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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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, ...
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After a meditator or yogi enters into samadhi state what should he concentrate at?

After a yogi enters into samadhi state by doing concentration in some object, i've heard and read that he enters into such state where all the physical sensations, sound, sight goes. And his mind ...
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What is the correct way of doing meditation?

I would like to understand what is the correct way of doing meditation according to Hinduism (esp. Vedas)? Plus: What is the right posture? What should the person concentrate on (thoughts) before and ...
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What liberation technique taught by Shree Ramana Maharshi?

Ramana Maharshi was an enlightened master from the last century, what technique did he prescribe to know the self or become self realized?
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How to meditate lying down

I use to meditate properly in a sitting posture, But recently my physical health got worse and it restricts me from sitting for a long time. hence I started meditating lying down, But I have observed ...
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How to do meditation if I've got negative thoughts?

When ever I try to concentrate in either my breath or a word I am not able to concentrate. Please give me some solution to it. If I do concentration by ignoring those thoughts than after I open my ...
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How did Rishis perform Tapasya (transcendental meditation) so that they heard Shruti/Veda?

The oldest and primary scripture we do have is Veda and we know that ancient Rishis heard Veda in the state of Tapasya directly from Ishwara and that is called Shruti. But one question often comes in ...
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What are the beeja mantras and what is their significance in meditation?

What are the beeja mantras and what are petal mantras, and what is their relationship with Om/Aum? In what ways are they helpful in meditation. If anyone is going to start on meditation, from ...
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What is the difference between Meditation and Penance?

People doing Penance are in meditation posture. Meditating people are also in same posture. Penance have goals to achieve and Meditators have goals like controlling mind and thoughts,etc,... Both of ...
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How do Hindu kids see with their eyes closed?

There are plenty of videos on the Internet which show such talents of Hindu children. Example: Samyak Jain Super Wonder Kid who can read with closed eyes Human X-Ray machine: Unbelievable Eye sight ...
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Being in the peace state of mind is a kind of meditation?

I haven't learned meditation from guru. But I know I have to be thoughtless to gain peace state of mind. Before doing meditation, I do pranayams like kapalbhati and anulom bilom. When I sit on ...
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Why Vigyan Bhairav Tantra have a different story of enlightenment? [closed]

Vigyan Bhairav Tantra is know for its 108 methods of meditation which I think are not in vedas or not given by patanjali rishi. So what is the essence of this book, Do we know when it was written (...
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Concentration meditation vs awareness meditation

Which meditation is better to do: Awareness meditation(such as:Vipasana) or concentration meditation (such as: Tratak)?
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How should I do Tratak meditation myself safely at home? Does it have any side effects?

How should I practice Tratak meditation safely at home without a guru? What are its side effects if not done properly?
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Can we meditate on Lord Shiva during Sutak period?

Sutak is the period of abstention observed by the Hindus after birth or a death of a family member. Can we mediate on Lord Shiva with Panchakshari Mantra during Sutak period?
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How to master Sri Vidya Sadhana

What practices shall be followed to master Sri Vidya Sadhana? What does each mantra of Sri Vidya Sadhana mean? I've taken Sri Vidya Deeksha from a Guru, I want to understand the meaning of each mantra,...
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What is a mantra? Do mantras really have any power?

How does one define a mantra? Does it have any specific attributes? Some mantras are purported to have some effect on the invoker. For example, the Mahamrityunjaya mantra is supposed to bring good ...
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Third Eye Activation

Third eye activation is just so hair-raising to me. How is it related to Hinduism? How long does it take for third eye activation and does it cause any harm in any case? Has anyone personally ...
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What are the different methods of Aura cleaning?

As far as I know few methods to clean our Aura are : Keep the body clean(Abhyanga snana). Wind bath. Mud bath. Fire bath. Eat Veggies. Thought , Word and Deed have to be in harmony channelised ...
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How to focus on third eye while meditating?

My question is simple. others find it duplicate but still it's unique in terms of meditations next level. I read that, for meditation, there are many different ways to stay focused. e.g. focusing on ...
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Which is the best mudra for meditation (likely to help in concentration)?

I have seen many type of mudras as described here but I am unable to conclude which is best one, for developing concentration.Which in turn will give better results in meditation. Following are the ...
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What does Lord Shiva think of during meditation? Also, did He ever fall prey to pride?

As we hear in Hindu mythology, most of the lords have fallen prey to pride and at last regretted heavily. Did Lord Shiva ever fall prey to pride? And what does Lord Shiva think about during ...
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What is meditation?

What is considered as meditation? Is it only thinking of god in peaceful mind? Or is it staying of thinking nothing or empty minded (this is mostly difficult)? Because we even know that god Shiva ...
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How do I do meditation? [duplicate]

Can anybody help me with meditation? I tried the sitting posture and concentrating on my breath. But in my mind I get lot of inner chatting. Please suggest me some way to do it correctly.
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How to differentiate between a spiritual experience and a mental disorder or delusion?

Many spiritual teachings ask the followers to develop detachment towards worldly objects and events. Certain meditation techniques ask the followers to be a mere spectator to one's thoughts and get ...
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Is Moksha (liberation) the highest attainable level for a jivā (soul)? Is there anything above Moksha?

Moksha (liberation) is the ultimate goal of a jivā (soul). So, If I've understood it correctly, when a jivā attains moksha, it is freed from the cycle of life and death, being absorbed into the '...
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Does Kundlini power chakra exist?

I have heard about Kundlini powers but nobody talks about these powers on a public platform nor have I ever heard about these powers by any religious guru or Yogi. I am curious to know if Kundlini ...
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How to feel pain or happiness of other beings in true form?

I'm a truth seeker and because Hinduism has brought me closer to the truth I'd like to ask a question that is important to me. My being is calmer with yoga and meditation, but a question has popped ...
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Universal mantra of all mantras for attaining the highest level of God realization?

There are a lot of mantras in our scriptures. Some of these mantras are used to invoke a particular deity, activity or a life-event. Some are mantras for longevity, some for knowledge, immortality, ...
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Can a 24 year old renounce the material world and live a life solely dedicated to realization of God through meditation? [closed]

I'm going through a really dark phase in my life and I constantly think about killing myself. However, I don't want to repeat the cycle of life-death and so on. And I believe, suicide is an action ...
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Yogic techniques to meditate for an indefinite period of time without any needs?

Are there any references in Vedas or Yogic scriptures about techniques for meditation. We keep hearing how Siddha Yogis are able to meditate constantly without attending the needs of the physical body....
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How does a yogi creates a new physical body?

As I am going through Autobiography of a Yogi Chapter -3 The Saint With Two Bodies which is suggested by one of our SE fellow Bhrahmagnani in one of his comment to my question. Which tells about ...
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Does leaving negative thoughts do any harm to us?

In meditation, we are said to leave the negative thoughts and not to react to them. When I do meditation, I keep getting some negative thoughts some of which I don't react to. But there are some ...
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What exactly happens to Prarabhdha karma while performing “Yoganidra” in Meditation?

I came across a term "Yoganidra" in one of spiritual book. And I came to know that "Yoganidra" can experience during Meditation. My questions are: What is the meaning of "Yoganidra"? Are there any ...
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Role of meditation and yoga in Hinduism & differences from Buddhist meditative practices

Could someone explain to me: What is the role of yoga & meditation in Hinduism - what is its purpose and relation to God? And how is Hinduism's yoga/meditation practice and purpose different ...