A Quote by Swami Sai Premananda on concentration, witnessing, meditation, and spirituality

In meditation, you are not supposed to “concentrate” on the things that arise in the mind. Rather, you are supposed to “bear witness” to the things that arise in the mind. Now bearing witness means what? It means to stand aside and observe, become aware, and examine: “Yes this is there. That is there. This is happening. That is going on.” This is very important because it lays the foundation for the actual inner spiritual work that the meditation will provoke. Meditation is the foundation for deeper spiritual evolution.

Swami Sai Premananda

Source: Principles of Higher Living: The Western Experience Upon the Shores of Eastern Wisdom

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