Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
San Francisco, CA, U.S.A., May 25, 1989
(Originally in English)
Q: How do You meditate?
M: Everyone already knows how to mediate. It is only that you meditate on the wrong thing. Some people meditate on pretty girls, some meditate on money, and some meditate on business. Every time you pay a lot of attention to one thing, one-pointedly and wholeheartedly, that is meditation. And now, I pay attention only to the Inner Power, to the compassion, to the love, to the merciful quality of God, and that is my meditation. But to do so officially, we should just sit in a quiet corner and be by ourselves; that is the process of meditation. But it is not by sitting quietly in a corner that one gets something. No, no! You have to get in touch with that Inner Power first, and with that Inner Power, we meditate. Actually, it is like that. This is called Self-awakening. You must awaken the Real Self, inside, and let Hirm meditate, not you with your human brain and mortal understanding. That Power will meditate: Hes meditates, Hes awakens Hirmself, Hes knows how to work now.
At the moment, you let Hirm sleep and you do everything mechanically by orders from the brain, so even when you sit down, you think of a thousand and one things, and cannot subdue your own passions. But when your Self awakens, the real inner Self, then the God Power within you will control everything, will meditate, will come back to its own Self, and that is the real meditation. You only know real meditation after you are awakened by transmission from a real Master; otherwise, it is only a waste of time. The mind and body are wrestling. You only rest your body, but the mind is struggling and fighting. That is not real meditation.