Yogananda’s Seven Signs Of Progress In Meditation

Woman MeditatingThe sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras lays out the framework by which one can measure progress in meditation. However the description is in Sanskrit and is couched in technical terms as it describes the various stages of the Samadhi state. These descriptions can be daunting for the lay reader. Instead we can look at what some modern sages have said in plain english.

In Journey to Self-Realization, a collection of talks by Paramhamsa Yogananda, at the end of the talk entitled “The True Signs of Progress in Meditation,” he gives the following list of seven indications of progress in meditation practice:

  1. An increasing peacefulness during meditation
  2. A conscious inner experience of calmness in meditation metamorphosing into increasing bliss.
  3. A deepening of one’s understanding, and finding answers to one’s questions through the calm intuitive state of inner perception.
  4. An increasing mental and physical efficiency in one’s daily life.
  5. Love for meditation and the desire to hold on to the peace and joy of the meditative state in preference to attraction to anything in the world.
  6. An expanding consciousness of loving all with the unconditional love that one feels toward his own dearest loved ones
  7. Actual contact with God, and worshipping Him as ever new Bliss felt in meditation and in His omnipresent manifestations within and beyond all creation.

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Credits: This is from one the book by Paramahamsa Yogananda as explained in the post.

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3 Responses to Yogananda’s Seven Signs Of Progress In Meditation

  1. Brooke Hood says:

    Can you give me a good you tube beginner meditation video? I need so peace and quite.
    Sincere Thanks,
    Brooke

  2. Emma Curtis Hopkins says:

    “Yoga is a tedious training. But it is not tedious to tend to your shining One.” – Emma Curtis Hopkins.

    I do not object to this yoga sight, yet I would rather talk to a yogi who had a thoroughgoing knowledge from having read all the works of Emma Curtis Hopkins.

    ” Many a healing has been wrought by mentally saying ‘no’ while others were talking of ills.”

    ” Why should the harmony of the everlasting chords not touch my voice with music, so that when I speak my words may heal the wounds of creation ? “

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