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Significance of Meditation and Astanga Yoga.

Updated: Jan 12

Meditation is one of the most speculated practices now a days. It's gaining popularity esp. in the far west. Meditation or Dhyana has been introduced by a quite a lot no of spiritual masters like Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita, Zen, Buddha, JK so on.



As rightly told by JK and Buddha, meditation basically is the state of no thought in the sense, there shouldn't be any sort of attachments towards thoughts.

Vipassana has emphasized mindful detachment & non-judgementalism, it's the most fundamental forms of meditation.

Vipassana nullifies thoughts, nullifying thoughts is nullifying Karmas. It is basically an energy conservation method. Our thoughts are a form of energy, each thought has a frequency, intensity and vibration.


Nikola Tesla said:


’To understand the secrets of Universe, analyze everything in terms of energy, frequency and vibration."
"As we transcend spiritually, we realize the importance of raising psychic vibrations and abilities."

Lord Krishna in the 6th chapter Dhyana Yoga of Bhagavad Gita has propounded Asta Angas (8 elements): Yamas, Niyamas, Asanas, Dhayana, Dharana, Pranayama, Pratyahara and Samadhi.



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Lord has propounded Bhakti Yoga as the main course for salvation, Ashtanga Yoga is a supplement to Bhakti Yoga. So, all these are present to increase our psychic abilities which plays a very important role in self-realization. As we realize our self (Soul or Atman) it becomes possible to understand Lord or the Divinity within. Ultimately, it enables to attain Moksha or Nirvana.



Let's understand each Anga (element) of Ashtanga Yoga as explained in Bhagavad Gita & Patanjali Yoga Sutras:



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1. Yamas: This basically refers to the wisdom acquired through Vedas, Upanishads, and other holy scriptures. Yama isn't just confined to the knowledge of scriptures; it also includes the knowledge of self (Atman). What we read in the scriptures should be experienced & aligned with your core beliefs. This is taken care of by the rest of the elements.




Acharya Madhwa


2. Niyamas: Niyama is referred to as those laws & rituals, compliances of which enables spiritual transcendence. These rituals are subjective to Varnashrama Dharma. Varna doesn't mean caste or creed, as caste or creed are related to birth, while Varna is specific to your soul. There's a detailed explanation given in previous posts, We request you to refer to those posts.


Ashrama- basically refers to the stage of life we live in. There are 4 ashramas; Brahmacharya(Celibacy, that's before marriage.), Grihastha(Life of a married person.), Varanprastha(post retirement stage.) & Sanyasa(Life of an ascetic)


3. Pratyahara: We receive negative energies from air, water, food and through aura interaction of various persons. As a spiritual person interacts with persons with negative energies, or consume air, food and water he grasps them, in turn it adversely affects his spiritual as well as his physical health. This reduces his psychic vibrations and affects psychic abilities. Pratyahara is all about preventing these hazards by consuming hygienic food, water and interacting with spiritually minded people, and discussing spiritual positive stuffs.

[Neem Karoli Maharaj Ji is a great Indian mystic who transformed the lives of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Karoli is the village where our beloved Maharaj Ji got enlightened. Neem Karoli Maharaj Ji strongly propounded Bhakti Yoga.]


4. Pranayama: Pranayama basically include breathing exercises, which purifies polluted air consumed by our lungs and strengthens our respiratory system. Kapalabhati, Bastrikaa some of the prominent pranayamas, a part of Hatha Yoga pranayamas like Kumbhaka, Kundalini Pranayama, so on. Prana basically refers to Life force.



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5. Asanas: Asanas refer to those Yogic postures, which strengthen our body and reduces fat and maintains health of the Yogi.




6. Dharana: Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi (the sixth, seventh, and eighth limbs) together are called Sanyam, which translates as “control.” These steps are often studied together, as they are a direct progression of the spirit (Atman). Dharana means focus, as we focus on each Chakras, it channelized the necessary cosmic energy and activates them.

Shat-Chakra Yoga emphasizes more on focus.

"Where focus goes, energy flows. So be conscious of what you focus on."


Dhyana: Dhyana basically refers to Meditation.

Here's the diagrammatic guide to practice Kriya yoga meditation/ Vipassana meditation. Kriya yoga is referred to as Dhyana in Ashtanga Yoga of Chapter 6, Bhagavad Gita. It has innumerable benefits; it burns off karma, regulates emotions, increases the ability to receive Cosmic energy, and most importantly it enables Spiritual Transcendence. Kriya Yoga is also known as Shat-Chakra Yoga (6 Chakras & its regulation.) The key difference between Kriya Yoga & Vipassana is; in Kriya Yoga there's Dharana, which means we focus on our third eye. However, vipassana doesn't advise to focus on one point, instead it advises us to experience in a non-judgmental & mindfully detaches manner.