Preksa Dhyana - Theory And Practice: [02.07] Philosophical Basis of Perception of Breathing

Published: 04.09.2006
Updated: 06.08.2008

Mind is ever restless. Meditation aims at restraining the mind's wandering and ultimately steadying it. Conventionally this is sought to be achieved by total stoppage of thought But to stop the flow of thoughts for any length of time is extremely difficult, if not impossible. In fact, any attempt to suppress the mental activity makes the mind more restless than ever.

In Preksa medita­tion, however, the mind is engaged in concentrated perception on an object of a phenomenon. Here mental functioning is not stopped or suppressed, but regulated and channelized. In other words, the streams of thought flowing in different directions are channelized and made to flow in one direction.

Thus regulated and disciplined, mind can be made to concentrate in the percep­tion of a single event or a phenomenon for a good length of time. The mind, thus engaged in the function of perception, is not available for that of thinking.

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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