of Preksha Dhyana
At the commencement of the meditation session,
all sadhakas shall assume a posture of cross-legged position, totally
relax the body and mind to remove the tension, and with folded hands, recite
the following aphorisms.
1. abbhutthiomi arahanaeI dedicate myself to the practice of Preksha-Dhyana
2. maggam uvasampajjami
I initiate myself into the path of Spiritual
3. samattam uvasampajjami
I initiate my self into the practice of Internal
4. samjamam uvasampajjami
I initiate myself into the practice of Spriritual
Experience. Thus the sadhakas initiate themselves into the practice of preksa-dhyana.
Five Disciplines of Initiation
1. Bhavakriya (Synchrony of Mental and Physical Actions)This
is three-fold :
Present-minded action is contrary to mechanical
(absent minded) action. When one is engaged in doing some thing, it is not
proper to be carried away by one's imagination which is not connected with
the work in hand. Habitually, one wastes his time and energy in useless
recollection of the past or irrelevant imaginations of the future. But neither
the past nor the future is real. Only the present exists and is real. One
who lets the present slip away, is never able to re-capture it, and hence,
Bhavakriya is the only means of capturing the reality of the present. It
means present-minded action. Bhavakriya also means complete awareness of
one's action. Habitually, again, one thinks with 'half a mind', that is
fracturing the mind, and engaging only a piece of it in the work in hand,
while the rest of it is allowed to wander about. When the mind is totally
engaged by the work in hand, the result is Bhavakriya. Synchrony of mind
and body saves much waste of efforts and energy, increases efficiency and
results in greater success.Another meaning of Bhavakriya, is constant vigilance.
One must be continuously aware of his ultimate aim, which is twofold :
2. Complete awareness of ones actions.
3. Un-interrupted (spiritual) vigilance.
(a) Purification of mind and (b) Awakening
the supine Will and other inherent powers.
2. Act - Do not "Re-act"
Habitually we react to external stimuli,
that is, we are generally overwhelmed bv retaliatory emotional forces within
us demanding appropriate action. But, surely this cannot be called "action",
it is, in fact, "re-action". Discipline of the reasoning mind controls the
re-active forces and results in appropriate "action", rather than "re-action",
One should endeavour to establish control and avoid retaliatary behaviour.
Behaviour of a sadhaka should radiate
friendliness, compassion and sympathy. This is possible only when one is
able to countermand one's reactive tendencies by reasoning and avoid retaliatory
thoughts and actions. Subjugation of retaliatory impulse results in friendly
and compassionate behaviour. The sadhaka should be ever vigilant in this
respect and cultivate amity.
Dietics is an important facet of meditational
practice. Intake of food deeply influences not only our physical health,
but also mental tendencies and emotional states. Habitually we eat too much.
This overloads our digestive system and results in indigestion etc. This
in turn, further weakens not only the digestive organs but vitiates the
entire organism, including mental tendencies and emotional states. Sadhaka
should be vigilant towards his diet, avoid over-eating. He should particularly
abstain from such foods and drinks as are unsalutary to one's health, physical
as well as mental.
The last discipline of the initiation
is controlled speech or complete silence. We speak in order to communicate
with one another. However, habitually we speak too much and too long. Sadhaka
should be careful to effect full control over his speaking mechanism. It
should be used only when necessary. His speech should be modulated and measured.
Recitation of Arham
A precondition of meditational
practice is a build-up of a defensive armour to protect
the practitioner from the onslaught of evil influences of external environment.
The process of the build-up is repeated loud recitation of the syllable
"arham". Synchronised with the recitation, there should be a mental projection
of the step by step build-up of the protective shell. The shell is being
woven from the crisscross of the electromagnetic radiations, emanations
from the sound waves thus produced. The radiations ultimately merge together
and build an impregnable armour-like, enveloping the practitioner, keeping
him safe for the duration of the practice.