Saturday, August 05, 2006

What is Meditation ?

Meditation is the practice by which there is constant observation of the mind .It involves setting aside a regular time and place for the specific purpose of discovering that infinite well of wisdom which lies within .

Swami Vishnu devananda from the book "Meditation & Mantras" pg .1

( Note : Here Meditation is defined in the context of Raja Yoga and not in the context of Jnana Yoga of Advaita Vedanta or Maha Yoga or Atma Vichara of Ramana Maharishi .Swami Vishnu devananda describes clearly the various types of meditation in his book )


Anonymous VS said...

This seems a little contradictory to what Bhagavan or Eckhart Tolle say.

According to them, meditation should be continuous and not an activity to be done in a specific place and for a fixed time. Eckhart tolle, infact, goes to the point of saying that "one conscious breath" is meditation.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Krishna said...


What you say is true but the path of Ramana is the path of " Maha Yoga " where meditation is not a fixed time activity but a continuous activity and the object of meditation is not God or Mantra but the "Meditator" himself .But for spiritual novice to get a foundation in spirituality i.e to keep the mind one pointed and sattvic the path of "Hatha Yoga " or "Raja Yoga " is very useful and Swami Vishnu devananda being an authority on the subject of Hatha & Raja Yoga , I have added his comment .So the type of meditation that Swami Vishnu devananda discusses is the "Raja Yoga " meditation and not the "Maha Yoga " type of meditation of Ramana Maharishi .

6:34 PM  
Anonymous VS said...

I couldn't agree more with your response.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Krishna,

How do we observe own own mind ? What is the technqiue

10:36 PM  

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