About Meditation

Our world conditions us to believe that outer attainments can give us satisfaction. Yet experience shows that nothing external can fulfill the deep inner longing for "something more."

The Bible says, "Be still, and know that I am God." [Psalms 46:10] In these few words lie the key to Self-Realization. Ordinarily our awareness and energies are directed outward, through the limited instruments of our five senses, to the things of this world. We must learn to tap deeper and subtler levels of awareness to solve the enigmas of life--Who am I? Why am I here? How do I realize Truth?

The science of Yoga offers a means of stilling the turbulence of thoughts and bodily restlessness that prevent us from knowing what we really are. Yoga is a simple process of reversing the ordinary outward flow of energy and consciousness so that the mind becomes a dynamic center of direct perception--no longer dependent upon the fallible senses but capable of directly experiencing Truth.

The quickest and most effective methods deal directly and scientifically with energy and consciousness. Kriya Yoga, the meditation method taught by Paramahansa Yogananda, exemplifies this direct approach. Kriya is an advanced Raja Yoga technique that reinforces subtle currents of life energy in the body, enabling the heart and lungs to slow down naturally. The consciousness is drawn to higher levels of perception, gradually bringing about an inner awakening more blissful and more deeply satisfying than any of the experiences that the mind, senses, or ordinary human emotions can give.

By practicing the step-by-step methods of Yoga--taking nothing for granted on emotional grounds or through blind faith---we come to know our oneness with the Infinite Intelligence, Power, and Joy which gives life to all and which is the essence of our own Self.


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