I want to know the best way to start my spiritual journey? Could someone suggest any type of Dhyana or meditation?

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    @Rickross I go there but for only an hour bcz I don't live in kolkata I only go there for a trip Nov 11, 2022 at 11:23
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    @Rāmachandra I've no problem in following any path Nov 11, 2022 at 11:25
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    For Starters then read some low level introductory books on hinduism 'A primer of Hinduism' by D. S. Sharma(beginner lvl); 'Essentials of Hinduism' by Swami Bhaskarananda; and An advanced level beginner text 'The Spiritual Heritage of India' by Swami Prabhavananda(explanation of all the different sects, their philosophies, what the different scriptures are and the relationship of the different scriptures to each other. It explains who the different past exponents of the different systems are). Also 'Hindu Gods and Goddesses' by Swami Harshananda.(personally read all of these) Nov 11, 2022 at 12:37
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    Above texts are quoted from this beautiful ans by Pradip Gangopadhayay Ji :-hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/16692/… You can also go through other introductory texts mentioned by him.Right now your goal should not be whining but trying to make yourself worthy of a Guru, because only the luckiest people have the chance to be near the lotus feet of his Guru at a young age.When you are ready and ripe enough for initiation, through God's grace you would be surely guided towards your Guru! Nov 11, 2022 at 12:44
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    Try to contact them through email about Diksha .. try to contact the RK Mission that is nearest to the place where you stay .. might be one center is there in your city only? @AbhinavRaj
    – Rickross
    Nov 12, 2022 at 5:56

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There are mutlple ways. Bhakti, gnana, yoga..etc. My favorite is visiting temples. Temples in South India were built for the purpose of human upliftment. The deities of the tempels were consecrated and certain processes were followed to make it radiate certain energies conducive for human well-being. Here's an upcoming spiritual journey in south India. https://smukti.com/spiritual-tours/spiritual-journey-through-southern-india


In my opinion, one should go for first reading theory given by maharishi patanjali. It is know by name "ashtanga yoga". He lays down step by step process on how to attain higher states of oneself. Meditation is the last step in his process.

One of the book, which I read and really liked it because of its scientific and practical approach is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raja_Yoga_(book)

For overview on ashtanga yoga, please refer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashtanga_(eight_limbs_of_yoga)

Note, I am not saying that other types of yoga are not effective but only expressing my views/experience that ashtanga yoga is very effective in today's world because it starts from gross and move to subtle higher planes. To know different kinds of yogas and choose which is best according to your nature, you can read bhagwat geeta https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhagavad_Gita

Also, keep in mind that once you decide on which path you want to follow. You should go and consult a teacher/guru on that path. My best wishes to you on this path.

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