My 5 a.m. strategic meditations
Do not discard imagination.
Imagination is a solid power;
Imagination is a reality
In the higher worlds.
Sri Chinmoy 1
When I was a fairly new disciple, there was a period of time when I would make a point of getting up to meditate at 5:00 a.m.. Inwardly, I imagined that at 6:00 a.m. hundreds of disciples were sitting in front of Guru for morning meditation, causing me to feel somewhat lost in the crowd. As a result of this inner imagining, I came up with the idea that if I 'arrived' earlier than everyone else, then I would be able sit right in front of Guru and hopefully be the only one with him up until 6:00 a.m. Thus I began my 5:00 a.m. strategic meditations.
After several successful mornings of getting up at the appointed hour, I started to feel that it was imperative that I not be late or miss a morning because I believed that Guru would definitely notice and be very disappointed. Also, I was finding that when my alarm went off, my first thought would always be that Guru was waiting for me, so it became very easy to get up to meditate. I would actually feel excited. In time, this entire experience began to blossom into a wonderful inner relationship with Guru. What started out as imaginary began to take on a precious reality.
A few weeks later, I travelled to New York for a weekend visit. I was very excited at the thought of seeing Guru but, at the same time, I was not expecting any kind of attention. I felt that as I was a new disciple, he still did not really know me outwardly. However, when I went up for prasad, Guru looked at me, gave a big smile and uttered what seemed to be a delighted exclamation of recognition, as though he was extremely happy to finally be able to put a face to the soul who was visiting him each morning.
At that moment, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that an inner relationship with Guru is far more real to him than an outer one.
by Sanchita Fleming
- 1. Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, part 16, Agni Press, 1999
Sri Chinmoy's students describe their inner and outer experiences.
A 40-Year BlessingSarama Minoli New York, United States
Check your Front TireArpan De Angelo New York, United States
The day when everything beganBhagavantee Paul Salzburg, Austria
The Swimming RelayToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
My RoomPreetidutta Thorpe Auckland, New Zealand
Failures are the pillars of successAnugata Bach New York, United States
I just knew from the moment I saw himAshrita Furman New York, United States
Now you are in the boatKaushalya Casey Toronto, Canada
Spiritual FriendsPreetidutta Thorpe Auckland, New Zealand
Why run 3100 miles?Smarana Puntigam Vienna, Austria
Is it unspiritual to care about winning?Tejvan Pettinger Oxford, United Kingdom
interviews with Sri Chinmoy's students