Meditation Essay

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Meditation: The Art of Ecstasy Talks given from 1970 Original in Hindi 20 Chapters Year published: 1980 1st edition called "The Dynamics Of Meditation". Book has 20 chapters, but the last is a summary of meditation techniques. Meditation: The Art of Ecstasy Chapter Preface Chapter title: Meditation: The Art of Celebration Archive code: 7000000 ShortTitle: ARTOF20 Audio: No Video: No We train a child to focus his mind, to concentrate, because without concentration he will not be able to cope with life. Life requires it; the mind must be able to concentrate. But the moment the mind becomes able to concentrate, it becomes less aware. Awareness means a mind that is conscious but not focused. Awareness is a consciousness of all that is happening. Concentration is a choice. It excludes all except its object of concentration; it is a narrowing. If you are walking on the street, you will have to narrow your consciousness in order to walk. You cannot ordinarily be aware of all that is happening because if you are aware of everything that is happening you will become unfocused. So concentration is a need. Concentration of the mind is a need in order to live--to survive and exist. That is why every culture, in its own way, tries to narrow the mind of the child. Children, as they are, are never focused; their consciousness is open from all sides. Everything is coming in, nothing is being excluded. The child is open to every sensation, every sensation is included in his consciousness. And so much is coming in! That is why he is so wavering, so unstable. A child's unconditioned mind is a flux--a flux of sensations--but he will not be able to survive with this type of mind. He must learn how to narrow his mind, to concentrate. The moment you narrow the mind you become particularly conscious of one thing and simultaneously unconscious of so many other things. The more narrowed the

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