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Title: Dhyaana Yoga


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Dhyaana Yoga
  • Practice of Meditation

2
Goals of Meditation
  • Train the mind to think deeply about any topic
  • Think deeply about any topic based on already
    known information

3
Goals of Meditation
  • What about these?
  • Increase concentration
  • Increase memory
  • Reduce stress
  • Occult powers

4
Goals of Meditation
Train the mindto think deeply
  • What about these?
  • Increase concentration
  • Increase memory
  • Reduce stress
  • Occult powers

Right understandingfollowed by deepthinking
Not worthgoing after
5
What is Meditation?
  • sajaatiya pratyaya pravaahah
  • Flow of related thoughts
  • Like the flow of a steady stream of oil

6
Types of Meditation
  • Value meditation
  • Idea meditation
  • Mental worship
  • Mantra/Naama Japa
  • Story meditation
  • Self enquiry

7
Pre-requisites
  • Faith in freewill and law of karma
  • Life of values
  • Karma yoga
  • Planned disciplined life
  • Clarity of goal
  • Faith in yourself

8
Place
  • As secluded as possible
  • Clean, orderly
  • Associated with spiritual thoughts
  • Eg. Temple, puja room, sacred rivers

9
Time
  • Early morning is best
  • Any time when mind is not lethargic and not
    extrovert
  • Quality is more important than duration

10
Seat
  • Not very high/low
  • Not very hard/soft
  • Firm and level
  • Comfortable
  • Dont share

11
Posture
  • Seated relaxed
  • Steady with wide base
  • Back, neck and head should be straight
  • Should be able to sit for 20 minutes

12
Breathing
  • Smooth
  • Deep
  • Without strain

13
Shut Out the Senses
  • Close eyes gently
  • Withdraw mind from senses
  • Be aware of the body head to foot, foot to head
  • Be aware of the breathing

14
Withdraw the Mind
  • Withdraw mind from roles in the world like
    parent, child, employee, etc
  • Take up role of spiritual aspirant, disciple,
    devotee, sannyaasi
  • Temporarily hand over all worldly
    responsibilities to God

15
Obstacles
  • Sleep
  • Tiredness
  • Lack of sleep
  • Full stomach
  • Lack of interest

16
Obstacles
  • Wandering mind
  • Surrender all past to God
  • All experiences were for inner growth
  • Have no regrets
  • Have no hatred or bitterness towards anything
    or anyone
  • Forgive yourself and others
  • Surrender all future to God
  • Law of karma will take its course
  • Pray for strength to bear and learn from whatever
    happens

17
Obstacles
  • Wandering mind
  • Mentally give up all relations in the world
  • Spiritual aspirant has only three relationships
  • God, Guru, Scriptures

18
Stages
  • Dhaarana
  • Turning the mind away from the world towards the
    object of meditation
  • Dhyaana
  • Retaining the mind in the focused object
  • Whenever the mind slips off, bring it back
  • Samaadhi
  • Natural absorption in the object of meditation
  • Constant flow without struggle

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Types of Meditation
  • Value meditation
  • Idea meditation
  • Mental worship
  • Mantra/Naama Japa
  • Story meditation
  • Self enquiry

20
Value Meditation
  • Memorize a list of values or slokaas and meditate
    on their meaning
  • Yama and Niyama of Patanjalis system
  • Gita 161, 2, 3
  • Gita 1714, 15, 16
  • Saadhana chatustaya

21
Idea Meditation
  • Take one idea and deeply think about various
    aspects of it
  • Law of Karma
  • Karma Yoga
  • Dhyaana Yoga
  • Any enriching idea

22
Mental Worship
  • Develops a personal relationship and love to God
    in a particular form
  • Request deity to sit in a lotus at the center of
    your heart. Form of deity should face same
    direction as worshipper
  • Wash feet, give welcome drink, freshen up
  • Offer new clothes, tilak, flowers, incense,
    aarati
  • Offer food, fruits, sweets, water, massage, fan
  • Request to permanently be in your heart

23
Mantra or Naama Japa
  • Usually done after mental worship
  • Repeat the mantra or name of deity
  • Loving remembrance of the deity
  • Optionally, counting on fingers or japa maala
  • Done as an offering of love to the deity

24
Story Meditation
  • Run through the sequence of events in the life of
    a deity or saint
  • Raamayana, Bhaagavata
  • Story of Gajendra, Prahlaada, Dhruva
  • Incidents in the life of Swami Vivekanandaa

25
Self Enquiry
  • Special kind of idea meditation
  • Meditation on Who am I?
  • Based on the ideas of the scriptures as taught by
    the Guru
  • Ultimate purpose of meditation

26
Questions and Answers
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