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Mastery of Meditation Method

by Swami Veda

Book Cover: Superconscious Meditation bu Pandit Usharbudh Arya (Swami Veda)[This is an excerpt from the book Superconscious Meditation by Pandit Usharbudh Arya (who became Swami Veda Bharati), 2nd edition 4th printing – 1989, The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy of the U.S.A., pages 112 – 113.)

The mastery of a particular method of meditation is judged in these ways:

  1. I can sit well and enjoy sitting, which I did not do in the beginning.
  2. When I am sitting still, my body, mind and nerves are relaxed.
  3. Fewer and fewer random thoughts, fantasies or false visions arise.
  4. When these thoughts, etcetera, do arise, they are of gradually shorter durations and weaker intensity.
  5. The mind is free of them for progressively longer and longer durations – to be counted initially not in hours but in minutes.
  6. Consequently, I have a greater feeling of quietness and stillness:
    1. during meditation, and
    2. after arising from meditation
  7. After arising from meditation, my feeling of calm and peace, as well as my awareness of my breath and repetition of the mantra continue deeper and longer through my daily activities.
  8. I reach a certain plateau much more quickly after sitting than I did before.
  9. In my daily activities, I have the desire to return for meditation more often.
  10. During my daily activities, my breath awareness, mantra, and meditative state, or just my poise and calm, return to me frequently.
  11. The depth I experience in the presence of a teacher when he is giving a group or person to person meditation, is a depth I begin to touch on my own, gradually at first, and then without fail.
  12. As my depth in meditation is increasing, certain guidance in establishing more peaceful personal relationships is taking place. My ideas of morality, violence, non-violence, diet and other areas of the life style are changing. I am undisturbed by little things and not overjoyed by small successes, achievements and little gains, nor am I depressed as often as before at little failures.
An additional test will be a reduced desire for and expectation of thrilling experiences, sights and sounds in meditation. The path of meditation is one of tranquility and calm and not of adventure trips.

Editor's Note:

Six-day Retreats: Superconscious Meditation – Level 1 are offered on a recurring basis at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh, India. For more information, please click on Six-day Retreat: Superconscious Meditation – Level 1.



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