Cultivating Silence – Step 1

Would you like to experience this silence that was presented in the last post? Well, you have to do three things, which I’m going to recommend in the next three posts. The first is understanding. Understanding what? Understanding that God isn’t anything like the idea that you have of God. You know in the country I come from, India we’ve got plenty of roses, but let’s suppose that I had never smelt a rose in…

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How Will I Find God?

Any way to God must be a way through silence. If you ever come to union with God, you must pass through silence. What is this silence? Let me explain it by means of a simple tale that we have in the east. There was this great king who goes to visit a spiritual master and he says to the master, “I’m a busy man could you tell me how I could be united with…

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The Exposure Meditation

I think of the times I come alive and the times when I am dead. Life abhors security: for life means taking risks, exposing self to danger, even death. Jesus says that those who wish to be safe will lose their lives; those who are prepared to lose their lives will keep them. I think of the times when I drew back from taking risks, when I was comfortable and safe: those were times when…

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The Enlightenment Meditation

When I try to change what I dislike in myself by fighting it, I merely push it underground. If I accept it, it will surface and evaporate. What I resist will stubbornly persist. I consider the example of Jesus, who set himself the task of moving mountains and battling with exasperating foes. Yet, even in his anger, he is loving —he combines a keen desire for change with an acceptance of reality as it is….

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The Secret Meditation

I set out in search of the source of happiness. I look minutely at the life of a happy person who is poor, then talk with him, attempting to discover what makes this person happy. I think of a joyful person in poor health, in physical pain, and talk again, searching for what it is that makes her joyful. I do the same with a happy person who has lost his reputation. I walk into…

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The River Meditation

I look up at the sky and see the morning star burn brightly in the heavens. I imagine what it sees as it looks down on me and my surroundings and this portion of the earth. I visualize what it must have seen a thousand years ago . . . five thousand . . . a hundred thousand . . . five million years ago. I attempt to see in fantasy what the morning star…

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