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Meditation is simple and gentle

Meditation is what makes any individual steady, peaceful
and capable, because he finds his way to the Self, which is
limitless, and holds all the treasury which the world
is aware of.

Śrī Śāntānanda Sarasvatī




A method for cultivating inner stillness and peace


Overview      |     Prayer & Meditation

Exploring the inner life and making it practical for daily living is fundamental to Advaita Philosophy. This requires a method for cultivating inner stillness and peace. For this purpose, the School uses a method of mantra meditation. After several terms of study in the School students are invited to take up meditation and taught how to make it a daily practice. The system of meditation is not religious, it is designed for the spirit of Man and therefore it does not clash with anything.

The mantra-based meditation, used by the School, comes from an ancient tradition. The meditation is introduced in a traditional way through a simple and dignified ceremony. The introduction also includes the contribution by the receiver of a gift of money related to the means of the individual. All financial gifts are used to help provide the resources to make meditation widely available.

The School was introduced to meditation when the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi came to Britain in 1959 to introduce transcendental meditation in the West. Later, the Maharishi invited the School to become part of his movement. Leon MacLaren declined the invitation, and the Maharishi subsequently introduced the School to Śrī Śāntānanda Sarasvatī (both the Maharishi and Śrī Śāntānanda Sarasvatī were fellow disciples of the previous Śańkarācārya, Śrī Brahmānanda Sarasvatī, also known as Guru Deva). The School then continued to receive guidance on meditation from Śrī Śāntānanda Sarasvatī.

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