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Preparation of Body and Mind for Meditation

'ASANAS' AND 'PRANAYAMA' PRACTICE HAVE CRUCIAL ROLE
IN THE PREPARATION OF BODY & MIND FOR MEDITATION

Before reaching the stage of meditation, there is need for preparing the external and the internal body for it. For that preparation, YogAsanAs and Controlled Breathing (Pranayama) are the most important practices. (Guruji's technique of meditation is ASCENT DHYANA; the steps to reach the stage of meditation include yoga, Pranayama, Focus Meditation, Concentration of the Mind, and Contemplation). Meditation comes by its chance. Only the proportional preparation for its process is needed. 'Yoga' is one of the pre-practices for it.

In the method of practice of DhyanaManoPrasthan, along with yoga and Pranayama – there is importance for meditation too, in a way these may be considered as ‘prelim’ for the Ascent Dhyana ‘main’. Only after completing, successfully, ‘prelim’, of the practice of yoga, Pranayama, and meditation, there would be beginning for the method of practice of DhyanaManoPrasthan.

Usually, Yoga is considered as significant for body, Pranayama as the causative factor for the energy to brain, and meditation for the concentration of the mind. (In anything, diversity is, indeed natural) For that very reason, Yoga, Pranayama, and Meditation are in various ways. How many ever branches the tree may have, its trunk is only one indeed! So also, although the objective is only one, the paths of practice may be different. Even so, rather than the logic of diversity, the understanding of unity is useful.

In the practice of Meditation firstly – in Yoga, poses of body (Asanas), the order of respiration, and its regulation in Pranayama so also the concentration of the mind in Meditation will be in significance. Meditation is intended, for the powerful functional, centralized mind.

In the order of external and internal Dhyana, one should understand the external meditation, as the primary one and of physical significance, and the internal Dhyana as the practice for conversion of mind. So also, as the initial practice for external meditation, one should try in the order of Yoga – Pranayama – Meditation. (AsTAnga Yoga is, even more, higher level).

Yoga, strengthens meditation. Controlled-breathing causes concentration (retentivity) for both of them. Therefore, meditation – to whatever technique, or method it may belong to, along with it and before that, yoga and controlled-breathing are necessary. Meditation without their practice may not be successful in the primary stage itself.

Firstly, mind, should be limited only to habitual needs, and discipline, should be habituated, to it. With the practice of yoga, and with good food habits, body should be maintained systematically. Thereafter, with regulated Pranayama – the practice of inhalation, exhalation, should be executed in a definite manner. Thereby, body – brain – mind – including senses, the entire body, should be very much ready, for the practice of meditation. This is, the primary thing, which everyone has to do before meditation.

The process of meditation is not only perennial, but also the flow of (the) concentration, contemplation with no temptation. The readiness and the steadiness, the physical fitness provided by yoga – these are the suitable requirements to initiate meditation…… For that very reason, practice of yoga and breathing, are very useful for practice of meditation. Instead, if meditation is started altogether in the beginning itself…. more than success there will be failure only.

Yoga – Pranayama – concentration of vision (sight) and – thought, with the completion of these stages, the practice of Dhyanaprasthan, starts. As a matter of fact, all these stages of previous state, of meditation, are indeed parts in meditation! Even so, principally, they except for cooperating, in making the body, and the feeling of neurons (mind), ready for dedication to meditation they, are not complete meditation. Even so, in the path of practice of Dhyana-Mano-Prasthan, this method is, inevitable! For anything, the stages of 'process', itself, are the stairways for 'change'. The constancy of consciousness – existence – the process of activity of movement…, in total, inconstancy, constancy, of benefit. This is, the usual law of nature. Therefore, for the process of causing the mind to reach the state of ascension, 'yoga' and other, various processes of practice, are being needed. Instead, straightaway with the determination of meditation, concentration of mind may be difficult; complicated. If it is possible that way…, that is indeed worthy of applause!

To transform the unstable Citta as the stable mind is the primary in the practice of meditation. On the ability to preserve this steadiness from getting scattered only, discipline accompanied by self-control can be habituated to mind. Similar to, in the learning of language primarily, only when the learning of alphabet – putting together the words – construction of sentences happens thoroughly, then the pursuit of literature and others are dependent on that base..., in the path of ascending order of Dhyanaprasthan.... yoga – controlled-breathing, their accomplishment and maturity are utmost needed for the activities that have to be done after that. This primary knowledge will be helpful for that performance to be easy. Stability of mind and its concentration – control of thoughts, are essential for practice of meditation!

In the attainment of Yoga, Body with the process of asana, Mind because of breathing, and Self, with controlled-breathing, become one.

Yoga – meditation, are two sides, there is an inseparable relationship of practice between them. For that very reason, before the beginning of the practice of meditation itself, introduction of practice of yoga and its progress is needed. In a state with no experience of yoga, steadiness of meditation will be difficult. So also, Pranayama will be, in accordance with them only. It has a constant relationship in the process of practice of meditation. Usually, in the method – in which meditation related material (body, mind) benefit is wished, and obtained – Pranayama discharges important responsibility. So, Yoga – Pranayama – Meditation, practice of meditation in this sequence is beneficent and it is an appropriate method for good result.

In the method of practice of Dhyana-Mano-Prasthan, Yoga + Pranayama, concentration of vision, contemplation (reflection/ concentration of thought)… thereafter, meditation…, it would be in this order. Stomach, through food, lungs through yoga, vision–contemplation–respiration – through the concentration of these, mind, should be prepared for meditation. [Note: The instigation of receptacle/inside of knowledge is, different to this].

Meditation comes by its chance. Only the proportional preparation for its process is needed. 'Yoga' is one of the pre-practices for it.

Firstly, mind, should be limited only to habitual needs – and discipline, should be habituated, to it. With the practice of yoga, and with good food habits, body should be maintained systematically. Thereafter, with regulated Pranayama – the practice of inhalation, exhalation, should be executed in a definite manner. Thereby, body – brain – mind – including senses, the entire body, should be very much ready, for the practice of meditation (Dhyan). This is, the primary thing, which everyone has to do before meditation.

Everyone who is more than eight years of age can start the process of Asana-Pranayama-Dhyana. If one starts slowly, she/he can face the severe consequences that are going to come in future – and this is going to be the only technique that could tolerate such situation.

With diligence on the physical body labor if one knows the method then, one may not get involved with ‘Yoga’. With clean surroundings if one can get ‘good breathing’, there is no need of Pranayama in particular. Rather than preventing thoughts if one can identify those necessary , there is no need of meditation.

When one starts Asana – Pranayama – Dhyana practice, one has to practice yoga so that the blood circulation happens very well. If so, when ascension is caused, through yoga, in a certain way, to the body, it would be mould in a principled manner. When this body is mould, so that it would be perfect, there would be good activity and good metabolism in the systems inside. On the first day, it may be indeed difficult, but, after 2 or 3 days, discomfort may come down to some extent. The cleansing of various organs in the body, and to cause functional activation (stimulation) to them is the objective of yoga.

Sensation (sensation associated with thought) is present for human being (Sensation is the characteristic feature of organism. There will be sensation even for a single cell organism. There is no thought in animals; what is present there is only sensation – it is present in all organisms). By means of practicing AsanAs, there is a chance that all the Sensory nerves (sensations related nerves) may be activated in the human being. If the Sensory nerves have to be activated, if the cells related to sensation have to be activated in the brain, Asana has to command. That is possible only if one practices Asana regularly with punctuality.

By means of practicing AsanAs, there is a chance that all the Sensory nerves (sensations related nerves) may be activated in the human being.

By maintaining timing properly by taking some precautions, by maintaining those postures correctly, everything in the body tries to follow constant balance – when that happens like that, when that timing perfection is maintained, then this body is being mould in a principled manner, it will be ready for take-off.

The path, method of Manoprasthan begins with ‘yoga’ itself. If the matter – that in healthy body, that kind of mind itself, will be present – itself, is kept aside, whether it is body, or mind, if they are in the possession of ‘Self’, anything that happens through them, in suitability to it, would be in personal control only. For that yoga, yogasanas are of primary use. In the practice of yoga, one should be able to regularize breathing, in suitability to various poses of yogasanas, and this would be favorable for good results. The order of practicing breathing, separately, should not be applied, during the practice of yoga. In the technique of moving the body for the sake of asana itself, in suitability to it, in the activity of breathing also, phased, slow, delicate method should be followed.

Yoga is – the exercise of body – which is scientific, accompanied by the movements of various angles. Yoga practice is must to mould the body in a principled manner. For yogAsanAs, primarily, the understanding of state of body is required. One should observe the pressure caused in various positions of yogAsanAs, and the state that the related parts, could tolerate, and overcome. To that extent, there is need of control of use, of yogAsanAs in the beginning. [Note: One should not practice Asanas that are not suitable for body]. Although this is completely related to body only, the influence of its result, indirectly, would be, on mental health also; thereby physical-mental discipline would appear. Since Yoga, principally, is intended for body only, in practicing yogAsanAs, the state, of body, has to be observed. In this matter, appropriate method, for yoga, can be obtained, through experienced yoga instructors.

[Note: Meditation comes by its chance. Only the proportional preparation for its process is needed. ‘Yoga’ is one of the pre-practices for it]

Through yoga, there is a chance for increase of functional level of various organs in the body. They function in even more powerful way. Thereby there would be improvement of immune system. If so, before following yoga only, firstly one has to observe the state, condition of the body. Including the age, by following the state of health at that point of time, the ‘quantity’ of yoga, the order of choosing Asanas is required. The intensity of yoga causes harm to the weak organs. They would not acquire the strength they do not have. Yoga helps in the proper utilization of the state of functional strength present at that point of time. The practice of yoga that is done in a systematic way in suitability to the state of body causes good to human being. Along with this, one has to examine the cleanliness of surroundings and vital elements. Only yoga is not beneficent in all ways. The practice of yoga is useful only as training and discipline for the natural metabolism of the body. Yoga gives additional functional energy for the benefit of need of food – medicine. So, in the matter of practice of yoga, only when one behaves by observing the physical and mental conditions of at that point of time, the related results would be favorable. Yoga, yogAsanAs should not become just the demonstration of celebration! Scientific commitment is required for that. So, for the complete benefit of yoga practice, one should learn and practice AsTAnga Yoga. Yoga of only external organs will not give complete results.

PatAnjali AsTAnga Yoga: The present new method of Yoga, Meditation although is in extensive publicity, the correctness of their practice is a question mark only! Practice of PatAnjali AstAnga yoga – would be best useful for the practice of DhyanaManoPrasthan. Although PatAnjali AsTAnga Yoga is excellent, the possibility of result of practice – for the mechanical dependent mind of human in today’s adulterated polluted pond – may not be possible. For that very reason, Yoga, Meditation methods are in various different ways; they are following business ways.

BENEFITS OF YOGA

  1. Appearance of body-mind discipline
  2. Helps in physical fitness of the body, and in body – mind coordination
  3. Helps the "Physical Self" ('Self' related to the physical body) to attain tranquility, satisfaction, and discipline
  4. Somatic nerves, which are spread to the body from spine, being stimulated, with the instigation of JIva-NADis, thereby, there will be cooperation, for the purity of blood (improved Blood Circulation), and activity of various organs
  5. Through yoga, immune discipline is caused, in the body. Inducement would be obtained, in indirect way, for the metabolic incitement, useful for immuno development, needed for the body
  6. Through Asana, by means of systemizing the law of body, whether it is blood pressure, blood circulation, or muscles – all these would be brought into a systematic fashion.

NOTE: The ‘Yoga’, may prevent the causes for the ill health, but no cure. The diversity in YogAsanAs shows influence on the biological function of body thereby health benefit is caused to the one who practices. Yoga functions as the cooperative factor for the health of body.

Pranayama: Pranayama, by transporting more oxygen and thereby enhanced hemoglobin synthesis, helps in decreasing the number of thoughts.

Through YogAsanA, Pranayama, to activate, principally, metabolic, anabolic, immuno, cholesterol, state of hormones, lymph - and others that are the cause for the state of body, so also the vitality, relating to the neurons of brain, as first activity, for the practice of meditation, will be useful.

Having practiced yoga and the controlled breathing thoroughly, then comes the stage of concentration.

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