Sri Ramakrishna on Meditation
Question - "Well, what is the rule for concentration?
Where should one concentrate?"
Sri Ramakrishna : "The heart is a splendid place. One can meditate there
or in the Sahasrara. These are rules for meditation given in the
scriptures. But you may meditate wherever you like. Every place is
filled with Brahman-Consciousness. Is there any place where It does not
exist? Narayana, in Vali's presence, covered with two steps the heavens,
the earth, and the interspaces.* Is there then any place left uncovered
by God? A dirty place is as holy as Ae bank of the Ganges. It is said
that the whole creation is the Virat, the Universal Form of God.
There are two kinds of meditation, one on the formless God and the other
on God with form. But meditation on the formless God is extremely
difficult. In that meditation you must wipe out all that you see or
hear. You contemplate only the nature of your Inner Self. Meditating on
His Inner Self, Siva dances about. He exclaims, 'What am I! What am I!'
This is called the 'Siva yoga'.
While practising this form of meditation, one directs
one's look to the forehead. It is meditation on the nature of one's
Inner Self after negating the world, following the Vedantic method of 'Neti,
"There is another form of meditation known as the 'Vishnu yoga'. The
eyes are fixed on the tip of the nose. Half the look is directed inward
and the other half outward. This is how one meditates on God with form.
Sometimes Siva meditates on God with form, and dances. At that time he
exclaims, 'Rama! Rama!' and dances about."
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