- There is no shortcut in Meditation as it is not a joke. Like someone randomly sits and thinks that he can control his/her mind. No! It will never happen. Randomly practicing won’t help anyone to control his/her mind.
- Meditation Apps are all fake. If you depend on others while meditating then how is your mind in our own control?
Meditation is a purification process of mind and soul. One may require many lives to achieve that success. It requires dedication, sacrifices, truth, discipline, hard work, and many more.
Patanjali gave systematic Yoga Sadhana normally comprises of an “Eight Step” approach of Ashtanga Yoga.
A person must follow these “Eight Step” one by one which first include
- purification of habits,
- then the body
- and then this leads to stabilization and concentration of mind.
- If someone starts from step 5 or step 6 directly, he surely left it in between and call it impossible or a hoax.
- If you don't follow what these below systematic sequence, then if you try you whole life you never stop your thoughts while meditation.
1. Pancha Yama
The five moral restraints that help us obtain control over our lower, animal centric nature thus becoming human. These are:
1. Ahimsa - control of one’s violent tendencies
2. Satya – control of one’s lying tendencies
3. Asteya - control of one’s thieving tendencies
4. Brahmacharya - control of one’s creative energies
5. Aparigraha – control of one’s possessive tendencies
2. Pancha Niyama
The five ethical observances that help us to enhance our humane qualities preparing us for the higher, conscious life of Yoga. These are:
1. Saucha – cleanliness at all levels
2. Santhosha – self contented happiness
3. Tapa - disciplined efforts
4. Swadhyaya – introspectional self analysis
5. Ishwara Pranidhana – the ability to surrender one’s will to the higher
divine will after making one’s best efforts meaning thereby that one accepts
with gratitude the results of one’s action coming back in the form of Divine expression
Having given us a clear view of Yama-Niyama as the firm foundation (Adikara Yoga) of a systematic Yoga Sadhana, Patanjali goes on to describe the third limb of Ashtanga Yoga, namely Asana as “sthira sukham asanam”. This is the best definition of Asana as a state that radiates stability and ease. Such a state may be attained only through regular, disciplined and determined practice. He advises us to practice Asana with a relaxation of effort (prayatna shaithilya) and contemplation on the infinite (ananta samapathibyam).
Through the practice of Asana, one attains the state of balanced equanimity (described in the Bhagavad Gita as Samatvam) that enables one to overcome the dualities (dwandwa anabighata) that normally torment us into imbalance.
He defines Pranayama as the “cessation of the processes of inhalation and exhalation”.
Pranayama that is a bridge between the external and internal worlds.
He describes the different varieties of Pranayama such as the external (Bahya), internal (Antara) and the stupefied (Stambavritti). He also explains that Pranayama practice is regulated by the location (Desha), season (Kala) and rhythm (Samkya) making it either to be deep (Dirgha) or subtle (Sukshma).
5. Pratyahara –
It is defines as the “withdrawing of the mind from the sensory engagements”. Just as a tortoise withdraws its limbs into its shell, the senses cease to function as soon as the mind (the main energy source for sensory function) starts the journey inwards. No wonder the mind is called the super-sense or the Ekendriya (the one sense).
Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi are the three internal aspects (Antaranga) of Yoga:
He defines Dharana as the process of binding consciousness to a point, place, region or object (desha bandhah chittasya dharana).
He further Dhyana as the state when there is a steady and continuous flow of attention and concentration on a point, place, region or object.
The state of absorptive super- consciousness (Samadhi) is expressed by Patanjali as an omnipresent state when the mind loses itself and the object alone shines without differentiation (tadeva arthamatra nirbhasyam swarupa shunyamiva samadhi).
Maharishi Patanjali has given us an amazing and crystal-clear road map for meditation. I offer my deepest heartfelt salutation to the great Maharishi Patanjali, the incarnation of the thousand headed Adishesha, armed with the conch, discus and mace.
Note: This is just introduction. If anyone wants to do meditation then first learn under a Guru who himself have taken Diksha from a Parampara Praapt Guru (परंपरा प्राप्त गुरु) or else don't waste your time.