An excerpt from Chapter 1 of a book (A Beginner’s Course in Meditation) by Devaki Groulx:
Who Needs to Meditate?
Your life is hectic, to say the least. From the minute you get
up until the heavenly moment you drop off to sleep, your hours
are full – TOO FULL! By the time you’ve gotten yourself and
your family out the door, put in a day’s work, coped with the
daily responsibilities of domesticity, relationships, finances and
the like, you have no time left for yourself. Sometimes you’re so
stressed out, so pulled at from both ends, you feel like a taut rope
beginning to fray and maybe even to snap.
Perhaps another scenario suits you better. You’re pretty
happy, things are going well in your life, you have wonderful
friends and family, but somehow you feel that time is flying
away. Life is passing you by and you’re not quite sure what
you’re doing here or are supposed to be doing, Eating, sleeping,
going to work, attending social events – that can’t be all there is!
Maybe things are NOT going well. Your relationships are
in trouble, you hate your job, and nothing is the way you would like
It to be.
If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you are ready to
learn to meditate. Meditation is so simple and basic. It has
brought results such as peace of mind, tranquility, clarity
of thought, confidence in oneself and humanity and a sense of
life to thousands all over the world. You can learn to
live life as it should be lived, regardless of your race, religion,
colour, sex or financial situation. You don’t have to be a
religious or mystical person. Meditation is for all.
I personally know hundreds of people including students,
business people, teachers, politicians, factory workers, artists,
athletes and members of every profession you can think of who
make meditation a daily practice in their lives.
I, myself have personally taught hundreds of people to
meditate, and most of them didn’t think they could do it! Practically
all had results almost instantly, and the rest noticed it very soon after they
made it a regular practice. My husband and I, in the last 35
years, have taught every age group from youngsters to
octogenarians. The only prerequisite is the willingness to set
aside at least 10 minutes a day. Everybody, including you, can surely find 10 minutes, which
could be the best time investment you’ve ever made.
Later, you can gradually increase the time.
Before I explain my step-by-step plan, let me tell you how I
got started on this road to a better life. I was 19 years old and
had a very nice, comfortable middle-class existence in a large,
interesting city. I was fortunate enough to have travelled a lot
with my family. I had lived abroad and seen many exciting
places. I had wonderful friends, a supportive family and a career
all picked out – I was going to be an actress!
So, what was the problem? I couldn’t explain it, but
SOMETHING was missing. There was a deep gnawing feeling
deep down inside me that I couldn’t identify. I just kept feeling,
“There has got to be more, doesn’t there?” Over and over I asked
myself this question. I pored through books on parapsychology,
the unexplained, the mystical and Eastern thought. It all made
perfect sense to me, especially books and articles written by great
literary minds who had turned to the Eastern idea of meditation
in spite of their Western upbringing.
Then I met a very charming and charismatic woman who had
been meditating for years. She had a certain indefinable quality
of peace and inner wisdom that I felt I wanted to have too. So,
gathering up all my courage, I asked her if she’d show me how
to mediate. She was so happy to help me and explained things
immediately. I knew she had a meditation teacher named Sri
Chinmoy – I was familiar with his work, as I had been reading
some of his books.
What she showed me was so simple I couldn’t believe I’d see
any results. She told me to practice every morning and evening
for 15 minutes each time. The specific technique she showed me
I will reveal to you later in this book. Because I want so much
to be like this lovely lady, I followed her instructions and had
immediate results. I was amazed. Things happened so profoundly
to my inner self, which I had just begun to discover, that I
changed my entire life.
I contacted my friend’s teacher, Sri Chinmoy, who was then not very
well- known, but soon became a highly respected and revered spiritual teacher. He accepted me as his student. This was almost 45years ago. Since then all the techniques I have learned and later taught to others, have come from him and his vast inner knowledge of the
higher Self. I am grateful that I can share them with you.
Now let’s step on to the road of self-discovery, to inner peace,
happiness and purposefulness through heartfulness meditation.
next installment: LEARN TO RELAX