Purpose and Benefits of Meditation and Yoga

Any focused mental activity is mano-yoga (meditation). But it has no benefit if it is done without a goal (dhyey) in mind. When you go to a train station do you not have to give the ticket master your destination for your ticket? Do you not have to give him the name of the station you want to go? People keep telling one, "Do dhyan (meditation). Do meditation." But at least tell us what we should meditate on (dhyey)! What is purpose and benefit of such relative meditation? The peace and happiness one attains from relative meditation will break the moment one's mother-in-law tells her, "You have no sense" or when one incure any loss,  then all turmoil and agitation will start. These relative meditations will not get your 'work' done; they will not give you eternal bliss.

This relative dhyan (meditation) is temporary and helpful to increase concentration. The other is the real dhyan and it can only be attained from the Gnani Purush; the real dhyan will give you permanent peace. Read on to know this real dhyan...

Spiritual Quotes

  1. What is true dharma dhyan (righteous or true meditation)? Is it doing worship, prayer, penance, samayik (introspection), repentance and listening to religious talks? No. All those are overt and tangible acts of rituals; they are material practices. However, what is of importance and becomes recorded as one's karma is where one's dhyan i.e. one's attention or inner intent lies while one is conducting such rituals. While worshipping God, if one pictures God in his mind along with the picture of his shop or his business or the shoes he left outside the temple, how can that be called true meditation (dharma dhyan)?
  2. The Lord does not take into consideration your external actions but rather your inner attentive intent during all your activities (kriya). The actions being carried out at present are the result of the meditation (dhyan) done in your past life.
  3. When you tell a lie, the awareness about doing pratikraman, is the meditation that is considered dharma dhyana (positive meditation that takes one higher spiritually).
  4. If you become angry with your son, your bhaav (intention) should be, 'This should not happen.' This means that you have changed negative meditation into positive meditation. Although you were angry, the result turns positive internally because you have changed your true inner intent.
  5. If you want liberation, then remain as the Self (shukla dhyan) and if you want the worldly life, then maintain an attitude of helping others and avoid negative meditation (artadhyan and raudradhyan).
  6. You do not know God so how will you meditate on him? Instead, you should meditate on the guru. At least you are able to see his face. In this case, it is better to do meditation of the satguru because you cannot 'see' God.
  7. Whenever he practices his religious austerities (meditation, fasting and penance), he can never see his faults. The mistakes only become apparent when the Gnani Purush gives you the knowledge whereby you realize the Soul.  
  8. What are the benefits of yoga? It helps prevent external garbage from setting in and will make the mind stronger, however, without atma-yoga there is no liberation.
  9. To remain as the Self is atma-yoga. Realization of the Self is atma-yoga; it is your own abode. The rest are union with the body (deha-yoga) the non-self. Fasting, penance, renunciation etc., are all deha-yoga.

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