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Music without words means leaving behind the mind. And leaving behind the mind is meditation. Meditation returns you to the source. And the source of all is sound.

KABIR

You contemplate and you wander without any worries, between heaven and earth, in your own private world, and in this way you acquire supreme freedom.

GAO XINGJIAN, Nocturnal Wanderer

Meditation and water are wedded for ever.

HERMAN MELVILLE, Moby Dick

I meditate. I burn candles. I drink green tea. And I still want to smack some people.

ANONYMOUS

Finding a calm place inside myself through meditation kind of helped me to get over a lot of mental illness ... it's just been a really great thing in my life.

ROSEANNE BARR, Larry King Live, Mar. 2, 2006

Meditation is to the mind what exercise is to the body, it warms and invigorates.

JOHN THORNTON, Maxims and Directions for Youth

Sleep is the best meditation.

DALAI LAMA, People, Sep. 10, 1979

The man whose whole activity is diverted to inner meditation becomes insensible to all his surroundings. If he loves, it is not to give himself, to blend in fecund union with another being, but to meditate on his love. His passions are mere appearances, being sterile. They are dissipated in futile imaginings, producing nothing external to themselves.

EMILE DURKHEIM, Suicide

Reading makes a full Man, Meditation a profound Man, Discourse a clear Man.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanac

The most weighty truths may strike, but without meditation cannot enter and influence the mind.

JOHN THORNTON, Maxims and Directions for Youth

Meditation is the womb of our actions; action the midwife of our meditations.

ARTHUR WARWICK, Spare Minutes

The art of meditation is a way of getting into touch with reality, and the reason for it is that most civilized people are out of touch with reality because they confuse the world as it with the world as they think about it and talk about it and describe it. For on the one hand there is the real world and on the other there is a whole system of symbols about that world which we have in our minds. These are very very useful symbols, all civilization depends on them, but like all good things they have their disadvantages, and the principle disadvantage of symbols is that we confuse them with reality, just as we confuse money with actual wealth.

ALAN WATTS, The Essence of Alan Watts

Be master OF mind rather than mastered BY mind.

JAPANESE PROVERB

Meditation is not the menu; it's the meal.

VICTOR DAVICH, 8 Minute Meditation

Happy the heart that keeps its twilight hour,
And, in the depths of heavenly peace reclined,
Loves to commune with thoughts of tender power,—
Thoughts that ascend, like angels beautiful,
A shining Jacob's-ladder of the mind!

PAUL H. HAYNE, "Sonnet IX"

Meditation is the signpost directing the steps to the main highway of realization.

What harrowing is after sowing, the same is meditation after hearing--it hides the word.

MATTHEW HENRY, The Miscellaneous Works of the Rev. Matthew Henry

The problem with introspection is that it has no end.

PHILIP K. DICK, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer

I believe that reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found. By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This to me is a miracle.

KURT VONNEGUT, Palm Sunday

Labor, but slight not meditation; meditate, but slight not labor.

CONFUCIUS, attributed, Day's Collacon

Meditation is the language of God. If we want to know what God's Will is in our life, if we want God to guide us, mould us and fulfil Himself in and through us, then meditation is the language that we must use.

SRI CHINMOY, Meditation: Man-Perfection in God-Satisfaction

Meditation practice is like piano scales, basketball drills, ballroom dance class. Practice requires discipline; it can be tedious; it is necessary. After you have practiced enough, you become more skilled at the art form itself. You do not practice to become a great scale player or drill champion. You practice to become a musician or athlete. Likewise, one does not practice meditation to become a great meditator. We meditate to wake up and live, to become skilled at the art of living.

ELIZABETH LESSER, The Seeker's Guide

You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.

AMIT RAY, Om Chanting & Meditation

Meditation is the soul's perspective glass, whereby, in her long remove, she discerneth God, as if He were nearer at hand.

OWEN FELLTHAM, Resolves: Divine, Moral and Political

When even one virtue becomes our nature, the mind becomes clean and tranquil. Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always.

SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA, The Yoga Sutras

Meditation is first quietness. We live in a great din. It is well to see (for who sees it not will have but narrow sympathies and understand little that occurs around him) that the noise is often a noble uproar, "deep calling unto deep," the clamor of wonderful machinery, of great labors, of human struggles, of heroes' voices. But storms, though grand, must sink if the sea is to show the stars.

JAMES VILA BLAKE, Essays

Without meditation we do but talk one after another like parrots, and take up things by mere hearsay, and repeat them by rote, without affection and life, or discerning the worth and excellency of what we speak. It is meditation that maketh truths always ready and present with us.

THOMAS MANTON, One Hundred and Ninety Sermons on the Hundred and Nineteenth Psalm

Meditation is the signpost directing the steps to the main highway of realization.

GUY BOGART, The Open Court, Sep. 1921

A time comes when you don't have to use meditation techniques anymore. You just sit down and you are nonexistence itself.

FREDERICK LENZ, "Advanced Meditation", Rama Quotes

Meditation is the life of virtue, as virtue is the life of the soul. It is the conduit by which a happy and delightful communication is maintained between God and the soul; through which the graces and blessings of God descend to the soul, and through which the ardour, the praises, and adoration of the soul, ascend to God.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated.

DAVID M. BADER, Zen Judaism

Meditation practice is like piano scales, basketball drills, ballroom dance class. Practice requires discipline; it can be tedious; it is necessary. After you have practiced enough, you become more skilled at the art form itself. You do not practice to become a great scale player or drill champion. You practice to become a musician or athlete. Likewise, one does not practice meditation to become a great meditator. We meditate to wake up and live, to become skilled at the art of living.

ELIZABETH LESSER, The Seeker's Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure

Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.

MA JAYA SATI BHAGAVATI, The 11 Karmic Spaces

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