|The Objects of Meditation
In Eastern forms of meditation as in TM there is an attempt to empty
the mind. Biblical meditation, however, is an attempt to empty the
mind of the wrong things in order to fill it with what is right and true
according to the index of God’s inspired Word.
All Eastern forms of meditation stress the need to become detached
from the world. There is an emphasis upon losing person hood and
individuality and merging with the Cosmic Mind… Detachment is the
final goal of Eastern religion. It is an escaping from the miserable
wheel of existence… It is merely a method of controlling the brain
waves in order to improve your psychological and emotional well-
Biblical meditation involves becoming detached from the controlling
and hindering influences of the world and attached to the living God
through Christ that we might, through faith and transformed values,
experience the sufficiency of the Savior and reach out to a hurting
world in need of the living Christ.
Biblical meditation is object oriented. It begins with reflective reading
and rereading of the Word and is followed by reflection on what has
been read and committed to memory. In Scripture, the word meditate
is generally found with an object (God, His Word, or works, etc.) or in
a con¬text where the object of meditation is under-stood.
In Scripture it does not mean to sit and ponder infinity or to empty
the mind so some force can fill it by repeating some chant or mantra.
Such is dangerous and opens the mind to demonic attack. Meditation
in the Bible means reflective thinking on biblical truth so that God is
able to speak to us through Scripture and through the thoughts that
come to mind as we are reflecting on the Word, but that must also be
filtered by the Word.