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  • surya
    Jun 19, 2006
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      MEANING OF MEDITATION (DHYANAM)

      Some people say that meditation is sitting with perfect silence
      without any process of thought. Such a contention is meaningless
      because it virtually amounts to a nice sleep only. These people
      further misinterpret that such a meditation is concentration on
      formless God (Nirakara). Gita says that one cannot concentrate on
      formless God (Avyakthahi Gatih). The meditation of formless God
      becomes true if one concentrate on the true knowledge of God. Veda
      says that true knowledge is the real form of the Lord (Satyam Jnanam
      Anantam Brahma). Knowledge is formless. Therefore the formless God
      means only the true divine knowledge about the Lord. This is the
      correct interpretation of Sankaras philosophy. The great ancient
      Vedic sages sat in the formless meditation and this statement means
      that they concentrated on the divine knowledge (Brahma Jnana), which
      was expressed as Upanishaths in their mutual discussions (Satsanga).

      The actual meaning of the word Dhyanam is the process of functioning
      of intelligence (Dhee or Buddhi) and this pertains to the field of
      knowledge (Vijnanamaykosa). Some people interpret that meditation
      means concentration on the form of the Lord like the light blue
      colour, peacock feather on the head, flute in the hand etc., Instead
      of concentrating mentally upon such objects, one can see these
      things in a photo or see the objects directly kept on a table. If
      these things constitute the divinity there is no need of
      concentrating on these things. One can attain the divinity by
      applying light blue colour on his own body, by putting a peacock
      feather on the head and by catching a flute by hand. Such a divinity
      can be attained without any meditation. So meditation becomes
      meaningless in such a line. This is the reason why Sankara discarded
      the meditation of a form (Saguna Brahman). Ofcourse attraction by
      such things towards the Lord will help a person to develop the
      attachment on the Lord. One may be attracted to Lord Krishna by such
      things and then finally get attracted towards His divine knowledge
      as preached in Bhagavatgita.

      Such things may be initial promoters but the final is only the
      divine knowledge, which will help any one in his effort (Sadhana) to
      please the Lord. The divine knowledge resulting in the realization
      will impart a tension free peace and tranquility to the mind. By
      such state one will attain perfect health of body and mind and thus
      the benefit is directly seen here itself.

      Ex:- If one realizes that this gross body of the soul is only the
      external dramatic dress as said in Gita (Vaasamsi Jeernani), he will
      immediately realize that these family bonds are only the bonds in
      the drama. The soul forgets the bonds of the previous birth as an
      actor forgets the bonds of previous drama. If these bonds are real
      the soul should have remembered its relatives of the previous birth.
      Such a divine knowledge on memorization enters the nerves of a
      person and he will not have any tension about his family members. He
      does his duties without any trace of tension. This is the salvation
      while alive (Jeevanmukthi). Thus meditation means continuous
      remembering of the divine knowledge which yields the direct fruit
      here itself. Such a person gets a fruit in the upper world also. The
      only one Lord is the authority here and there also. Anybody blessed
      here will be blessed there also. If one is not blessed here he is
      not blessed in the upper world also. The grace of the Lord or the
      anger of the Lord is uniform here and there. One who is not blessed
      here cannot be blessed there. Thus the true knowledge blesses any
      person here and there. Meditation is continuous thinking of such
      knowledge and other interpretations are either useless or of little
      use.

      at the lotus feet of shri datta swami
      surya
      http://www.universal-spirituality.org

      "Adam West" <adamwest1@...> wrote:
      > Thanks Jeff! Much appreciated :-)
      > In kind regards,
      > Adam.
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