"Lamps Lit from the Same Flame' "You need not rely on another for success in mediation and soft repetition of the name and await contact with some sage in order to get from him a mantra for recitation. Pray to the God within, and you will receive guidance." Meditation is the foremost spiritual discipline geared towards gaining inner peace. Without concentration nothing can be done. And we use that concentration through-out the day. Why is that same concentration is so difficult to come in spiritual matters? Because the mind is outward turned, and by desire the mind clings to objects. But the mind can be trained to concentrate inwardly, and the heart can be cultured to grow with love for all. How? By sadhana (practice). The best sadhana (practice) is that every act through the day be done as worship and see God in all. This meditation consists of constantly asking God to do things through you.
- Ask God to THINK through you.
- Ask God to FEEL through you.
- Ask God to SPEAK through you.
- Ask God to ACT through you.
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It is the winged arrow of human feeling that coalesces with the Divine Love of God. All religions expound the glory of prayer. Every saint took recourse to prayer in his spiritual growth. There is no great man upon earth who did not offer prayers at the recognition of the Divine Hand guiding him. To many, however, prayer becomes merely a repetition of hymns or words. Heart-felt sincerity is lacking. Most often, if we are honest enough to admit it, we pray to impress others. Real prayer does not depend upon how many beautiful words you have selected to repeat or whether you have a good accent or not. Prayer depends upon the purity of your feeling and the intensity of your yearning.
Devotional singing (bhajans) is the process of singing that originates in the heart, not from the lips or the tongue. It is the expression of the joyous thrill that wells up from the heart when the Glory of God is remembered. It is the spontaneous manifestation of inner ecstasy. No attention is paid to the blame or praise that others may give. It does not seek the admiration or the appreciation of the listeners