Questions tagged [meditation]

Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself.

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Shankaracharya on performing activities with meditation

I have read in multiple places that Shankaracharya champions the idea that whereas mere works (that is, those that are not accompanied with meditation) lead one only to the worlds of manes to the ...
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What is the Vedic definition of Moksha?

I've heard sannyasa, the 4th Vedic ashrama, is meant for the attainment of moksha. Thus, the sannyasin is expected to go to a solitary mountain cave or a dense-forest retreat where he must get lost in ...
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What is the Vedic definition of Sannyasa?

As I've heard,according to the Vedas, sannysa, the fourth Vedic ashrama, is to follow vanaprastha, the 3rd Vedic ashrama, and meant to attain moksha. Thus, the right definition of snnyasa seems to be ...
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How does meditation work on human personality?

I thought meditation does not only work on mind and soul, but it is more than that.
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Doubts while practicing gayatri mantra

I am facing the below questions in my mind while chanting Gayatri mantra. Can anyone please help me to unblock these doubts or questions? When we spell the Gayatri mantra with sound, it produces a ...
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Why it is forbidden to tell other about what one can see during meditation?

I came to know many times that it is not good to tell someone else about what one has seen in his/her meditation(or in a dream related to God). But, I am not aware why? (i) Can it be explained why it ...
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Meditation to music producing massive emotions and physical sensations? [closed]

Please forgive me if this may seem out of place. Recently I've started meditating using Headspace. After a session I felt good and listed to a few of my favorite songs while continuing to lie down ...
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Can a Beeja Mantra be pronounced in a slightly corrupted form? Will it count as an initiation? [closed]

The modern meditation discipline of Transcendental Meditation is taught by an official teacher over a course of four or five consecutive days at the beginning of which there is a Puja of the ...
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Can the existence of God be understood through yoga?

Are the metaphysical truths of Hinduism achievable through the different techniques of Yoga (like breath meditation) without any preconceived notions or are we to rationally believe in them first and ...
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Mantras, Initiation and Practice

In the book that I read recently (Mantram Handbook by Eknath Easwaran), he advises that one should repeat the mantram silently, whenever the mind is free, in day to day instances also, like waiting in ...
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What is Vayu Siddhi and how to attain it? Are siddhis necessary for Moksha achievement?

Reading the Samhita of Shiva and some other recommendations of the Swami Sivananda Saraswaati, I came across the term vayu siddhi. The English translation roughly explains what it is but I wish to ...
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Why would I put Maa Durga idol or building in the South West direction of a home?

I have read somewhere this is her direction but the article missed to explain why. I am interested into detailed informations about Dikpala (guardians of directions) and method of correct worship. ...
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Is there any yoga which helps in levitation and disappearing?

Is there any yoga that helps in levitation and disappearing? Heard enough stories about this that Baba Yogis do it in Himalayas but without any proofs. What type of Yogis are they? Are they referred ...
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Why body starts feeling heavy after 10 minutes Om chanting? [closed]

I sit on my bed over a cotton bedsheet facing east. I close my eyes. And I start chanting Om. After around 8 to10 minutes, I get a feeling that my body is becoming very heavy. What is that ? Why it ...
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Explanation for the “spinal energy” and other “Kundalini awakening” symptoms?

Lots of people have been sharing first-hand reports of their personal experience of the so-called "Kundalini awakening". The following are a few illustrative anecdotes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, ...
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Rishis, Sadhus performing meditation, penance poses

As we watch the Holy epic Mahabharata, we see Sadhus, Rishis and even the asuras performing meditation and penance (Tapasya) poses for years as a example standing on one leg with two hands folded (...
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Why does Lord Shiva meditate at all?

My question is different to :Why do Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva always meditate on each other? I will divvy up my question into 2 as they are overlapping and somewhat relevant to each other. I dont ...
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Focusing on breath with eyes gazed upwards: which meditation technique is this?

I have read many meditation techniques. But somehow, when it comes to practice, I tend to mix some of the things. I don't know whether the practice I do is correct or not, so need guidance on it. This ...
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What are the benefits of kundalini awakening?

Are there any tangible or real life benefits of kundalini yoga or awakening? Or is it that the benefits are blown out of proportion by spiritual gurus?
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How can one know whether the state I am going into or I was in, was a deep sleep or meditation while doing Dhyana?

The most common posture adopted for doing meditation is sitting holding chest, neck and head tight in a straight line. As suggested by Swami Vivekananda in Raja Yoga: But the main part of the ...
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Which sutra explains how to form any habits.? [duplicate]

It's a sutra to do meditation/ any task for like around 24 hours. I don't remember exactly which it is. But I remember it's half translation in English. ( it say.first Do task/meditation 1x time and ...
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Can someone tell me which sutra verse explains (by a sage) the way to proceed to meditate for 24 hours?

I have forgotten which sutra was it. But it says way to proceed for 24 hours meditation. (First same hours as relaxation and then relaxation hours are reduced.... Something like this. Please tell me ...
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Practices For Anandamaya Kosha? Happiness

Is there any practice to be in Bliss, Joy - आनन्द . Practices to nourish Anandamaya Kosha. What are practices / mantras recommended to someone in Depression.. Always Sad or Irritated.. Who Is God of ...
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How to practise 'Prati Prasav Sadhana'?

I read online that 'Prati Prasav Sadhana' is helpful to recall ones past lives. But I couldnot find anywhere how to do it. Can you please let me know how to practise it at home.
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Do people get specific mantras for them through meditation? [closed]

I was wondering if people can get personal mantras from meditation.
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How can one meditate? [duplicate]

Whenever i try to meditate, my mind wanders in all directions. Random things happen, i feel like that I'm lucid dreaming. I'm just wondering if it is normal to happen or we can control it? Is there ...
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How do Hindus meditate?

In Buddhism, which I’m more familiar with, there is vipasanna meditation, in which you focus on your breath. This helps achieve nirvana. Now how do Hindus meditate to reach their nirvana/moksha? In ...
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Differences between Samadhi and Nirvana

I have a few years practising meditation and kriya Yoga but still don't know whats the difference between Samadhi and Nirvana, for me are like the same concept but in different religion. ¿Is it ...
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Chest breath or stomach breath while doing yoga, pranayama and meditation?

Lot of gurus preach to take breath in chest, in this process chest will expand and stomach will shrink while inhaling. They give reason that lungs have oxygen absorbing capacity so we should breath to ...
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How To Properly Do 108 Surya Namaskars per Hindu Scriptures

I was proud of myself for doing 108 Surya Namaskars for my Birthday couple of years back (took me about 50 minutes) Unfortunately it injured my right knee, and I had to stop. I really want to do 108 ...
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How long to meditate for god to come and visit?

In Hindu mythology, God has given boon to demons for meditating. Generally, how long the different demons had to meditate to make god visit them. Wanted to know general estimate of time to meditate, ...
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What is recommended meditation to know everything about self and surrounding?

What is recommended meditation to know everything about self and surrounding? Where self mean me, my mind, my soul, of course my body too (which contans many other living beings like cells, virus, ...
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Prana in hands while meditating?

While trying a certain breathing technique while meditating a few weeks ago, I began feeling a peculiar sensation in my hands. It felt like an internal buzzing or as if my hands were filled with light....
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What is the effect of emission of of Gamma/Delta brain waves during meditation? [closed]

In his Forward to the book "Vedic Yoga: The Path of the Rishi", by Sri David Frawley, Sri Mahamandaleshvara Dr. Swami Veda Bharati states as follows: In the lab of his Ashram's Meditation Research ...
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When exactly do we use different mudras?

I have come across different types of mudras which are basically used for channelizing energy within our body but my question is: Do we make use of all these mudras only during meditation or can we ...
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How to meditate keeping shiva in breath and mind and as my beloved?

So I just don't know what happened to me all of sudden but I keep listening to Lord Shiva's stotrams and what not pertaining to Lord Shiva on youtube and to Kripalu ji maharaj too. So Can anyone pls ...
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About meditation for memory and concentration

Someone had suggested to me (5-6 years ago) to "gaze on a black dot marked on an clean wall" to increase concentration. I used to do it whenever i felt lack of concentration. A few days ago, when i ...
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How to hear Anahata sound during meditation?

Anahata sound hearing in mediation? How is the sound? Is it OM kara? Anybody heard the sound during meditation with mantra?
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What does “vinyasa” mean?

Since my childhood my grandmother taught me that the meaning of Vinyasa means to see everything less complicated. My grandma pass away 6 months ago, and i want to make a tattoo that reminds me how she ...
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Difference between meditating in padmasana Vs shavasana?

I understand after going through few posts here that even though shavasana is not a preferred posture for meditation as the person may fall off to sleep, hence padmasana/siddhasana is the best asana. ...
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Is it necessary to do meditation on God?

Okay. So I've been doing meditation. It has lots of techniques, I do it from a meditation app. Is it necessary that we do meditation in concentration of god? I just take the name of the lord and ...
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How can I stop thoughts when meditating?

How do I stop thoughts when meditating ? Meditating (on breath, etc) itself is a thought and I want to be occupied with it, however, I find myself constantly humming a song or thinking about the next ...
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How to pray to Brahman?

How do I pray to Bhraman to help me achieve unification with Him? I want to know how to meditate on Him. I want to achieve liberation. I want to end my desires.
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Power of mental thought?

It is mentioned in yoga vashisht's books which is translated by Rishi Singh Gherwal that he performed mental Raj-suya Vajna in paragraph 54-56 : Saint Vashisht answered: "King Lavana was not ...
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Ancient hindu Meditation books

Ancient books list? Thank you in advance. I am in search of meditation books. A list of them please help
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What exactly do we mean by the term 'deep meditation'?

When we say that a person is in deep meditation then what exactly do we mean: Is the person still aware of what is going around him, like he can hear the various sounds be it anything? He is not ...
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Can one sit in a Yogic posture (Asana) when not performing spiritual activities like meditation?

Can one sit in an asana (e.g. half-lotus / full lotus) in a non-meditative context such as when using the computer / browsing the internet? Or is it an offense? I tried to search online but found ...
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How to identify the different stages of experience in meditation?

In meditation when you see different color what does it mean? is everybody seeing the color? Upanishad says that a light like lighting, white blazing light should engulf the person who meditates and ...
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When doing Ajna meditation, what should I visualize?

I am currently trying to do meditation, focusing on opening (awakening) my Ajna (third eye) chakra. I already imagine a candle flame slightly moving when I breath in and when I breath out, it moves ...
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Is this a form of meditation?

When I was younger, I used to sit in class during silent reading time and glance at all the faces around me and ask repetitively and quietly, "What am I, Where am I, Who am I?" After a few minutes, ...