Silent meditation, in the mind, is higher than the best devotional praise, or the uttering of sacred names, loudly or softly.
Like an unbroken flow of oil or a stream of water, continuous meditation is better than that which is interrupted.
Meditation on the identity of the individual and the Lord, ‘I am He,’ is more purifying than meditation which assumes difference between them.
Ritual worship, repetition of sacred names, and meditation are done with the body, the speech and the mind, and they progress to excellence in that order.
- Ritual worship – body
- Sacred names – speech
- Meditation – mind
Sri Ramana Maharshi
Source: Upadesa Saaram of Sri Ramana Maharshi