The benefits of meditation are enormous. It calms our mind
and body. In these fast and frenetic times, it has the most
important ability to replenish mental and emotional energy.
Meditation enables you to create new attitudes and responses
to life, giving you a clear spiritual understanding of
Meditation is the process of re-discovering, enjoying and
using the positive qualities latent within you. Like any
skill, meditation requires practice to achieve positive and
satisfying results. By doing a little every day, it soon
becomes a natural and easy habit, which generously rewards
you for the little effort it involves.
What Does Meditation Do?
Meditation energizes your awareness bringing both peace and
wisdom to a busy mind. It expands your capacity to love and
heals broken hearts. Also it dissolves many fears replacing
them with lightness and freedom from anxiety.
Meditation is both the journey and the destination,
revealing the secrets of consciousness and the treasures of
the soul. It develops the power to be more alert and to be
effective in our interaction with each other and with our
precious world. But perhaps the greatest gift that comes
with meditation is the glow of inner peace that is both
gentle and strong.
The practice of Raja Yoga meditation or intellectual
communion with God brings into the soul many powers. Of
these, eight are very important. Please refer to the
The Power To Pack-Up
the ability to go within, one can learn how to pack up all
wasteful thinking in a second, so that there is lightness
and freedom from burdens and worries, though there may be
many responsibilities. One’s mind is scattered over the wide
world and so much drawn out to men and matters that he is
unable to sleep or to detach himself at his will. With the
practice of meditation, one can wind up one’s thoughts at
one’s own will.
Power To Tolerate
Just as trees offer the same fruits to people whether they
gently pluck the fruits or pelt stones at them, a yogi
tolerates all attacks on him and does good even to those who
offer brickbats at him. In the light frame of mind, one will
be able to tolerate all types of situations and people to
the extent that there is no sense at all of having to
tolerate something or someone. With the understanding that
each one is simply playing their role in this immense
world-drama, impatience, irritation and annoyance disappear
like mists before a bright sunlight.
The Power To Accommodate
Just as the ocean accepts different rivers that flow into
it, whether polluted or clean, one will be able to adjust to
all that is happening around him, so will a yogi be able to
accommodate others with him. It power makes one broadminded.
One will be able to adjust into all the happenings around
him. Even when the atmosphere is charged with negativity or
impurity, one remains unaffected.
The Power Of Judgment
One will learn to take correct and quick decisions. One will
get the ability to accurately assess any situation with
clarity and confidence. In a detached, impartial state of
mind, one can judge one’s own thoughts, words and actions to
see if they are beneficial. One will become a judge of the
self and not of others.
The Power Of Discrimination
Just as an expert jeweler can easily distinguish between the
false and the pure diamonds (or gems), one will acquire the
power to distinguish between right and wrong or good and
bad. One can accurately discriminate between real truth and
the apparent truth, between things of temporary value and
those of eternal value and between superficial and the
subtle. The power helps in recognizing illusions even when
they are sweetly decorated and enticing.
The Power To Face
Meditation develops the power to endure hardships.
Adversities like death of those on whom one depends may come
and high storms may rage strongly, yet his flame of
equanimity does not get extinguished. Having confidence in
one’s spiritual state brings the courage to face any type of
The Power To Co-Operate
The natural result of all the powers is that I am able to
share with others the tasks and qualities that my Father has
given to me. There is no feeling of competition, so I can
give as well as accept suggestion as to how to proceed with
the task of world upliftment. By learning meditation, one
will develop the spirit of co-operation. This is a great
achievement because if everyone gives his little finger, the
society could lift great mountains.
The Power to Withdraw
With full awareness that I (soul) am is an entity different
from the body, one can withdraw from the senses and become a
point. In the same way that a tortoise retreats into its
shell in a moment of danger, or just to rest, a person would
be able to retract himself from any situation and remain
A Spiritual Lifestyle
What supports the practice of meditation but does not
require leaving home, career and family?
A Spiritual Lifestyle
The journey awakens within,
when the songs of remembrance begin,
the child of the Father is lost in the Ocean of Love.
Holding the hand of the Guide,
through the path of confusion inside,
tears become pearls in the silence and passing of time.
The song of remembrance is sung in unlimited rhyme,
the song of remembrance is sung in unlimited rhyme,
Dance away, to the beautiful music you wanted to play,
dance away, in your heart, in your heart.
What is a Spiritual Lifestyle?
Regular daily meditation is the way to build and strengthen
your spiritual awareness, experience the natural positive
qualities of the soul and achieve freedom from fear. This
process is greatly enhanced when your outer lifestyle
complements and assists in your spiritual growth. Regular
observance of four spiritual pillars, a vegetarian diet, and
a balanced routine that incorporates physical and mental
relaxation are the elements that comprise a spiritual
Four Spiritual Pillars
A spiritually fulfilling life is based on a foundation of
• Daily practice of meditation/yoga
• Regular spiritual study
• Spiritual relationships and fulfilling responsibilities
• The service of humanity
Daily Meditation Practice
Daily meditation/yoga provides the means to explore,
discover and reconnect with one's self and with God.
Regular Spiritual Study
Regular, daily spiritual study provides the right quality
food for mind and intellect, the two key faculties of the
Spiritual Relationships & Responsibilities
Through the experience of soul-consciousness others are
recognized as spiritual beings and a feeling of brotherhood
grows. By transcending the divisions of color, sex and
religion, relationships become more smooth and rewarding.
The exchange of respect and spiritual love becomes the basis
of interaction. The decision to deal with others’ good
qualities means there is no longer the give and take of
sorrow, rather an emphasis on acceptance and tolerance.
Spirituality is not an escape from life’s responsibilities.
You have a responsibility to your immediate
relationships—family, colleagues and friends—and it is in
those relationships that your ability to apply what you are
learning spiritually will also be tested and strengthened.
Finding an appropriate way to use your growing spiritual
power and understanding for the benefit of others in the
wider community is also a method of sustaining your personal
growth. Spiritual service occurs on many levels, including
spreading peaceful vibrations into the atmosphere and
helping others develop awareness of their own spiritual
qualities through good wishes and pure feelings.
In respecting and caring for our bodies, diet needs deep
consideration. A vegetarian diet is especially beneficial in
developing the clarity, concentration and subtle focus which
spiritual development requires.
With an understanding of the power and quality of thoughts
and vibrations, we also give attention to the quality of our
consciousness as we prepare and eat our food.
Physical & Mental Relaxation
Providing rest and relaxation for the body is as important
as it is for the mind. The body will not relax if the mind
is not relaxed; however even when the body is injured or
ill, it is still possible for the mind to relax. Meditation
is an important self-healing component when one is
recovering from physical illness.
The timing and extent of physical relaxation activities
depends on your personal metabolism as well as your
professional and family responsibilities. However it has
long been recognized that the most effective time in the
daily cycle for meditation and spiritual development is in
the early morning, before the routine activities of the day
begin. Taking time each morning to meditate, study and
understand spiritual principles and values provides both
mental and spiritual nourishment for the day to come.