Meditation – The Inner Yoga
Author: Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani
Publisher: Divyananda Creations, 2009
About This Book: This book by Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani deals with the “hot” topic of Dhyana or meditation. Meditation is a way of uniting with our Supreme Nature and may be described as ‘fixing the mind on the Supreme with devotion and discipline’. Dhyana or meditation is the seventh of the eight steps in the Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali and is part of the Antaranga or inner steps of Yoga, the path leading to self-realisation. It is preceded by Dharana or one pointed concentration that helps us to flow into meditation. The final step in the three, free flowing higher states of consciousness is Samadhi or Union with the Divine Nature in the ULTIMATE UNIVERSAL UNIFICATION. Maharishi Patanjali defines Dharana or concentration as Desha Bandhah Chittasya Dharana meaning thereby that concentration is the process of binding the consciousness to a point, place, region or object. This implies a duality between the SEER and the SEEN. He further defines Dhyana or meditation as Tatra Pratyaya Ekatanata Dhyanam meaning thereby that meditation is a STATE in which there is a steady and continuous flow of attention and concentration on a point, place, region or object. There ceases to be a duality between the SEER and the SEEN.Meditation is the fruit of long and arduous effort. The mind is so trained in its focus that it naturally flows into the object of contemplation. A deep, vibrant quietness is the characteristic of meditation which infuses the entire life style with calmness and control. Meditation becomes a quality of mind that manifests in all aspects of our daily life. The mind develops the capacity to delve into every experience, thought, emotion and situation that arises, and this focused awareness produces Yogic skill in living.