Preksha Dhyana: Therapeutic Thinking ► [00] ► [1] Publisher's Note

Posted: 04.03.2010

In publishing this booklet, it is hoped to bring to the reader, in simple language, some of the truths, already known to the ancient philosophies, and now known to modern science.

Age of Tension

In this age of technology, industrialization and over-urbanization, we are constantly subjected to tremendous stresses and tensions. These, in turn, produce psychosomatic diseases like hypertension, insomnia, and various types of heart diseases. In desperation, people take to drinking and dangerous drugs which give temporary relief, but create more serious problems. The remedy does not lie in drugs or fantasy, but in the process of catharsis and development of the inherent powers.

Philosophy teaches us to realize that our existence is functioning in duality, i.e. there is a spiritual self within a physical body. Science is also proving that life's processes for man lie almost wholly within himself and are amenable to control. The control has to be exercised by the power of the spiritual self, and that inherent potency can be developed by knowing how to live properly, which includes eating, drinking and breathing properly, as well as, thinking properly.

What is Prekṣā Dhyāna?

Prekṣā dhyāna is a technique of meditation for attitudinal change, behavioural modification and integrated development of personality. It is based on the wisdom of ancient philosophy and has been formulated in terms of modern scientific concepts. We hope that the synthesis of the ancient wisdom and the modern scientific knowledge would help us in achieving the blissful aim of establishing amity, peace and happiness in the world by eradicating the bestial urges such as cruelty, retaliation and hate.

The different methods of prekṣā (i.e. perception) include Śvāsa-prekṣā (perception of breathing), Śarīra prekṣā (perception of body), Chaitanya-kendra-prekṣā (perception of psychic centres), etc. All these are methods of ultimate transformation in inner consciousness. Here, there is no need to sermonize for adopting virtues and giving up evils. When one starts practising perception, one experiences himself that he is changing, that anger and fear are pacifying, that one is getting transformed into a 'righteous person'.

Our series of "Science of Living" includes tracts on various facets of prekṣā-dhyāna. In the tract No. IX we had discussed a technique of meditation in which the conscious mind is encouraged to engage itself in a "thinking process", i.e. contemplation. In the appendix of the same tract, instructions for some value- oriented exercises for acquiring virtues with high moral and human values were given in a tabular form. It was felt that full justice was not done to this very valuable technique. It was, therefore, decided to publish this tract giving full details of the exercises.

Today, with an explosion of terrorism, need of promoting social health is greater than ever before. It has now been realised that repressive legislative measures fail to reform the parochial fanaticism of individuals or their groups. Nor do social pressures succeed in reducing the inherent greediness of man. Individual reform is the only way to enhance the possibilities of a healthy society. The aim of prekṣā system of meditation is to eradicate evil from the way of life, behaviour and attitude of individuals. Anti­social negative attitude is a malady which afflicts the individual and destroys the society. The only therapy which can successfully treat this malady is psychic therapy.

Therapeutic thinking is a practicable application and psychic therapy. Instructions for the acquisition of more than 20 virtues which are very much desirable for personal as well as social health are given in an easy-to-practise form.

Benefits of Prekṣā Dhyāna

Prekṣā may appear to mean different things to different people because it contributes to increase physical, nervous as well as spiritual energies.

On physical level, it helps each bodily cell to revitalize itself; it facilitates digestion; it makes respiration more efficient and improves circulation and quality of blood.

On mental level, it proves to be an applied method to train the mind to concentrate; it cleans and relaxes the mind; it offers a way to treat serious psychosomatic illnesses without drugs; it is an efficient tool for ending addictions and other bad habits; it reveals to one the mysteries of his mind by the realization and the real experience of the inner consciousness which includes the subconscious and the unconscious.

On emotional level, the strengthening of conscious reasoning controls reactions to environmental conditions, situations, and behaviour of others: harmonization of the functioning of nenous and endocrine systems results in control and ultimate eradication of psychological distortions.

On spiritual level, firm control of the reasoning mind, regulation and transformation of blood-chemistry through proper synthesization of neuro-endocrinal secretions, and production of dispassionate internal vibrations lead one to attain the power to control the mind and to become free from the effects of the external forces compelling one to lose equanimity.

No Theological Dogma

Prekṣā dhyāna can be learnt and practised by anybody without distinction of caste, colour, country and creed. There is no communal or theological bias, nor does it insist on any particular theological belief.

Though the process is not very difficult to learn and practise, it is essential to learn the technique through experienced and trained teachers. Normally a 10-day retreat (training camp) is a suitable means to acquire proper training.

Review of Results

During the last 15 years, hundrets of training camps have been organised and more than 10000 persons have been oriented in this technique. Amongst them, are scientists, doctors, engineers, professors, teachers, government servants and other intelligentsia, besides the general public. Police Department, Education Department and others have taken part in the special courses organised by Tulsi Adhyatma Nidam. More such courses are being planned for different disciplines, professions and work areas. Over and above those who have been trained in these camps, thousands of others have practised prekṣā dhyāna and have been benefited thereby. While many of them have restored their physical health, hundreds of others have been cured of mental tensions, hypertension and other psychosomatic diseases.

For all this, we are grateful to Yugapradhāna Ācārya Shrī Tulsī and his successor-designate Yuvācātya Shrī Mahāprajña for their constant guidance and efforts in this direction.

These two great spiritual saints have truly blessed the entire human race with the boon of prekṣā dhyāna, and we are confident that all and sundry will be benefited by learning and practising this universal and easy-to-learn technique of prekṣā dhyāna.

Three permanent tranining centres have been estab­lished viz. 1. Tulsi Adhyatma Nidam at Jain Vishva Bharati, Ladnun (Rajasthan), 2. Adhyatma Sadhana Rendra at Chhattarpur Road, Mehrauli, New Delhi and 3. Tulsi Sadhana Shikhar at Rajsamand (District Udaipur, Rajasthan).

  Jethalal S. Zaveri

 

Advisor

Ladnun

Tulsi Adhyatma Nidam,

 25th November, 1992

Jain Vishva Bharati,

 

Ladnun (Rajasthan)

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