Daily Dose for the Soul

Meditation

A word is just like a finger. A finger can be used to point at different objects. Likewise, a word can be used to point at different concepts. “Meditation” can be used to mean “the practice or prolonged awareness” or it could mean “spiritual practice” or “spiritual cultivation”. It is called Sadhna in Sanskrit. The word meditation is overused in the western culture. It can literally mean almost anything. The meaning can range from daydreaming to imaging to stress reduction and others. Here, meditation will be used to mean either prolonged awareness or spiritual practice.

In the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, prolonged one-pointedness or concentration is called dharana. The practice of prolonged awareness is called dhyana. Unfortunately, in many west wen books, the work of Patanjali in relation to dhyana has been translated to mean a “longer period of concentration” which is incorrect. Unless this concept is corrected, the spiritual development of the disciple will be adversely affected.

When you practice Sahana, it is important that there must be a balance between concentration (prolonged one-pointedness) and meditation (prolonged awareness). Concentration is necessary to avoid ” drifting of the mind” or “wavering of the mind”. Dhyana or prolonged awareness is necessary in order to register and respond to inner and higher stimuli. The practice of Sadhana is like playing a guitar or a sitar. If you make the strings too tight, the sound produced is not good. If you make the strings too loose, the sound is also not good. So there must be proper balance between one-pointedness and awareness during one’s Sadhana.

Reference : Achieving Oneness with the Higher Soul. Master Choa Kok Sui.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. dakshali27 says:

    You described the sadhan very well.. I really like your blog. It is so spiritual and exquisitive.

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you Dakshali. I am glad you found my post helpful.

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      1. dakshali27 says:

        It’s my pleasure !

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      2. Garima says:

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  2. AKHIL VR says:

    like the concept great

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you Akhil. I am glad to see the response on my soul posts. Itโ€™s heartening to see many people being cognizant of the soul concept.

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  3. PRASHANT JAIN says:

    Nice

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    1. Garima says:

      Glad you liked it Prashant

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  4. Shivangi_Wadhwa says:

    I am glad you shared all this but I am still not clear that the exercises we do like the Sudarshan kriya, will it come under one pointed thing used for enhancing concentration while using mindfulness concept in the name of meditation?

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    1. Garima says:

      The asanas and techniques not only increase concentration power, but also aid in building physical fitness. Moreover, the impact of yoga also calms down the nerves.

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      1. Shivangi_Wadhwa says:

        so that doesn’t count to or leads to mindfulness right?

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      2. Garima says:

        In my opinion it โ€œleadsโ€ to mindfulness.

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      3. Shivangi_Wadhwa says:

        I think I wanted to hear that!

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      4. Garima says:

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  5. Ana says:

    Hey there!
    I nominated you for the sunshine blogger award

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    1. Garima says:

      Hi Ana, thank you. It means a lot. I do not do awards though.

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  6. Ana says:

    Nevertheless, I appreciate and admire your work and therefore wanted to let you know:)

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you Ana.

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