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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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Why do I feel internal tremors/shaking while meditation?

I'm new to this site. Apologies in advance if I made any mistake. Please read the details. I've recently started meditation. I do it every night before sleeping. But after a few minutes of starting ...
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What scriptures, other than the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, mention Maitri, Karuna, Mudita and Upeksha?

I know that these are mentioned in Buddhist scriptures, but I'm specifically interested in their occurrence in Hindu scriptures.
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How are sages able to travel the multiverse?

From what I understand this can only be accomplished by the help of at least 1 deity?
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What is the Vaisheshika view on meditation?

What is the Vaisheshika view on meditation? Does it explicitly oppose it? Or does it recognize meditation as something that can be helpful? Or it did not bother to say anything about it. What exactly ...
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What is the difference between PRANAYAMA and vipassana meditation?

What is the difference between PRANAYAMA and vipassana Meditation ? I know that the founder of vipassana Meditation is S.N. Goenka and Pranayam by Baba Ramdev
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What exactly is Nada, Bindu and Kala?

I have come across the term Nada, Bindu and Kala etc many times and they seem to be talking about various different concepts sometimes personal and sometimes cosmic. In one explanation Bindu is ...
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How factually correct is the verse translation and order given in Osho's Book of secrets on Vijnana Bhairava Tantra to the original Sanskrit version?

For any slow people, reading this quesiton, first of all this is not an opinion based question, it is a factual, scriptural based question. It is asking whether the order of the methods are same and ...
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How authentic is Osho's Book of secrets on Vijnana Bhairava Tantra? [closed]

First of all this is not an opinion based question, it is a factual, scriptural based question. Osho has translated(?) and delivered a set of lengthy discourses on Vijnana Bhairava Tantra which is ...
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Who authored Vijnana Bhairav Tantra or what is it's Guru parampara?

Wikipedia says The Vijñāna-bhairava-tantra (VBT, sometimes spelled in a Hindicised way as Vigyan Bhairav Tantra) is a Shaiva Tantra, of the Kaula Trika tradition of Kashmir Shaivism, dated to ca. the ...
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Is purpose of doing Yognidra and Meditation same?

Generally poeple relate meditation with Moksha as purpose. What should be purpose behind doing Yognidra? Is Yognidra just for relaxing body?
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Difference between Yognidra and Meditation

What are difference between Yognidra and Meditation? or Is Yognidra form of meditation?
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Sun and Moon meditation according to Swaminaraya Vachanamrut Ahmedabad 1

Vachnamrut link https://www.swaminarayangadi.com/publications/book.php?pid=143&sid=273&cid=4899 I have did my R&D online. And have not found anything useful. Can someone with good ...
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What is the recommended set, duration and sequence of pranayama that one beginner should do for advancing spiritually?

I guess Moksha is the highest level of advancing spiritually. I guess one of the ways to reach Moksha is by practising regular Meditation. For meditation one must prepare his/her body by practising ...
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Any side effects of doing pranayam and meditation wrongly or without Guru mentioned in scriptures?

Are there any side effects mentioned on doing Pranayam and/or Meditation wrongly or/and without Guru in Hinduism scriptures?
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Which type of meditation one can do without Guru or any special guidance to advance spiritually?

There are so many spiritual organisations, so many Gurus and they each teach their own practice and philosophy. For example Art of living teach Sudarshan Kriya, Isha foundation tech Sambhavi mudra, ...
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Do full time or experienced and highly consistent yogis also fall ill?

We normal mundane people generally fall ill at least once in a year with fever, cough or other regular illness. Maybe such light illnesses used to be part of the body cycle to regain immunity that I ...
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Which spiritual organisation offers free meditation guidance in India?

In India there are many spiritual organisations which teach meditation while some charge and some do not charge money wise. For example: Art of living: charge money. Vipassana: Does not charge. Isha ...
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A black lizard or dragon in dream [closed]

So, I was doing meditation with Gayatri mantra and when I was about to reach 108 I saw a big black lizard or dragon I can't figure it out because it wasn't having a tail. It was slowly climbing a rock....
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What rules or guidelines should I follow before doing Udgeeth?

There used to be some recommended rules and guidelines to follow before doing any Pranayama and meditation. Udgeeth involves chanting of AUM (OM) with every exhalation. We do Udgeeth in a sequence of ...
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What would one realise if they meditated without knowledge of any Hindu metaphysics?

Are Vedanta and other systems derived purely through logic or do they have an experiential basis too?
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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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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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