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Q&A: The silent mind

Is it bad to expect some particular thing when we meditate?

During your meditation just try to throw your inner and outer existence into the Supreme. You do not have to think of anything; just throw yourself into the sea of light, peace, bliss and power. But do not expect any particular divine quality or result, because then you are binding yourself and binding God. That is because human expectation is very limited. When you expect, immediately the mind acts, and then your receptivity becomes very limited. But if you do not expect, then the problem of receptivity becomes God's problem. At that time He is bound to give you everything in boundless measure, and at the same time to create the receptivity in you to receive what He has to offer.

The highest type of meditation is done in silence, with one objective: to please God in His own way. When you meditate, if you can feel that you are pleasing God in God's own way, then that is the best type of meditation. Otherwise, if you start meditating in order to get joy, you will get joy; but you will not get boundless joy, precisely because you have not pleased your Eternal Beloved, God, in His own way. What the Saviour Christ said is absolutely the highest truth: "Let Thy Will be done." Before you meditate, if you can offer the result of your meditation to the Source and say, "I wish to become Your perfect instrument so You can fulfil Yourself in and through me in Your own way," this is the highest, absolutely the highest, type of meditation.

Your mind has a flood of questions. There is but one teacher who can answer them. Who is the teacher? Your silence-loving heart.