Preksa Dhyana - Theory And Practice: [05.07.06] Technique - 3rd Step Of Practice - Perception Of Psychic Colours

Published: 06.04.2007
Updated: 06.08.2008

Lesya dhyana is perception of psychic colours. In this practice, we perceive a specific colour on a specific psychic centre. Since, for a successful meditational session, actual appearance of the desired colour is essential, it is necessary to know fully about the quality of various colours. First of all, all colours are divided in two categories:

  1. bright or shining colours which emit or reflect most of the light falling on it, and
  2. dark and gloomy colours which do not emit, do not reflect much, but absorb most of the light.

Dull and gloomy black, blue and grey are inauspicious, but bright black etc. are not so.
Similarly bright red, yellow and white are auspicious, but dark and dull red, etc. and not so.

In lesya dhyana, the following five bright colours are visualised:

  1. Green colour as of emerald.
  2. Blue colour as of peacock's neck.
  3. Red colour as of rising sun.
  4. Yellow colour as of sun-flower or gold.
  5. White colour as of full moon or snow.

To bring about the actual appearance of the desired colour, it is essential to concentrate and actually see the colour mentally. Visualization is the key to this technique. Once it is sustained and intensified, the mind will project the colour. Actual or coloured cellophane paper wrapped on the lighted bulbs are useful. When one looks at a source of coloured light with open and unwinking eyes for a few moments, he will visualize it with closed eyes.

For actual appearance of colour, steadiness and concentration of mind is essential. Concentration here means intensified and sustained visualization of a single colour. As mental steadiness increases and visualization is intensified, the desired colour is produced. At this stage the experience is real and not imaginary.

The following table shows the psychic centres, colours to be visualized and what is to be experienced by intense willing:

Psychic Centres

Colours to be visualized

Intense willing and experience

1

Centre of Bliss

Ananda Kendra

Emerald Green

Freedom from psychological faults and negative attitudes.

2

Centre of purity

Visuddhi Kendra

Peacock-neck blue

Self-control of urges and impulses.

3

Centre of intuition

Darsana Kendra

Rising sun red

Awakening of intuition – bliss.

4

Centre of wisdom / Centre of vision

Jnana Kendra / Caksusa Kendra

Golden yellow

Acuity of perception – clarity of thought.

5 Centre of enlightenment Jyoti Kendra

Full moon white

Tranquillity, subsidence of anger and other states of agitation and excitation.

Exercise:

  1. With your mind's eye visualize that every thing around you, including the air.
    It is coloured bright green.
  2. Take a deep breath and as you slowly inhale, visualize that you are breathing long streams of green air.
    Repeat the breathing exercise several times, each time inhaling green air.
    Continue this for 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Focus your attention on Ananda Kendra (Psychic Centre for Bliss) located near the heart and visualize bright green light radiating from this centre.
    Your full attention should be used for visualization of green light.
    If the light does not appear or vanish after appearance, do not be disappointed.
    Intensify your effort for sustained visualization.
    In case, there is a distraction and your attention wanders. Return it gently but firmly to the visualization of colour. (Continue this for two to three minutes)
  4. Now visualize that the green light radiating from the Ananda Kendra fills up the space all around you.
    The air that surrounds you is thoroughly permeated with green radiation.
  5. Visualizing this, repeat to yourself mentally the following words three times: "I realize that 1 am free from my psychological faults and negative attitudes". (2 to 3 minutes)
  6. The above exercise, (steps 3 to 5) by substituting blue colour for green and Visuddhi Kendra (Psychic Centre for Purity) for Ananda Kendra. In the end repeat mentally to yourself the following words "I realize that my sexual impulses are being brought under my conscious control." (2 to 3 minutes)

  7. Repeat the exercise (from 1 to 5) with the following changes:
    1. Colour - Red, (Rising sun)
    2. Centre - Darsana Kendra (Psychic Centre of Intuition).
    3. Words to be mentally repeated: "I realize that my intuition is developing".
  8. Repeat the exercise (from 1 to 5) with the following changes:
    1. Colour - Yellow (Sun flower)
    2. Centre - Jnana Kendra (Psychic Centre for Knowledge).
    3. Words to be mentally repeated: "I realize that my perceptive capacity is increasing."
  9. Repeat the exercise (from 1 to 5) with the following changes:
    1. Colour -White (Full moon).
    2. Centre - Jyoti Kendra (psychic Centre for Enlightenment).
    3. Words to be mentally repeated: "I realize that my passions (anger etc.) and emotions (fear etc.) are brought under my conscious control."
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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  1. Ananda Kendra
  2. Anger
  3. Caksusa Kendra
  4. Centre of Bliss
  5. Centre of Enlightenment
  6. Centre of Intuition
  7. Centre of Purity
  8. Centre of Vision
  9. Centre of Wisdom
  10. Concentration
  11. Darsana
  12. Dhyana
  13. Fear
  14. Jnana
  15. Jnana Kendra
  16. Jyoti Kendra
  17. Kendra
  18. Lesya
  19. Perception of Psychic Colours
  20. Psychic Centre
  21. Psychic Centres
  22. Psychic Colours
  23. Space
  24. Visuddhi Kendra
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