Yoga and the Spiritual Life – Composite 1970 – 1997

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Below is a composite of Sri Chinmoy’s comments with the original references noted between paragraphs. 1970 – 1997.

Yoga guides life for the experience of existence. You may call this a theoretical experience. Yoga guides life towards the fulfilment of existence. This you must call a practical experience.

Sri Chinmoy, Meditations: food for the soul  , June 21, Agni Press, 1970


The Spiritual Life

The paramount question is, “What is the spiritual life?” The spiritual life is something that is natural and normal. It is always natural and it is always normal, unlike other things that we come across in our day-to-day multifarious activities. The spiritual life is normal and natural precisely because it knows its Source. Its Source is God the infinite Light and God the eternal Truth.

When we follow the spiritual life, we come to feel that a life of peace need not always remain a far cry. We come to feel that a life of love, the love that expands, need not always remain a far cry. Everything that fulfills us divinely and supremely, we can achieve and claim as our very own if we follow the spiritual life. Right now Peace, Light and Bliss in abundant measure we do not have at our disposal. But when we practise spirituality, when our inner cry, which we call aspiration, climbs up high, higher, highest, at that time Peace, Light and Bliss we get not only in abundant measure but in infinite measure. And we can achieve and treasure these divine qualities in the inmost recesses of our hearts. When we practise the spiritual life soulfully, devotedly and unconditionally, we try to bring to the fore the divinity that we all have. And this divinity is nothing short of our perfection.

  • excerpt from Northwestern University, 17 December 1975↩
    Sri Chinmoy, The soul’s evolution, Agni Press, 1976

Meditation

What does meditation mean? Meditation means the language of our inner life and the language of God. It is through meditation that we can commune with God. It is through meditation that we can see God face-to-face. It is through meditation that we can know that God is both with form and without form. Each person has to have a meditation of his own. He has to get it from the inmost recesses of his heart or from a spiritual teacher.

Meditation means conscious self-expansion.

Meditation means one’s conscious awareness of the highest Reality.

Meditation means the recognition or the discovery of one’s own true Self.

It is through meditation that we transcend limitation, bondage and imperfection. First we face these limitations, then we transform them and finally we transcend them.

So meditation means the discovery of one’s own highest transcendental Reality.

Sri Chinmoy, Aspiration and God’s Hour,

Agni Press, 1977 Question


It is only through meditation that we can get lasting peace, divine peace. If we meditate soulfully in the morning and receive peace for only one minute, that one minute of peace will permeate our whole day. And when we have a meditation of the highest order, then we really get abiding peace, light and delight. We need meditation because we want to grow in light and fulfill ourselves in light. If this is our aspiration, if this is our thirst, then meditation is the only way.

Sri Chinmoy, Meditation: God’s Duty and man’s beauty, Agni Press, 1974


In meditation we dive into the vast sea of Consciousness. We do not have to ask God for Peace or Light because we are swimming in the sea of divine qualities. At that time God gives us more than we can ever imagine. The deeper we go in meditation, the more we expand our own consciousness, the more abundantly the qualities of Light, Peace and Bliss grow inside us.

– Sri Chinmoy, Prayer-world, mantra-world and japa-world, Agni Press, 1974


If we want to realise God, aspiration, self-discipline, self control, prayer, concentration, meditation and contemplation are all of paramount importance. Yoga comprises all of these divine qualities.

Sri Chinmoy, Realisation-Soul and Manifestation-Goal, Agni Press, 1974


Yoga includes prayer, meditation and spirituality in general.

Sri Chinmoy, Flame-Waves, part 11, Agni Press, 1978


Again, aspiration is nobody’s monopoly; it is not limited or confined to anybody. Everybody can aspire if he wants to.

Sri Chinmoy, Realisation-Soul and Manifestation-Goal, Agni Press, 1974


Yoga is Conscious Oneness

Yoga is conscious oneness with God’s eternal Duty.
Yoga is conscious oneness with God’s infinite Beauty.
Yoga is conscious oneness with earth’s insufficiency-cry.
Yoga is conscious oneness with Heaven’s sufficiency-smile.
Yoga is conscious oneness with man’s surrender-perfection.
Yoga is conscious oneness with God’s Acceptance-Satisfaction.
Yoga is conscious oneness with God’s Vision-Boat.
Yoga is conscious oneness with God’s Reality-Shore.

  1. 13 July 1977, 9:37 p.m. — Yoga-Life Perfection, New York

3 Principal Yoga Paths

There are three principal paths: Bhakti, Jnana and Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga is selfless service. Jnana Yoga means wisdom. What is more valuable for a man to know than the Highest? The Highest, I say, is love. If one knows this very fact that God is all Love, is this not the supreme knowledge? The supreme knowledge is that God is all Love. We achieve our conscious union with God on the strength of our prayer, meditation, aspiration and so forth. The deeper we go through our meditation, the clearer it becomes. Through love we can know the supreme secret, which is God.

-excerpt from Sri Chinmoy, Realisation-Soul And Manifestation-Goal, Agni Press, 1997


Love, Devotion Surrender: through Aspiration and Dedication

There are three rungs in our spiritual ladder – love, devotion and surrender. When we say Bhakti Yoga it means all devotion, devotion, devotion. We don’t care for any kind of mental illumination or mental awakening. In Bhakti, one wants only to devote oneself with utmost intensity and not to cry for mental and intellectual light. But if we really love God, if we really dedicate ourselves to God, then the mind is bound to be illumined. We are not going to reject the mind; we have not come into the world to reject anything. We have not come into the world to throw anything into the dustbin. But we have to transform and illumine the mind. How do we do that? We illumine it with light. Just like a room is all darkness at night, but with electricity we illumine it, similarly, the mind is a dark room right now, absolutely dark. When we bring our inner light to the fore and then enter into the mind, the mind becomes all light; it is illumined. When the path of love, devotion and  surrender is properly followed, it encompasses the path of illumination because it says that when we know, through some  means, who is our Dearest, our Sweetest, our most Affectionate, our All-fulfilling, then naturally we will have wisdom. Wisdom is Jnana Yoga. Now, how do we combine all these paths? We do it with aspiration and dedication. Karma Yoga is there, in our selfless service. With our aspiration we try to know the highest within ourselves. Once we reach the Goal, which is inner awakening, we get wisdom which is the highest Jnana Yoga.

-excerpt from Sri Chinmoy, Realisation-Soul And Manifestation-Goal, Agni Press, 1997


Yoga is the spiritual science that teaches us how the Ultimate Reality can be realized in life itself.

– excerpt from “What is Yoga” in

Yoga and the spiritual life. The journey of India’s Soul.

by Sri Chinmoy.-  Agni Press 1971.