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    ************************ Swami J s Newsletter ************************ December 28, 2001 Dear Friends, Just as a matter of intrigue, here is a definition of
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      Swami J's Newsletter
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      December 28, 2001

      Dear Friends,

      Just as a matter of intrigue, here is a definition of "Meditation"
      from the Britannica Concise Encyclopedia:

      "Private religious devotion or mental exercise, in which techniques
      of concentration and contemplation are used to reach a heightened
      level of spiritual awareness. The practice has existed in all
      religions since ancient times. In Hinduism it has been systematized
      in the school of Yoga. One aspect of Yoga, dhyana
      (Sanskrit: "concentrated meditation"), gave rise to a school of its
      own among the Buddhists, becoming the basis of Zen. In many
      religions, meditation involves verbal or mental repetition of a
      single syllable, word, or text (e.g., a mantra). Visual images (e.g.,
      a mandala) or mechanical devices such as prayer wheels or rosaries
      can be useful in focusing concentration. In the 20th century,
      movements such as Transcendental Meditation emerged to teach
      meditation techniques outside a religious context."

      What do you think?


      In loving service,

      Swami J

      http://SwamiJ.com
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