WHAT IS THE SADHANA FOR BEGINNERS ? HOW CAN WE DEFINE CONCENTRATION & MEDITATION?---03
WHAT IS CONCENTRATION?-- 1-Concentration is referred to as the act or power that
focuses the attention. It includes the mental effort in order to achieve the desired focus. 2-Concentration is generally accompanied by two entities, one is the the self that is concentrating and the other is object to focus. It is regarded as the base of mental trainings. 3-Concentration is often required as there are lots of distractions all around the world. Concentration is regarded to be an important activity in order to improve memory and cognitive functions. 4-Concentration is deeply rooted in the words like inner vigilance and alertness. The ability of concentration may be a gift from god, or developed to a certain extent. WHAT IS MEDITATION 1-Meditation is also a type of concentration in which one tries to quiet the mind and focus the attention deeply on the present. Meditation is often connected to spiritual contentment. 2-Meditation is deeply rooted in the words like lasting peace and divine peace. Meditation is known for providing numerous benefits related to mental and physical health. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CONCENTRATION & MEDITATION;-- There are various notions about the differences between concentration and medidation. However, generally meditation is regarded as a type of higher level concentration.In order to understand this, we must first understand the different
THE FOUR STAGES of the Mind:---
1-Cogitation Thinking is undirected; try to go back from your thinking to where the thought came. Go back retrace the steps, and then you will see that another thought was there and that led to this and they are not logically connected.
2-One thought leads to another without any direction from you. The thought itself leads to another because of association. There is no logical connection-only association in your mind.
1-ContemplationIt means thinking ;-directed thinking. We think but that is not contemplation. That thinking is undirected, vague, leading nowhere. Thinking becomes contemplation when it moves not through association, but is directed.
2-The mind always tries to escape from one side path to another, from one bypath to another, to some association. You cut off all the side ways. On only one road, you direct your mind, then you bracket out all associations. This is called contemplation.
3-As a scientist, a logician, a mathematician, a poet, a musician working on something, say any problem, are in contemplation. Many things from the sideways will attract, but he does not allow his mind to move any where, mind moves in one line, directed. This is contemplation.4-Science is based on contemplation, it is logical and rational, it is not absurd.
1-Concentration is ; to stay at one point, being at one point, not allowing the mind to move at all. It is not thinking, it is not contemplation.
2-In thinking, in ordinary thinking, mind moves like a madman. In contemplation the madman is led, directed, he cannot escape anywhere.
3-In concentration the mind is not allowed to move; in ordinary thinking, it is allowed to move only somewhere. In concentration it is not allowed to move.
4-It is only allowed to be at one point. The entire energy, the whole movement sticks to one point. Yoga is concerned with concentration. The yogic mind has its thinking focused, fixed at one point; no movement is allowed.
1-MeditationIn ordinary thinking, mind is allowed to move anywhere; in contemplation, it is allowed only in one direction, all other directions are cut off.
2-In concentration, it is not allowed to move even in one direction, it is allowed only to be on one point. And then comes, Meditation.
3-In Meditation, mind is not allowed at all.Meditation is 'no-mind', not even concentration is allowed. Mind itself is not allowed to be, that is why meditation cannot be grasped by the mind. Up to concentration, mind has reach, an approachable reach. Mind can understand concentration, but not meditation.
4-Mind is not allowed at all really in meditation. In ordinary thinking, all directions are open; in concentration, only one point is open-no directions. In meditation even that point is not open, even that point is taken away. Mind is not allowed to be.
5-Thinking is an ordinary state of mind and meditation is the highest possibility. The lowest one is ordinary thinking-association, and the highest, the peak, is meditation i.e. no-mind.
NOTE;-Here the difference is clear;-
1-True meditation is not concentration. Concentration is only a by-product of meditation. Meditation is the Source of concentration. Through meditation one can achieve all mind powers including concentration.
2-However, concentration techniques alone will not be able to help you master your mind. They only give you temporary relaxation but they cannot bring about any major transformation in your attitude, behavior or mindset.
3-The biggest example of this is the warrior 'Arjuna' in the Mahabharatha, who was at the peak of concentration. However, when it came to the final test, his concentration failed him miserably. Even he fell prey to his mind's dualities and became a victim of fear, escapism and deep depression.
4-Concentration is limited. Concentration is just a solace. Meditation is the real solution."Concentration is a practice, a mental exercise. Meditation is a process, a direct approach to the mind.
SIGNIFICANCE OF CONCENTRATION;-- 1-Concentration and meditation are the royal roads to perfection. Concentration leads to meditation. Fix the mind on one object either within the body or without. Keep it there steadily for some time. This is concentration. You will have to practise this daily. 2-Purify the mind first through the practice of right conduct and then take to the practice of concentration. Concentration without purity of mind is of no avail. There are some occultists who have concentration. But they have no good character. That is the reason why they do not make any progress in the spiritual line. 3-He who has a steady posture and has purified his nerves and the vital sheath by constant practice of control of breath will be able to concentrate easily. Concentration will be intense if you remove all distractions. A true celibate who has preserved his energy will have wonderful concentration. 4-Some foolish, impatient students take to concentration at once without in any manner undergoing any preliminary training in ethics. This is a serious blunder. Ethical perfection is a matter of paramount importance. 5-You can concentrate internally on any of the seven centres of spiritual energy. Attention plays a very prominent part in concentration. He who has developed his powers of attention will have good concentration. A man who is filled with passion and all sorts of fantastic desires can hardly concentrate on any subject or object even for a second. His mind will be jumping like an old monkey. 6-A scientist concentrates his mind and invents many new things. Through concentration he opens the layers of the gross mind and penetrates deeply into the higher regions of the mind and gets deeper knowledge. He concentrates all the energies of his mind into one fo