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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

Does Meditation Have Prerequisites?

Meditation is not something that anyone can do at any time. Like any profound practice it requires a certain foundation and particular way of life. Meditation, which is directing the mind towards mergence in God or Ultimate Reality, cannot be done unless one's life is oriented properly.

To properly practice meditation requires first of all a foundation of ethical living. One should hold to the universal ethics of non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, control of sexual energy and non-attachment. One should practice a daily life of cleanliness, contentment, austerity, self-study and surrender to God. These are the preliminary practices of Yoga (Yamas and Niyamas) as defined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, the classic text on Yoga. Naturally one cannot follow all these perfectly in the beginning but they should be the guiding principles of our behavior.

These prerequisites mean that we should live a clean, simple and quiet life, that we should not be pursuing name, fame or pleasure, that we should have emotional peace of mind, that we should have right relationship and be doing a vocation which is helpful to others.

Sitting in a comfortable posture (Asana), calm control of the breath (Pranayama), withdrawing the mind from sensory distractions (Pratyahara) and concentrated attention (Dharana) are the yogic practices on which meditation is built and these should also be done appropriately so as to facilitate meditation.

 

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About Religious And Spiritual Practices
What is Yoga?
What is Vedanta?
Isn't This a Different View Than Yoga in...?
What is Meditation?
How Important are Meditation..... ?
Does Meditation Have Prerequisites?
Why is Meditation Important?
What is Self-inquiry?
What is Devotion To God (Bhakti Yoga)?
What is the Importance of.... ?
What is Tantra?
Why Should One Repeat Mantras?
What is Service (KarmaYoga)?
What is the Role of Compassion?
What is the Place of Prayer?
Why Should One Perform Rituals?
What is the Importance of.... ?
Why Do Hindu Temples Appear... ?
What is the Importance of.... ?
Is Control of Sexual Energy Necessary?
What is the Place of Monasticism?
What is the Importance of Non-Violence?
Does Non- Violence Exclude Self-defense?
Why is There Violence in Hindu Stories?
What is the Importance of... ? Pg1
What is the Importance of... ? Pg2
What is the Place of Art in Spirituality?Pg1
What is the Place of Art in Spirituality? Pg2
What is the Place of the Occult?
What is the Role of Astrology?
What is the Place of Ayurvedic Medicine?
Why Should One Learn Sanskrit?
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