Guided Concentration – Vision and reality

Last modified April 26, 2016

A guided meditation focusing on concentration. The exercise is read by Kaivalya Torpy with background music by Alap Jetzer. The exercise is from the writings of Sri Chinmoy.

A guided meditation focusing on concentration. The exercise is read by Kaivalya Torpy with background music by Alap Jetzer. The exercise is from the writings of Sri Chinmoy.

“For a beginner it is better to start with concentration. Otherwise, the moment you try to make your mind calm and vacant, millions of uncomely thoughts will enter into you and you will not be able to meditate even for one second. If you concentrate, at that time you challenge the wrong thoughts that are trying to enter you. So in the beginning just practise concentration for a few minutes. Then, after a few weeks or a few months, you can try meditation.”

– Sri Chinmoy

Vision and reality Concentration Exercise
“Another exercise you can try is this. First make a very small circle on the wall at eye-level, and inside it make a black dot. It should be black; not blue or red or any other colour. Then stand facing the wall, about three and a half feet away, and focus your attention on the circle. Your eyes should be relaxed and half-open. Let the force of your concentration come from the middle of your forehead. After three or four minutes open your eyes fully and try to feel that, from head to foot, you are all eyes. Your whole physical existence has become nothing but vision, and that vision is focussed on the dot inside the circle. Then start making the object of your concentration smaller. After a few seconds try to feel that your whole body has become as tiny as the dot on the wall. Try to feel that the dot is another part of your own existence. Then enter into the dot, pierce through it and go to the other side. From the other side of the dot, look back and see your own body. Your physical body is on one side, but on the strength of your concentration you have sent your subtle body to the other side of the dot. Through your subtle body you are seeing your physical body, and through your physical body you are seeing your subtle body.

I concentrate for success in my life’s journey.
I meditate for progress in my life’s journey.
I contemplate for God-process in my life’s journey.

When you began to concentrate, your physical body became all vision. At that time the dot was your reality. When you entered into the dot, then vision and reality became one. You were the vision and you were also the reality. When you looked back at yourself from the dot, the process was reversed. At that time you became the vision outside yourself, and the place to which you returned—your body—was the reality. Then, the vision and the reality became one again. When you can see the vision and the reality in this way, your concentration is absolutely perfect. When your power of concentration can bring you to the other side of the point which you were calling reality, at that time your whole existence will be far beyond both vision and reality. And when you can feel that you have transcended your vision and your reality, you will have boundless power.”

– Sri Chinmoy, exercise from the book Meditation: Man Perfection in God Satisfaction

Artist: Kaivalya Torpy
Music: Alap, Monk Party
Name: Vision and reality
Duration: 0:13:52
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