Swami Sivananda on Meditation
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If you want to get rid of the pains and afflictions of this samsara
(worldly life) you must practise meditation. Meditation is the
pathway to divinity. It is the royal road to the kingdom of Brahman.
It is a mysterious ladder which reaches from error to truth, from
darkness to light, from pain to bliss, from restlessness to abiding
peace, from ignorance to wisdom, from mortality to immortality.
Meditation leads to knowledge of the self, to eternal peace, supreme
bliss. Meditation prepares you for direct intuitive knowledge.
Truth is Brahman. Truth is self. You cannot realise the truth
without reflection and meditation. Be silent. Know thyself. Melt the
mind in that. Without meditation you cannot liberate yourself from
the trammels of the mind and attain immortality. Tear the veils that
cover the soul. Rend asunder the five sheaths that screen the atman
(self) by constant meditation. You will find final beatitude.
Meditation is a powerful tonic. The holy vibrations penetrate all
the cells of the body and cure all its diseases. The powerful
soothing waves that arise during meditation exercise a benign
influence over the mind and the nerves. If you meditate for half an
hour you will be able to engage yourself with peace and spiritual
strength in the daily battle of life, for a week. You do this just
through the force of this one meditation.
A yogi who meditates regularly has a magnetic, charming personality.
Those who come in contact with him are much influenced by his sweet
voice, his powerful speech, his lustrous eyes, his brilliant
complexion, his strong healthy body, his good behaviour, his
virtuous qualities and divine nature. People draw peace and joy and
strength from him.
Close your lips. Shut the doors of the senses. Meditate on atman
(self). You will enjoy peace and bliss. The more you grow in
aspiration and meditation, the more you grow God-like. For in
meditation is the light of the Lord.
Meditate and charge your battery by contact with God. Dive deep in
the chambers of your heart through profound and silent meditation,
and bring up the pearl of truth.