Monday is AUM-day; in search of meditation
SOLITUDE. Does it serve a purpose for the meditator? Does it have to mean 'lonely'? We are going to explore the writings of a number of notable contemplatives of various backgrounds and explore the role of solitude in spiritual pursuit. These are from a collection published by Chinmaya Publications.
Sri Aurobindo wrote;
Hard is it to be in the world, free, yet living the life of ordinary men; but because it is hard, it must be attempted and accomplished.
The love of solitude is a sign of the disposition toward knowledge; but knowledge itself is only achieved when we have a settled perception of solitude in the crowd, in the battle and in the mart. Asceticism is no doubt healing, a cave very peaceful, and the hilltops wonderfully pleasant; nevertheless, do thou act in the world as God intended thee.
You must remain and grow always more and more deeply quiet and still, both in yourself and in your attitude to the world around you. If you can do this, the saadhana is likely to go on progressing and enlarging itself with a minimum of trouble and disturbance. You must gather yourself within more firmly. If you disperse yourself constantly and go out of the inner circle, you will constantly move about in the pettiness of the ordinary outer nature and under the influences to which it is open. Learn to live within, to act always from within, from a constant communion with Self. You must persist and establish the habit of living in your inner being, which is your true being, and of looking at everything from there.
There is no disturbance in the depths of the ocean, but above there is the joyous thunder of its shouting and its racing shoreward; so is it with the liberated soul in the midst of violent action. The soul does not act; it only breathes out from itself, overwhelming action.