For a long time, I didn’t bother too much about meditation. I worked very hard on self-transformation. Besides that, it was all about chanting. I chanted whenever possible and at times throughout the day. Almost all of my Sadhana spiraled around chanting. Between working on myself and chanting, I got ahead a great deal and even felt a state of perfect peace.

Why should I meditate, I thought? I completely disregarded meditation because it felt redundant and unnecessary.

Then, I rediscovered the joy of writing. It was terrific, and it kept me in a meditative state. Though, it was also a bit intimidating. Besides my beloved Swami, nobody knew all the details of my spiritual journey. Perhaps, if he couldn’t read minds, I would have hidden it from him as well! For the records, I’m the kind of person who would rather hide in a cave than open up and talk about my life. It felt (and still feels) more challenging than the toughest of Sadhanas. 

I know that image of me might be hard for many in this forum to believe, but that’s the truth. Therefore, each time I scribbled something, I chanted. Amazingly, it felt (and continues to feel) like Devi narrated each and every word as I wrote. That gave me the courage to speak my heart out. Frankly, I don’t regret even a word I wrote because it was all Devi’s work! 

Recently though, something got into me, and I started meditating again. Now, I have been kicking myself for ignoring my meditation sessions so far.

All the self-transformation efforts are fantastic. Chanting is beyond amazing. Writing is extraordinary and feels meditative, and so do other meditative activities. Still, meditation is meditation! And nothing can ever beat it. When it comes to experiencing (or maintaining) inner peace, meditation is royalty. 

So, at this point, I’m turning into an advocate for meditation. Hence, I wrote this quick post to urge you all to… MEDITATE! As Swami says, it is never too late to start. If you haven’t already begun, please start meditating now. You will not regret it.

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