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Prayer and Meditation

What is the difference between prayer and meditation? Śrī Śāntānanda Sarasvatī answers this as follows:

“…The difference between prayer and meditation is that prayer is external and meditation is internal. Prayer is mostly aimed towards the Lord and, therefore, it is external from the Self to the deity, a movement reaching out for grace. Meditation is internal withdrawal from the outside world or ideas in the mind, and moving into the realm of one-Self where there are no thoughts, desires, prayers or worries. It seeks nothing, not even grace. It is for union with the cause and centre of all that creation stands for. It leads to the ultimate treasury, the Being, the Self, the Absolute. Meditation is for union with the being of the Lord which is beyond desires, needs and prayers… The one (prayer) seeks unity; the other (meditation) is unity… Prayer has a cause; meditation is for the causeless.”

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