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Hinduism : The Eternal Tradition Sanatana Dharma
Index

Preface 

Perennial Wisdom 

Sanatana Dharma

Religion And Spirituality...

Religion Or Dharma

The Eternal View Of Hinduism

Idolatary And Dogmatism

Religion And Spirituality..

Religious And Spiritual Practices

Civilization And Social Issues

Hinduism And Sanatana Dharma

Hinduism And Other Religions

Appendices

       

Major Sections
Books By David Frawley
Arjuna

Awaken Bharata

From The River Of Heaven How I Became A Hindu
The Myth Of Aryan Invasion Of India

Hinduism : The Eternal Tradition, Sanatana Dharma

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RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL PRACTICES

How Important are Meditation Techniques?

Meditation techniques, however necessary, are themselves aids to meditation but not meditation itself which is beyond all techniques. True meditation occurs when the mind is empty of its concerns and filled only with awareness of the Divine and Universal, which pervades all the forms that it sees.

Techniques work to harmonize the mind and body to allow for meditation to proceed without obstruction. Yogic postures (asanas) help calm and relax the body. Yogic breathing practices (pranayama) help deepen and calm the breath. Mantra, visualization and concentration techniques help control and focus the mind and draw it within. Then meditation, which is the natural state of the mind, can flow more easily.

However if one merely does the techniques but does not create the time and space for meditation itself, one has only laid the foundation but not built the house. One has not yet gone far on the path of meditation.

On the other hand, if one tries to directly meditate without having done the preliminary practices it is like trying to build a house without a foundation. It is unlikely to endure. The beauty of the Yoga system (Raja Yoga) is that it provides all the appropriate techniques as well as showing their limitations and not encouraging us to make them ends-in-themselves.

 

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