On Meditation

    On Meditation

    ‘At the time of meditation,” said Sri Ramakrishna to the devotees who believed that God had forms, “think that you have tied your mind to the lotus feet of of your chosen form of God with a silk thread, so that your mind may not stray away from there. Why do I say “silk thread”? This is because, those lotus feet are indeed very soft and delicate. They will be hurt if any other kind of string is used.’

    Sri Ramakrishna would sometimes say: ‘Should one think of the chosen Ideal at the time of meditation only and then forget Him at other times? You should always keep a part of the mind attached to Him. You must surely have noticed that a sacrificial lamp has to be light at the time of the worship of Durga. That light should always be kept burning near the deity, it should not be allowed to go out. If it does, it augurs ill for the householder. Even so, after the chosen Ideal is brought and given a seat on the lotus of the heart, the sacrificial lamp of meditation on Him should always be kept burning. While one is engaged in worldly duties, one should watch at intervals whether that lamp is burning within or not.”

    Sometimes Sri Ramakrishna would say: ” Ah, in those days before beginning to meditate on the chosen Ideal, I imagined that I was thoroughly flushing out the inside of the mind. You see, there exist various kind of dirt and dust within the mind. I imagined that I was washing them off and was then making the chosen Ideal sit there. Do just like that.”