Positive Thinking

Only by our positive thinking,
By our bringing the positive qualities
Of others to the fore,
Will this world be able
To make progress.

Excerpt from Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 15 by Sri Chinmoy.

Photo by Unmesh, Sri Chinmoy Centre Galleries

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The New Year

"From the spiritual point of view the New Year has a special significance. On the eve of the New Year,a new consciousness dawns on earth. God once again inspires each human being, each creature with new Hope, new Light, Peace and Bliss. God always wants us to move farther,
farther, farthest. He does not want us to look back. We know when a runner runs fast, while running fast if he looks back he drops to the ground. Similarly, if we constantly look behind at the year that we are leaving aside, thinking of our sorrow, miseries, frustrations and all that we lose everything that we gained. But if we look forward, ahead, we see hope dawning deep within us, we see a new light illumining our consciousness.

Each New Year is like a rung on the ladder of consciousness; we have to climb up the ladder of consciousness and each New Year serves the purpose of a rung in the ladder. When the New Year dawns, we have to make ourselves conscious of the fact that we are going to transcend ourselves. We have to go beyond the present capacity, beyond our present achievement. And when we have that kind of firm determination, God showers His choicest blessings upon our devoted heads and He says, "New Year dawns, a new consciousness dawns deep within you. Run towards the destined goal." And we listen to God, we listen to the dictates of our inner soul, we run towards the Ultimate Reality. The New Year energizes us, encourages us, inspires us to run towards that Ultimate Truth."

- Sri Chinmoy.

Excerpt from Flame Waves, Part 8 by Sri Chinmoy.
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Poem on Beauty

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The eight stages of Yoga

The eight stages of yoga are:
  • Yama, self-control & leading a moral life:
  • Niyama, observance of conduct & character:
  • Asana, various postures which relax the body & help us to meditate;
  • Pranayama, breathing techniques to help control the mind:
  • Pratyahara, turning to the inner life;
  • Dhyana, Meditation ;
  • and Samadhi, the highest level of meditation.
Many people in the West think of Yoga as just Asana, the stretching exercises.But as we can see Asana is just one part of Yoga.If you can sit on a chair & concentrate you are ready to try Meditation.

Try this simple exercise;

(first read The ABCs of Meditation see previous post)
  • Put a chair in front of a low table on which you have put a candle or night light & a beautiful flower in a vase.
  • Sit on a chair or on a cushion on the ground.
  • Relax your body & mind.
  • Breathe slowly and deeply and concentrate on a candle flame.Focus all your attention on the tip of the flame.After a few minutes turn your attention to the flower.Concentrate on the whole flower and then just one petal of the flower.Next look at the whole flower and try to identify with the beauty of the flower.
Congratulations! you have started on the path of Meditation.
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Each Moment

May each moment
Of my life
Be the sweetness-fragrance
Of my heart-rose

- Sri Chinmoy
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The ABC's of meditation

When you start to meditate there are a few basic things it is helpful to know.

1. It is best if you can have a place to meditate every day.The best thing is if you have a spare room you can use just for meditation.Otherwise just make a place in your bedroom which you use just for meditation.

2. Its good to use incense,flowers and a candle to inspire you.(use a night-light or make sure you blow the candle out when you leave the room to avoid accidents!)

3.Before you meditate it is helpful to have a shower or bath.

4. Its best if you can wear clean,comfortable & light coloured clothing.

5.It is important to have the back upright and body relaxed.You can sit on a chair or sit on a cushion on the floor.

6.Its not a good idea to lie down as you may fall asleep.

7.You need to meditate at least once a day to make progress.

8.Do not meditate until at least two hours after a big meal.(if you feeling hungry you can drink a glass of milk or juice)

9.It is best to meditate before 7am around 6am is ideal.The evening is also a good time.

10.It is best to pick a time and meditate at that time every day.

If you follow these guide lines you should be of to a good start with your daily meditation practice.
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