(The Rishi Technique of Meditation)
Dhyana or Meditation
The shorter the mantra, the better it is
Two methods of mantra–japa
‘AUM’—A symbol of Brahman
Mistaking the symbol as Brahman
What does ‘AUM’ mean? Contemplation
The meaning and purpose of ‘AUM’
Tracing the ego
‘I’ and the mind
The deluding expression of the ego
The subtle buddhi can find it
Vrittijnana is essential for contemplation
Probing or tracing out the root of the ‘I’
Locating Atman—It is realized only by the mind merging
in it. Its existence is grasped by the subtle buddhi
Withdrawal to the inner chambers of consciousness is
The delicate process of comprehension
Functions of the mana and the buddhi
Function of the chittha—The next subtle aspect of our
Contemplation by chittha .
Remember the Sakshi by the chittha
The process of remembering the Sakshi
Discovering the self or the Sakshi
Prati–prasava, involution, self–withdrawal
Nature of the chittha . .
The technique of remembering and forgetting
Final wordsDo not relax your effort .
Nididhyasana is subtle, not difficult
The lower practices will give only impermanent results
Vasana kshaya necessary for Atma jnana .
Dharma, Prem and Tyaga
Samadhi anubhava .
Tat Twam Asi
After deep absorption in meditation one does
not feel like talking or doing anything for some time,
because the mind goes after the joy one had in
meditation. The feeling to talk also goes away. Still I
will speak for some time.
Many people just confuse the three terms: concentration,
meditation and contemplation. They are not able to
understand the difference between these three. We will
discuss concentration in a moment. Meditation is referred
to in our texts as upasana or dhyana. The Vedantic technique
of self–realization is called contemplation or nididhyasana. It
is better termed as samadhi abhyasa.