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“We know the outer world of sensations and actions, but our inner world of thoughts and feelings we know very little. The primary purpose of meditation is to become conscious of, and familiar with, our inner life. The ultimate purpose is to reach the source of life and consciousness.

Incidentally, practice of meditation deeply affects our character. We are slaves to what we do not know; of what we know we are masters. Whatever vice or weakness in ourselves we discover and understand its causes and its workings, we overcome it by the very knowing; the unconscious dissolves when brought into the conscious. The dissolution of the unconscious releases energy; the mind feels adequate and become quiet.”

~ “I am That” – Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

“We are slaves to what we do not know; of what we know we are masters” is such a simple yet profound statement for seekers on the spiritual path. Being open to the unknown and taking time to pause and be an observer of our inner thoughts and struggles, is the gateway to a new way of being and self mastery.

In mindfulness and meditation practice we become aware of our inner life. When we are conscious of our thoughts and struggles, they lose their grip on us, and the mind can become quiet.

I have “I am That” as bedside reading. Maharaj’s  words are simple and direct, as he guides the individual to an understanding of his true nature and the timelessness of being.

I look forward to sharing more gems from this simple wonderful sage who did not propound any ideology or religion, yet guided people to self realization.

34 comments on “What is the Purpose of Meditation?

  1. I look forward to you sharing more gems, too! I love them, they really help me with my practice!

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  2. This book seems to be worth reading, Val 🙂

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  3. Thank you for sharing with us, Val❤️

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  4. It doesn’t get any better than that! As in our awareness of self offers full meaning.

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  5. Hard to know the inner world using our cognitive engine

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  6. That one line about being a master of knowing is beautiful. I have to write a post using it

    Thanks Val

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  7. Reblogged this on C PTSD – A Way Out and commented:
    Bring awareness to your inner world, explore, relish, accept, then smile.

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  8. My go-to Mindfulness

    Sounds like a good book. I’ll have to put in on my wishlist.

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  9. Lovely and peaceful, Val. I’ll have to check out “I am That.” Sounds wonderful.

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  10. Once we know the inner World to be in existence then for sure first closing eyes matters for meditation then after profound practice even without closing the eyes meditation shall be on.
    The meditator becomes THE THAT…..
    It is all question of time and decision.
    Thanks Val

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  11. What a clear explanation of the amazing process of self awareness through meditation! Thank you for sharing this with us, Val. A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. 🎄🎁🎉❄️🙏

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  12. Yes, power in simplicity … the simple sage is far more in touch with profound guidance than one seeking fame and fortune from age-old wisdom. Aloha, Val ❤️

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  13. I love how you expressed truth in this post. Truth is similar once one observes what they are really are beyond the conditionings. I have started posting my experience, with meditation in deeper states and the realisation of the beyond. Check it out

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  14. Thank you for sharing this Wonderful post.. you might like to go through these spiritual questions & answers – “Answering The Unanswered”-

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