Why do we meditate. We meditate because this world of ours has not been able to fulfil us. Take peace, for example. The so-called peace that we feel in our day-to-day life is five minutes of peace after ten hours of anxiety, worry and frustration. All the time we are at the mercy of the negative forces that are all around us -jealousy, fear, doubt, worry, anxiety and despair.
These forces are like monkeys. When they get tired of biting us and take rest for a few minutes, then we say that we are enjoying peace. But this is not peace at all, and the next moment they will attack us again.
Its only through meditation that we can get lasting peace, divine peace. In the morning if we have meditated soulfully and received peace for only one minute, that one minute of peace will permeate our whole day. And when we have meditation of the highest order, then we get really abiding peace, light and delight. We need meditation because we want to grow in light and fulfil ourselves in light. If this is our aspiration, if this is our thirst, then meditation is the only way.
If we feel that we are satisfied with what we have and what we are, then there is no need for us to enter into the field of meditation. The reason we enter into meditation is because we have an inner hunger. We feel that within us there is something luminous, something vast, something divine. We feel that we need this thing very badly, only right now we dont have access to it. So our hunger comes from our spiritual need.
If we enter into the life of meditation in order to escape from the world and forget our sufferings, then we are doing it for the wrong reason. If we enter into spiritual life cause of outer frustration or dissatisfaction, then we may not remain in the spiritual life. Today I have failed to satisfy my desires: so I am dissatisfied with the world. But tomorrow I will say, ” let me try again. Perhaps this time I will get satisfaction” But after a while, we will see that the desire-life will never satisfy us.
We will realize that we came from the Vast and will want to enter into the infinite Vast. This is aspiration
Spirituality cannot be achieved by pulling or pushing. We cannot pull down spiritual Light by hook or by crook. Only when it comes down on its own, on the strength of our aspiration, we will be able to receive it. Otherwise, the light will descend beyond our capacity or receptivity, and our vessel will break.
How do we receive this Light from above? How do we expand our consciousness so that our receptivity will increase? The answer is meditation. Meditation does not mean sitting quietly for 5 or 10 minutes. It requires conscious effort. The mind has to be made calm and quiet; at the same time it has to be viligant so as not allow any distracting thoughts or desires to enter.
When we can make the mind calm and quiet, we will feel that a new creation is dawning inside us. When the mind is vacant and tranquil and our whole existence becomes an empty vessel, our inner being can invoke infinite Peace, Light and Bliss to enter into vessel and fill it. This is meditation.
If you have achieved something in your meditation, your friends and colleagues are bound to see something pleasing, soothing, beautiful, enlightening and illumining in you. Peace, Light and Bliss have enter into you through your soul, and from the soul they have entered into your physical consciousness. The higher and deeper your meditation and the more you have recieved, the more your face and outer being will radiate and glow. After you have finished meditating, just go and see yourself in the mirror and you will see the difference between what you are now and what you were an hour ago. This obvious physical difference is due to the fact that your physical consciousness is manifesting the light from your soul.
Even as you walk along the street, you will be spreading this light. Its like a perfume that you keep right inside you. You are not actually using it. You are only keeping it, but its offering its fragrance. At that time, the world of aspiration and even the world of suffering, depression and despair will definately see something in you. And it will try to follow you – sometimes with reluctance, sometimes with joy, sometimes with greed…
From The Writtings of Sri Chinmoy