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A series of online guided meditations focusing on values, as we embark on a journey of spiritual awareness. The registered members of this group will receive one audio file (15 minutes) every THURSDAY through WhatsApp from Swami Ishwarananda, who will speak on the methods of practice. The members are expected to sit for meditation every day for 15-20 minutes at 10 pm PST. Those who live in other time zones can practice according to their local time.

2. What is a guided meditation?

During the guided meditation session, Swamiji will explain the dynamics of the mind and how to prepare the mind for meditation by integrating the following values in everyday life, one each month for 12 months (Jan-Dec 2020). Audio files of the past weeks will not be available for those who register now. A collection of all audio files will be made available in CMLA bookshop at the end of all 12 months (approximately 52 audio files of 15 minutes each).

Compassion (completed)
Humility (completed)
Inspiration (completed)
Nobility (completed)
Magnanimity (completed)
Attentiveness (completed)
Yoga (completed)
Awareness (completed)

Mindfulness (completed)
Intelligence (completed)
Non-violence (completed)
Devotion (In progress)

“Meditate! Meditate!! Meditate!!!
This is the highest vocation in life and man alone is capable of it. Let us meditate and discover for ourselves its benefits and blessings.” – Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda.

3. How to become a member of the CHINMAYA MIND? (closed now)

Over 600 members are currently receiving daily guidance. There will be a grand finale at the end of the year for all those who have been with Chinmaya Mind until now.


What is the best time to meditate?

Whenever you are able to quiet the mind effortlessly, you can meditate. Usually, the early morning hours are considered as best time since the chattering mind is quiet after a good night’s sleep. Before going to bed is also fine as your physical activities have come to subside when you are ready to sleep.

How to quieten the mind?

There are many methods to quiet the mind. One simple technique is to observe inhalation and exhalation of breath while sitting in a comfortable, alert posture. Another effective method is to chant Om after a deep inhalation. The method used by Vedanta teachers is to, contemplate on selected verses from the scriptures and focus on the higher Self through concentration.

How long should I meditate?

Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda used to advise the seekers, not to meditate more than 30 minutes in a day. He suggested that we should keep observing ourselves throughout our daily routines and keep a vigil over wrong tendencies and false values. Through such practices, the mind will become easily available for meditation.

What should I do in meditation?

Meditation is non-action. When the mind has become quiet, do not attempt to engage in any physical activity. Watch the thoughts and do not participate in thoughts as they rise and fall. Just observe. Thoughts will subside and you will become aware of the underlying silent Awareness.

What are the benefits of meditation?

The true result of meditation is deep inner peace. All external results are temporary. You will be able to function efficiently with a calm mind. Restlessness will end and you will be able to handle even stressful situations with a quiet mind with higher concentration.


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