“A person can achieve such single –mindedness in meditation that he will see nothing, hear nothing. He will not be conscious even of touch. A snake may crawl over his body, but he will not know it. Neither of them will be aware of the other.
In deep meditation the sense-organs stop functioning; the mind does not look outward. It is like closing the gate of the outer court in a house. There are five objects of the senses: form, taste, smell, touch, and sound. They are all left outside.
At the beginning of meditation the objects of the senses appear before the aspirant. But when the meditation becomes deep, they no longer bother him.”
Sri Ramakrishna, Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, pg. 745
“This power of meditation separates ourselves from the body, and then the soul knows itself as it is—the unborn, the deathless, and birthless being. No more is there any misery, no more births upon this earth, no more evolution.”
Swami Vivekananda, Complete Works, Vol.4, pg. 249
“That self-existent One is far removed from the organs. The organs or instruments see outward, but the self-existing One, the Self, is seen inward. You must remember the qualification that is required: the desire to know this Self by turning the eyes inward. All these beautiful things that we see in nature are very good, but that is not the way to see God. We must learn how to turn the eyes inward.”
Swami Vivekananda, Complete Works, Vol.2, pg.411
“God cannot be known by the finite mind. He is beyond the mind and far beyond the intellect. This apparent universe is a creation of the mind. The mind has conjured it up; it is its author, and the mind cannot go beyond its own domain.
Swami Brahmananda, The Eternal Companion, pg.183-182
“As you mediate on your Chosen Ideal, think of him as bright and effulgent, and that everything shines because of his light. Think of him as living and conscious. As you continue thus, the form of your Chosen Ideal will gradually melt into the formless, into the Infinite. Then will follow a vivid sense of the Living Presence, until, finally, the eye of wisdom will open and the Infinite will be directly perceived. Ah! That is another realm, far beyond this universe! After this experience the universe appears as nothing; the mind is dissolved and you experience savikalpa samadhi. This leads gradually to the realization of the nirvikalpa samadhi—absolute union with God.”
Swami Brahmananda, The Eternal Companion, pg.202
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