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on measuring success in meditation

Swami Veda's getting better in his old age, I think. This is a good one:
People say, "Swamiji, I am not making progress." Or, "Swamiji, will you do some magic?" And they think that one morning they will wake up enlightened?

It doesn't work that way. What matters is not what are the marks of success in meditation, but what are the marks of spiritual progress in life. The marks of spiritual progress in daily life are the marks of success in meditation."

--Swami Veda Bharati, from the lecture series "Spirituality as Longevity" (2003)

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robertstheology June 19th, 2003
For me, the marks of spiritual progress are a lessening of selfishness and self-centredness, a growing feeling of oneness with the cosmos, a growing love for all other human beings, growing contentment, loving reality, what is...

Meditation, contemplation, prayer are helping me greatly in these areas...

iamom June 19th, 2003
Mmm, yes... Agreed on all counts there. I like your definition, too.

robertstheology June 19th, 2003
This post reminded me,
mystical experiences are sometimes real,
and sometimes only illusion,
they are always only icing on the cake,
not the substance of a healthy spiritual diet.

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