Quotes on meditation


Benefits of meditation

“We meditate for various reasons. Peace of mind we all badly need. Therefore, when we meditate, either consciously or unconsciously we aim at peace of mind. Meditation give us peace of mind without a tranquilliser. And unlike a tranquilliser, the peace of mind that we get from meditation does not fade away. It lasts for good in some corner of the inmost recesses of our aspiring heart.”

– Sri Chinmoy 1

“When we meditate, we make our mind calm, quiet, vacant and tranquil, and we receive Light from above in infinite measure.”

Sri Chinmoy, 2

“Through meditation the soul becomes fully aware of its evolution in its eternal journey.”

Sri Chinmoy, 3

“Meditation alone can give birth to perfection. Meditation carries us beyond the frustration of the senses, beyond the limitation of the reasoning mind. And, finally, meditation can present us with the breath of perfection.”

– Sri Chinmoy 4

“If you want to simplify your life, meditation is the answer. If you want to fulfil your life, meditation is the answer. If you want to have joy and offer joy to the world at large, then meditation is the only answer.”

– Sri Chinmoy 5

What is meditation?

“Meditation is acceptance. It is the acceptance of life within us, without us and all around us. Acceptance of life is the beginning of human satisfaction. Transformation of life is the culmination of divine satisfaction.”

– Sri Chinmoy 6

In meditation we have to go far beyond the domain of the mind, because the mental faculty is very limited.

Sri Chinmoy, 7

“Meditation is man’s thirst for the Infinite Real, Eternal Real and Absolute Real. The secret of meditation is to achieve conscious and constant oneness with God.”

– Sri Chinmoy 4

“We can easily know whether we are meditating well or not just by the way we feel and see and think. Right after our meditation, if we have a good feeling for the world, then we know our meditation was good. If we see the world in a loving way in spite of its imperfections, if we can love the world even while seeing its teeming imperfections, then we know that our meditation was good.”

Sri Chinmoy 9

“When you meditate, what you actually do is to enter into a calm or still, silent mind. We have to be fully aware of the arrival and attack of thoughts. That is to say, we shall not allow any thought, divine or undivine, good or bad, to enter into our mind. Our mind should be absolutely silent. Then we have to go deep within; there we have to observe our real existence.”

– Sri Chinmoy 10

“In your outer life
If you can feel
Consciously and soulfully happy
Even while doing
Ordinary, mundane things,
God will consider this
Your real meditation.”

– Sri Chinmoy 11

“Meditation means conscious self-expansion. Meditation means one’s conscious awareness of the highest Reality.

Meditation means the recognition or the discovery of one’s own true Self. It is through meditation that we transcend limitation, bondage and imperfection.”

– Sri Chinmoy 12

“So if you want to know what meditation is, I wish to say that meditation is that very state of our consciousness where the inner being, instead of cherishing millions of thoughts, wants only to commune with God. Meditation is God’s language as well as man’s language.”

– Sri Chinmoy 10


– Sri Chinmoy 14

“Meditation speaks. It speaks in silence. It reveals. It reveals to the aspirant that matter and spirit are one, quantity and quality are one, the immanent and the transcendent are one. It reveals that life can never be the mere existence of seventy or eighty years between birth and death, but is, rather, Eternity itself.”

– Sri Chinmoy 15

“When we meditate, we make the mind calm, quiet and still — without thoughts. At that time, we have to be fully aware of the arrival of thoughts and allow no idle thoughts to enter into the mind. The mind is vacant and tranquil, with neither good nor bad thoughts; nothing at all. Our whole existence becomes an empty vessel. When this vessel is absolutely empty, with our whole inner being we invoke infinite Peace, Light and Bliss so it will enter into the vessel and fill it. This is meditation.”

Sri Chinmoy, 7

“Meditation only wants to enter into the Vast and swim in the vast sea of Peace, Light and Bliss.”

Sri Chinmoy, 7

“When we meditate, we have to feel that we are entering into something vast and infinite: the vast ocean or the infinite blue sky. We are trying to plunge into something boundless and measureless. All around us is the infinite blue sky where Peace is reigning supreme.”

Sri Chinmoy, 7

“In meditation we dive into the vast sea of Consciousness. We do not have to ask God for Peace or Light because we are swimming in the sea of divine qualities. At that time God gives us more than we can ever imagine. The deeper we go in meditation, the more we expand our own consciousness, the more abundantly the qualities of Light, Peace and Bliss grow inside us.”

– Sri Chinmoy 19

“Real freedom is the feeling of universal oneness. This you can get from a life of meditation.”

– Sri Chinmoy 20

“The highest meditation comes
Through self-giving
And selfless service
To the world.”

– Sri Chinmoy 21

“At the beginning of our spiritual journey, we feel that meditation is self-effort and perspiration. At the end of our journey’s close, we realise that meditation is God’s Grace, His Compassion Infinite.”

– Sri Chinmoy 4

“If we can meditate soulfully even for a fleeting minute, the result of our meditation will far surpass the effect of any talk given by anybody on earth on this subject.”

Sri Chinmoy, 23

Aphorism on meditation

“This morning during my meditation
I had a glimpse of my soul
For the first time.
Never before have I seen
Anything so beautiful.”

– Sri Chinmoy 24

“Only in my deep meditation
Do I come to know
Who I truly am.”

Sri Chinmoy, 25

Is of supreme need,
If silence
Is our choice.”

– Sri Chinmoy 26

“Meditate, meditate, meditate!
Pay more attention to your meditation.
Spend more time in meditation.
Meditate soulfully, prayerfully and devotedly.”

– Sri Chinmoy 27

“I meditate
So that my mind
Cannot complicate
My life.”

– Sri Chinmoy 28

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Related resources


  1. The seeker’s mind, Agni Press, 1978
  2. Fifty Freedom-Boats to one Golden Shore, part 1
  3. Yoga And The Spiritual Life. The Journey of India’s Soul, Agni Press, 1971
  4. Eastern light for the Western mind, Agni Press, 1973
  5. Experiences of the Higher Worlds, Agni Press, 1977
  6. A seeker is a singer, Agni Press, 1987
  7. Meditation: God’s Duty and man’s beauty, Agni Press, 1974
  8. Eastern light for the Western mind, Agni Press, 1973
  9. Meditation: humanity’s race and Divinity’s Grace, part 2, Agni Press, 1974
  10. Earth’s Cry Meets Heaven’s Smile, Part 1, Agni Press, 1974
  11. Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, Part 59, Agni Press, 1983
  12. Aspiration and God’s Hour, Agni Press, 1977
  13. Earth’s Cry Meets Heaven’s Smile, Part 1, Agni Press, 1974
  14. Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 36
  15. Yoga And The Spiritual Life. The Journey of India’s Soul.
  16. Meditation: God’s Duty and man’s beauty, Agni Press, 1974
  17. Meditation: God’s Duty and man’s beauty, Agni Press, 1974
  18. Meditation: God’s Duty and man’s beauty, Agni Press, 1974
  19. Prayer-World, Mantra-World and Japa-World, Agni Press, 1974
  20. Earth’s cry meets heaven’s smile, part 3, Agni Press, 1978
  21. Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 13, Agni Press, 1999
  22. Eastern light for the Western mind, Agni Press, 1973
  23. Fifty Freedom-Boats to one Golden Shore, part 1
  24. Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 11Agni Press, 1999
  25. Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 37, Agni Press, 2004
  26. Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 14, Agni Press, 1999
  27. Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, Part 57, Agni Press, 1983
  28. I meditate so that, Agni Press, 1982

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