Is it required for a person to be physically present at the guru’s place to learn? If the answer is no, then I would like to learn more about concentration. I know one has to go through some process of deep concentration, but how do I know that I am in deep stage of concentration or sleep. If I have gone to the deep state of meditation, how will I come to know that I have come out? In the ancient times, students stayed with the Guru and underwent the process of learning.
In today’s situation, it is difficult to find such type of guru-disciple relationship. Because of this, the quality of teaching as well as learning has come down. If corrective steps are not taken now, the value of spirituality will be lost over a period of time. When your consciousness reaches higher planes, you reach a state of trance or samadhi where you enjoy bliss. The interactive communication between God and you starts here. In our present day life style, we may not be able to stay for long in the stage of ananda or bliss. Should I start thinking of something and start meditation or should I think nothing or observe my breath? Is it always required to meditate in sitting position? Meditation means resting the mind, hence the question of thinking something or nothing does not arise. Observing the breath is one of the easiest ways to rest your mind. When you meditate, the erect position of the spine is important than the postures. You can sit on a chair or sofa and meditate, but it is not advisable to rest your back on sofa or chair as this will prevent free flow of energy.