Author: Swami SatprakashandaPublisher: Sri Ramakrishna MathYear: 1999Language: EnglishPages: 264ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171201474
Enunciates many ways one can prepare oneself for meditation - from work and prayer to the yogas of Karma, Bhakti, Raja and Jnana. The practice of meditation is one of the most essential, and yet one of the most difficult, of all the processes the human mind can be engaged in. More than just having quite place to sit and a little concentration, mediation in spiritual life means consistently being able to turn one's mind towards the Supreme Being.
AbbreviationsPrefacePART ONE : PRELIMINARIESHYMNS AND PRAYERSA Vedic PrayerHymn to BrahmanEight Stanzas on ShukadevaHymn to the Divine MotherHymn to the Divine Mother DurgaEvening Hymn to Sri Ramakrishna transliterationVedic Peace ChantsCONDUCTED MEDITATIONSThe Light of LightsHim we worshipPeace that Passeth UnderstandingThe Source of all DelightRight UnderstandingNot by Thy law but by thy graceHe is the goal, he is the wayHe makes all things DearThou Art my Sole GuideThou Art Seated on the Lotus of my HeartBy losing yourself you find yourselfThe Body is like a GarmentBlessings of the SaintsHe Dwells in the Depth of the HeartThe One Source of AllThe Divine Chile (A Christmas Meditation)To be Spiritually minded is life (Good Friday)Think of yourself as an Effulgent beingPART TWO : METHODS OF MEDIATATIONCHAPTER IIntroductory : Four States of Human Experience ù Waking, Dream, Dreamless Sleep, and SamadhiCHAPTER IIWork and MediationCHAPTER IIISearch for GodCHAPTER IVWorshipping God Through Symbols as Preparatory to MeditationCHAPTER VPrayer and MeditationCHAPTER VIKarma-Yoga as Preparatory to the Practice of MeditationCHAPTER VIIPreparation for Meditation in Bhakti-YogaCHAPTER VIIIGod-Realization through Bhakti-YogaCHAPTER IXThe Process of Meditation According to Patanjali's Raja-YogaDistinctiveness of the Vedantic MethodCHAPTER XPreparation for Meditation in Jnana-YogaCHAPTER XIRealization of Nondual Brahman, the Culmination of Jnana-YogaPART THREE : APPENDICESAppendix I : From Mortality to ImmortalityAppendix II : The Location of the Soul in the BodyAppendix III The Sum and Substance of Advaita VedantaIndex