vigilance, i.e. awakening of the consciousness and its constant alertness
is an essential constituent of meditation. Only he who is alert can be vigilant:
only he who is vigilant can concentrate and only he who is able to concentrate
can practice meditation. One who is not vigilant is prone to be assailed
by fear from all directions. On the other hand, one who is alert, and hence
fully vigilant, is never perturbed by fear.
alert mind never burdens itself with unnecessary memories of what is done.
Man is habitually bothered more by the memories of the past actions rather
than the work on hand. For instance, when he takes his meals, instead of
concentrating on eating, his mind is agitated with umpteen other, mostly
irrelevant, memories and/or plans. He who keeps his mind fully engaged by
whatever is being done at the moment, is the true sadhaka. Complete harmony
of body, mind and speech is indeed very rarely achieved. And where there
is no harmony between the body and the mind, the result is agitation, tension
and restlessness. In fact, real sadhana comprises total harmony of thought
and deed - call it concentration, meditation or whatever you like.
does not mean suppression of mental function. Any attempt towards its suppression
makes the mind more restless. The question then arises, what to do to achieve
concentration? The answer is simply-‘See yourself and realise the Self’.
already stated, breath is an essential constituent of the self. Realizing
breath is a step towards realizing the self. And so he who realizes his
breath is a wise man. He may not be a scholar but he knows his self, and
is, therefore, wise.
one pays no attention - makes no efforts to breathe. Nevertheless breathing
does not stop. Proper breathing is very important. He who is indifferent
to how he breathes is ignoring his own self. Breathing, internal breathing,
sense organs, body and mind are all qualified to become objects of concentrated
perception, without which peace of mind cannot be achieved.
we live in a world of mental tensions. Even routine chores like buying one’s
necessities from a ration shop or commuting, by public transport in a crowded
city, produces enormous dangerous tensions. The question is- what is the
remedy? How to avoid the injurious effects of the daily stress? Modern life-styles
are unlikely to change for the better. We must therefore find the remedy
within our own selves. Fortunately we do possess an innate protective mechanism
tropotrophic or relaxation response-which when triggered can produce conditions
diametrically opposite to those of stress. Regular practice of 'easy-to-learn
meditation technique’ is a potent remedy for relieving mental stress and
achieving peace of mind. It can also prevent the onslaught of dangerous
Dhayana is such an uncomplicated, easy-to-learn technique of meditation.
It is comprised of the following :
1. Kayotsarga (Total Relaxation).
Antaryatra (Internal Trip).
3. Svasa Preksa (Perception of Breath).
4. Sartra Preksa (Perception of Body).
Chaitanya Kendra Preksa (Perception of Psychic Centres).
Lesya-dhayana (Perception of Psychic Spectrum).
Perception of the Present Moment.
8. Perception of thoughts.
9. Self Discipline.
Bhavana (counter vibrations).
11. Anupreksa (Contemplation).