WHAT IS THE SADHANA FOR BEGINNERS ?MEDITATION TECHNIQUES-05
MENTAL, OBSTACLES IN MEDITATION;--
1-Anger; 2-Back-Biting ;3-Depression;4-Doubt (Samsaya);5-Dreams Evil Thoughts 6- Fear 7-Fickleness (changeability)
FIVE HINDRANCES TO MEDITATION;--
1-Force of Old Samskaras 2-Gloom and Despair 3-Greed Hatred Impatience 4-Independent Nature Jealousy
MEDITATION- TECHNIQUES;---THE FIVE METHODS
1-1-Concentration is a prerequisite (required as a prior condition)
1-2-Meditation is only possible if you are able to focus your mind.
1-3-Concentration strengthens the flow of thought – ideas that were once vague suddenly become clear; what seemed difficult, complex and confusing is now easy to grasp.
Is a very effective concentration exercise. First you focus your eyes on an external object or on a single spot without blinking. Then you close your eyes and concentrate on the mental image of this object. This exercise increases our power of attention and ultimately leads to one-pointed concentration.
3- CONCENTRATION ON A CLOSED LOTUS FLOWER;--
1-In this exercise, you close your eyes and imagine a garden with a rich variety of flowers. Then you slowly focus your attention on a single flower. You visualise the colour, form, texture and scent of this flower, and hold this concentration for as long as possible.
2-Lotus is very important for meditation ,but begin with closed white lotus .The flower always looks so clean and pure against the background of the dirty pond.Because of this the lotus flower has come to be associated with purity and beauty .It is observed that in the night-time the lotus closed its flowers and sank into the water,this plant is known to be associated with rebirth. It also represents purity, perfection, and pacification of one's nature. A white lotus symbolizes the pinnacle of achievement .
4- CONCENTRATION ON A SOUND;-
Here, you might listen to the ticking of a clock or MANTRA. When your mind starts wandering, you bring it back to the sound. If there are several background sounds, you can choose the one that is most distinct and concentrate on this for some time – like a witness, without reacting in any way.
5-MEDITATION IN 09 STEPS;--
Like sleep, meditation cannot be learned. When the time is ripe, it will happen on its own. Using the classical meditation techniques, however, can help you make quick progress.
09 STEPS TO MEDITATION;--
1-Set aside a special place for meditation – the atmosphere you build up will help still the mind.
2-Choose a time when your mind is free of everyday concerns – dawn and dusk are ideal.
3-Using the same time and place each day conditions the mind to slow down more quickly.
4-Sit with your back, neck and head in a straight line, facing north or east.
5-Instruct your mind to remain quiet for the duration of your meditation session.
6-Regulate your breathing – start with five minutes' deep breathing, then slow it down.Establish a rhythmic breathing pattern – inhaling then exhaling for about three seconds.
7--At first let your mind wander – it will only grow more restless if you force it to concentrate.
Now bring the mind to rest on the focal point of your choice – either the Ajna Chakra (the point between your eyebrows) or the Anahata Chakra (in the middle of your chest).
8-Applying your chosen technique, hold your object of concentration at this focal point throughout your session.
9-Meditation comes when you reach a state of pure thought, but still retain your awareness of duality.After long practice, duality disappears and Samadhi, the superconscious state, is attained.... NEXT;--THE THEORY OF CONCENTRATION