|Subject: Dhyana or Meditation|
Apropos Dhyana or Meditation ? (Life Positive, Feb 2011), I do appreciate the extremely meaningful write up by Pradeep Darooka. The writer is absolutely right in pointing out that in Sanskrit Dhyana, a noun, which elicits a particular state of human mind, whilst Meditation is an action or a technique, mostly a verb, which is in fact an inappropriate translation of the word Dhyana. It is a truth that Meditation has become a rage amongst the spiritual seekers in modern times. Unfortunately it exhibits minimal effects towards attaining the state of Dhyana, frequently referred to as Dhyanavastha. I do agree with the logic of the writer when he says that, The English language does not have the richness of the nuances and subtleties of Sanskrit to do any justice to these very rich and meaningful phrases and concepts from the Indian scriptures. But, does that allow the so called Spiritual Masters to guide their followers into a direction which is no way related with traditional Indian form of Yoga ?
I vividly remember that when I was first introduced and initiated into the authentic form of Kriyayoga by my Master, Yogacharya Dr. Ashoke Kumar Chatterjee, He opined, Never be deluded by the word ‘Meditation‘, for it has nothing to do with the actual state of mind, Dhyana. Do remember that in the West they often perform ‘Meditation‘ and in India we achieve Dhyanavastha.
This is to be noted that Dhyana is the perfect prelude to the most coveted, ultimate state of soul seekers, Samadhi. And to attain this particular state of Dhyana or in other words, to establish in the real Dhyanavastha, one needs to go through all the prescribed limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, as depicted in Patanjal Yoga Sutras.
Sincere thanks to the team of Life Positive and many many thanks to Pradeep Darooka for gifting the readers with this invaluable piece of wisdom.
Dr. Kiriti Sengupta
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|Posted by: Dr. Kiriti Sengupta on 10 Feb. 2011|
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