Meditation is an essential daily practice for humanity. Its aim is not to create a new spiritual man or woman, but to bring their agitating mind to stillness so that they may have available all that glory of the spiritual world which is their own.
Meditation has been prescribed by the wise for millennia. Practical wisdom requires knowledge and energy, both of which are available in deep rest. Just as resting in bed at night is essential for one’s physical well-being, so the profound rest available in meditation is essential for the well-being of the mind and heart.
Study of traditional meditation techniques have shown that sustained practice develops self-awareness, resilience, social intuition, sensitivity and attention-control; it speeds up the brain’s capacity for sensory processing, strengthens memory and improves decision making.
Scientific evidence about the physiological, mental and emotional benefits of meditation speaks for itself. Once limited to the clinical treatment of anxiety and stress, meditation is now applied to the fields of neuroplasticity, emotional intelligence, elite sports performance and leadership training.
With the profound rest and total immobility of deep meditation, the human spirit flourishes. Efficiency increases. Creativity flows. Mindfulness and compassion grow.
System of Meditation
The School offers a system of mantra meditation that has been tried and tested for millennia. Practice consists in allowing the gentle repetition to oneself of a one-syllable sound and bringing the attention back to that sound whenever it is taken away by distractions.
The practice of meditation starts with the physical body still, balanced and upright. As the practice proceeds, the breathing naturally slows down, the senses withdraw and gradually the mind becomes deeply still. Now the mantra takes one to the still centre of oneself.
In its simplicity, the practice of meditation is nothing more than sitting and listening.
“The practice of meditation demands relinquishing the activity. On one side is the start of an activity (that is, the repetition of the mantra) and on the other side is the stillness, the immobility (the Yoga).
The practice of meditation within these two points is to pick up the mantra, embark on activity and, with the help of the mantra, allow everything, even the mantra, to disappear, without doing something extra.
The rhythm of activity will smoothen down to come to a complete stillness, not a void, but of fullness, which is the Presence.”
Śrī Śāntānanda Sarasvatī
Starting the Practice
Students are invited to join the tradition of Meditation and take up the practice in their second year.
The meditation is given in a short, traditional ceremony designed to bring the mind and heart to rest. The ceremony is non-religious and is there to ensure the precise passage of the mantra from generation to generation and to support the significance of the event. It is carried out by a trained instructor, an experienced meditator who has undergone a period of careful preparation.