“Meditation is the practice by which there is constant observation of the mind. It involves setting aside a regular time and place for the specific purpose of discovering that infinite well of wisdom that lies within.
Through meditation, the play of the mind is witnessed. In the early stages nothing more can be done than to gain understanding as the ego is observed constantly asserting itself. But in time its games become familiar, and one begins to prefer the peace of contentment. When the ego is subdued, energies can then be utilized constructively for personal growth and the service of others.
Meditation unleashes immense potential. We gain mastery of the mind by bringing a halt to its incessant chatter and teaching it to focus in a concentrated manner.
Through meditating regularly, the mind becomes clearer and motives more pure. The subconscious releases hidden knowledge that allows better understanding. The ego is slowly eradicated. Ultimately the superconscious, or intuitive forces, are released, leading to a life of wisdom and peace.”
Meditation and Mantras
by Swami Vishnu-Devananda
In the photo above is Swami Vishnudevananda in his early years meditating at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp in Val Morin, Quebec.
If you are interested in learning more about meditation, we offer meditation courses throughout the year. As well, you are always welcome to join us for satsang (free of charge). In satsang we practice 30 minutes of meditation together, followed by chanting and an informal talk.