The art of meditation is essential for the Sat Yogi. In fact, it is essential for any individual who wishes to transform his/her life. Meditation is one of the eight limbs of classical yoga, and we recognize it as the most important. It is sometimes referred to as Raja Yoga. Furthermore, meditation is present in all of the Eastern spiritual traditions. It may seem to some that in the Western religions the concept of meditation is absent, but it is not. It simply goes under the heading of contemplative prayer.
Meditation is, therefore, present in all religious traditions. Meditation is the art of silencing the mind so that we may observe that we are not the mind, and if we can keep the mind silent for long enough, we can enter into higher levels of consciousness.
Though the medical establishment now recognizes meditation as an invaluable instrument in the alleviation of stress, the strengthening of the immune system, and accelerating the process of healing in the body, "for the Sat Yogi," as Shunyamurti explains, "meditation implies a great deal more than that." The Sat Yoga Institute recognizes that the true goal of meditation is transcendence of the ego.