- I really enjoyed Bobby G's technique for dealing with distractions
very much, and am very sure that this visualization can benefit many
who have had trouble ridding themselves from persistent hindrances
to concentration. As often happens in matters of consciousness, the
universe then provided me with something that similarly segues into
the "trouble" with concentration. The following is part of the Swami
Sivananda Daily Reading that came today. He probably has had more
enlightened disciples than any other teacher in the 20th century, and
one of the things I enjoy about him is his down-to earth attitude.For
instance, I doubt you will find any other teacher who refers to
concentration as "disgusting". This kind of stuff makes me laugh and
appreciate his honesty. Anyway, here's a little concept that is most
encouraging about keeping at it:
Dharana (concentration) is fixing the mind on an idea or a point or
object either internal or external.
For a neophyte, the practice of concentration is disgusting and
tiring in the beginning. He has to cut new grooves in the mind and
brain. After some months he will get great interest in concentration.
He will enjoy a new kind of happiness, the
concentration-ananda(bliss). He will become restless if he fails to
enjoy this new kind of happiness even on one day. Concentration is
the only way to get rid of the worldly miseries and tribulations.
Your only duty is to practice concentration. You have taken this
physical body to practice concentration and through concentration to
realise the self.
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