy the scriptures and accepted rules in what they say and do?
Question: There were a number of spiritual Masters who used to smoke and drink. How did they realise God?
Question: Do spiritual Masters usually take birth in very spiritual families?
Question: What is the difference between a Yogi and an Avatar?
Question: Was Vivekananda an Avatar?
Question: How do you personally know whether someone is realised or partially realised?
Question: Am I correct in saying that the Buddha is one of those who advocated a kind of escape from the world?
Question: What is nirvana?
Question: Is there any difference between
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