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Born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose in the small village of Shakpura in East Bengal (now Bangladesh) in 1931, Sri Chinmoy was the youngest of seven children. In 1944, after both his parents had passed away, 12 year-old Chinmoy entered the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual community near Pondicherry in South India. Here he spent the next 20 years in spiritual practice - including long hours of meditation, practising athletics, writing poetry, essays and spiritual songs.

Sri Chinmoy sees aspiration - the heart's ceaseless yearning for ever higher and deeper realities - as the spiritual force behind all great advances in religion, culture, sports and science. By living in the heart and aspiring for continual self-transcendence, men and women can bring forward the best in themselves and find their path to true satisfaction. In his words: 'Our goal is to go from bright to brighter to brightest, from high to higher to highest. And even in the highest, there is no end to our progress, for God Himself is inside each of us and God at every moment is transcending His own Reality'.

Sri Chinmoy entered Mahasamadhi - the mystic process through which spiritual Masters leave the body, on the morning of 11 October 2007

– Indian poet (1931 – 2007)

Deeper Meditation With Moksha Vitara Pendant

Moksha Vitara Pendant FaceThe Moksha Vitara technology is also available in a beautiful and convenient pendant configuration with enhanced functionality that allows the experience of deeper meditations by quieting the conscious thinking mind. This makes it easier to perform the meditation practices of Dharana and Dhyana. Dharana is the practice of thinking the mantra in the conscious thinking mind. If the mind is calm and free of extraneous thoughts and emotions, then Dharana is easy and comfortable. If the mind is full of competing thoughts and emotions it is difficult to focus on the mantra and meditation seems shallow and ineffective. There is a sense of wasting time instead of deep fulfillment of experiencing the mantra going on in the mind automatically and refining into the depths of inner silence.

Dhyana is the practice of withdrawing from the conscious thinking mind and witnessing the activity from the subtle mind. Dhyana does not depend on the conscious thinking mind but instead on the ability to bring awareness into the subtle mind. However to accomplish Dhyana is delicate and without the cooperation of the conscious thinking mind it is much more difficult. So it is important to do everything possible to calm the conscious thinking mind. Meditation is like a controlled enviornment or laboratory of sorts where we can practice developing this ablity to keep awareness in the subtle mind and witness the conscious thinking mind. The mantra is the most simple thought possible, it is just a sound with no meaning attached to it. This gives the conscious thinking mind something to think but not something to think about. Then if we identify with the silence that is easy to experience in this calm mind, we can move our awareness into that silence and witness the conscious thinking mind.  Repeated and extended experience of witnessing the conscious thinking mind in this controlled environment leads to the ability continue to witness the conscious thinking mind when we begin yoga sutras and the practice of samyama.

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