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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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Complete Guidance for Yoga [closed]

I need all the methods, processes one should do in all the 8 limbs of Yoga as in "complete guidance" from start to finish. So that this question can work as a real guru? (as guru is not just fixed to ...
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Auditory sense detachment

"The turtle can draw in its legs. The seer can draw in his senses." (Bhagavad Gita) When meditating, most people find it difficult to withdraw from noises around us. Noises prevent us from ...
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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 differnt 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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Is it possible to separate Soul from the body through Yoga

I have heard that through Yoga a person can achieve inner peace and happiness. I know that It requires lots of practice to take actual benefits from yoga. I have also heard from plenty of sources (...
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Did Rama or Krishna ever practise meditation?

As per belief in Hinduism, both Rama and Krishna are incarnations of God and they really are beyond these material world things, and they probably had no reason for meditation(since they are symbols ...
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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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What is the difference between Tapas and Dhyana?

When it comes to meditation, Hinduism gets divided in many different concepts and practices. While there is a Patanjali's Yoga Aphorism of Yama, Niyama, Asana, etc. leading up to Dhyana and Samadhi, ...
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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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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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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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Nine gates of a human body?

I somewhere read: A jyoti mudra technique that is taught to Kriya Yogis has for its purpose the making manifest the light (jyoti) of the spiritual eye by "closing of the nine gates of the body,"...
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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 bound ...
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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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Where does a Soul attach to the Body?

A human is identified in terms of 3 bodies, 3 States and 5 Koshas or Sheaths. The Atman or soul is covered by three bodies, which are: Karana sharira (Causal body), Sukshma sarira (Subtle body) ...
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What is cosmic light referred to as?

In his book "God Talks with Arjuna", Paramahansa Yogananda says this: God manifests in creation as the Cosmic Vibration, which expresses itself as Cosmic Sound and Cosmic Light. The Cosmic Sound or ...
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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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What should one choose according to scriptures between thoughtless mind and mind filled with the thoughts of God?

What do scriptures recommend? What should one choose? A thoughtless (who does not think, without thoughts or nearly thoughtless) mind or mind filled with the thoughts of 'God'?
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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, ...
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Why the period of early morning (brahma muhurta or amrut wela) important?

Why the period of early morning (brahma muhurta or amrut wela) important for meditation? And what is that period (approx. from hhmm AM to hhmm AM)? (I know the twilight period for sandhya vandanam. ...
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Difference between meditation buzzing & Tinnitus?

I used to do meditation chanting OM/AUM (with help of a YouTube audio) using headphones but not now, I follow different method now. But my question is: How does a person know that the constant ...
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What is the meaning of “renunciation of fruit/result of actions”?

BG in 12.12 says śreyo hi jñānam abhyāsāj jñānād dhyānaḿ viśiṣyate dhyānāt karma-phala-tyāgas tyāgāc chāntir anantaram “...better than meditation is renunciation of the fruits of action.....
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Is there a meditation on nimitta or animitta?

In hindu tradition, is there a meditation technique devoted to nimitta or animitta? Nimitta meaning indication. Animitta means no-indication.
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Vision of one's own self or pratika darshan

In Swami Muktananda's autobiography, "Play of Consciousness" he refers to having visions of himself in one short chapter. I began to have a new experience. As the lights appeared in meditation, ...
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What is the difference between Jijnashu and Jnani Bhaktas mentioned in Bhagavad Gita?

There are four types of Bhaktas (devotee) mentioned in Srimad Bhagavad Gita: Arta (आर्त​) Artharthi (अर्थार्थी) Jijnashu (जिज्ञासु) Jnani (ज्ञानी) चतुर्विधा भजन्ते मां जनाः सुकृतिनोऽर्जुन। आर्तो ...
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Does Hindu scripture say anything about Third Eye visions?

Recently, while meditating, I had a vision of Lord Ganesha. The vision came to my 3rd Eye. The vision was of an Elephant, with its Trunk pointed down, but swaying back and forward, almost in a ...
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How our great Maharishis did a concentration lots of time?

I have doubt on mind-concentration which is done by our great Rishi-munis in ancient time. I have tried to concentrate but I was disturbed in little time. What technique or method was he used to doing ...
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How to practice meditation to increase Ojas capacity?

The Yogis and many books like those of Sivananda swami say that practicing pranayam and meditation, one can become more ojasvi day by day. Coming to meditation, what and how should it be done ? There ...
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What are the meditation techniques found in the scriptures?

There is so much emphasis on Meditation in Hinduism. Can common meditation techniques of today be traced to scriptural sources? I have heard through word of mouth that Transcendental Meditation ...
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What does Shiva's third eye signify? [duplicate]

I am not a scholar of Hinduism but I think Shiva's third eye is not a physical eye but it represents the deepest knowledge of nature and its actions. Shiva reached the deepest state of meditation ...
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Power of Gayatri Mantra

Can anybody please tell me about the power of Gayatri Mantra? I often listen to this and feel something.
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Is meditation the only technique for self-realization?

Apart meditation is there other paths that one can take to understand oneself?
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How do I meditate using Hindu scriptures? [duplicate]

How do I meditate using Hindu scriptures? Do I need anything? Where do I start? What do I learn? I already read Shani mahatmya daily, and I have found it very beneficial. Hence now I'm looking ...
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What is the reason of reverberations in the mind?

One usually finds it sometimes some song is constantly being played in the mind even against one's wish. My question set is as follows - Without the engagements of ears, how can one listen/hear ...
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Impurities that were part of our body

I was reading some where that before meditation we should make sure that the place is clean of impurities like hair, dust and all unwanted things so my question is why do entities like hair, saliva, ...
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Can meditation be a substitute to sleeping?

I would like to know whether meditation can be a substitute to sleeping? I mean, can we meditate at night without sleeping? The Great Adi Sankaracharya said: The witness of the three states of ...
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What is tapasya? How it is done? Are Samadhi ,Sadhana and Tapasya the same thing? [duplicate]

Many asuras , rishis and devtas is said to have performed tapasyas for several hundred years to please and get boons from other gods .Parvati also did tapasya as brahmacharini for several hundred ...
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How to do the Hindu meditation for enlightenment and samadhi?

I was reading Raja Yoga from swami Vivekananda , does it have the correct process for meditation. I have heard that Hindu meditation for third eye and stuff.
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Really Long Breath intake while meditation [closed]

Hi I am so called Brahman Hindu(although i am an atheist) but i have been meditating since the last 2 weeks and i want to say it is hands down one of the most beautiful experience ever.Although lately ...
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What are some early exemplars of thought experiments in Hindu scriptures?

A category of experiments called Thought Experiments are considered doyens among the pillars that support and exemplify process of Enquiry. Some of the examples include Schrodinger's Cat in a box, ...