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Meditation as a Whole or a Part?

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    From: http://www.swamij.com/whole-part.htm MEDITATION AS A WHOLE OR A PART? Swami Jnaneshvara The picture below captures one of the most confusing aspects of
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      http://www.swamij.com/whole-part.htm

      MEDITATION AS A WHOLE OR A PART?
      Swami Jnaneshvara

      The picture below captures one of the most confusing aspects of
      Meditation methods being promoted in our modern world. While the
      aspects of Meditation listed in the picture below are not intended to
      be all-inclusive, they are representative of the fact that
      Meditation, at least in the ancient most Yoga traditions is very
      broad and and very deep. Yoga Meditation is complete unto itself.

      Picture can be seen at:
      http://www.swamij.com/whole-part.htm

      However, it has become popular to take one small part of the whole of
      Meditation, give it a trademark or brand name, and sell that to an
      unsuspecting public as a complete Meditation system. The promoters of
      these fragmented systems often ignore, suppress, or condemn the other
      practices as being invalid or ineffective methods or parts, further
      hiding the original whole of Meditation.

      This segregating of the part from the whole gives the impression that
      one must choose "this" or "that" so-called "method" of Meditation.
      This phenomenon has widely happened not only in "spiritual" contexts,
      but also in medical and psychological professional services. I'll
      refrain from naming any of the the brand named or trademarked
      systems, but you are probably familiar with many of them through the
      advertising of programs, seminars, and materials such as books.

      If one is seeking only a tiny portion of Meditation for purposes such
      as the "management" of stress, then practicing only a tiny portion of
      the whole of the process might be sufficient. However, for those
      seeking the height or depth of self-awareness, spirituality, or
      enlightenment, the finer practices of Yoga work together, like the
      fingers of a hand or the various systems within the human body. This
      is not a case of pasting together or integrating various parts to
      make a composite whole, as Yoga Meditation is already complete; it is
      already a whole.

      In holding this perspective it is essential to remember that Yoga is
      far more than the physical postures, which is one of the ways in
      which the part has become separated from the whole in recent years.
      The whole of Meditation can be learned and practiced, gradually
      leading one to know himself or herself at all levels, up to and
      including the eternal center of consciousness, which is one with the
      absolute reality, by whatever name you choose to call that.

      My wish for the sincere seeker of the highest Truth, Reality or
      Divinity--however you name that--is that you find the whole of
      Meditation and the preexisting Whole to which it leads.

      http://swamij.com
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