SATSANG OF SWAMI AMAR JYOTI

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SATSANG OF SWAMI AMAR JYOTI

THE PURPOSE OF MEDITATION
by Swami Amar Jyoti

There are three stages of meditation. The first stage we may call physical meditation, which is semi-sleep or drowsiness. After overcoming drowsiness while meditating, you then confront your emotions, which brings disturbance or restlessness. These two are not real meditation but clearing. When emotions subside, you enter the third stage where you confront your thoughts. This is where you start reflecting, witnessing, letting go and truly begin to relax. As you coolly or rationally confront your thoughts, that is where meditation actually begins.

Every human being is not a thinking or rational being. Most are emotional beings. As long as you are carried away by any emotion or excitement, you are not a rational being. We consider emotions to be part of the animal kingdom. Animals do not meditate; only humans can meditate. Psychologists may think that human beings are supposed to be emotional, but humans are thinking beings. As you subside or overcome your emotions, you stop fighting with your thoughts. Only when your mind is neutral and impartial do you begin to let go of cherished thoughts.

Meditation is when you let go and relax. Then you begin to get into the region called superhuman or transcendental. That is the real value of meditation. It is not an exercise for living a happy and peaceful life. There is nothing wrong with seeking peace and happiness, but that is not the purpose of meditation. You can achieve peace and happiness by simple methods: do not hurt anyone, do not be jealous of anyone, do not be prejudiced to anyone, do not speak untruth, do not be selfish or mischievous. Just live and let live, and you will be peaceful and happy. Peace is the starting point for meditation.

Read full Satsang in the Autumn 2018 issue of Light of Consciousness or order MP3 or CD here.

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