February 15, 2012 – Difficult to Stop Meditation

Kalidasa says in a daring image that the snowrocks of Kailasa
are Shiva’s loud world-laughters piled up in utter whiteness
and pureness on the mountain-tops.
It is true;and when their image falls on the heart,
then the world’s cares melt away like the clouds below into their real nothingness.

Sri Aurobindo

(Thoughts and Aphorisms 506)

Difficult to Stop Meditation

Is not an increasing effort of meditation needed and is it not true that the more hours you meditate the greater progress you make?

The number of hours spent in meditation is no proof of spiritual progress. It is a proof of your progress when you no longer have to make an effort to meditate. Then you have rather to make an effort to stop meditating: it becomes difficult to stop meditation, difficult to stop thinking of the Divine, difficult to come down to the ordinary consciousness. Then you are sure of progress, then you have made real progress when concentration in the Divine is the necessity of your life, when you cannot do without it, when it continues naturally from morning to night whatever you may be engaged in doing. Whether you sit down to meditation or go about and do things and work, what is required of you is consciousness; that is the one need, – to be constantly conscious of the Divine.

The Mother

CWM VOL 3, pages 19-20

All extracts and quotations from the written works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are copyright Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Pondicherry -605002 India

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