Meditation by EG
This year Michele and Pablo Sender will be guiding the morning meditations of the European School of Theosophy. The Meditations will be based on both the Stanzas of Dzyan & H. P. Blavatsky’s Diagram of Meditation. Pablo Sender will also be directing a five days retreat in Naarden, just before the opening of the School. This would be a wonderful preparation for participants and you may get more information about the retreat visiting this link.
On writing about Michele and Pablo’s meditation programme, I recalled Geoffrey Farthing’s comment on meditation:
Concentration and meditation are the ways of retreating within….Advancing boldly without is the necessary action the aspirant must make in the world. It gives open expression to what flows into him by his inward retreat. This flow through man should be noted. He must give out in some way what comes in. He must see the ways and make his own opportunities of doing this. He should not, however, be too anxious about this. His outward doing should be natural, spontaneous.
The inward retreat, or better, inward journey, is a positive progress. It is largely a matter of achieving control over ourselves physically and mentally. This must be done, to start with, for at least the period of the specific exercise we are doing. Later it should become habitual (1).
Meditation is a crucial part of the process of spiritual awakening and progress. Spiritual awakening and progress here is meant, in a first level, the capacity to live mindfully. In other words, to achieve a mental condition capable to focus on the present moment, and at the same time able to accept and acknowledge in peace, tranquility and harmony the movement of thoughts, emotions, perceptions and bodily sensations the practitioner may experience. It is as Farthing mentioned, a way to retreat within.
As you all may know there are many different techniques of Meditation, each one of them changes according with different traditions. In Christianity, for instance, meditation may take place in the form of prayers aiming at establishing a connection with God; in Hinduism there is, for instance, Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga and so forth. Each one involving different processes and techniques which may be suitable for some persons and unsuitable for others. What is suitable or not for a practitioner of meditation is something he/she will be able to discern overtime.
Naturally, as meditation is a fundamental process in any religious or spiritual movement, HPB also addressed the matter in a number of different ways. Pablo and Michelle will elaborate on this in a very detailed manner during the European School of Theosophy, 2017. Also if you visit this link (click here) you may find a detailed study list organized by Pablo and Michelle to help you to prepare yourself for the upcoming School.
Closing I would like to invite you to read a book I’ve compiled, some years ago, entitled HPB on Yoga and Occultism. This online version is just a partial version of the original work, which I still did not submit to any publishing house. This was published on Theosophy Forward ,the layout was designed by my good friend Anton Rozman. Please notice this is a draft version, plus originally the book is one volume only. You may download the Book, currently in two volumes, HPB on Yoga and Occultism in this link HPB on Yoga and here HPB on Occultism.
(1) Farthing, Geoffrey, ?. Meditational Exercises for Group Work – For Course Leaders. Available <at http://www.blavatskytrust.org.uk/html/meditation/meditation%20guide%20print.htm> (Last accessed 4/5/2017.)
Who is Who: EG is a member of the Theosophical Society for 25 years. She has worked for two years as volunteer at the International Archives of the TSE, Adyar and is currently finalizing her MA Ancient Religions. She is also the Editor of FOTA Newsletter. For more details you may visit her website by clicking here.