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Swami Chinmayanandaji explains the process of meditation and therefore when one is at the seat of meditation :
I sit down, cross-legged, comfortably, relaxed on a thin-cushion, in a clean and clear protected place, free from fear, noise and unwanted intrusion. I send happy uplifting and noble thoughts in all directions. Let an attitude of unhurried alertness begin to settle over me. I wait for none at this time; I expect nothing; I feel restful, reposed, awake but unexcited.
Let us presume that somebody is singing a song. My ears are in perfect condition. Sound, travelling on the winds of the wind, is received by the ears, carried to the mind, and presented to the intellect, which labels it as 'good' or 'bad'. Are not these instruments, while performing these functions, illuminated by me? If 'I' were not present, would there not be a complete black-out? Nay, even to see that there is a complete black-out, 'I' should be there to illuminate it!