Concentration by Swami Sivananda
- When one advances in the practice of concentration, when one takes a
real interest in it and when one has realised some benefits, then he
cannot leave the practice. Concentration brings supreme joy,
spiritual inner strength, unalloyed felicity and infinite, eternal
peace. It brings profound knowledge and deep inner sight, intuition
and communion with God.
The vital point in concentration is to bring the mind to the same
point or object, again and again, by limiting its movements. Limit it
to a small circle to begin with - that is the main aim. A time will
come when the mind will stick to one point alone. This is the fruit
of protracted sadhana (practice). Now your joy will be indescribable.
If you decide to meditate on the form of a chair, bring all thoughts
connected with that chair together and dwell on these ideas. Do not
allow thoughts of other objects to enter your mind. Thought should
flow steadily, like oil flowing steadily from one vessel to another.
Gradually reduce the number of ideas related to the object of
concentration. When all these ideas die, you get the superconscious
When this last idea dies out and when there is not even a single
idea, the mind becomes blank or void. There is mental vacuity. This
is the stage of thoughtlessness referred to by Patanjali in his raja
yoga philosophy. You must rise above this blank vrtti (thought-form)
and identify yourself with the supreme purusha or Brahman, the silent
witness of the mind who gives power and light to the mind. Then and
then alone you will reach the highest goal of life.
Prolonged meditation on the absolute leads to perfection. One of the
greatest needs in spiritual life is meditation. Meditate and listen
to the voice of God. This will give you strength and power and peace.