Preksa Dhyana - Theory And Practice: [06.01] Benefits - Mental Happiness

Published: 20.04.2007
Updated: 06.08.2008

Any wise person, before undertaking an exercise, will think about its result. A practitioner (being wise) will also do the same. He would like to know what the benefits are accruing from the practice of Preksa Dhyana. It is a reasonable expectation. Many benefits on various levels accrue from this practice. In this chapter we shall discuss briefly what benefits one may derive on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels by practising various tech­niques of Preksa system of meditation. In particular, we shall discuss:

  • Relief from Tensions
  • Concentration
  • Realisation of Spiritual Self
  • Development of Wisdom
  • Mental Happiness
  • Purification of Character - Strengthening of Will­power
  • Self-awareness
    • Virtuous and Decent Behaviour
    • Enlightened Living: Glorious Death
  • Attitudinal Change and Behavioural Modification
  • Freedom from Sensual Pleasures
  • (Meditation of) Taijasa Lesya:
    • Commencement of Transmutation
    • Ineffable Innate Happiness
    • End of Mental Weakness
  • (Meditation of) Padma Lesya:
    • Reinforcement of Brain and Nervous System
    • Mental Happiness
    • Self-control
  • (Meditation of) Sukla Lesya:
    • Self-realization

Mental Happiness

Numerous benefits accrue from the practice of Preksa Dhyana. Some benefits pertain to the internal functions and some to the external ones: some are physical and some mental One of the immediate benefits is "mental happiness". As one becomes more accomplished, mental happiness increases. The feeling is not of joy or pleasure, but of happiness. There is much difference between the two. Wherever there is joy, there is bound to be sorrow; they are inseparable. What one achieves as a benefit is happiness, and not joy.
Sources
  • Preksa Dhyana - Theory And Practice by Acharya Mahaprajna, © 1994
  • Edited by Muni Mahendra Kumar
  • Translated by Muni Mahendra Kumar, Jethalal Zaveri
  • Published by Jain Vishva Barati, Edition 2003

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