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Preksa Dhyana - Theory And Practice: [05.08.01] Technique - Contemplation Of Transitoriness

Published: 13.04.2007
Updated: 06.08.2008

Preparation for Meditation

Posture & Mudra - same as in previous meditation exercises.


  • Phase I Relaxation (Kayotsarga)
    Phase II Internal Trip
    Phase III Contemplation - Category I.+ II

Contemplation Of Transitoriness (Category I)

  1. Contemplate the transient (soon-to-end) association of yourself with the premises (or room) in which you are now performing this exercise:
    • Reflect on the basic principle that "what is transient is not permanent"
    • First contemplate and then actually experience the ultimate separateness between yourself and the premises.
      (1 to 2 minutes).

  2. Contemplate the transient association of yourself with the cushion (or chair) on which you are now sitting.
    • Reflect on the basic principle as before.
    • Contemplate and experience the ultimate separateness between yourself and the cushion (or chair).
      (1 to 2 minutes).
  3. Continue the above process of contemplation, step by step, substituting the following for 'cushion' in step # 2 above:
    • Clothes worn by you
    • Your body
    • Your somatic and psychosomatic diseases
    • Your mental problems
    • Your urges and impulses, emotions and passions
    • Your negative attitudes and bad habits (addiction etc.)
    • Your subtle most micro body (Karma-Sarira) which is the origin of all emotions etc. maintaining the above sequence.

  4. Contemplate, reflect on and experience the ultimate quality of your conscious (real) self and each of the above associates
    (1 to 2 minutes for each step).

  5. Now reverse the above sequence and repeat each step (beginning from micro body up to the premises)
    1 to 2 minutes for each step.

  6. Next recite the following slogans three times:
    • Body is transitory
    • Sickness is transitory (i.e. will be cured)
    • Mental problems are transitory (i.e. will vanish)
    • Emotions and passions are transitory (will be subdued)

Similar other exercises are performed such as contemplation of solitariness.

  • 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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