Dhyana Yoga is one of the eight limbs of Yoga. As the seventh limb, it concentrates upon a point of focus with the intention of knowing the truth about it. Dhyana means Meditation
. It is derived from the Sanskrit root “dhyai” which means “to think of”. It is the contemplation and Meditation of spiritual things. A popular form of Dhyana Yoga is the Kundalini Yoga
Yoga exercises are also part of the Dhyana Yoga as well as breath and mental control. When we practice Dhyana Yoga, we are meditating on a single flow of idea. We go into a state of revolving only on that chosen object and at the same time deepening our process of concentration. Asanas
, and all forms of concentration aid the categories of the mind.
There are different forms of Dhyana Yoga. The aim is to withdraw all senses from various objects of interest and focus on one object. Dhyana Yoga produces a state of tranquility. Its objective is to cleanse the subconscious, develop concentration, clear the mind, and bring about various stages of unified communion with God.
Dhyana Yoga is basically practicing Meditation. Practicing Dhyana Yoga allows the practitioner to calm his mind and allow him to look in the outside world without distractions. In doing so, he is able to reach a heightened level of awareness. Meditation, consciousness, and experience, are all but a single unity. In Dhyana Yoga, it is important to remember three things:
- one-pointedness of mind – controlling its movements;
- setting bounds to one’s life to help achieve this – doing actions after weighing and measuring them; and
- state of level-headedness or evenness of vision – having the nobility to think in terms of the whole world
Dhyana Yoga is a system of silencing the body, mind, and intellect in the form of Meditation. When we meditate, we calm the mind and help realign our inner self to the right path. If we have lesser thoughts, we have lesser worries. It also means that we are able to live a simple life. Too many distractions are not good in our life. It is important that we are able to contemplate on important things and that we are connecting with the inner self.
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