108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 14 – How to get the Buddhi to reflect more of the Atma…

How to enable the Buddhi to,
as if, reflect more of the Atma,
rather than the more usual daily
experience of the Manas, as if,
reflecting more of the Indriya?

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108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 13 – In the Indian tradition some Mantra are known as Mahāvakya…

In the Indian tradition some Mantra
are known as Mahāvakya or great sayings.
They express and re-mind us, in both
a mystical and poetical way, of the
presence of the eternal Awareness
within the everyday flux of existence.

There is one such Mahāvakya, renowned
and beautiful in its profound simplicity as
a heuristic means for revelation, whether
your Sādhana traverses either of two paths.
Either, the Sādhana path of Jñana Dhyānam
or, the Sādhana path of Bhakti Dhyānam.

Namely:

तत् त्वम् असि
Tat Tvam Asi ॥
“That Thou Art”

from the Chāndogya Upaniṣat VI.8.7

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108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 12 – According to the teachings of Krishnamacharya…

According to the teachings
of Krishnamacharya,
you must first change the
Manas in order to meditate,
before trying to meditate in
order to change the Citta.

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108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 11 – Dhāraṇā has three distinct cyclical phases…

Dhāraṇā has three distinct, cyclical phases,
from a placing of awareness on the focus,
to an awareness of observation wandering,
to a re-placing of awareness on the focus.

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108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 10 – There was a time when folks were confused as to what is Meditation…

There was a time when folks were
confused as to what is Meditation.
Now I wonder if folks are more
confused as to what isn’t Meditation?

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108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 9 – Better not to confuse what are merely meditational practices…

Better not to confuse what are
merely meditational practices,
with the practice of meditation.
The former may be taught as a
learning step towards the latter.
The latter is something that really
can’t be taught, but can be learnt.

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108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 7 – There are special times when we need to disconnect…

There are special times
when we need to disconnect
from the sensory external in order
to connect with the psychic internal.

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108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 5 – Krishnamacharya taught that a Samāhita Citta was a prerequisite……

Krishnamacharya taught that a Samāhita Citta
was a prerequisite starting point for Meditation.
If so, how do we relate to the modern phenomenon
that a Vikṣepa Citta can be a starting point for Meditation?
Unless perhaps we discern that here it isn’t actually Meditation?

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108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 3 – Dhāraṇā – a state of effortful attention……

dhyanam

Dhāraṇā – a state of effortful attention.
Dhyānam – a state of effortless attention.

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108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 2 – Some days my Dhyānam Sādhana is akin to……

dhyanam

Some days my Dhyānam Sādhana is akin to sailing in the Aegean at sunset,
on others, it’s more akin to slogging through mud at midnight.
Either way, it is just practice.

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108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 1 – Interesting to observe myself saying ‘hello old friend’ as……

Interesting to observe myself
saying ‘hello old friend’ as I
take up my Dhyāna Pīṭham.

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