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The Path of Meditation

Raja Yoga ~ The Royal Pathway

The way to God through Meditation

In order to practise meditation, first the body must be strengthened and made healthy. This can be done through physical exercises called Hatha Yoga. It is recommended that in order to practice meditation, one must find a secluded place, sit cross legged, keeping the head, neck and back in an upright position. One must then develop one pointed concentration called dhyana. Such one-pointed concentration allows one to control the mind and hold it still. When the mind comes under control and is held still, one perceives ones real nature as Atman (Self). This experience results in Samadhi or one’s identification with God or the spirit. In order to succeed one is expected to observe moderation in everything. Celibacy, allows one to control ones lower self in order to gain a glimpse of ones higher self. The successful aspirant no longer relishes the pleasures of the senses. He can no longer be deluded by the vagaries of the senses and abides in his real nature as the Self.

 

 

 

 

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Background

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Devotion

3

Action

4

Knowledge

5

Meditation

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Concl.

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Glossary

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Resources

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