The following review of 'Meditation' appeared in 'The Theosophical Journal', Volume 9 Issue 1, Jan-Feb. 1968 at page 19. Recreated with the generous assistance of the Campbell Theosophical Research Library Australia.


Mouni Sadhu. Allen & Unwin. 40s.

In his foreword the author states that this book is a continuation of his previous works, Concentration and Samadhi, and emphasized that a proper knowledge of these forerunners is necessary and taken for granted in the present study of meditation.

Mouni Sadhu does not write for dilettanti. He writes out of his own many years of determined search and self-training, for those willing to apply themselves equally seriously. After dealing with theoretical preliminaries (questions, warnings, obstacles, types of meditation) he passes to techniques, with detailed instruction in exercises. This leads on to 'Regular Meditation' on themes chosen from both Eastern and Western sources, each theme followed by its development. Finally he leads towards contemplation by a consideration of meditation without words.

Along with the very practical instruction and guidance, the author offers out of his own experience some teaching about that other world into which meditation leads, and about the seemingly miraculous powers which may arise from it. The terminology is his own, and the appeal not limited to any particular school. There is a short bibliography and and index.

E. Ashton.